In a letter to MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) on Wednesday, opposition leader Issac Herzog condemned Zoabi's statements of support for the terrorists who perpetrated the kidnapping of three yeshiva students late last week.
Herzog wrote, "As the search for the boys reached a climax, you chose to make obscene statements which showed support for the act of kidnapping."
"As leader of the opposition and chairman of the Labor Party, I regard your comments as gravely unacceptable and wholly condemn them," the Labor leader said.
Herzog added that though he supports freedom of speech wholeheartedly, Zoabi's comments were harmful to peace and the coexistence of Jews and Arabs in Israel as well as to the families who are hopefully awaiting news regarding their missing loved ones.
In an interview with Radio Tel Aviv on Tuesday, Zoabi said the kidnappers live under occupation and “they’re people who don’t see any way to change their reality and they are forced to use these means until Israel will wake up a little until Israel will wake up a little, until Israeli citizens and society will wake up and feel the suffering of the other.”