The Knesset held another discussion on the controversial camera bill on Wednesday prior to another vote on its legislation in a Knesset committee later in the day.
The camera bill, promoted by Netanyahu and the Likud party, is intended to prevent voter fraud by placing video cameras in every voting station but has been met with fervent opposition from Netanyahu’s rivals. The bill was blocked in a Knesset meeting on Monday when a vote to waive the standard waiting period for bills to be legislated ended in a tie.
Netanyahu addressed the Knesset plenum as the discussion opened, saying, “How is it possible to oppose videoing with a cellular device if we have videos in every place we go? Every public space today in Israel and the world is full of cell phones. Suddenly they decided that there’s only one place that can’t be videoed – the voting stations. It’s simply absurd. There’s no explanation for the opposition to this law except for an attempt to allow voter fraud.”
“It doesn’t surprise me that Gantz and Lapid and the left-wing parties want to prevent cameras,” Netanyahu continued. “It doesn’t surprise me that their partners…from the Arab parties – Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi – also want to prevent cameras.”
The Arab MKs present in the plenum erupted in loud shouting when Bibi finished his speech, and MK Ayman Odeh (Joint Arab List) screamed out that he’s a liar. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein asked Odeh if he wants to apologize but he refused and stuck his cellular phone camera directly in Bibi’s face. Likud members gathered around shouting at him, with one person saying: “You’re a terrorist.” Odeh was ordered to leave the plenum.
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Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben-Gvir responded to the incident: “The next time that Ayman Odeh approaches the prime minister in a threatening manner from point-blank view, he could take out a knife. Ayman Odeh is a man who supports the murder of IDF soldiers. He belongs in Syria and not in the Israeli Knesset.”
“It should be recalled that the ones who approved Ayman Odeh running for Knesset were the nine Supreme Court judges, who disqualified Oztma Yehudit members Baruch Marzel and Benzi Gopstein. In the next Knesset, we’ll work on changing the Supreme Court so that a terror supporter like Odeh won’t sit in the Israeli Knesset.”
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Later, in the wake of the incident, the Prime Minister’s Office held a discussion with the Shin Bet regarding the prime minister’s safety in the Knesset. One of the possibilities that arose was having a security guard stand next to Netanyahu during discussions in the Knesset to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.