MK Shai Hermesh, who also heads the Israel chapter of the World Jewish Congress, called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to fire the deputy minister, explaining,
MK Nachman Shai said Kara was acting like "a bull in a china shop" and accused him of causing "serious damage to Israel and the Jewish people."
MK Majali Whbee - a Druze, like Kara - suggested that the attempt to connect with the European Right is the result of government policies that have turned Israel into "a leper in the world" and force it to look for friends "at all costs." He called Kara's visit "shameful."
Kara stated in response:
Kara said that the Freedom Party was the only one in Austria that supported Israel following the Gaza flotilla incident and that condemned calls for a boycott of Israel, "while the socialist parties proposed a general boycott of Israel."
"Does this mean that this is a Nazi party?", he asked rhetorically. "Its platform says that it is based on the Judea-Christian heritage - is that a Nazi party?"
The New York Times reported on the controversy in Israel Wednesday, quoting Arutz Sheva's exclusive report on the debate and featuring Arutz Sheva TV's video coverage of a visit by right-wing European leaders to Judea and Samaria earlier in the month. That visit led to Kara's reciprocal visit to Austria last week.
David Ha'ivri, who heads the Samaria Foreign Liaison Bureau, told Arutz Sheva that he hoped to