Yitzhak Pindrus
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MK Yitzhak Pindrus (United Torah Judaism) on Tuesday raised a storm after he attacked leftists who staged protests at Ben Gurion International Airport.

During footage of meeting of the Construction, Law, and Justice Committee, Pindrus can be heard saying, "Did you see what the protesters did at Ben Gurion Airport? It reminds me of the period of [former Likud MK Moshe] Feiglin. What is this thing? Fascists. We need to put a stop to them."

Pindrus later responded to the footage, saying that he had spoken sarcastically, since the response would have been different had those under discussion been settlers.

Organizers of Monday's protest at the airport told participants, "Pay attention, we must convey a clear and sharp message to the government of Israel: If you try to create a dictatorship, we will know, as in the first round, how to paralyze the state and stop the legislation."

The decision to hold a protest at Ben Gurion was made despite warnings from the police and the Israel Airports Authority that such an act could endanger hundreds of lives if there is an emergency at the airport.

Amnon Cohen, the acting director of the Israel Airports Authority, warned Sunday: "We saw to what extent the airport is a place that has a very high operational sensitivity that directly concerns human life. The airport can turn in seconds into a place where an emergency procedure is activated where the lives of hundreds of people depend on it," he said.

According to him, "Ben Gurion Airport is a place of first-class operational sensitivity. Blocking it, regardless of the reason, could end in an international catastrophe, so blocking Ben Gurion Airport must be off-limits."