Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein pulled the item from the agenda, his spokeswoman said, in order “to avoid an embarrassment to the Knesset, because it was unclear there would be a majority in favor.”
Edelstein has repeatedly voiced his support for recognition over the years, including last week, the daily Jerusalem Post reported.
Zandberg accused Edelstein of putting politics ahead of morality, dismissing the Knesset Speaker’s words in favor of her motion.
“Holding this debate, with a historic vote to recognize, is the right thing to do. Some preferred politics to doing the right thing,” Zandberg said at a Meretz faction meeting May 28. “The Knesset should do what it promised. This is a matter of historic justice.”
“Such an attempt by Israel is disrespect to members of Ottoman religious and ethnic groups who lost their lives in World War One. Jews were among them,” Aksoy said.
“The fact that Israel sees the events of 1915 and the Holocaust the same will hurt itself first,” he added, suggesting that the issue should be discussed by historians and legal experts.
Tensions between Israel and Turkey are already high, with the countries withdrawing their ambassadors after Turkey sided with the Palestinians when Israeli army gunfire killed at least 65 Palestinian civilians on May 14.
The violence on the Gaza border that resulted in the deaths of Palestinians and the transfer of the US embassy to the disputed city of Jerusalem prompted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to lash out at Israel, accusing it of “state terror” and “genocide.”
Erdoğan also chaired a summit of Muslim leaders at which he compared Israel’s actions to the Nazi persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust during World War II.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has not made any official statements about the Knesset recognizing the killings as “genocide” including during last week’s vote, unlike in previous years, when it openly opposed such motions.
The Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people were killed during World War I as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart, with almost 30 countries to date having recognized the killings as genocide.
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