Heated confrontation in Knesset over Breaking the Silence

A passionate discussion took place on Tuesday in the Committee of Education of the Knesset on the topic of the NGO Breaking the Silence and its work against the IDF and the citizens of Israel.

The group’s members did not attend the discussion, instead sending a response which read: “We do not intend to participate in incitement against soldiers who have chosen to stop breaking the silence, nor will we participate in a discussion which embarrasses the Knesset.”

MK Oded Forrer (Yisrael Beiteinu) responded that “I’m positive that if Breaking the Silence were invited to a discussion in England or Sweden they would find the time to go and even try to benefit from it. This remind me of the Biblical story of the spies. They went and found the worst way to present the land of Israel, and presented a false report of the situation. Their goal is simply to slander Israel.”

MK Itzik Shmuli (Zionist Union) said that he condems the actions of Breaking the Silence abroad, but that to label them as foreign agents is going to far.

MK Ayelet Nachmias Verbin (Zionist Union) said that even though she signed the document against Breaking the Silence, right wing organizations such as Zu Arteinu need to come under the Knesset’s critical eye as well, and no one is talking about it.

Head of the Education Committee MK Yaakov Margi (Shas) had to throw out four people in the first 40 minutes for disciplinary infractions, including former Meretz Chairperson Zehava Galon. Margi chastised the committee members as well as other MK’s who sat in on the meeting and said: We have spent 45 of the first fifty minutes of this meeting dealing with calls to order and disciplinary infractions. As members of Education, Culture and Sports committee and as members of Israel’s Knesset you should all be ashamed of yourselves.