Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas..
(photo credit: REUTERS/ISSAM RIMAWI/POOL)
A delegation of 14 Knesset members will meet in Ramallah with Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday amid calls to cancel the visit due
to the recent spate of terrorist attacks in the West Bank.
delegation consists of lawmakers from Labor, Meretz, Hatnua, and Shas. No Yesh
Atid MKs will go, because their party chairman, Yair Lapid, vetoed their
Transportation Minister Israel Katz (Likud) and Deputy
Education Minister Avraham Wortzman (Bayit Yehudi) called on the MKs not to go
to Ramallah because it would reward Abbas for failing to stop the
“It is unacceptable that Abbas talks about the peace process
while groups connected to his Fatah party are carrying out terrorist attacks in
Israel that he does not do anything to prevent,” Katz said.
asked Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to intervene and get the Ramallah visit
canceled. He also complained to the organizer of the visit, Labor MK Hilik Bar,
who heads the Knesset’s two-state lobby.
“Official representatives of the
Knesset should not meet with the head of the PA, who by not condemning the
terrorist attacks encourages the terrorists to continue with full force,”
Wortzman wrote to Bar.
“Holding the meeting harms the wounded victim, her
family, and the Israeli public as a whole.”
Bar responded that the visit
was essential, especially after the attack, and that not coming to Ramallah
would grant victory to the terrorists.
“In every peace process there are
extremists who try to put spokes in the wheels,” Bar said.
want peace or normalization.
Canceling the meeting would give them a
prize. We need to end the conflict as soon as possible so that such dreadful
attacks won’t happen in the future.”