Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat down for an interview with Twitter/X boss Elon Musk on Tuesday.
Musk sought to dispel allegations that he supports antisemitism due to his advocacy of free speech.
Since buying X, Musk has come under mounting pressure to censor so-called “hate speech” on the platform.
In an apparent effort to force Musk’s hand, leftists have accused the tech entrepreneur of being an antisemite.
During Musk’s interview with Netanyahu, the two shot down the allegations.
Netanyahu also took a veiled swipe at Democrat President Joe Biden while discussing politics.
Netanyahu said to Musk:
“I hope you find, within the confines of the First Amendment, the ability to stop antisemitism or roll it back as best you can, but also any collective hatred of a people like the one antisemitism represents.
“I urge and encourage you to find the balance.
“It’s a tough one.”
Musk said, “I am against antisemitism and against anything that promotes hatred and conflict.
“Free speech at times means that someone you don’t like says something you don’t like.
“There are between 100 to 200 million posts a day on X and some of those are going to be bad.”
Netanyahu suggested the issue shouldn’t be political.
As Slay News has reported, claims of “hate speech” and antisemitism are often used by leftists to suppress viewpoints that conflict with their own.
Netanyahu noted that efforts to tackle antisemitism shouldn’t be used to only target conservatives.
“I don’t care if it is from the hard right of the hard left, it is important to condemn it,” Netanyahu said.
Elsewhere during the interview, Netanyahu called Musk “the Edison of our time.”
He took a swipe at Biden by suggesting Musk could be the “unofficial” president of the U.S.
Elon Musk is the unofficial president of the United States and other world leaders know it
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 19, 2023
During the Israeli leader’s visit, Musk also gave Netanyahu a ride in Tesla’s new electric Cybertruck.