'I despise anyone who says murderer is a hero of his nation'

MK Yehuda Glick says peaceful coexistence is possible, but only if Arabs choose moderate leadership over current leaders.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

scene of attack in Neve Tzuf
scene of attack in Neve Tzuf
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MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) delivered an emotional speech in the Knesset plenum following the security and political situation in which he detailed his disappointment with the Muslim leadership in Israel.

"As a person who believes in truth and in the belief that it is possible to live in this country in peace and coexistence, I have suffered a sharp slap to the face in the last two weeks," MK Glick said. "When three Muslims in the name of Islam leave Umm el Fahm and kill two policemen in cold blood, I expected the Muslim leadership to rise up and condemn it."

"When a man of 19 - in the name of Islam - enters a house, murders in cold blood, and slaughters three people, I expected that the Islamic world would rise up and condemn it," Glick added.

"Yesterday we heard [Hamas leader] Ismail Haniyeh say instead: 'He is a hero of our nation.' I despise anyone who thinks that a murderer is a hero of his nation.

"Last Friday we saw representatives of the Joint List walking around the Old City provocatively, instead of calling to the [Arab] community: 'Respect, bring peace to a place that is supposed to be a world center for peace.' Instead they heat up the atmosphere and stir up tensions.

"I wanted to believe that it is possible to live here in coexistence. I still believe that it is possible. I call on the Muslim population in Israel: choose a moderate leadership, a responsible leadership, and not a leadership which is interested in calling a person who defended himself a murderer.

Glick rejected the claim that the recent violence was caused by the metal detectors which were placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount. "The three men, amazingly, who left Umm al-Fahm, were probably great prophets, they knew that the next day the prime minister would put a magnometer there. We all know that no one did it in the name of the magnometer but they did it in the name of the lust for murder, and when they did it in the name of Islam, they violated Islam, say it or you share it. "

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