Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein called upon the government to recognize the 1915 genocide of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Turks at a special debate on the subject in the parliament on Tuesday.
Edelstein’s statement was especially noteworthy because by law, the Knesset speaker is acting president when the president is abroad. President Reuven Rivlin is in Germany and is set to return Wednesday.
"It is no secret that Israel has taken too ambivalent a stance on the Armenian genocide," Edelstein said. "There are many reasons, diplomatic and otherwise for the Israeli stance being too hesitant and restrained, which downplayed the magnitude of the historical event. We Jews who are still suffering from the impact of the Holocaust cannot minimize the tragedy.