Knesset delegation to NATO conference 370.
(photo credit: Knesset Spokesman's Office)
A NATO Parliamentary Assembly committee will examine Israeli research and
development in the field of security technology, MKs learned Sunday in
A delegation from the assembly’s science and technology
committee – led by US Congressman David Scott (D-Georgia) and UK Baroness
Margaret Ramsay – will visit Israel for the first time in October.
visit is an important achievement. It’s diplomatically advantageous, and can
also lead to NATO member states to buy Israeli technology,” leader of the
Knesset delegation to the conference MK Nachman Shai (Labor)
Shai, MK Ronen Hoffman (Yesh Atid) and MK Yoni Chetboun (Bayit
Yehudi) took part in the fourth-ever joint conference of the NATO Parliamentary
Assembly and NATO’s key decision-making body, the North Atlantic Assembly, which
began Friday. Israel is a Regional Partner and Mediterranean Associate Member
country in the assembly.
The science and technology committee’s visit is
“a chance to emphasize our achievements in the areas that we want highlighted,”
Shai added, pointing out that previous visits from NATO Parliamentary Assembly
committees dealt with issues such as human rights.
According to Shai, the
committee will focus on technological advancements in three important dimensions
of modern warfare: anti-missile defense systems, drones and
The Labor MK added that advanced technology developed in
Israel can help serve NATO member states’ goal of pooling and sharing defense
resources – a topic that was discussed at the conference.
talks with the Palestinians were not on the agenda in Luxembourg, the topic
arose in MKs’ conversations with legislators from other
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post from the conference, Chetboun
recounted that a MP from Luxembourg asked him why Israel is not negotiating with
the Palestinian Authority and refuses a two-state solution.
“I told him
that there is an issue that is even more important for him to deal with. Muslim
extremism and terrorist elements are spreading throughout Europe. Once he solves
that problem, he’s welcome to talk to Israel,” the Bayit Yehudi MK
“He went silent,” Chetboun said. “He was used to Israelis just
saying, ‘It’s complicated, we’re dealing with it,’ but I diverted the
Chetboun took an even more aggressive stance in his
comments on the exchange on his Facebook page.
“A tiny country of 480,000
people is trying to run Israel?” Chetboun asked. “Unbelievable! When Israel
doesn’t stutter, the world listens and understands.”
sought out the Palestinian Legislative Council’s observer delegation present at
the conference and invited its two members to tell the PA’s leadership to start
“The sensitive regional situation requires, among other
things, to return immediately to the table for negotiations to try to create a
moderate and pragmatic front to go up against the radical axis led by Iran,”
The Yesh Atid MK added that the Palestinians’ preconditions
to negotiations are a serious obstacle to peace.