Danish Parliament Speaker Pia Kjaersgaard visited the Knesset on Wednesday as a guest of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. At the beginning of their work meeting, Edelstein told his Danish counterpart, ”We are lucky to have friends such as Denmark. Even during the dark days of the Holocaust, the Danish people were kind to the Jews, in a way that was not common at the time. The relations between our nations and parliaments are very important to us. I am glad that you are visiting us, because you will be able to see with your own eyes the complexity of the issues the State of Israel faces; issues which look different here than they do in some news article.”
Speaker Kjaersgaard noted that this, her second visit to Israel, ”is particularly interesting because I can really get an impression of what is happening. You have good friends in the Danish Parliament, and the relations between the parliaments, and their development, is important to us as well.”
”I asked to visit Ramallah as well in order to better understand the Palestinians` national aspirations, but it is very important that they do not come at the expense of the State of Israel,” she added.
After being greeted at the Knesset`s Weil Plaza by an honor guard, Speaker Kjaersgaard laid a wreath at the foot of the monument for fallen IDF soldiers and then signed the Knesset guestbook in Chagall Hall. During her visit to the Israeli parliament, she was also scheduled to meet with the Israel-Denmark Parliamentary Friendship Group, headed by MK Michal Biran (Zionist Camp), as well as with opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Camp) and Minister Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud).
Speaker Edelstein was set to address the Danish delegation during the plenary session.