Sharon was never asked to testify
Most of the top officials who received warnings from the Or Commission claim that there are no grounds for the warnings.
Attorneys from Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, who are representing the three Arab leaders, claim that if the panel is investigating them for alleged incitement, then the commission should also investigate incitement by Jewish leaders against the Arab community. The panel's probe of incitement, the attorneys wrote, "was selective and discriminatory against elected Arab leaders."
Adalah claimed that the commission should have looked into Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's responsibility for the outbreak of violence, which followed his visit to the Temple Mount on September 28, 2000. Sharon was leader of the opposition at the time. The organization said that Sharon's visit was "the most obvious cause of the deterioration in the situation," even quoting a United Nations Security Council resolution of October 7, 2000 that termed the visit a "provocation."
Adalah also wanted Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef put on the stand for "inflammatory comments" about the Arab community over the last few years, just as Arab leaders have been investigated for incitement.
In July 2002, the commission rejected both requests, saying that there was "no justification for having Mr. Sharon and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef testify."