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  12/26/2011, Kislev 30, 5772

No Education Committee Decision on Armenian Genocide


Monday's hearing of the Knesset Education Committee on recognizing the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire in the early 1900s ended without a decision. Member of Knesset Aryeh Eldad (National Union), who initiated the hearing, said, "The committee missed an opportunity, today, to make an historical-moral statement, including a call to the full Knesset to recognize the genocide of the Armenian and an application to the education minister to enter the subject into the Israeli school curricula. Instead, the chairman of the committee gave in to a dictate from the Prime Minister's Office, again because of "the special sensitivity of Israel-Turkey relations."

Eldad continued, "They always told us we can't broach the subject because our relations with Turkey are too good. Now they tell us our relations are too bad. A moral statement by the Jewish people must not fall victim to the blackmail of threats from Turkey or Azerbaijan.