Video: Netanyahu Hits Back at Arab MK Who Tells Knesset ‘We Were Here Before You, and We’ll be Here After You’


knesset[Video below.] A meeting at Israel’s Knesset Wednesday turned heated after Arab Israeli MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) declared that Israeli Jews are an “enemy of peace.”

Zahalka made the comments during a debate on a referendum bill aimed to ensure Israelis will have a right to vote on any final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Zahalka said that the bill was irrelevant because it referred to “occupied territory, and as such, what applies is international law; the referendum should apply to the nations of the world.”

The comment was jeered at by MKs in the Knesset, to which Zahalka responded: “You’re an enemy of peace. We were here before you, and we’ll be here after you.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was present at the debate, but had not planned to speak, shot back, “The first part is wrong – and the second part will not happen.”

The rebuke earned applause from the Knesset floor.

On Wednesday night, the Knesset approved the referendum bill by a vote of 66 to 45, with no abstentions. The bill must still pass two more readings in the Knesset before it becomes law.

Watch a video of the incident here.

Source: The Algemeiner Journal

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  1. The arab MK meant that they were there before the zionists and will be there after them…..and therefore he is correct ! Zionism is an ideology that started in the last 100 years or so and will soon collapse….However, Torah Jewry has been here forever and will continue even after the zionist collapse. The chazon ish z”l said zionism will only last a few decades….to which the brisker rov z”l responded, “that if take money from the govt., I FEAR IT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MOSHIACH COMES !!!” But now that they are cutting all funding and forcing Hashem to fund us in other ways, they have no ???? ????. And that’s not “stam a deya”…..

  2. The Arab Mk did not mean just the zionists, he meant us all. We should not confuse our disagreements with their intentions. We do not agree with the secular zionists but the Arabs are the enemies of us all. They want all Jews out, they want a Moslem country like Iran or Syria in Erets Yisroel. Can Jews live in these countries peacefully just because they are not zionists? Be real.

  3. The Cohen (#5)
    Before the Zionists came along Jews could and did live peaceably with Arabs in Eretz Yisroel and all those other countries. Rav Hutner, zatzal, said that before the Zionists started threatening to throw the Arabs out, the Mufti got along quite well with the old Yishuv, but after they threatened the Arabs the Mufti went and persuaded Himmler to do what he did so that there wouldn’t be any Jews left to come to Eretz Yisroel.

  4. Pinchos Osher #7
    This is not historically correct. Jews were mistreated by Arabs in Palestine and elsewhere before the zionists. but the question is now. who do they hate? do Arabs like Jamal Zahalka learn your version of history and differentiate between zionist Jews and non-zionist Jews or not? The reality is that right now we are all in the same boat. He means us all.