Israeli Arab MKs Back Hamas-Organized Gaza Riots

Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along the Gaza Strip border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, March 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
AP/Adel Hana

The Times of Israel reports: Israeli Arab lawmakers on Saturday voiced support for the Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border and joined left-wing calls for an investigation into the Israeli military response to the clashes, as the leaders of other center-left opposition parties squarely backed the Israel Defense Forces.

The political opposition was split on the use of force against the Gazan protesters, with Avi Gabbay’s Zionist Union and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid backing the military on Saturday. Gabbay said he had “no doubt our soldiers did everything to reduce the number of casualties” and Lapid maintained he was “proud” of the troops.

Those responses were in stark contrast to comments by the Joint (Arab) List and Meretz parties that forcefully condemned the use of live fire.

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