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Knesset discusses today Israel's recognition of the "Armenian Massacre"

February 17, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Israeli Parliament Knesset is discussing, in its meeting held on Monday (26/12), a bill on the Jewish state’s recognition of the “Armenian Massacre” which the Turks are accused  of committing against the Armenian people during the First World War.
The Parliament’s Education Committee is supposed to meet today to discuss a proposal made by MP Aryeh Eldad, of National Union block, and Zahava Galún, of the Meretz block, on the adoption of the Armenian massacre and accusing the Turks of committing it.

According to Hebrew media reports, the national security adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jacob Amidror, has submitted a request to the Israeli Parliament President, Reuven Rivlin, to postpone the discussion of this bill and not raise it in the present time, “given the sensitivity of the topic and out of the fear of negative repercussions on the Israeli-Turkish relations,” but the latter refused while asserting his intention to participate in the discussion sessions.
The move comes just days after the French parliament ratified a law to criminalize all who deny the occurrence of the “Armenian massacre” with a punishment of imprisonment and a fine, which sparked angry reactions in Turkey that led to the adoption of a series of punitive measures against France. The Turkish measures included, only in its first phase, the withdrawal of the Turkish ambassador from Paris, the abolition of political visits, military and economic ties between the two countries, in addition to stopping the political consultations between Ankara and Paris.