Radio station «Sieves Beth» gave on Wednesday, February 23 in the office of the President of Israel held a reception in honour of heads of Arab local councils of settlements. At this meeting was to present the head of the parliamentary faction BALAD Jamal Zahalka, however, the President refused to accept it.
The reason for the refusal of the President to take Jamal Zahalka was the participation of the Deputy in a meeting with the relatives of the terrorists, which took place a few weeks ago. Surrounded by Rivlin decided that the presence of the Arab member at the event might offend the feelings of Israelis who lost relatives in the attack.
The «Sieves Beth» said that Zahalka received an invitation to Reuven Rivlin before the act that caused the scandal in the Knesset. At the appointed hour Jamal Zahalka came to the residence of Rivlina, but the President’s aides asked him to leave.