Ayalon: Israel must fight against internal incitement
Deputy FM tells Army Radio that the state cannot ignore the "stuggle against incitement, delegitimization...on the domestic front."
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF
July 20, 2011 11:29
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Danny Ayalon 311.
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Israel must fight to defend itself from an onslaught of incitement and
delegitimization and cannot focus only on external threats, Deputy
Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (Israel Beiteinu) said on Wednesday.Israel Beiteinu has asked
for a role-call vote to embarrass right-wing MKs who oppose the bills. Party
officials said if Kirschenbaum’s bill is defeated, she will immediately submit
it again in hopes it will pass at a later date.
"The state of Israel is in an enormous struggle against incitement and delegitimization. The world is trying to prevent Israel from its right to defend itself from terrorist organizations, like in the flotilla or Operation Cast Lead - we cannot ignore the domestic front," Ayalon told Army Radio.
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Ayalon added that a
bill to establish Knesset committees to investigate leftists groups
would be brought to a vote on Wednesday, Israel Radio reported.
Right-wing groups, such as those harassing OC Judea and Samaria Division Brig.- Gen. Nitzan Alon, should also be investigated for incitement, Ayalon added.
an interview with Israel Radio, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe
Ya'alon said that he does not support the bill because in his opinion it
would do more harm than good.
Two controversial bills that would form parliamentary commissions of inquiry to
investigate leftist non-governmental organizations are not expected to receive
enough support to pass in votes in the Knesset today.
submitted by Israel Beiteinu MK Faina Kirschenbaum, would probe the damage done
by the NGOs to the IDF. The second, sponsored by Likud MK Danny Danon, would
investigate the contributions the NGOs received from foreign
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opposes both bills as do
multiple Likud ministers and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin. Most of the Likud
faction however will support the legislation.
A coalition of ten
left-wing organizations sent a letter to MKs on Tuesday calling the proposed
parliamentary committee a “witch hunt” and warning them that if the bill passes,
“it would harm what is left of Israeli democracy.”