Armenian Genocide Bill Again On Israel Parliament Agenda

JERUSALEM (Combined Sources)–Israel’s parliament agreed on Wednesday to again consider a draft resolution recognizing the World War One-era mass killings and deportations of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide.

The Knesset decided by 12 votes to 8, with one abstention, that one of its standing committees will discuss the resolution and determine whether it should be put to a full parliament vote.

Speaker Reuven Rivlin was among those who voted for the decision. Significantly, a representative of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also backed a parliament debate on the bill drafted by Haim Oron, the leader of the left-wing opposition Meretz party.

Oron wants the committee to approve the draft resolution, arguing that similar bills have been passed by committees in the French parliament and US Congress.”It is appropriate that the Israeli Knesset, which represents the Jewish people, recognize the Armenian genocide,” said Oron. “It is unacceptable that the Jewish people is not making itself heard.”

Most of the lawmakers voting against its inclusion on the parliament agenda were from the Yisrael Beiteinu party, a junior partner in Netanyahu’s coalition government that mainly represents Jewish immigrants from Soviet republics and Azerbaijan in particular. One of them, the Baku-born Yosef Shagal, said Israel should not pass judgment on what he described as a Turkish-Armenian dispute.

It is not yet clear which Knesset committee will pick up the measure. Oron wants it to be debated by the Education Committee, having failed to push similar bills through the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in 2009 and 2008. But both Rivlin and Netanyahu’s representative said that the latter panel should again deal with the matter.

The Defense Committee did not even vote on the Armenian genocide resolutions in the past, despite clearance from the Knesset. It thus highlighted successive Israeli governments’ reluctance to antagonize Turkey, a rare Muslim partner of the Jewish state.

The Netanyahu government did not back a parliament debate on Armenian genocide recognition on the previous occasion, in May 2009. Commentators might link the apparent shift in its position on the highly sensitive issue to recent months’ worsening of Turkish-Israeli relations.


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  1. Alex Postallian said:

    In the middle of the road Israel,on every issue,except the Holocaust,you never heard the end of it.To me they remind you of their turk brothers.YOU JUST CANT TRUST THEM…

  2. Robert said:

    Hey Alex,

    Is that why dashnak Armenians tried twice to exterminate the Jews (WWI & WWII)!!

  3. Hov said:

    huh????????? where did dashnaks have large numbers of jews at their disposal? stop making false unfactual comments!

  4. hov said:

    huh????????? where did dashnaks have large numbers of jews at their disposal? stop making false unfactual comments!

  5. vahe said:

    What is the moral value of the Israelie recognition of the Armenian Genocide when they continue to occupy Palestine and treat them like fascists?

  6. Nairian said:

    Hey Robert, you went bonkers again?????? ARF-Tashnagtsutyun killed Jews???? I think you went real koo koo this time.