Knesset Committee Votes to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

Although the general Knesset never passed a law recognizing the Armenian genocide that didn’t stop the Education, Culture, and Sports committee from recognizing the Armenian genocide of 1915.

“It is our moral obligation to recognize the holocaust of the Armenian nation,” said the committee Chairman MK Zehava Galon of Meretz in a joint statement formulated with MK Yaakov Margi (Shas). The Ottoman Turks massacred 1.5 million Armenians in World War 1. With a relatively large amount of Armenians in Jerusalem, pressure has been put on Israel over the years to recognize the genocide.

“Each year we instill false hope in the people sitting here,” said Galon. “It is a disservice to the Knesset to continue going on and on about this issue, year after year, without reaching a decision that the State of Israel and the Knesset recognize the genocide of the Armenian people.”

With Turkey agreeing to the rapproachment deal with Israel, it would be surprising if Israel would officially agree to recognize Turkey’s responsibility in the genocide.