MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) said Thursday that former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg, after his comments about Israel and Zionism must be prevented through legislation if necessary from being buried in the section in the Jerusalem cemetery on Mount Herzl reserved for national leaders.
"He should look for a grave in another country," the MK said, though Burg is not yet dead.
Burg will be entitled to a burial reserved for national leaders both because he served as head of the Jewish Agency, and because he was Knesset speaker.
In an interview in Haaretz Weekend Magazine, Burg said that he is no longer a Zionist, that he is in favor of abrogating the Law of Return and calls on everyone who can to obtain a foreign passport.
Schneller called Burg "Avraham-Azmi-Leibowitz," combining his name with those of Azmi Bishara, the former MK in self-exile wanted in Israel over treason charges, and Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz - an orthodox Jew and prominent critic of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians, who coined the term "Judeonazi."
"It is inappropriate that he be buried in the section for national leaders." Schneller said. "When I read what he said I thought this was a joke. If Burg thinks that by spurning Zionism, spitting at Judaism and scorning the state he will become the next Yeshayahu Leibowitz he is mistaken. He is simply not on Leibowitz's intellectual level."
National Religious Party Chairman Zevulun Orlev said Burg "lost his sanity... Burg in fact is announcing the destruction of the state and proposes to the Jewish people to return to exile."
As Burg's late father Yosef was once head of the National Religious Party, Orlev added: "The apple falls far from the tree."
Meretz Chairman Yossi Beilin expressed sadness that "a man like Burg, who is salt of the earth, can say things like that. Obviously I don't agree with him." As opposed to Burg, Beilin said "if this country is not the Jewish State, and has no Jewish majority, it doesn't interest me."
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