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Edelstein: pictures of the President in kufie is not freedom of speech

Monday, November 20, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein expressed his opinion about the incitement against President Reuven Rivlin.

«The right to speak freely given to everyone, but between that and photos of the President in kufie or head of government with a noose to the gallows there is a huge difference,» he said.

Meanwhile, former internal security Minister Gilad Erdan expressed surprise at the fact that police have launched an investigation into the distribution of these photos. «There is no doubt that the Prosecutor’s office decides that it is not a criminal offence. It’s disgusting, but not criminal», — he wrote.

The pictures were published on social networks after the decision Rivlin to reject the clemency petition of Azariah Elora, convicted of manslaughter of a terrorist.

The Chairman of the party «Yesh Atid» Yair Lapid, in turn, has criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he did not condemn the distribution of photos Rivlin in kufie. At the opening session of the faction, Lapid said: «Since yesterday, Netanyahu felt it necessary to condemn the attacks on the President. Miri Regev, David Biton and Oren Hazan say about the President are things that language can not stand, and the head of government is silent, as fish, like it’s none of his business».

The head of the «Zionist camp» AVI Gabay also criticized the behavior of Netanyahu. «The Prime Minister is silent in response to the attacks on the President because this is the political culture that he has left a legacy,» said Gabay. He added that politicians should not deal with amnesties.

Edelstein: pictures of the President in kufie is not freedom of speech 20.11.2017

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