Several Opposition Knesset Members and at least one coalition MK have signed a letter that demands that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cancel a scheduled Dec. 28 meeting with Donald Trump during the Republican presidential candidate’s planned visit.
The Prime Minister has said he will meet with Trump, but aides have been careful to point out that he does not necessarily agree with Trump’s views.
The gadfly GOP presidential candidate raised the rafters Monday when he said that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Meretz MK Michal Rozin initiated the letter, supported by a Shas MK, to the Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Opposition Knesset Members figure that If Trump can say “No Muslims,” they can say, “No Trump.”
Meretz MK, Esawi Frej and an Arab, said:
Just as it is clear Israel wouldn’t allow a hater of the Jews to use it in order to advance his political wares, the same must be in the case of Trump.
Trump is not just a racist; he is a man who poses a threat to the free world. A man who through racist incitement tries to gain the post of US president. A man whose presence in the public sphere is based on racism.
The state of Israel cannot let Trump enter, particularly given his intentions to use his visit for political propaganda. This is a man who incites against a public (Arabs] that represents 20% of the population of the state of Israel, a man who asks to incite flames and hatred in every place he visits.
At least two MKs grabbed the headlines Wednesday and demanded that Trump be barred from the Knesset, although he has no plans to visit, at least not this time around. That caudal change if he were to be elected President of the United States.
Zionist Union MK Omer Bar Lev (tweeted Wednesday:
As far as it depends on me, this racist @realDonaldTrump should not be welcome in the @knessetisrael
Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi called Trump a “neo-Nazi” on Twitter and added:
I asked the Speaker of the Knesset to prevent Trump from entering the Knesset.
Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog has said nothing and probably will remain silent. He stated last month he is staying out of American politics after being asked how he would deal with Trump if he were elected to the White House.
In Britain, 105,000 people have signed a petition to ban Trump from entering the country, and the number is rising every minute
The online petition in Britain, whose population includes nearly 3 million Muslims, states:
The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech.
If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behavior’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.
Britain has an estimated 2.7 million Muslim population.
Below is Trump’s “NO Muslims” speech.