MK Amit Halevi (Likud) spoke with Israel National News - Arutz Sheva regarding the bill to fight incitement in the curricula of Jerusalem Arabs' schools.
"We need to tell the Arab minority in general and in eastern Jerusalem in particular: Do you want to be loyal citizens, or do you want to create hothouses for terror? In eastern Jerusalem there are 120,000 students, 80% of whom learn the Palestinian curriculum which teaches incitement to murder and terror. Those same schools are funded by the State of Israel, and this cannot continue. We see the significance in the past few months, of harm to Jews by students, which stems from the incitement to terror in the education system," Halevi said.
"This bill allows the Education Ministry to check security records, and not just indictments, to suspend a teacher who identified with an act of terror and in coordination with Education Minister Yoav Kisch (Likud) there will be an option to require that schools which are funded by the State teach only the Israeli curriculum."
Halevi also said that he is nonplussed by the Arab MKs' intention to fight the bill.
"We will be guilty if we do not support the decent and civilian sides and allow nationalist illusions to exist. I say to the Arab MKs that they need to be our partners in this matter, and if they want to achieve nationalist aspirations - there are 22 Arab countries around us where they can do that."
Halevi also said that in his opinion, the judicial reform will yet pass: "The Prime Minister said that the reform did not die, but is under discussion. We are putting things on the table, and it is obvious that there needs to be a change. We desire a broad consensus and compromises. There are discussions in the President's Residence. The reform is still alive, and in the coming weeks we will see how it takes place."
When asked about MK Danny Danon's proposal to limit protests against public figures, due to the increase in anti-government protests, Halevi said, "I think protests are important and anyone who decides to take on a public position accepts upon himself criticism, which includes protests - there is just a clear line between protests and attaching yourself to the face of MK Milwidsky and making serious threats to him. In my opinion, we do not need to limit protests, but there must not be violence or threats."