Israeli minister's wife stirs controversy with Obama black-coffee tweet

Technically Incorrect: The wife of Israel's interior minister apologizes for repeating a joke both unfunny and, to some, racist about President Obama.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Ha-ha? Or Aaarrggh? Judy Mozes/Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Few of us are immune from the ill-judged tweet or the tasteless joke.

But when the two go together, this can bring our slapheadedness into the public eye.

This fate has befallen Israeli media personality Judy Mozes. On Sunday, she happened to blurt this from her keyboard onto Twitter: "Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak."

I will pause for your uproarious laughter. Or for your head to shake violently from its normal axis.

You might ask what is so significant about Mozes? Well, she's married to Israel's interior minister, Silvan Shalom, who is partly responsible for US-Israel relations.

It may be that fact or some other change of heart that caused Mozes to delete the tweet and offer an apology.

First she tweeted: "I apologize, that was a stupid joke somebody told me."

Perhaps the online world is indeed the place to publish stupid jokes that people tell you. (What's orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot!)

But what if, as some saw this, it's a stupid, empty-headed racist joke sent by the wife of Israel's interior minister?

Mozes emitted another tweet: "President Obama I shouldnt have written the inappropriate joke I heard. I like people no matter about their race and religion."

And as if this wasn't enough, she tested her japing juices one more time: "Sorry if I caused any offence to anyone. I hope I will stay married when my husband will land and hear what I did."

Mozes may well be here all week, folks.

Naturally, her tweets have enjoyed a little Twitter blowback. For example this, courtesy of @YardrepShortbus: "Hey Judy? When President Sanders Cuts Off Bibi's American Tax-Paid Welfare check? IM THROWING A PARTY."

Mozes is, as the Jerusalem Post reports, no stranger to a little online controversy.

I wonder whether privately she is regretful about making her "joke" or whether she's joking about it.

That's the thing with people. Whatever they post on Twitter, the truth is still something they occasionally keep to themselves.