Israeli Knesset Rejects Bill Recognizing the Armenian Genocide

JERUSALEM (A.W.)—The Israeli Knesset (Parliament) rejected a bill on Wednesday, which would have recognized the Armenian Genocide. Sponsored by Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid, the bill was rejected in a preliminary vote.

An Israeli flag on the Lebanese border (Photo: Gaetano Virgallito)

“There is no reason that the Knesset, which represents a nation that went through the Holocaust, shouldn’t recognize the Armenian Genocide and have a remembrance day for it,” Lapid was quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying.

“The Israeli leadership diminishes itself by so transparently treating genocide remembrance as a commodity to be bartered with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan,” said Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian, regarding the vote.

Armenian Foreign Affairs Minister Edward Nalbandian  met with Kneset Speaker Yuli Edelstein last November, during Nalbandian’s official visit to Israel. At the meeting, the two exchanged views on a number of urgent regional issues, including the importance of the Israeli Parliament’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

During the talks, Edelstein had noted that his point of view about the importance of recognition is “well-known” and that he has expressed it many times publically. In July 2015, during a committee meeting, Edelstein had said the Knesset “must do the moral thing” and recognize the Armenian Genocide.

“I visited one of the Armenian memorial sites and it is very hard to ignore what I saw there,” Edelstein had recounted at the time, according to the Jerusalem Post. “I expect that I and the Knesset behave appropriately so that we can make decisions according to the moral standards of a democratic state.”

37 Comments on Israeli Knesset Rejects Bill Recognizing the Armenian Genocide

  1. avatar vart adjemian // February 14, 2018 at 1:02 pm // Reply

    Extremely disappointing. No acceptable or rational explanation other than merely dirty politics with Turkey and unfounded fear that if the Genocide is recognized, the significnace of the Holocauist will diminish.
    Also, Israel is concerned about the German “cash cow”.
    What a shame and disgrace.
    Vart Adjemian

  2. for them the holocaust is the only thing that counts. there is no shame in israel. look what they are doing to the Palestinians.

  3. Mr. Edelstein, israel is immoral state.

  4. Unfortunately action speaks louder than words, and Israeli government missed yet another opportunity to the the right thing. Shameful to say the least.

  5. Shame

  6. Shame on Israel’s voting down the recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 perpetrated by the Turkish Government whereby up to 2 million Armenians were slaughtered, either starved to death along with millions whom were forced to become Moslem Turks or fled to other lands. Talaat Pasha whom took over the Sultan Hood was Jewish and wanted Armenian’s eliminated so that Jews could take over the business trades which he succeeded in doing. Also, Kemal Ataturk whom was Jewish took over the newly elected Turkish Government after the 1st WW and he eliminated another 50,000 Armenians & not counting the Genocide of Greeks, Assyrian’s, & Kurds. Ataturk along with Lenin & Stalin carved up & took away Armenia’s Historic Lands which today the Armenian Government does not bring forth before the United Nations & World Powers. This must change.

  7. Why would a government currently engaged in the systemic extermination of a people recognize the past actions of another government engaged in the systemic extermination of a people? *shrug*

  8. Did you really think the israeli government would recognise the Armenian genocide?????????

  9. avatar Dikran Beurklian // February 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm // Reply

    What did you expect from people who sold the Lord for thirty peices of silver,I am sure that Erdoghan could be more generous.These are the same people that would stab us in the back. In the U.S congress during Armenian Genocide hearings, meantime telling you that they had the same history.Did you expect any other result? Grow up guys

  10. avatar Proud to be an American // February 14, 2018 at 8:58 pm // Reply

    Israel is again showing its phony side. It is trading 1.5 million dead for scraps from Turkey. It continues to supply arms to an aggressive Azerbaijan.
    Would Israel sit quietly if the Jewish Genocide was diminished or denied? We know the answer to that.
    Armenia should loudly denounce this Israeli denial in the United Nations and in national capitals around the world, including in Israel. This is a shameful disgrace.

  11. avatar George Mirzayans // February 14, 2018 at 9:18 pm // Reply

    “I visited one of the Armenian memorial sites and it is very hard to ignore what I saw there,” Edelstein had recounted.

    Are you actually using a memorial site as your proof of a genocide ? Let’s just forego the mountain pile of evidence and proof and mention a “ memorial visit “ as an instance of awakening. Ridiculous !!
    Not too mention the fact that Israel sells tons of armament to azerbaijan without shame.
    Bravo Israel. Well done. Once again.


  13. avatar Jeffrey R. Surenian // February 15, 2018 at 12:00 am // Reply

    extremely disappointing
    No nation more than Israel should appreciate the horrors the Armenians suffered
    This isn’t about politics
    This is about the truth
    Any Jew should be offended by anyone that denies their genocide; it is the same for Armenians
    Israel cedes the moral high ground by its failure to stand for the truth

  14. All the bats r out 2nite.y is it so hard 2 say yep it happened, there r pics,horrible 1s. Is it cuz no gas chambers? It’s really a joke.😢

  15. Anger!!!

  16. avatar Noah Rosenblum // February 15, 2018 at 9:06 am // Reply

    Why would the Knesset reject this ?
    It did occur and we recognize it, and this error will be corrected.

  17. avatar Gary Zartarian // February 15, 2018 at 9:46 am // Reply

    Perhaps when you consider the treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories, the moral bankruptcy of the Knesset on the issue of Armenian Genocide recognition should not come as a surprise.

  18. who cares
    why is this a news

  19. As a Zionist, I am sorry for the nonaction of my country. Most Jewish people and Israelis stand by the Armenians.

  20. Moral standard or not Israelli Knesset declined .Why it’s about time Israel are u scared of Turkish government or u initiated the denial of the Armenian Genocide look at lapshin what happen to him. Where is Consciuos Jewish state .it’s about time Israel wake & Fulllfil ur duties to god & Israel .For justice of Armenian genocide .

  21. The Israeli government is absolutely DISGUSTING As a person of Armenian decent i have always supported the Jewish people
    I now have to admit that Israel is behaving like the NAZIS in their treatment of Armenians and their exclusive attitude towards the word GENOCIDE as if they are the only ones who have suffered this

  22. “‘The Israeli leadership diminishes itself by so transparently treating genocide remembrance as a commodity to be bartered with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan,'” “said Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian, regarding the vote.”

    Yes, that is indeed true; but then again, the illegitimate, terrorist state of Israel has been in bed with the illegitimate, terrorist state of Turkey ever since its illegal creation in 1948.

    Furthermore, Israel who is also sharing that same bed with Turkey’s little brother (Azerbaijan), has recently become a supporter of Azerbaijan’s ludicrous “Khojaly genocide” claim. And by supporting this horribly silly claim, Israel is therefore attempting to minimize the significance of the Armenian Genocide (the first modern genocide in world history, as well as the first major genocide of the 20th century).

    And again, as a result of Israel’s sale of at least five billion dollars worth of highly sophisticated military weapons to Azerbaijan, this therefore makes Israel an accessory to Azerbaijan’s continuous campaign of terrorism directed against Armenia and Artsakh (in which so many precious, young Armenian soldiers are being killed by Israeli military weapons).

  23. avatar catherine Pahigian // February 15, 2018 at 2:55 pm // Reply

    If Israel will not help,is there any hope?

  24. avatar Prof. Emeritus Krikor // February 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm // Reply

    It is disgraceful, shameful, shameless and hypocritical that the Israeli Knesset would not recognize the AG. It is also absurd, since the AG is an irrefutable fact, extremely well documented by world class scholars of many nationalities (including Israelis), especially in outstanding publications of the last three decades. By no means do Israelis have a monopoly on having suffered genocide. If the world had paid more attention to the AG, perhaps the Jewish Holocaust would not have taken place. Hitler emboldened himself to carry out the Holocaust specifically by noting the fact that the AG was largely forgotten by the world at large, already in his time. Of all the countries in the world, Israel should have been the first to officially recognize and respect the AG. Ամօթ անոնց (Amot anonts!). Kudos to Yair Lapid and Yuli Edelstein! They are exemplars of morality.

  25. avatar VAHE GABRACHE // February 15, 2018 at 5:56 pm // Reply

    C’est inadmissible qu’un État qui a connu un holocauste
    Ne puisse pas reconnaître le genocide des Arménient et ceci Pour garder une amitié hypocrite avec la Turquie et par la même occasion de se considérer comme le seul peuple qui a souffert de massacres. Heureusement que les Juifs de la diaspora ne pensent pas la même chose…Honte à ce pays…..honte à la Knesset.

  26. avatar Michael Haghverdian // February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm // Reply

    As an Armenian American I am appalled that Israel declined to recognize the Genocide of my people by the Turks. They should have been the first to do so having been through the Holocaust. But of course they turned thier back on us. Thanks for all your support, I hope everyone of you go to hell…Michael A. Haghverdian..

  27. One should not be disappointed with the Knesset vote. Historic science studied tons of the facts, documents, archives, testimonies of all sides involved, ,regarding the tragedy of Armenians in Osman Turkey. There are two large camps of historians – scientists with opposite definitions of the tragedy: was it Genocide or was it Cruel Massacre. For example there is a US Congressional Report signed by a few tens of Congressman that supports the definition “Massacre” not Genocide; there are publications by Armenian scientists supporting definition “Massacre”. A famous Russian scientist -Turcologist prof. M.S.Meier published his works on the subject of Massacre of Armenians during WWI. The problem is purposely politicized unfortunately.
    and serves very often just to create conflicts. The problem of Definition is not just linguistic one. There are obvious Legal problems related to the accepted definition There is no doubts World recognizes the unbearable tragedy of Armenians but there is no consensus regarding proper definition in terms of International Law

    • Mark, you have to read and observe the meaning of Genocide who created by Raphael Lemkin after extensive research was done by himself, who created word of genocide based ongoing massacres of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey way before Hollocaust!

      Israeli position, for not recognizing Armenian Genocide is a dirty politics played by the Israeli government to please Turks, for upcoming military deals with them! This is an insult to survivors of Armenian Genocide and Hollocaust!

  28. avatar Berj Kouyoumjian // February 15, 2018 at 9:20 pm // Reply

    By refusing to recognize the Armenian Genocide the Israeli parliament makes a big disservice to the Jewish holocaust committed by Hitler. It is absolutely a shameful position just to please the Turkish State. It is unconscionable in a simple term.

  29. Funny and hypocritical for the Jews to deny Armenian holocaust claims but demand the world keep recognizes only their claims,..what a bunch of BS by the Jews,…selfishness has always been one of their many many collectivefaults,…

  30. As a jew, i am disappointed in this. But dont forget, the us and many other countries have done the same thing.

  31. avatar tikva giladi // February 16, 2018 at 9:48 pm // Reply

    Very disappointing, especially given the historically amicable ties between the Jewish and Armenian peoples. Let’s hope that the Knesset will revisit this bill when Turkey is less in a position to incite deadly mischief on Israel’s volatile northern borders.

  32. If Turkey was brought to justice for committing the genocide there is a great likelihood that the Holocaust would have never happened.
    Let’s not forget what Hitler said: “Who now remembers the Armenian genocide?”
    The irony is incredible!

  33. How many other countries in the world have a day set aside in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide? The fact that everyone wants to jump to “money hungry dirty Jews” because Israeli politicians decided not to have a separate day of remembrance shows how eager each of you are to roll in your anti-Semitic filth. THAT is shameful.

    Is Israel alone in the world responsible for establishing a day for every genocide ever committed? The fact they even considered it speaks of their awareness of the issue.

    Learn to think before you learn to hate please.

  34. In 2016 the Israeli Education Committee as part of the Knessnet already recognized the FACT of the Armenian Genocide. Does every European nation have a Day of Remembrance set aside for the Armenian Genocide?

  35. They posted signs on their doors:

    “No Jews, Armenians and dogs.”

    Yet, Israel services the murderers in Ankara and Baku.

    What a shame.

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