Speaker of the House Reuven Rivlin addressed the incident in which MK Ahmed Tibi was spat towards saying: “I condemn any assault towards an elected official and interfering with his ability to perform his duties. In a country full of rifts such as ours we must defend democracy and its ability to voice different opinions vigilantly. If in our country every act of violence succeeds then we will find ourselves in a very bad place. I was happy to hear my friend MK Arieh Eldad’s condemnation and I commend The Bar Ilan University’s quick response against this foul act and its intention of legally pursuing those who were involved.