The leader of the Joint Arab List, MK Aymen Odeh, accosted Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning (Wednesday) after Netanyahu had spoken in favor of the Camera Law, which would allow cameras to document the voting booths around Israel during the coming elections. The Arab MKs are bitterly opposed to the new law, seeing it as an attempt to intimidate their voter base. Odeh then thrust a camera towards Netanyahu to film him and said “I thought everything is in the story.” Odeh was mimicking Netanyahu himself who had tried a few days ago to argue in favor of the law by saying “today everything is in the [Facebook] story, so why not take photographs?”
The incident occurred during a stormy Knesset session regarding the Camera Law, which Netanyahu made a futile attempt to pass as law. The Knesset legal advisor informed Netanyahu that since the law affects the liberties of individuals and is therefore unconstitutional and requires 61 MKs. At present Netanyahu does not have 61 MKs supporting the law since Avigdor Liberman’s party chose not to be present at the Knesset session. Netanyahu chose to attack Liberman for his absence, stating that he has proved by his absence that he has joined the left and Arab parties.
The law eventually fell due to the lack of 61 MKs.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, the head of the Jewish Force party, responded to the incident by saying that “next time he (Odeh) might take out a knife.”