In first plenary argument, Tibi and Likud MKs joust over World Cup, Arabic language

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Hadash-Ta’al MK Ahmad Tibi’s one-minute speech in Arabic on the Knesset floor about the ongoing World Cup in Qatar was interrupted by several MKs, among them new Likud MKs Taly Gotliv and Moshe Saada.

“I don’t understand what he’s saying!” yells Gotliv.

“Why are you sour? Because an Arab country did the best World Cup in history?” Tibi responds in Hebrew.

Presiding over the plenum, Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy tells Gotliv and Saada to cool their jets and reminds them that speaking in Arabic on the Knesset floor is permitted.

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