Daily Israel Report

Arab MKs Visit Qatar, Meet Traitor Ex-MK

During war with Hamas, MKs Zoabi, Zahalka and Ghattas visit Balad party founder Bishara, who fled Israel after spying for Hezbollah.
By Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 8/17/2014, 9:09 PM

Jamal Zahalka, Hanin Zoabi
Jamal Zahalka, Hanin Zoabi
Flash 90

Three members of the Arab-nationalist Balad Knesset party, Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basal Ghattas, took a trip in the last several days to Qatar, a key provider of funds to the Hamas terror government currently engaged in an open war on Israel.

While there, Channel 2 reports that the three met with Azmi Bishara, the founder of the Balad party, who fled to Qatar after passing information to Hezbollah in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, helping direct their missiles at Israeli citizens.

A Balad statement announced the trip to Qatar was for media purposes, and hinted that Bishara was present in the meetings.

This last weekend, Qatar decided to increase its emergency aid to the Hamas enclave of Gaza by $13 million, bringing it to a total of $23 million. A group named "The Qatari Committee to Rebuild Gaza" was tasked with distributing the money to repair homes damaged in Operation Protective Edge.

Responding to the visit, MK Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) said "Qatar has three terror mandates in the Israeli Knesset."

"Operation Protective Edge isn't even over yet, quiet has yet to arrive to residents of the state of Israel, Gaza citizens are trying to rebuild the destruction Hamas brought on them," said the MK, summarizing the current situation as truce talks continue in Cairo.

"Instead of staying in Israel to help, Balad MKs chose to fly to Qatar, a state funneling money into the greased system of terror and fear, to meet with the traitor Azmi Bishara, senior adviser to the Qatari regime and de-facto chairperson of the Balad party," added Kariv.

With the start of the current operation last month, Kariv notes that she "turned to the Attorney General and the Knesset chairperson asking to check the connection between the Balad party, Qatar and Azmi Bishara - there is no doubt that this connection was proven."

"I call to immediately investigate whether that (connection) is enough to remove their immunity and ban them from the Knesset immediately. Zoabi, Zahalka and Ghattas are manipulating their Israeli immunity and actively enjoying Qatari immunity," concluded Kariv.

Speaking to the Qatar sponsored Al Jazeera late last month, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) noted "Qatar is funding Hamas with over quarter of a billion dollars - they're funding daily murders of Israeli children and Gaza children and what we need is for Qatar to stop funding Hamas."