BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:55 P.M.) – The chairman of the Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid, presented a bill to the Israeli Knesset this week that would recognize the 1915 genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.
However, the bill to recognize the Armenian Genocide was ultimately rejected by the Israeli Knesset after a lengthy discussion this week.
“There is no reason that the Knesset, which represents a nation that went through the Holocaust, shouldn’t recognize the Armenian Genocide and have a remembrance day for it,” Yair Lapid stated, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely previously said that the country would not take an official stance on the matter, “in light of its complexity and diplomatic repercussions and because it has a clear political connection,” the Jerusalem Post stated.
Turkey rejects claims that any genocide existed, while Armenia maintains that over 1.5 million people were massacred, alongside several other ethnic minorities.
Turkey and Israel repaired their relations last year after several years of turmoil over the 2010 Gaza Flotilla incident.