Danon takes lawmakers to task for slamming Netanyahu at J Street conference

On a panel that Haaretz editor Aluf Benn hosted, Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg said Netanyahu had won last week’s election by making “racist comments” about Israeli Arab voter turnout.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
March 25, 2015 04:17
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Danny Danon

Danny Danon. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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Likud MK Danny Danon criticized a group of Meretz and Zionist Union MKs on Tuesday for slamming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Washington conference sponsored by the leftwing lobby J Street.

There is an often-violated tradition in the Knesset that MKs refrain from criticizing their leaders when abroad.

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On a panel that Haaretz editor Aluf Benn hosted, Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg said Netanyahu had won last week’s election by making “racist comments” about Israeli Arab voter turnout.

Zionist Union MK Hilik Bar, meanwhile, said the Right “lies to the people of Israel,” and that Netanyahu could not be changed or trusted to bring about a two-state solution.

His Zionist Union colleague and soon-to-be MK Yoel Hasson said his own support for the creation of a Palestinian state made him “more Zionist and more patriotic” than Netanyahu.

Incoming Zionist Union MK Ksenia Svetlova said it was not Netanyahu who had won the election, but fear.

She warned that if the two-state solution died, Israel would have to face “the ugly reality of Apartheid.”

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Danon, however, said that “the MKs on the Left should try to persuade the public in Israel, and not the activists of J Street.” He said the election results proved that the Israeli public was “sick of those who criticize Israel on every stage.”

Helen Freedman, executive director of the right-wing organization Americans For a Safe Israel, said she, too, found the MKs’ behavior “disgraceful.”

“MKs who sabotage Israel don’t belong in the Knesset,” Freedman said. “Such criticism should stay in the halls of the Knesset. We have enough enemies outside. We don’t need to give them ammunition.”

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