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Likud MKs on Zoabi Decision: You Can’t Abuse Israel’s Democracy

MKs respond to the decision to remove MK Hanin Zoabi from making speeches in the plenum. "She should be in Ramallah," says MK Danny Danon.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 7/19/2011, 4:21 AM / Last Update: 7/19/2011, 5:12 AM

Likud MKs Tzipi Hotovely and Danny Danon spoke to Arutz Sheva on Monday, following the decision by the Knesset’s Ethics Committee to remove the right of MK Hanin Zoabi to make speeches in the plenum for two weeks’ time.

The punishment is in response to Zoabi’s participation in the pro-Hamas flotilla that endangered the lives of Israeli soldiers in May of 2010.

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“Today we delivered a very important message to all the Arab MKs,” said Hotovely, who is a member of the Ethics Committee. “You can’t abuse Israel’s democracy. You can’t use it to take action against the State of Israel and cooperate with a terrorist organization.”

Danon referred to last week’s incident, when Zoabi went into an uncontrollable rage at the Knesset plenum and violently pushed a female guard who was trying to remove her, and said that Zoabi’s behavior was “unacceptable.”

“We should not let MK Zoabi continue,” he said. “She started by joining the flotilla, working with terrorists against our soldiers, and last week she physically attacked one of the Knesset’s employees.

“I’m very happy she was expelled from the Knesset,” continued Danon. “She shouldn’t be here. She should be in the parliament in Ramallah. We have to find the legal means to ensure that MK Zoabi and other leaders from the extreme Arab leadership will not be in the Knesset.”