Knesset Speaker Calls for Israel to Change Stance on Armenian Genocide

Yuli Edelstein

Yuli Edelstein

TEL AVIV (Public Radio of Armenia) — Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Tuesday called to rethink Israel’s stance on the Armenian Genocide, calling the murders a “moral stain” on humanity, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“History cannot be changed,” he said during a speech at the Knesset. “The disaster can’t be obscured by diplomacy anymore.”

Armenia recently marked the centenary of a mass killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915, at the height of World War I.

“It is no secret that Israel has taken an ambivalent position about the genocide,” Edelstein said, calling Israel’s reaction “too hesitant and too restrained.”

“As the Jewish people, we cannot stay silent,” he addressed MKs in the plenum. “We cannot turn a blind eye or lessen the extent of the Armenian tragedy,”