Knesset Members from the Likud party responded with outrage on Wednesday to comments by MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint List), including demands her critics apologize, claiming the recently signed deal normalizing relations with Turkey validated her participation in a 2010 pro-Hamas flotilla.
Deputy Knesset Speaker Nava Boker (Likud) called for the anti-Zionist MK to be expelled from the Knesset and deported from Israel.
“Zoabi needs to be removed not just from the Knesset but the country entirely.”
Boker went on to compare Zoabi’s rhetoric to terrorist propaganda.
“The things she said are no different from the views of terrorists and terror organizations. Those very soldiers whom she has labelled terrorists defend her and we cannot accept such statements in the Knesset or anywhere else. Zoabi’s venomous statements [will] lead to murder and the spilling of innocent blood.”
Deputy Housing Minister Jacky Levy also lambasted Zoabi, calling her an “embarrassment” to Israel.
“It’s a complete embarrassment that a hater of Israel and leader of the terrorist flotilla who smeared our heroic soldiers as murderers gets a platform in the Israeli Knesset to express her heinous, extreme views.”
“The time has come to end Zoabi’s theater of the absurd. It cannot be that she is [allowed] to with her words and actions harm and bash the state and IDF soldiers who guard [everyone] including her. Zoabi’s place should be far from a legislative body and far from the State of Israel.”