Restrictions Force MKs to Tread Carefully

For the first time since the Azmi Bishara affair surfaced, the Knesset plenum will meet, in an extraordinary session, to discuss the issue.

The session is likely to be particularly strange if restrictions on the subject are still in effect, making it necessary for the MKs to talk around the issue rather than discuss it directly.

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Chairman Tzachi Hanegbi last week rejected a request by MK Effi Eitam (National Religious Party) to discuss the issue on the grounds that it was being handled by the judicial system.

MK Zevulun Orlev (National Union) said the plenum would focus on "the question of the loyalty of Arab MKs to the Jewish and democratic State of Israel, with the Bishara affair and with meetings by Arab MKs with the enemies of Israel, which represents a crossing of red lines."