In the aftermath of the killings of four Israeli settlers in the heatedly contested Hebron Hills region of the West Bank, an Israeli Palestinian MK blamed the Israeli government for their deaths. In a tweet, Ahmed Tibi wrote:
The best way to protect the lives of settlers is to return them to the State of Israel. A government that sends them to live on occupied land is responsible not just for their lives, but for their death.
Despite the fact that there is some truth in the claim, it stirred a hornet’s nest among the far-right settler MK caucus. Noted Kahanist MK Michael Ben-Ari bellowed:
I too blame the government. This is a government which permits a terrorist advisor to function as a forward base [for terror] in the Knesset. In a normal country, Ahmed Tibi would be breathing grass from under the ground.
In a normal country, Michael Ben Ari would be investigated for incitment to murder. But not in Israel. In Israel, he’s a respected (at least by the far-right) member of Knesset.
H/t Dimi Reider.