Israeli-Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi has made known his anti-Israel sentiments once again, arousing the strong opposition of many Knesset Members.
A leading member of the Israeli legislature and the head of an Israeli-Arab political party, Tibi was actually listed at this week's Doha Forum in Qatar as representing none other than "Palestine." Tibi headed a Palestinian Authority delegation numbering six representatives, including a PA minister, deputy minister, and legislator. His place of work was listed on the list of participants as "Israeli Knesset."
The Israeli delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, numbered 23 participants. A total of 537 official representatives took part in the Forum.
Tibi, who was a special advisor to arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat for many years, took the opportunity to tell the participants at Doha that Israel was not a democracy. He further accused Israel of running an apartheid regime. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni responded by saying that his very ability to say those things publicly proves the opposite.
MKs Attack Tibi
Tibi was attacked for his stance from both right and center, and the Yisrael Beiteinu party of Avigdor Lieberman is planning to demand his ouster as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. Lieberman told Army Radio, "Any self-respecting parliament in the world would not allow this to happen. Tibi uses every international forum to malign Israel's reputation and status."
When reminded that Tibi had been elected to the Knesset democraticall , Lieberman responded, "So were Hamas and Hitler."
Lieberman said he has requested a special mid-recess Knesset session after Passover for the purpose of deposing Tibi as Deputy Speaker. "Tibi is a fifth-column [agent] in the full sense of the word," Lieberman said. "He belongs in the parliament in Ramallah, and not Israel."
In response, Tibi called Lieberman, who made Aliyah to Israel from the former Soviet Union, a "fascist immigrant."
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Majalli Whbee, of the Druze village of Beit Jann, has also registered his disgust with Tibi, calling on the Knesset Ethics Committee to punish him. "Tibi must decide which state he represents," the Kadima MK said on Israel Radio. "He can't be a legislator in one country and represent another one at the same time."
Tibi recently made other headlines when he flew to Lebanon, in violation of Israeli law. MK Yuval Shteinitz (Likud) called at the time for a law that would automatically end an MK's membership in the Knesset for unauthorized travel to an enemy state. Other MKs are working on legislation to prevent such persons from being elected to the Knesset.