Ra’am chief Abbas says party working on a ‘solution’ following incendiary comments by MK

Ra'am party head MK Mansour Abbas leads a faction meeting at the Knesset, October 16, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/ Flash90)
Ra'am party head MK Mansour Abbas leads a faction meeting at the Knesset, October 16, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/ Flash90)

Ra’am chief MK Mansour Abbas says that the future of a party MK who cast doubt on some of the Hamas atrocities of October 7 is still in question.

Yesterday, Ra’am MK Iman Khatib-Yasin claimed that Hamas did not rape women or slaughter babies, comments she later apologized for.

“I spoke with her, and she swears that she didn’t intend that, and ultimately she apologized,” Abbas says during an interview on Channel 12 news. “We are public officials and we need to be careful with everything we say and to think twice before we say any word,” he adds, noting, however, that “we all make mistakes.”

Yesterday, Abbas called on Khatib-Yasin to resign.

Asked about her political future today, the Ra’am leader says, “We are still dealing with the issue, and I hope we’ll find a solution soon.”

Abbas also says that he and his party are trying to help free the 240 hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

“We have tools, we have people, we have a way that we are trying to impact,” he says, noting however that his efforts are not a replacement for the official channels, and noting also that he met with the families of hostages earlier today in the Knesset.

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