Netanyahu at CIS conference_311.
(photo credit: GPO)
After throwing his support behind the anti-boycott law that passed
through the Knesset earlier this week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
on Thursday said he opposes the establishment of parliamentary
inquiries into left-wing and human rights NGOs.
“I do not propose parliamentary commissions of inquiry," the prime minister told hundreds of Chabad emissaries in Tel Aviv’s Ganei Ta’arucha at a gathering celebrating 20 years of the Federation of Jewish
Communities of the CIS (former Soviet Union).
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"We don't need investigations in the Knesset," he added.Netanyahu slightly softened his tone, however, saying that he would not
force Likud MKs to vote against the bill. "There are others who don't
agree," he said, "so I'll grant them voting freedom."
The prime minister also reiterated his opposition to a proposal that
would give a Knesset committee veto power over Supreme Court nominees.
“In democracy there is a separation of powers between the legislative
and judicial authorities. One of our most basic foundations is the
courts and it cannot be harmed.” He added, "I will defend the court."
Netanyahu also repeated his opposition to unilateral Palestinian moves
in the UN, stating that there is no alternative to negotiations without
“We are not strangers in this land, and the conflict is not about a
Palestinian state and never has been. It’s about the existence of a
Jewish state which they still don’t accept.”
The prime minister congratulated the FJC and the Chabad movement for
their efforts working with the Jewish communities of the former Soviet
“Everywhere in the CIS there there was darkness and you brought light.
We are all fighting the same fight and share a joint mission for the
sake of the Jewish people and the Jewish homeland people." He added,
"With you we embrace the communities of the diaspora all over the world."
“We are celebrating tonight the return to Israel of a large tribe if the
Jewish people and you helped change the state of Israel, you
strengthened it and helped build it.”
Present at the celebration was billionaire businessman and president of
the FJC Lev Leviev along with Rabbi Berel Lazar, chief rabbi of Russia.
The FJC administers a number of different funds for its member
communities, dedicated to Jewish community development, rebuilding
communal institutions and creating infrastructure and programs.