MK takes to Knesset podium for speech in Arabic (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 05.07.12, 23:23)
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Knesset Member Talab El-Sana takes advantage of Knesset´s final
moments to make speech in Arabic in which he criticized government.
MK Eldad: Will propose bill to have Hebrew as only official language
Knesset Member Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta´al) took advantage
of the 18th Knesset´s final moments to make a move that may have been
perceived as something of a protest against the right wing members of
During the filibuster on the bill on the dissolution of the Knesset,
he took to the podium and spoke in Arabic as he criticized the
government. MK Arieh Eldad (National Union) who spoke immediately
after El-Sana did not remain indifferent and said it was his
intention to initiate a bill that would see Hebrew as the only
official language in Israel – in contrast to the current situation.
"The best thing the Knesset has ever done in its term is dispersing
itself," El-Sana said in Hebrew after speaking in his mother
tongue. "It´s a shame that it did so three years too late during
which the citizen suffered. The mandate will go back to the people.
The people are the citizens, they, if they have suffered need to say
so at the ballot box.
"They need to punish those who have abused them for three years which
is why we are in favor of moving the elections forward to the
earliest possible (date). We have asked that our holidays be taken
into consideration but we are not interested in extending this
government´s term in office."
It was then Eldad´s turn to take to the podium: "Thank you to MK El-
Sana for allowing me to present my first proposal for the next
Knesset – Hebrew as the only official language in the State of
Israel." He then returned to matters on the agenda, and criticized
the government on the backdrop of the High Court´s ruling to continue
with the destruction of five buildings in the Ulpana neighborhood in
Bet El by July 1.
"I don´t have many complaints towards the High Court as the State was
the one that in its own stupidity came there once and again and
declared – if it´s on private land it will be removed," the MK
According to Eldad: "The only solution is that the State can carry
out in the short period of time allocated by the High Court is to
legislate a law that states that in cases such as these the land
owners will receive compensation and the neighborhood will not be
demolished. Only the State rushed and decided to disperse the
Knesset." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/07/12)
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