Knesset State Control Committee to discuss state funding of Balad

A day after a Tira resident who allegedly cooperated with Hizbullah in a plot to assassinate IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi was indicted, MK Yoel Hasson on Tuesday decided to convene a meeting of the Knesset's State Control Committee to discuss the state's funding of the Balad Party. The indictment, filed in the Petah Tikva District Court against Rawi Sultani, 23, from the town of Tira, alleges that Sultani, then a member of the Balad political party, was recruited by Hizbullah during a trip to Morocco to attend an annual pan-Arab summer camp in 2008. On Monday, Balad faction chairman MK Jamal Zahalka said that the party "won't change our political activities. We train our youth in legitimate political activities, according to the law in Israel and other countries, and we don't intend to change that." State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss is expected to attend the meeting, which Hasson, who is the committee's chairman, set for September 19. Yaakov Katz contributed to this report