MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beytenu) was sworn in as an MK Thursday, replacing Carmel Shama who left the Knesset to become Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO. Miller was a member of the 17th and 18th Knessets.
Miller used his inaugural speech to compare Balad to the Islamic State and say the party should not be allowed in the Knesset now that two of its former MKs were suspected and charged with espionage.
"Balad is a party in which one of its former MKs is sentenced to a year in prison for contact with a foreign agent, a party in which another former MK, Bishara, was suspected of spying for the enemy during wartime and fled Israel like a chicken and another MK [Haneen Zoabi] who is being investigated for incitement," Miller said. "This party cynically uses and takes advantage of Israeli democracy in order to destroy it."
Yisrael Beytenu will fight to make Balad illegal, Miller added.