Expel MKs who met with Hamas from the Knesset
3 Arab MKs met with Hamas leaders, and one of the MKs now demands to visit the nuclear reactor in Dimona. His membership on the permanent Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee is now in doubt.Can it, Ramon. You're a very uninspiring politician, and I really doubt the sincerity of your standing.
MK Chaim Ramon (Kadima), responsible for the temporary committee appointments, said today that he leans towards suspending A-Sana's membership, following the meeting with Hamas.
Ramon said he made a special gesture towards A-Sana's party, Raam-Taal, by allowing it to be represented on the temporary committee. "Generally," Ramon told Army Radio today, "only parties with 7 MKs are entitled to representation on this committee, while Raam-Taal only has 4. But I decided to make a special gesture towards the largest Arab party."
Here's some more to think about:
A-Sana's days on the committee may now be numbered. He and two other members of his party - party leader Ibrahim Tzartzour and Abbas Zakour, both of them Knesset rookies - met yesterday with Hamas leaders. The meeting was held in the home of Muhammed Abu Tir in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Tzur Baher. Calls have been made to have A-Sana removed from the committee, as a result.It sounds almost as though A-Sana were arguing NOT that the reactor could be vulnerable to a terrorist attack, but rather, that it could be dangerous simply due to its being radioactive. If you ask me, this is one real scumbag who should be kept far away from such installations.
Abu Tir is famous both for his orange-dyed beard and anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist stances. He spent nearly 25 years in Israeli prisons, on and off, for directing terror activities against Israel, including the attempted poisoning in the early 1990s of Israel's water supplies. He recently said that U.S. churches are secretly run by Jews who converted to Christianity with the intention of controlling religious Americans.
MK Effie Eitam (NU/NRP), a former high-ranking IDF general and a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, called on Ramon to distance A-Sana from the committee. "A Knesset Member who identifies with and supports the worst of Israel's enemies," Eitam said, "cannot be allowed to serve in a committee whose purpose is to assure Israel's security. I am greatly concerned that A-Sana will take negative advantage of the sensitive information that is revealed in the committee, and this will be detrimental to state security."
Ramon apparently agrees. "It is very grave for any citizen, Jew or Arab, to meet with a terrorist organization such as Hamas, which just a few days ago condoned the recent murderous terrorist attack in Tel Aviv," Ramon said today. "I believe it's even against the law. Certainly this is true for an MK; we want the 17th Knesset to be different than the 16th. I believe that action should be taken against him, and this will be checked in the [temporary] Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee."
Jumping on the bandwagon, two MKs of the Arab Balad Party also visited with the Hamas leaders in Jerusalem today. They had planned to meet at the offices of the Jerusalem Affairs minister of the Palestinian Authority, but changed the venue to a home in an eastern Jerusalem village when they saw an Israeli Border Guard force nearby.
In the meanwhile, A-Sana has also demanded, by virtue of his membership on the committee, to visit the nuclear reactor in Dimona. "As a resident of the south," he said, "I am concerned about an ecological or safety incident at the reactor that might cost thousands of lives."
See also this report about the PLO/Hamas "urging" police to help attack Israel, and this report about more kassam rockets being fired against Ashkelon.
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