The Knesset’s Ethics Committee has suspended MK Oren Hazan (Likud) from the Knesset plenum and Knesset committees for six weeks.
The decision, made public on Wednesday, was made following a complaint filed against MK Hazan by Ministry of Defense Director-General Maj. Gen. (ret.) Udi Adam regarding an incident that took place during a meeting held in late October at the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee on the situation of disabled IDF veterans.
When Defense Ministry Deputy Director-General Hezi Meshita – who is responsible for dealing with disabled veterans’ rehabilitation – spoke, Hazan said to him: “You think that because you’re a brigadier-general in reserves, you’re God. The sun doesn’t shine out of your behind. I wish that you’ll suffer like these people, and then you’ll feel something. You and your children!”
In its decision, the Ethics Committee said MK Hazan apologized for the incident only when he appeared before the committee, and that in any case the apology cannot make up for “such harsh remarks.”
During Hazan’s six-week suspension, he will be able to vote in the plenum, but cannot participate in any other activity in the legislature.