MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra'am Ta'al) "is using Israeli democracy as a tool of treason," National Union MK Uri Ariel said Sunday in response to the report that Tibi has joined the Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation to the United Nations, where the PA seeks recognition as a state.
"Parliamentary immunity does not grant Tibi the right to carry out subversion," he said, "and freedom of speech does not give him legitimacy to join the anti-Semitic chorus calling for the establishment of a Jew-free state."
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin was quoted by Reshet Bet radio as saying he was "stunned" by the report and would demand that Tibi confirm or deny the report. Meanwhile, Tibi's parliamentary aide was quoted as confirming Tibi had boarded a flight from Amman to New York and saying Tibi "might" be on the same flight as Mahmoud Abbas and that the matter "is being looked into."
Likud MK Ofir Akunis said Tibi's trip "crossed another red line and proved that he represents only the Palestinian interest in the Knesset and not the interests of Israel's Arab citizens."
MK Moshe Matalon (Israel is Our Home) said that Tibi "belongs in the PA, to which he is loyal." He added a recommendation that Tibi remain abroad and refrain from returning to Israel.