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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Right-wing MKs called Wednesday for sanctions against a number of their Arab
colleagues who participated in the Cairo ceremony marking the formal signing of
an agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.
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Chairman MK Ya’acov Katz called on Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin to intervene
and “throw out the traitors and the murderers and the collaborators with those
who want to destroy the very Knesset in which they serve.”
terrorism victims’ advocacy organization, called on Attorney-General Yehuda
Weinstein to open a criminal investigation into the participation of MKs Ahmed
Tibi, Muhammad Barakei and Taleb a-Sanaa in the ceremony.
organization argued that because Hamas is officially recognized as a terrorist
organization, anyone participating in an event involving Hamas has violated an
law prohibiting attending a meeting of a terrorist group.
of a unity agreement with a terrorist organization is the peak of expressing
support of the organization, and renders useless all attempts by legislators to
differentiate between legitimate organizations and organizations that should not
exist at all,” Almagor wrote in the letter to Weinstein.
defended his decision to attend the ceremony.
Speaking with Army Radio
from Cairo, the veteran legislator described it as “a peace agreement that
restores unity to the Palestinian people. I am proud to be at this
MK Arye Eldad (National Union) said that he “welcomed the Arab
MKs’ participation in the ceremony and hoped, of course, that they stay there,
and not return to Israel.”
“It is good for the people of Israel to know
the Arabs’ representatives in the Knesset – and understand without a doubt that
they support Hamas – identify with our worst enemies and, even if... after
terrorist attacks they deign to condemn outwardly every act of violence, there
is no doubt that in their hearts they are partners in the happiness over the
killing of Jews.”
Eldad was joined in his condemnation by MK David Rotem
(Israel Beiteinu) who said that “the time has come for those MKs who
participated in the ceremony in Cairo to become members of the Hamas parliament,
and not of the Israeli Knesset.”