During the minute-long addresses in the plenum, MKs condemned the murder of Eviatar Borovsky on Tuesday morning at Tapuach Junction. Additionally, the MKs called to accelerate the talks with the Palestinians, especially in light of the US Secretary of State John Kerry’s words regarding the Arab League’s willingness for a land swap agreement.

MK Amram Mitzna (Hatenua Chaired by Tzipi Livni): “I condemn the murder at Tapuach Junction. But this murder accentuates the need to hold talks and to come to an agreement with the Palestinians. The tables have turned: We have become the refusers of peace, whilst the Arab League has been renewing and improving their initiative for more than a decade. The end result will be that this will no longer be a Jewish democratic state if we don’t take the brave step of a state separation between us and the Palestinians.”

MK Merav Michaeli (Israel Labor Party): ”It turns out that despite all that is happening in the Arab world, the peace initiative is alive and kicking. Now, both we and the Palestinians have support. This is an excellent turning point.” Michaeli added that her heart goes out to the victim and his family, but it is important for us not to fall into fear, pain and hatred.

MK Nachman Shai (Israel Labor Party): “We must not miss the opportunity with the Arab League. We will be a state that strives for peace.”

MK Erel Margalit (Israel Labor Party): “Let us come out with a statement: we are interested in reviving the state initiative.”

MK Eitan Cabel (Israel Labor Party): “I stress the importance of the Arab League’s statement about the dangerous breach of the construction freeze. Peace is in our interest.”

MK Hilik Bar (Israel Labor Party) condemned the murder and stressed the importance of the American Secretary of State. In response, MK Mordhay Yogev (HaBayit HaYehudi) said, “The murder of Eviatar Borovsky is an assault on Israeli sovereignty. The response to this murder is not in the allusions that have no contact with reality that the members of Knesset suggested, but rather in the strengthening of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.”