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On September 3, 2021, 37-year-old Alexanda Kotey pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in the kidnapping and murder of Steven Sotloff, as well as James Foley, Peter Kassig, Kayla Mueller, and other British and Japanese nationals. He faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Mr. Speaker, Knesset members:
I’m skipping the speech I planned to deliver today because I’m here to say one thing—to ask forgiveness from my mother.
My mother is 86 years old, and we don’t ask her to come to Jerusalem lightly, but we did it because I assumed that you would be able to get over yourselves and behave with statesmanship at this moment and she would see a smooth transition of government.
When she was born, there was no State of Israel, Tel Aviv was a small town of 30,000 people, and we didn’t have a parliament. I wanted her to be proud of the democratic process in Israel. Instead she, along with every citizen of Israel, is ashamed of you and remembers clearly why it’s time to replace you.
—Yair Lapid, June 14, 2021
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