MK Liberman calls for annulment of Zoabi plea deal

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman says rogue Arab MK continues to threaten security forces 'with even greater force.'

Hezki Baruch,

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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Yisrael Beytenu Chairman, MK Avigdor Liberman, turned on Tuesday to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, demanding that he annul the plea bargain signed between the State and MK Hanin Zoabi of the Arab Joint List.

Liberman demanded that instead of the plea bargain, Zoabi should be indicted for incitement to violence, incitement to racism and making threats. The MK proclaimed that if the plea bargain is not annulled, he will consider directing his demands to the High Court.

“Just today, we saw yet again how Zoabi incites against the security forces, when she told Palestinian Authority media that ‘We need to prosecute whomever shot Nashat Milhem,’ referring to the elimination of the Tel-Aviv terrorist by security forces.

“Zoabi’s statements are the direct continuation of her prior comments against police officers at Nazareth’s courthouse - the reason the plea bargain was signed in the first place,” Liberman emphasized.

According to the MK, “Zoabi understands all too well that she can disparage and threaten Israeli soldiers and policemen, and now she continues to do so with even greater force. This is part of Zoabi and her party’s attempts to eliminate the Jewish State. In order to do so, they incite against those who defend and protect the country.”

With respect to the event during which Zoabi attacked the police officers at a Nazareth courthouse, Liberman added that he finds it “hard to understand how this event was summed up by a mere charge of insulting a public worker, especially when the entire event was filmed and documented. You do not have to be a legal professional in order to understand that the policemen were clearly threatened and incited against.”

“The message that the State is giving to all citizens, and to Arab citizens in particular, is that the State is afraid of exacting justice against those who threaten its sovereignty, do not recognize its institutions and laws, and threaten its representatives, who are only doing their jobs. This decision provides concrete support for the most extreme groups and weakens the citizens who are faithful to the State and abide by its laws,” Liberman added.