The Knesset Ethics Committee strongly reprimanded Foreign Minister and Yisrael
Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday for telling ministers in his party
to boycott the Parliamentary Inquiry on the Integration of Arab Employees in the
However, Liberman remains defiant, saying he will continue
to snub the inquiry committee.
MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al),
chairman of the parliamentary inquiry, complained to the Ethics Committee about
Liberman, presenting it with a newspaper clipping quoting the foreign minister
as saying: “I asked all of the ministers to stop cooperating with Ahmed Tibi’s
parliamentary inquiry... [because] Tibi remains quiet about the genocide in
Tibi pointed out that Basic Law: Knesset requires ministers to
appear before parliamentary inquiries.
In response, Liberman said Tibi
attacked the Ethics Committee in the plenum in January, and is now using the
forum “to attack others and try to save the unnecessary committee that he
In addition, Liberman referred to a letter by Yisrael Beytenu
faction chairman Robert Ilatov, asking to disband the Parliamentary Inquiry on
the Integration of Arab Employees in the Public Sector.
“Tibi did not
fulfill his parliamentary responsibility and did not finish the investigation,”
Liberman said. “He turned the inquiry into a cow he’s milking for his own narrow
political needs and a platform for incitement against the State of
The foreign minister added that Tibi’s complaint was an attempt
to save his committee.
The Ethics Committee said that ministers must
cooperate with Knesset committees, including inquiries.
“Not only is he
disobeying a Basic Law, the Ethics Committee thinks Liberman is disrespecting
the Knesset and its members, and is violating Knesset ethics,” the committee
The committee strongly reprimanded Liberman, saying he and all
Yisrael Beytenu ministers must cooperate with every Knesset
Following the Ethics Committee’s decision, the foreign
minister said he is standing his ground and calling for all Yisrael Beytenu
ministers to avoid the parliamentary inquiry, which has become “Tibi’s private
committee, whose main job is to give him a bigger office and a
Liberman said Tibi’s committee does not help Israeli Arabs,
and does everything to prevent them from integrating into Israeli
“Tibi’s goal is to harm the relations between Israeli Arabs and
the rest of the population,” he stated, “therefore no one should cooperate with