One day after the UK voted for a non-binding recognition of "Palestine," a process urged forward by radical Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List) who flew to London to convince British MPs to vote for the motion, a call has risen in the Knesset to dismiss the notoriously anti-Zionist MK.
MK Miri Regev (Likud) defined the trip by Tibi, a member of Israel's Knesset who traveled to push for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to be recognized as a "state" in Judea, Samaria and Gaza as "chutzpah" (insolence) while speaking to the Knesset TV channel on Tuesday.
"I sent a letter to the attorney general. MK Tibi needs to be dismissed from his position because he cannot fly off when he wants to, he can't go there privately and disconnect from his position as a member of the Knesset," said Regev.
The MK continued "if he wants to represent himself privately as Ahmed Tibi, he must resign from his position and fly to Britain privately, and convince whoever he wants."
While in London, Tibi spoke with members of the Labor party claiming that the unilateral recognition of the PA, which in April torpedoed peace talks by making a unity deal with the Hamas terror group, would aid the "peace process."
British Labor party MP Grahame Morris raised the vote, which created division in his party but eventually passed by 274 to 12, with more than half of all MPs abstaining. Some fear that if in elections next year the Labor party takes power, it could possibly turn the non-binding recognition into formal UK policy.
Regev's criticism comes after MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beytenu) on Monday accused Tibi of being a "puppet" for the PA, adding "it is clear that this foolish conduct will only prolong the possibility of a future agreement and will not achieve anything substantial."
The Israeli Foreign Ministry likewise assessed that the move was damaging, saying in a Tuesday statement "premature international recognition sends a troubling message to the Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make, and actually undermines the chances to reach a real peace."
The UK's declaration of recognition of "Palestine" comes on the heels of a similar move by Sweden, which made a storm by pledging its commitment to recognize a Palestinian state two weeks ago on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
While Regev called for Tibi to be dismissed for his trip to the UK, he has in fact used his position against Israel on numerous occasions.
In June, he said the Hamas terror group in Gaza is "not a terror organization," just shortly before it launched a terror war on Israel causing Operation Protective Edge, and amid the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Sha'ar hy''d by Hamas terrorists.
Regarding those terrorists who murdered the three Israeli teens, Tibi likewise refused to call them terrorists. In that, he followed the footsteps of MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), who eventually was banned from the Knesset for six months after raising outrage by saying the murderers were not terrorists.
Following the recent counter-terror Gaza operation, Tibi called on the attorney general to investigate the prime minister and defense minister for "war crimes."