A heated debated arose in the Knesset House Committee on Tuesday, following a request to hold a plenum session on the "forged passports affair". Member of Knesset Talab El-Sana (United Arab List – Ta'al) asked if the Knesset was run by the Mossad, while MK Carmel Shama (Likud) called the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh a "mitzvah".
The Knesset House Committee session was held following a decision by the Knesset presidency not to authorize the matter for discussion on the Knesset plenum's agenda. El-Sana filed an appeal to the committee, which was also rejected.
"Why isn't the Israeli Knesset holding a discussion?" El-Sana asked the committee. "Anyone trying not to hold a discussion has a reason not to hold a discussion… Does (Mossad chief) Meir Dagan decide which matters are discussed in the Knesset?"
El-Sana added, "There is no doubt that this is a matter of public concern and that the Knesset should discuss the issue."
Regarding the alleged forged passports reportedly used by the Hamas commander's killers in Dubai, he asked: "Is assassinating in another country using mafia methods a victory? It was an act of terror. As in the attempt on (Hamas politburo chief) Khaled Mashaal, they were caught red-handed in Dubai, every movement, including the glasses, was captured. Whoever is behind this should be prosecuted. Don't be surprised when arrest warrants are issued against Meir Dagan."
In response MK Shama said, "If my passport could help in the assassination of Mabhouh, I would be willing to give it to you. I would be willing to give you my regular passport as well as my diplomatic passport."
MK Yariv Levin (Likud) sarcastically added, "Firing rockets at kindergartens – that's heroism. Don't threaten us. Don't sit here and threaten us." Shama then said, "I would be very sorry if the State of Israel did not carry out this mitzvah."
MK Ahmad Tibi then asked, "Why do the MKs feel threatened by having the matter discussed? A matter that has been spread over pages, down to the smallest detail. The media had a field day, almost like Carmel Shama's euphoric spirit."
Tibi and Shama then exchanged words, and a number of MKs chimed in. Shama said: "Meir Dagan did good work quietly. He is dear to Israel." Tibi said he does not agree with Shama and named a different hero: "The real hero in this story is the Dubai police commander, who exposed the assassins."
Shama asked: "That clown?" In response, Tibi said, "That clown caught you with your pants down." At this point MK Levin intervened and told Shama: "Let Dubai's ambassador in Israel speak."
MK Meir Sheetrit of Kadima tried to calm his comrades and said the debate was unnecessary. Tibi had the last work and said, "I fear for Shama, he has an Arab name, he could also be assassinated tomorrow."