MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) criticized a planned discussion in the Knesset Education Committee Monday morning on the Armenian genocide as irresponsible, warning it would lead to worsening of already strained ties with Turkey.
Israel must "do everything in its power to improve our relations with Turkey increase our integration in the Islamic Middle East. Opening another front with Turkey is irresponsible."
Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On, however, described a moral imperative to hold the discussion. As the Jews who also suffered genocide in the Holocaust, Gal-On told Army Radio Monday, "we have a moral responsibility to recognize these things."