Yitzhak Vaknin, chairman of the Israeli parliament's ethics committee, said Thursday that the recent decision by Arab Knesset member Basel Gattas not to condemn a terrorist attack did not constitute a violation of the Knesset's ethics code. It was based on a December 1 ruling by the committee stating that refusal of a request to condemn violent incidents that the Knesset member did not initiate, or participate in, cannot be considered as an ethics violation.