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August 1, 2013 10:17 am

Netanyahu Hits Back at Arab MK Who Tells Knesset ‘We Were Here Before You, and We’ll be Here After You’ (VIDEO)

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The Israeli Knesset. Photo: Wiki Commons.

A meeting at Israel’s Knesset Wednesday turned heated after Arab Israeli MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) declared that Israeli Jews are an “enemy of peace.”

Zahalka made the comments during a debate on a referendum bill aimed to ensure Israelis will have a right to vote on any final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Zahalka said that the bill was irrelevant because it referred to “occupied territory, and as such, what applies is international law; the referendum should apply to the nations of the world.”

The comment was jeered at by MKs in the Knesset, to which Zahalka responded: “You’re an enemy of peace. We were here before you, and we’ll be here after you.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was present at the debate, but had not planned to speak, shot back, “The first part is wrong – and the second part will not happen.”

The rebuke earned applause from the Knesset floor.

On Wednesday night, the Knesset approved the referendum bill by a vote of 66 to 45, with no abstentions. The bill must still pass two more readings in the Knesset before it becomes law.

Watch a video of the incident below:

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  • Nitza Medina

    There should be no place in the Knesset for Israel hater by low. It is impossible that such person get there salary for working anainst the Land. Also democracy has her limits.

  • Stevie the K

    but but but… I thought Israel was an apartheid state…

  • steve kollander

    For the life of me! I have simply never understood why we have enemies of the Jewish people and enemies of the State of Israel sitting in the Knesset! Do farmers leave the pasture open to the jackals and wolves? When will we wake up to the realization that we do not have to be the symbol of liberalism to the world? The world does not care. Throw out the Arab MKs, immediately!!!

  • Larry G

    No Nachon – zee bedeuk. Arab-Israeli MP’s are traitors.