by Karina Manukyan
Zahava Gal-On, who is Chairperson of Meretz party in Israel, believes that the Armenian Genocide’s formal recognition is within Israel's obligations.
"Israel's parliament needs to formulate a clear position on this matter. This is especially important against the backdrop of the long silence of the country's government," the politician said.
According to Gal-On, the Armenian Genocide's recognition is not a political, but rather an ethical matter. "The tragedy of the Armenian people has served as a tool for Israel's foreign policy for many long years. Our governments have preferred to sacrifice the memory of the dead to petty and cynical interests.
"Given this whole cynicism, I, as the daughter of Holocaust-surviving parents, cannot remain silent. I believe that the Jewish people, who have lived a mass destruction, who fully understand the implications of Holocaust denial, should be sensitive toward other peoples' tragedy.
"We have to say: "Israel will no longer participate in the denial of the Armenian Genocide," Zahava Gal-On specifically said.