Israeli Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish, who speaks Hebrew, married Tzachi Halevi, an Arabic speaking Jewish actor, on Wednesday.
Israeli Interior Minister Arye Deri, an ultra-Orthodox rabbi and a founder of the Shas party, said "pain of assimilation worldwide is consuming the Jewish people."
Oren Hazen, a lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that mixed marriages threatened Jewish purity.
"Your reactions, which try to turn assimilation into the right and heroic thing to do, explain what Prime Minister Netanyahu and Zionist Union chairman [Avi] Gabbay when they said: 'The left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish.'"
The right-wing lawmakers’ reactions revealed the "dark, racist and embarrassing face" of Netanyahu’s Likud party, opposition Zionist Union lawmaker Yoel Hasson said.