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Knesset Lawmakers Voted to Debate the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the Parliament Chamber

Knesset lawmakers on Wednesday voted to debate the recognition of the Armenian genocide in the parliament chamber, ''The Times of Israel'' reports.

The proposal raised by Meretz party leader Tamar Zandberg called for a plenum debate on whether the Jewish state should officially recognize the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks 103 years ago. It was supported by 16 lawmakers in the mostly empty plenum, with none opposed.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who has long spoken out in favor of recognition, again expressed support for the measure. But he also voiced discomfort with public calls to recognize the genocide merely to irk Turkey and its bellicose leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"The Israeli Knesset should recognize the Armenian genocide because it is the right thing to do, the just thing to do," Edelstein added.

 


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