A racist message on Tweeter about US President Barack Obama by the wife of Israel's Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has caused uproar on social media.
"Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak," Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes tweeted on Sunday.
She was forced to delete her tweet immediately and do apologize for the offensive message.
Nir-Mozes, who is also a host in Israel’s television, said she was sorry for the joke.
“I apologize, that was a stupid joke somebody told me,” she tweeted. “President Obama I shouldnt have written the inappropriate joke I heard. I like people no matter about their race and religion.”
People protested against the tweet on social media after taking screen shots of the message.
“Have you gone mad?” one user said. “You’d better erase this … frighteningly racist,” another tweet said.
“How human garbage works … Delete plus fake apology. Clearly found the racist joke funny enough to share. Trash,” another user wrote.
The Israeli interior minister is responsible for overseeing strategic dialogue between Israel and the United States.
Relations between Washington and Tel Aviv have plunged to a new low since President Obama took office in 2009.