'No one has harmed Israel more than Shimon Peres'
Right-wing MK's on Wednesday slammed Shimon Peres' pretentious 90th birthday celebration
Knesset members on the Right called the 11 million shekel event a waste
of money, even though it was funded by contributions and not taxpayers.
"The event that we saw yesterday was pompous, wasteful, and
pretentious," said MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud). "Woe to the country that
cuts child welfare payments in the Knesset at the same time that its
president holds a birthday celebration that costs millions. If it was
funded by donations, Peres should have solicit contributions for the
Feiglin, who led demonstrations against Peres
during the Oslo diplomatic process in the 1990s, said the party was the
last event he would go to. He said he and thousands of other Israelis
could never forgive Peres for the diplomatic concessions that resulted
in hundreds of deaths.
"There is no man who harmed the country
more than Shimon Peres," Feiglin said. "The existence of the country in
its land is being questioned in the West because of the Oslo process
Peres symbolizes. Negotiations begin with an incorrect assumption that
there is a Palestinian people with a right to a state, while the
Palestinians deny our right to a Jewish state, and the world takes their
But MK's didn't just criticize the event itself.
MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) lashed out at Peres for putting a map of
Israel in pre-67 borders on the tickets of the event. [Jewish Home MK Orit] Struck noted the
irony of Barbara Streisand singing a traditional song about God having
mercy on our children with that map in the background.
On the way to the conference this morning, my taxi driver told me that it was reported in the Hebrew papers on Wednesday that Bill Clinton donated the entire $500,000 that
he his foundation
received from the Jewish National Fund for coming here to fund scholarships for Israeli students to attend university. That's very nice, but why is the JNF paying $500,000 for university scholarships when their mission is supposed to be land reclamation. Better they should use that money to free up scarce land in the country's center to create affordable housing for young couples who have no place to live.
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