Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett and others walked out of the Knesset plenum during an anti-Israel address delivered by honored guest European Parliament President Martin Schulz. Schulz gave his address in German, which led to a boycott by MK Moshe Feiglin, who explained hearing German in Knesset was more than he wished to handle.
Just a day earlier Schulz received Hebrew University’s highest honor, an honorary doctorate for his leadership, at which time he assured his audience the EU was not boycotting Israel.
Schulz simply spoke of claims made by the PA (Palestinian Authority) against Israel as factual, not giving any credibility to the Israeli point of view. He spoke of PA allegations of water discrimination against Israel, the illegal settlements in Yehuda and Shomron, and the IDF the marine blockade on Gaza.
Schulz spoke of the impoverished residents of Gaza and their dire situation, brazenly using the forum to bash his host. Sadly, the MKs for the most part sat and listened as they were under attack in their own home. For the Arab MKs it was a most welcome address. Bayit Yehudi MKs and ministers exhibited a measure of self respect and pride, opting to walk out to show their disapproval of Schulz’s comments.
However before walking out Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev, a retired IDF colonel, was among those who interrupted the Knesset guest, questioning the “chutzpah” of the EU which is working to destroy Israel just 70 years after the Holocaust.
Party leader Bennett was nothing less than outraged, telling the media he would not remain silent as such lies were uttered in Knesset. Likud Minister Limor Livnat was not among those who walked out, but at least she expressed criticism over the address.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)