MKs leave NATO seminar during Iranian diplomat's speech

July 7, 2011 18:12


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MKs Arye Eldad (National Union) and Nahman Shai (Kadima) walked out of a NATO Parliamentary Assembly Seminar earlier this week when an Iranian diplomat addressed the forum in Sardinia.

"It was an insult to the international community, NATO and Israel to invite Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Hani to speak," Shai told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. "A state that acts against peace and stability should not have the privilege of speaking at such an event."

"Representatives of Israel will not listen to a representative of a state that calls to wipe Israel from the map," Eldad said in a statement. The National Union MK said that the Iranian diplomat should have listed ways to destroy Israel in his speech to the NATO event, which was focused on the Middle East and North Africa.

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