In Zoabi Video, Lieberman Sings in Arabic
The Balad party's election video features a Middle Eastern version of
By Gil Ronen Arutz 7 First Publish: 12/29/2012, 8:15 PM
The Arab Balad party's election video is an animated clip showing Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman and several nationalist MKs singing Hatikva in to
a Middle Eastern tune.
In the clip, Lieberman explains that he was the one who proposed a law
requiring citizens to pledge allegiance to the state of Israel in order to
be eligible for an ID card. He then announces that he has now become
convinced that the tune of Hatikva – Israel's national anthem – should be
changed so that Arabs feel comfortable singing it as well.
The well-executed clip follows, with MKs Aryeh Eldad, Danny Danon, Ofir
Akunis and Michael Ben-Ari "singing" accompanying Lieberman singing Hatikva.
It ends with a narrator asking: "Did you laugh? But the situation is not
funny. Who can prevent these laws? Vote Balad."
Some Arabs have complained that they cannot identify with the anthem, which
appeals to the "Jewish heart" and "an eye watching Zion," as well as "the
2,000-year-old hope, to be a free nation in our country – the Land of Zion
Balad's founder, Azmi Bishara, escaped Israel after a Shin Bet investigation
found that he had assisted Hizbullah in selecting targets to bomb during the
Second Lebanon War. Current Balad MK Hanin Zoabi has been disqualified from
running for the 19th Knesset, but the High Court may overturn the