Daily Israel Report

Ministers Debate Ousting Anti-Israel MKs

Proposed “Zouabi bill” is up for debate, stipulating that MKs who actively support armed struggle against Israel will be ousted from the Knesset.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 6/6/2010, 11:22 AM / Last Update: 6/6/2010, 11:29 AM

Israel news photo

The ministerial committee for legislation will debate the proposed “Zouabi bill,” stipulating that MKs who actively support armed struggle against Israel will be ousted from the Knesset.

The bill is named for freshman Arab MK Hanin Zouabi, a woman who was aboard the Turkish ship together with Hamas-supporting IHH terrorists in its attempt to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Her anti-Israel stance has long been well-known and documented, but her participation in the flotilla and her subsequent attempt to speak in the Knesset while MKs of various factions shouted her down and attempted to remove her have cemented her position as Israel’s #1 perceived public enemy.

The bill now under consideration was submitted by Likud MK Danny Danon. It states that an incumbent Knesset Member who takes part in supporting an enemy’s armed struggle against the State of Israel must be removed from the Knesset.

Danon originally submitted the bill after former Arab MK Azmi Bishara was suspected of aiding Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War; Bishara has since fled the country. Zouabi has had, and continues to have, close ties with Bishara.

“The Israeli public, and the Knesset Members, are tired of Arab MKs taking advantage of our democracy to harm the country,” Danon explained. “Zouabi must decide if she supports Hamas and Al-Qaeda, or if she is a member of the Knesset of Israel.”

Zouabi herself has stated that she wishes to be both. “I serve my own principles, and my people that is oppressed by the State [of Israel], and I have no problem doing so in the framework of the Knesset. My voters did not vote for me so that I would strengthen Zionism…  There is a people that voted for Hamas, and I fight for their right to choose.”

Hamas leader Ismail Haniye personally called Zouabi last week and encouraged her to “remain strong.”

Interior Minister Eli Yishai  has called for Zouabi’s citizenship to be revoked, and prominent attorney Yoram Sheftel said, “The day is not far off when the Arabs will no longer be in the Knesset.”

Speaking with Arutz-7’s Hebrew newsmagazine after the Knesset incident with Zouabi, Sheftel said he was happy that among her most vocal opponents were MKs of Kadima. “This shows that Kadima, which has been clearly and quickly swerving to the left, has now made a sharp nationalist turn, fighting this anti-Semitic [Arab] gang.”

Sheftel said that these past few days have crystallized for the Israeli public two important facts. One is that the Arab public in Israel – “not all of them, but those who comprise the majority that vote for the three gangs known as the Arab parties” – is an enemy from within. Secondly, Sheftel said, the public now realizes clearly that the Israeli radical left is “a fifth column within Israel, a total ally of our internal Arab enemy. In 99 percent of issues having to do with security and military matters, Meretz and the left vote together with the Arabs.”

“Based on what happened in the Knesset with Zouabi,” Sheftel said, “the day is not far off when the Arabs will be thrown out of the Knesset, despite the Supreme Court. Every day they sit in the Knesset is a disgrace for the Jewish People.”