Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi defended his decision Thursday to participate at the Washington conference of the organization J Street.
The conference in September will feature left-wing MKs Zehava Gal-On (Meretz), Merav Michaeli and Stav Shaffir (Labor), Meir Sheetrit (Hatnua), Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid), and a rare speech in English by opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich along with Hanegbi and Shas MK Yitzhak Vaknin. There will be leaders of far left organizations like Molad, Betzelem, Gisha, the Geneva Initiative, and American Friends of Peace Now and journalists from Al-Jazeera, Ha'aretz, and Channel 2.
Hanegbi said he would not speak at the event, only represent the right on a panel with other MKs. "It is important to have all sides in a debate," Hanegbi said.
"J Street's views are not mine or those of the government, but I am not afraid to answer tough questions and I can hold my own."