An Israeli representative MK Majalli Whbee (Kadima) and a French representative were elected as vice-chairmen on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean in Morocco on Thursday. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, thwarted efforts to elect the Turkish representative for the role, and told assembly participants that he would "quit the organization if the Turkish representative was chosen".
Rivlin said that "Israel is a member of the assembly in order to promote cooperation and not so that it would have to defend itself from constant attacks". The Egyptian representative is expected to be elected as the assembly's president. (Roni Sofer)