(MENAFN) The Knesset's rejection of a bill to recognize the Armenian Genocide earlier this month has been a cause of "deep disappointment" for the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation sent a letter on Thursday to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, copying in Hotovely and Yesh Atid leader MK Yair Lapid who sponsored the bill.
Although Edelstein called on the government in 2015 to change its stance, and in 2016 the Knesset Education Committee recognized the genocide, but no motion for official state recognition of the genocide has been made.
"With all due respect, we are not able to understand, let alone justify this stance," they said. "Israel is the 'national home' of the Jewish people, who suffered an indescribable plight during the Shoah [Holocaust]. Twenty-five-years earlier, the Armenian people endured another unspeakable tragedy, which, in light of the world's silence, many believe has encouraged the Nazis to perpetrate their atrocities against the Jews during World War II."
On February 14 the Knesset rejected a bill by Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid to have Israel recognize the Armenian genocide, in a preliminary vote.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said sent a parliamentary delegation to the 100th anniversary event in Yerevan, but will not take an official stance on the matter "in light of its complexity and diplomatic repercussions, and because it has a clear political connection."