Nasr Alliance MP Alaa al-Dilfi, a member of the parliamentary foreign relations committee, stressed
the need to investigate the alleged visit of some MPs to Israel and to take
strict measures against them in case these allegations are proven true.
"If the news about some MPs' visit to Israel was proven correct, the parliament had to take strict legal measures against them," Dilfi said. "This is absolutely unacceptable. We must respect the Palestinian cause for which we sacrificed a lot in the liberation battles," he added.
For his part, National Wisdom Movement MP Abbas Sarwat said that most of the MPs who said that they visited Israel denied the news, urging parliament members not to judge the accused MPs before the information circulated by media are legally checked.
Israel reveals visits
Three delegations of local leaders from Iraq have reportedly made visits to Israel in recent months, where they held meetings with Israeli officials.
Israel’s foreign ministry said on Twitter that the 15 Iraqi visitors were “influential Shiite and Sunni personalities in the country”, but it did not give names.
A spokesman for the memorial told AFP that “a group of 10 Iraqis” had “undertaken a guided tour in late December.”
Israeli journalist Edy Cohen revealed the names of the Iraqi MPs who allegedly visited Israel amid the state of war between the two countries, among a number of delegations, adding in a previous statement that these delegations were officially representing the Iraqi government.
In a tweet in Arabic, Cohen named the Iraqi lawmakers as Sunni Ahmed al-Jabouri, Ahmed al-Jarba, former MP Abdul Rahim al-Louwaizi and Abdul Rahman al-Shammari, who are all from Nineveh governorate, as well as Khalid al-Mafraji from Kirkuk and female lawmaker Aliaa Nassif, a Shiite from Baghdad.
Hassan al-Kaabi, first deputy speaker of the parliament, called for “an investigation...to identify those who went to the occupied territory, particularly if they are lawmakers.”
“To go to the occupied territory is a red line and an extremely sensitive issue for all Muslims,” his statement read.
Iraq is a firm supporter of the Arab League boycott of Israel. Its passports are not valid for travel to Israel.
On the other hand, Iraqi politician Mithal al-Alusi called for opening channels with Israel ahead of the unprecedented series of visits that three delegations reportedly made to Israel.
Alusi said that the visits to Israel are secret because they fear groups linked to Iran, al-Qaeda or ISIS eliminating them, adding that this shows that freedom in Iraq is still declining and that citizens fear organized terrorism in the streets.