Such a statement is ridiculous on its face, since Arabs have the right to vote, have representation in the Knesset, as well as full citizenship under the law, and have repeatedly rejected plans to be under Palestinian rule in an eventual land swap for a negotiated peace settlement.
Tibi Screams at Netanyahu, Harper During Speeches
A nasty debate broke out between Prime Minister Netanyahu and MK Ahmed Tibi as the Canadian leader looked on
By David Lev
First Publish: 1/20/2014, 10:34 PM
A particularly nasty debate broke out Monday evening between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Arab MK Ahmed Tibi – as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was visiting the Knesset, looked on. Tibi screamed at Netanyahu, who spoke in praise of Israeli democracy, and later walked out when Harper said the same when he spoke to MKs.
Speaking in Harper’s presence, Netanyahu said he hoped the Arab world, including Syria, “would be able to have real parliaments, like that in Israel. In our parliament, anyone can say anything they want,” Netanyahu said. In Israel, MKs are free to scream or criticize, “but this is not possible in Damascus and other places.” Israel, he said, was the only free country in the region.