The Knesset's speaker says he refused to display a Christmas tree in the building because of the "painful memories" it evoked among Jews.
Yuli Edelstein told Israel Radio Thursday such a public display of a Christian symbol could be construed as offensive. Earlier this week, Edelstein rejected the request of a Christian-Arab lawmaker. He said the parliamentarian could display a tree in his office and party's conference room. Edelstein says the initiative is part of an Arab campaign to chip away at Israel's Jewish nature. (AP)