The Knesset Education Committee was scheduled to hold a discussion Monday morning on the Armenian genocide, just one week after a similar move by France's parliament dealt with the issue sparking a diplomatic crisis between Paris and Ankara.
Turkey denies that Ottoman Turks carried out genocide against Armenians in World War One.Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin told Army Radio Monday that the Knesset has been holding similar discussions for years, insisting that the move was not in response to any events in the United states or in France.
"As the Israeli parliament, as the Jews," Rivlin said, "we have a responsibility not to forget genocide."
However, he was clear that the discussion is not targeting Turkey. "We must say clearly that we don't have any blame for the current Turkish government or any Turkish governments for the past 50 years."