“The Azmi Bishara affair has once again raised the question of Arab public officials’ loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state,” National Union-NRP MK Zevulun Orlev said Tuesday in reference to recent rumors of the Arab MK’s intention to resign from Knesset.That's funny I thought it was zionist oppression that gave "obvious encouragement to launch an armed struggle in Israel." But that's just me being old fashioned.
“Those who hesitate amid this growing phenomenon will soon find themselves facing a violent Arab insurgence that will sweep the entire Arab-Israeli public,” he said, adding that “this is not an academic or theoretical question, but one that is directly related to Israel’s ability to exist as a Jewish state.”
A few days ago Bishara left Israel for Jordan and has yet to make a public statement on the matter, although his faction – the National Democratic Assembly - formally denied rumors of his resignation.
Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu said Bishara “undermined the gentle fabric between Arabs and Jews in Israel.
“Everyone is to gain if he indeed disappears from the political arena,” he said.
Orlev continued to say that Bishara’s visit to Lebanon and his meeting with President Bashar Assad in Damascus, as well as the meeting between Arab MKs and Hamas leaders, are examples of “obvious encouragement to launch an armed struggle in Israel and carry out acts of terrorism against its citizens.”
April 10, 2007
Arabs bad for the "only democracy in the Middle East"
These anti-Arab outbursts by members of Israel's Knesset (parliament) are frequent in Israel but every now and then one hits the news. Here's National Union-NRP MK Zevulun Orlev reported in Ynet (Yediot Ahranot online):