In the evening of 4 February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the politicians expressing condolences to the families of terrorist murderers of Israelis, unfit to serve as members of Knesset.
Netanyahu said that he appealed to the legal Advisor to the government and the speaker of the Knesset with a request to check what measures can be undertaken against deputies from BALAD.
4 February, Israeli media reported that the day before with the families of the terrorists from Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, met Mahmoud Abbas, met with them Knesset members. A meeting was held by the Committee of relatives of the «Palestinian» martyrs. They sent out invitations to all Arab Knesset members, but responded to an invitation only three politicians: Hanin Zuabi, Jamal Zahalka, Basel the Ratas — all from the BALAD party.
Deputies did not advertise this meeting. About it it became known after the father of one of the terrorists posted a video to Facebook , writing that the meeting was «warm and productive, Arab deputies expressed sympathy and understanding to the families of «martyrs» whose bodies have still not been handed over to relatives for burial.