Recognizing Armenian Genocide Is Moral Imperative for Jews, Knesset Speaker Says

JERUSALEM (Jerusalem Post) — Israel must recognize the suffering of the Armenian people, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said Tuesday at a discussion of the Armenian Genocide.

In response to a motion to the agenda by MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz), Edelstein said, “this discussion does not blame any modern country, rather it shows that we identify with the victims of the massacre and its terrible outcome.

Edelstein added, “We cannot deny history and hold back human values out of diplomatic or political caution.”

Gal-On called for the government to recognize the Armenian Genocide before its 100th anniversary next year.

“As a nation that experienced the Holocaust, we cannot continue to ignore the Armenian genocide because of irrelevant considerations,” she stated.

According to MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud Beytenu), the Jewish People were “next in line” after the Armenians to be killed.

“Whoever thought of the Final Solution got the impression that, when the day comes, the world will be silent, like it was about the Armenians. It is hard for me to forgive other nations for ignoring our tragedy and we cannot ignore another nation’s tragedy. That is our moral obligation as people and Jews,” Rivlin said.

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau responded to the motion in Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s place, saying that as Jews and Israelis, there is a moral obligation to recognize human tragedies, including the Armenian Genocide.

When the discussion ended, the motion was moved to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as opposed to the Knesset Education Committee as Gal-On had proposed.

Gal-On accused Liberman of sending MK Shimon Ohayon (Likud Beytenu) to make sure the motion was moved to the classified committee in order to “bury” it.