MK Lieberman: Execute Knesset Terrorist Collaborators

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman managed to cause an uproar in the Knesset when he called for the execution of Knesset Members that collaborate and meet with terrorist groups.

Ezra HaLevi , | updated: 19:31

“We requested that in the government guidelines it would say explicitly that all the inciters and collaborators with terrorism that sit in this house should bear the brunt of the penalty for those actions,” Lieberman said from the Knesset plenum. “All those who continue to meet freely with Hamas and Hizbullah – who go on monthly visits to Lebanon. Those who declared Israel’s Independence Day to be ‘Nakba’ [Arabic for ‘catastrophe’ -ed.] Day and raised black flags…

“World War Two ended with the Nuremberg Trials. The heads of the Nazi party went to be executed – but not just them, also those who collaborated with them. Just like [prime minister of Vichy France during WWII Pierre] La Valle was later executed, I hope that this is the fate of the collaborators in this house.”

The Russian immigrant was loudly heckled by Arab MKs at that point, but pushed on with his speech. “Just like La Valle was brought to justice – you will be brought to justice,” he said, addressing the hecklers directly. “In exactly the same way!”

Lieberman also attacked the Kadima Party from various angles. “For the first time in the history of Israel, a coalition has been formed that is anti-Aliyah,” Lieberman declared. “A coalition against Aliyah is the most damning trait of this government. Aliyah was always the soul and the central path of Zionism – nothing to do with Yisrael Beiteinu or Avigdor Lieberman.

“This government rejected Aliyah as a priority. We carried out negotiations, with Kadima. Kadima’s proposed guidelines mentioning Aliyah only in the 55th clause – the last clause of the entire document. I see now in the final draft, it is still only the 42nd clause – that is where the Kadima government places Aliyah in its order of importance.”

Lieberman said that Kadima, which had campaigned heavily among the Russian-speaking public, had betrayed its Russian immigrant voters. “In all of its ads – every week - Kadima promised the Russian public civil marriages and immediately turned their back on that promise to recruit Shas to the coalition,” he said, adding a call to Kadima’s Russian members to quit the party in protest of their “betrayal.”

“Fortunately,” Lieberman declared, “this government won’t last more than a year and a half. Unfortunately, that is a year and a half too long.”

Addressing the fact that Yisrael Beiteinu is one mandate shy of leading the opposition, Lieberman said that although Binyamin Netanyahu is technically opposition leader, Yisrael Beiteinu would lead the efforts to bring down the government. “We lost our 12th mandate to the Likud by 116 votes,” he said, “but we aren’t fighting for the leadership of the opposition. It is clear that Netanyahu is the chairman of the opposition, but the real opposition will come only from us. Others can talk, but we are the ones that will steer the opposition and bring down this government – the main thing is that others don’t interfere.”

Returning to his WWII-era French analogy, Lieberman warned: “The French were also very strong before the Second World War. They had a much better and larger army than the Germans. But they were divided and that led to a lack of political mobility and deterrence - and eventually, to their downfall."

Following a series of MKs who condemned his words, calling them racist, Lieberman took the podium again and assured those present that race had nothing to do with what he was calling for. "My call applies equally to Jews who collaborate with our enemies," he said, citing the Neturei Karta sect, which recently visited Iran and praised the Hamas terror group.

“If this government doesn’t know how to carry out justice with collaborators and impose its authority to create deterrence, no security budget will help," Lieberman said. "I really hope that this government’s days are numbered as few as possible - for the sake of the Nation of Israel.”