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From Soviet gulag, to Russian Parliament, Israeli Knesset Speaker will deliver address


Former Soviet ‘refusenik’ and Israel’s current Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, will address the upper house of the Russian Parliament, first in Hebrew …and then continue in his mother-tongue Russian, further developing the excellent ties between both countries.



Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will become the first Israeli official to address the upper house of the Russian Parliament this week, a historic first holding even greater significance as he was a Prisoner of Zion in the Soviet Union.

“This is a special trip, and there is great excitement about it,” Edelstein said Monday. “The goal is to further develop the excellent ties between our countries, especially the connections between the Knesset and the Russian Parliament. Continue Reading »

German Parliament President: EU labeling decision “unnecessary and unwise”


Bundestag President says Germany rejects settlement labeling, and understand Israel’s anger, “Because it’s specifically against Israel, I repeat that it is unnecessary and not very smart,” Lammert said.


BERLIN – Germany opposes the “unwise” European Commission decision to label products from the West Bank, Golan and Jerusalem, Bundestag President Prof. Norbert Lammert said Wednesday.

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EU Commission approves Israeli ‘settlement’ product guidelines (Illustrative)‏ – photo: REUTERS, JPOST STAFF

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein also addressed the labeling issue in his speech to the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Edelstein quoted Heinrich Heine, who said that “in a place where books are burned, people will be burned.” Continue Reading »

Albania is proof Israel and a Muslim country can have close ties

Knesset Speaker Edelstein, “Albania is a Muslim country that shows things can be different.”


Albania is proof that Israel can have good relations with Muslim countries, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said in a meeting with his Albanian counterpart Ilir Meta Wednesday.


Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein meets with his Albanian counterpart Ilir Meta. – Photo: KNESSET SPOKESMAN’S OFFICE

“Albania is a Muslim country that shows things can be different,” Edelstein told Meta, who is visiting Israel for the first time. “Israel-Albania relations are continuing to grow closer and I that your visit hear will contribute to that.”

Edelstein also pointed out that Albania saved all of its approximately 800 Jewish residents during the Holocaust and had a larger Jewish population after World War II than it did before. Continue Reading »

British Prime Minister David Cameron Addresses Israel’s Knesset

Hareidi (ultra-Orthodox) MKs walk out of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Knesset address, as Knesset Members prepare to hear from British premier.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed attempts to boycott Israel in his Knesset address today, and conveyed a clear message: “Britain opposes the boycott against Israel.”

PM Netanyahu and British PM David Cameron -Photo PMO

PM Netanyahu Welcomes British PM David Cameron to Israel -Photo PMO

“We want to right the wrongs of the past,” Cameron stated. “We believe in democracy and the freedom and equality of all religions. Israel’s delegitimization is wrong, and we will make sure it fails.”

Regarding the recent push to ban kosher slaughter (shechita) in the UK, Cameron added that “ritual slaughter will be legal in the UK as long as I am Prime Minister.”

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Edelstein threatens to scrub Cameron’s Knesset visit if opposition won’t behave


Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein demands in meeting with opposition leaders, that they do not ‘disrespect the Knesset and the government’ during the UK’s prime minister’s visit.



UK Prime Minister David Cameron may not address the Knesset as scheduled on Wednesday, if Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein cannot ensure that opposition MKs will behave appropriately and not cause a diplomatic incident.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron - Photo: Reuters

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron – Photo: Reuters

In a meeting with opposition party leaders, Edelstein said “I demand that you do not sabotage Cameron’s visit. As long as you protest in a political framework, it is acceptable, but some things are untenable.

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Knesset Speaker declares French president ‘persona non grata’

French president snubs Knesset, opting to appear before university students instead. Knesset Speaker Edelstein responds in kind, won’t invite French dignitaries to ceremonies.

French Embassy reports: President Hollande’s schedule still not final.



French President Francois Hollande is not welcome in the Knesset, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein declared Wednesday.

Hollande speaks during the opening of the Qatari-French Business Forum in Doha June 23, 2013.

Hollande speaks during the opening of the Qatari-French Business Forum in Doha June 23, 2013.- Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

Hollande decided to speak to university students, not the Knesset, during his visit to Israel in three weeks, and Edelstein responded to the snub in kind.

“Whoever disrespects the Knesset does not deserve the Knesset’s respect,” Edelstein wrote on Facebook.

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