Nationalists were livid Thursday after the Attorney General, Attorney Yehuda Weinstein, made clear that the state will not file charges against MK Hanin Zouabi (Balad) and other leftists who took part in the Gaza flotilla in 2010.
Zouabi and others were on board the boat Mavi Marmara, along with dozens of IHH terrorists. The terrorists prepared a violent ambush for IDF naval commando soldiers who rappelled onto the deck, nearly killing them. Three of the soldiers have received disability status.
MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said that "the law enforcement system's inability to fight crude acts of treason by Israel's Arabs and their elected officials in another chapter in the crumbling of the rule of law in Israel."
"Let no one wonder if the public trust of the law enforcement system is ground to dust, and crazed extremists will find justification for taking the law into their hands."
Nachi Eyal of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel said the decision caused every citizen in Israel to feel betrayed.
"We send our soldiers to risk death on board the Marmara and when the legal system has to deal with the flotilla's organizers, we see a shameful impotence. It is hard to avoid the fact that the legal system and the AG who heads it have abandoned the Naval Commando soldiers in this decision."
MK Michael Ben Ari called the decision "a green light to hurt IDF soldiers." Weinstein, who has never taken care of the criminals of Bilin and Naalin, "is the head of the leftist [Trojan] horse that makes soldiers fair game."
MK Yariv Levin (Likud) said that Arab MKs "received a general approval today for continuing to commit treason against the state of Israel and betraying their public mission." He called the decision "cowardly, dangerous and baseless."
Just three days ago, it was announced that 3 of the Naval Commandos who were hurt in the Mavi Marmara incident have been recognized by Ministry of Defense as "disabled in IDF service." The three still serve in the commando unit and are awaiting the decision regarding the degree of disability to be determined for each of them