An Israeli minister has claimed the country's relationship with the US is more important than calling out neo-Nazis.
The US President, Donald Trump, has been weathering an ongoing firestorm over his reaction to the incident in Charlottesville.
Anti-fascists gathered to protest a far-right rally were rammed by a car last weekend, resulting in the death of one woman. Trump said there had been violence "on both sides" in the events in Virginia.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has remained silent on the issue, and his critics say Israel should be at the forefront of criticism of Trump's response, given its history.
However Ayoub Kara, the minister of communications, said Nazism must be condemned, but ultimately, Israel's relationship with the US was more important.
He defended Trump's "proven track record" in battling anti-Semitism, and said he was the best President the country had ever had, insisted he was the "undisputed" leader of the free world.