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Israeli-Arab MK sticks by statements bashing ailing Peres

Talking to Al-Monitor, Arab Knesset member Basel Ghattas explains why he slammed former President Shimon Peres, who is hospitalized and in critical condition.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres delivers a statement to the media as he is discharged from a hospital near Tel Aviv, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo - RTSNKPV
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Knesset member Basel Ghattas of the Balad Party, one of the three factions that form the Joint List of predominantly Arab parties, is not taking back a single word of the harsh comments he wrote about former President Shimon Peres, 93, who is hospitalized in serious condition after suffering a major stroke.

Several hours after it was reported that Israel's ninth president was in intensive care in a medically induced coma and doctors were fighting for his life, Ghattas wrote on his Facebook page, “Is Peres' inevitable end coming close? We don't know. He has seven lives. But he is without doubt on his final journey. We must remember that he is one of the pillars of the arrogant, imperialist Zionist enterprise, and of the settler enterprise, along with being one of the most heinous, most brutal and oldest in terms of age and results. He is the one who inflicted the most damage and brought a plethora of disasters to the Palestinian nation and to the Arab world … our blood covers him from head to toe."

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