Head of the Opposition and chair of the Zionist Union party MK Yitzchak Herzog responded Thursday to the comments made by MK Zuhair Bahloul of his party, who earlier in the day reiterated his claims that the Arab terrorist who two weeks ago stabbed a soldier in Hevron was not a "terrorist."
In the attack the terrorist together with an accomplice moderately wounded a soldier before being shot. While lying wounded on the ground the terrorist was shot dead by a soldier currently on trial for manslaughter; the soldier argues he fired over concerns the terrorist was moving to detonate a hidden bomb belt.
“I made clear to MK Zuhair Bahloul that I strongly reject and condemn his statement and the position of the Zionist Union is that a terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist, no matter if you went to kill Arabs or Jews," wrote Herzog in his Facebook page.
Herzog's comments come shortly after the Zionist Union party published a statement on Thursday afternoon, clarifying that Bahloul's comments “do not reveal or represent the position of the Zionist Union."
Following Bahloul’s statement, the Jewish Home party said that “Yitzhak Rabin is turning in his grave,” and noted on how Bahloul is a member of the Labor faction in the Zionist Union party, which presumes to be a Zionist movement.
Herzog retaliated to those comments on his Facebook page: "Leaders in the Jewish Home who head the campaign of racism and attempt to release the Duma murder suspect – it is better to stop preaching to us and shut up.”
Just last May, Bahloul stated that Labor is not a Zionist party, emphasizing that "Zionist Union" was just a "temporary" name. At the time he added, "I cannot be Zionist because I am an Arab."