Zahalka was “replying” to a statement made by Moti Yogev, (Bet Yehudi) another Knesset member who was speaking in favor of a new law that is currently being considered by the Israeli legislative body.
The new law would dictate that a popular vote must be taken before Israel agrees to any future “land swaps” or “land returns” with the Palestinians. If the popular vote does not favor the notion, the hands of lawmakers would be tied.
Zahalka initially stated that such a law should not even be considered since Israel is discussing “conquered and sieged land” which by international law does not even belong to Israel. Zahalka suggested that as long as international law was being considered, perhaps the return of the so-called settlements should be voted on by various countries, and not the Israeli people.
Yogev replied to Zahalka: “The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel and you are the stranger here.”
This statement led to a heated exchange of words between Zahalka and Yuval Steinitz, (Likud Beitenu) another Knesset member. Zahalka’s statement caused a general uproar in the legislative body while in session.
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu interrupted the session to reply to this statement.
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MK Zahalka is known for his criticism of Israeli policy, often referring to Gaza and the West Bank as “an apartheid system.”