Nationalist MKs reacted with derision Wednesday after MK Yitzhak "Buji" Herzog (Labor) said in a televised interview that he does “not rule out” allowing MK Ahmed Tibi of the United Arab List to the Knesset's highly sensitive Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
"Buji has gone crazy, appointing Ahmed Tibi to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee,” said MK Miri Regev (Likud). “Seriously? It is Buji who endangers the security of Israel, despite attempts by some officers to scare the Israeli public against (Binyamin) Netanyahu. Only Netanyahu will safeguard the nation's security and the public knows this well, in its heart of hearts.”
MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) called on Herzog to recant. "MK Buji Herzog's agreement to Ahmed Tibi's membership in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, which stems from his desire to receive the support of the Arabs, expresses irresponsibility and abandon.
"This position of his makes it clear to the entire Israeli public that we must not place trust in him or see him, God forbid, as prime minister. The discussions in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, certainly in the subcommittees, are ones with heavy import and it is not possible to let the MKs who support Israel's enemies into them. Buji – return! Return to the Israeli mainstream, which typified the Labor party in the past, when it was Zionist and pro-defense, and not like today, when you have espoused the radical Left's positions.”
Yachad - Ha'am Itanu's head Eli Yishai said: “The leftist camp has lost all sense of purpose in its quest to steal the government. I am surprised that Buji is prepared, only for his seat, to harm the security of Israel. Ahmed Tibi does not recognize the existence of the state of Israel, and letting him into the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is a serious danger to its security. It has been proven yet again why the Left must not be allowed to take power.”
Tibi is a former adviser to Yasser Araft, who headed the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) for decades and launched countless terror attacks against Jews. He has spoken out in favor of "martyrdom" by Arab terrorists, has a long history of inciting violence by Arabs, has a penchant for hurling coarse insults against nationalist MKs, and is perceived by many as the most clever and dangerous of the Arab MKs.