April 10th, 2021 – As worries rise in Israel over the fate over the future of the Jewish State and any prospects of a Peace Deal with the Palestinians. Another concern has hit center stage as some of the ‘change’ candidates are siding with the far-right Religious Zionists over Palestinian parties.
Approval was given with hesitation by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday April 6th to begin the process to form a new government coalition in the Knesset. Bezalel Smotrich has caused controversy by even the most staunch pro-Israeli groups with his comment regarding legal Arab citizens residing in Israel.
Translated from his Twitter in English: I heard that after Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita said that a true Muslim/Arab should know that the Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel, Ahmad Tibi opened his mouth on him. So Ahmed, a true Muslim?Arab must know that the Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel, Rabbi Shmuel and the tens of thousands of his students, including us, will take care of this.
To make matters worse, the statement was made the day before Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a blatant insult to the suffering of the Jewish people in the Holocaust who made the prospect of a Jewish State possible today.
He was arrested during protests against the disengagement plan in 2005, and was held in jail for three weeks, but not charged. In 2006, he helped organize the “Beast Parade” as part of protests against a gay pride parade in Jerusalem, although he later admitted regret at the incident.
Bayit Yehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich, who angered many by referring to the gay pride parade as the “abomination parade,” has also made ‘bizarre’ claims about the LGBT community by saying LGBT community uses control of the media to get public sympathy and silence those who share his views.
“These people possess an immense power in the ability to shape our perceptions,” he said. “When you look at the list today, it has many dozens of the most dominant figures. So naturally they couldn’t listen to an opinion like mine and they cut me off after a quarter of a sentence, and I come out looking bad because I can’t explain myself.”.
Some of his controversial statements may have led to the motive behind Yishai Schlissel’s stabbing at a Gay Pride Parade in 2015, which led to him being beaten in an Israeli prison. On July 30th, 2015, during the 2015 Jerusalem gay pride, he stabbed 16-year-old Shira Banki to death, and wounded six other people. The incident occurred just three weeks after his release from prison. On 24 August, Schlissel was indicted for murder, six counts of attempted murder, and wounding under aggravating circumstances, and detained until the end of proceedings. On June 26th, 2016, he was sentenced to life plus 31 years in prison, as well as a fine of NIS 2,064,000 (around $650,000 US Dollars) in damages.
In 2005, Schlissel stabbed three marchers during the gay pride parade in Jerusalem which was also attended and organized by Smotrich. As a result, he was convicted of attempted murder and aggravated assault and sentenced to twelve years in prison. In 2007, his sentence was reduced to ten years on appeal. Schlissel served his sentence at Maasiyahu Prison. In 2008, he was hospitalized for a month and a half over mental health issues and diagnosed with a paranoid psychiatric condition. Schlissel was released in June 2015, a month prior to the most recent incident.
If there is any chance of any peace ever happening in the not-so-Holy Land, there needs to be complete fundamental changes in the roots of the Parliament. When the left parties are being thrown to the far-right and the far-right is thrown further down the abyss, there won’t be any hope for anything but a one state solution.