Thursday, February 11, a press-the Secretary of the Knesset Utes Yakir gave a clarified explanation of the circumstances of the trip to the Crimea the Deputy of ya’akov Margi (SHAS).
«We are not talking about official travel on behalf and on behalf of the Knesset. In this case, a Knesset member Margie received an invitation from the Rabbi of Sevastopol Benjamin wolf. The invitation noted that the Jewish community of this city is interested to invite a member of the Knesset as a guest of the Jewish community and Jewish educational institutions. Knesset members pay a working visit at the invitation of various institutions and organizations. The Knesset’s ethics certifies that it is not about the invitation, based on commercial factors,» said a spokesman of the Knesset.
Recall that on 10 February, the Agency TASS reported that the Crimea arrived the delegation of the Israeli Parliament headed by the Deputy head of the Commission for education, culture and sport Yaakov Margi. When TASS cited the press service of the head of the Republic Sergey Aksenov. «I am confident that the contacts of the authorities of the Republic of Crimea with representatives of the legislature of the state of Israel allows Israeli citizens and authorities to form an objective opinion about the processes and events that are happening today in the Crimea, – Aksenov quoted by the press service. – The Jewish community along with other national societies of the Republic, is active, cares about everything that happens on the territory of Crimea, and provides assistance on a number of issues, including alerting the population about the problems facing the Crimean people… Contrary to popular overseas opinion that in the Crimea unsafe, Margie came and was convinced of the opposite, seeing everything with your own eyes. I am sure that the people of Israel know the truth – Crimea returned to the Russian Federation in good faith, by the will of the Crimean people».
About the visit of the «Israeli delegation to Crimea» also reported RIA Novosti, citing a quote from the statement of the Deputy Margie reporters: «I feel comfortable after this visit. To see here citizens, go shopping, to see the movement of people, it is clear that people here are relaxed and feel comfortable here».
Representatives from the office of the Deputy’akov Margi confirmed edition NEWSru.co.il, he is currently in Crimea and to return to Israel on Thursday, February 11.
On Wednesday the press service of the Knesset in response to a request NEWSru.co.il said that the trip Margi in Crimea is not an official visit.