In a fierce speech at the Knesset, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the members of the Joint Arab List party are ‘illegitimate’ and ‘war criminals.’

Lieberman (left) and MK Jamal Zahalka

Lieberman (left) and MK Jamal Zahalka Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday unleashed a harsh verbal tirade against Israeli-Arab MKs, calling them “war criminals” and expressing hope that they will “not be here” for much longer.

Lieberman’s remarks were made in response to accusations voiced by some members of the Joint Arab List party, who claimed Israel was conducting war crimes in the West Bank.

“Has anybody ever heard (the Israeli-Arab MKs) talk about the civil war in Syria?” Lieberman asked during a speech at the Knesset assembly. “Every day, about 400 people are killed in the Middle East, in Arab countries, and about 1,000 are injured. In Yemen, 160 people were killed in one day. Does anybody care about that?”

“Just look at how many terror attacks we have here every day,” he continued, addressing the Israeli-Arab MKs. “Do you ever talk about war criminals then? Those of you sitting here are the real war criminals. Each and every one of the Joint Arab List are war criminals. All of them.”

“There will come a day when you will no longer be here,” Lieberman added. “You will be in Ramallah, not a part of this country. You are using the strengths and weaknesses of democracy to destroy us from within.”

On Sunday, Lieberman called to boycott Israeli-Arabs living in Wadi Ara, after violent clashes between local residents and the Israel Police during a protest against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“These people don’t belong in the State of Israel,” Lieberman said in a radio interview. “They are not part of us. We’ve seen terrorists come out of there and people taking part in terrorists’ funerals.”