Knesset members supported President Reuven Rivlin’s decision to disinvite MK Jamal Zahalka from a meeting on Wednesday at the President’s Residence.
MK Shelly Yacimovich (Zionist Union), a longtime Rivlin supporter, called the president’s decision “a precise civics lesson” to disinvite Zahalka and two other Joint List MKs after they met with the families of slain terrorists and stood in silence to honor their memories.
She said Rivlin was “wise and courageous” to oppose a law to suspend MKs, but at the same time, close his door to those whose “behavior he finds disgusting.”
“With the characteristics that are so missing in today’s leadership, delicately, statesmanlike and assertively, he set the limits of Israeli democracy: I will not pass a law against you, but you are not wanted in our official school of statesmanship,” she wrote on Facebook. “It is so rare, but fun, that there is someone like the president who can, sometimes, be looked at, learned from, serve as inspiration, whose decisions can be relied on.”