As she urged the Israeli assembly to stave for peace and work towards a two-state solution in her first visit to the country, EP President Roberta Metsola was heckled several times as the politicians erupted in argumentation.
Metsola addressed the Knesset in Jerusalem on Monday, and was first met by applause when she spoke about the validity of Israel and the fight against anti-semitism.
However, Metsola then went on to insist that the EU Parliament also supports the Middle East Peace Process in the form of a two-state solution – where the State of Israel and a Palestinian State live side-by-side.
Her words: ‘but peace is the only way forward. The only way for Israelis and Palestinians to live ins safety and prosperity’; did not go down well.
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Hecklers interrupted her speech, creating a commotion when she spoke about Russia’s efforts to threaten the world’s food security and transport routes. Metsola urged the international community to remain ‘steadfast’ in their sanctions against Russia.
The speaker attempted to calm down the commotion, with Metsola remaining composed and calm. It is unclear what the parliamentarians were saying, but it was so loud Metsola struggled to carry on.
‘It’s ok, this is democracy’ she told the Speaker and carried on. She later received an even bigger applause when she ended her speech. She said that the future is unwritten and that ‘we can achieve the impossible together.’
Watch full speech below: