Late Wednesday night, the Knesset voted on a bill to make the controversial "referendum law" a basic law, which would necessitate a national referendum on any peace deal that would require territorial withdrawals.
During the plenum debate, Arab MK Jamal Zahalka (National Democratic Assembly) 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."
|Arab MK Jamal Zahalka Succeeded in getting Netanyahu to|
take a stand. Now, as to Obama and Kerry... Credit: Uri Lenz/Times of Israel
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Zahalka was subsequently heckled by Habayit Hayehudi lawmakers, who said, "You are the foreigners in this land," to which Zahalka responded, "We were here before you and we will be here after you." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen in the video immediately raising his hand to be allowed a response from the Knesset podium. "I did not plan to speak but I heard what MK Zahalka had to say. You said 'We were here before you and we'll be here after you're gone.' The first part is not true and the second part will never take place," the prime minister said, slamming his hand on the podium and leaving.The continued Jewish presence in Israel that continued even after the destruction of the Second Temple proves the lie to Zahalka's claim -- which may explain why the Arabs from time to time will claim to be descended from the Phoenicians, among others. At times they have even claimed that Jesus was a Palestinian -- an odd way to acknowledge that Jews are also Palestinians, but I understand their desperation. Now if we can only get Bibi to stand up to Obama and Kerry the way he stood up to Zahalka!
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