Arab Knesset Member Mohammad Barakeh (Hadash-Ta'al) expressed his support of Syria on Thursday, claiming that "a strong and resistant Syria will bring closer the day in which Jerusalem will become Palestine's capital."
Barakeh, who spoke during a rally of solidarity with Syria in Nazareth, added that "we can clearly see the cobwebs of the big spider, the United States, as well as the cobwebs of the small spider, Israel, who are trying to drive a wedge between Syria and Lebanon in order to devour Syria after what happened in Iraq."
Avi Peled, spokesperson for the right-wing party Israel Our Home, said in response that "the statements made once and again by Arab MKs, in which they express their support of Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority and turning Jerusalem into the capital of a Palestinian state, prove how necessary and essential it is to reach an agreement of land exchange between Israel and the PA."
"As a gesture, it is advisable to transfer these Arab MKs, even as a gift, to the PA and to deprive them of their Israeli citizenship," he suggested.
"Israel is our home, Palestine is theirs," Peled added.
About two weeks ago, Arab MK Azmi Bishara (National Democratic Assembly) told a Lebanese audience that
Israel is the 20th century's greatest robbery, carried out in broad daylight.
"I will never recognize Zionism even if all Arabs do," he said. "I will never concede Palestine. The battle is still long."
'Return Palestine to us'
Bishara, who left for Lebanon without consent from the Interior Ministry, added that "the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is not a demographic dispute, but a national one."
"It's not the problem of 1.2 million Palestinians living in Israel. They are like all Arabs, only with Israeli citizenship forced upon them," he said.
"We are the original residents of Palestine, not those who came from Poland and Russia," the MK added.
Directing his speech at Israelis, Bishara said, "Return Palestine to us and take your democracy with you. We Arabs are not interested in it."