JERUSALEM (JTA) – Likud party deputy Oren Hazan is under fire to call a fellow lawmaker half-man in a debate in the Knesset.
Ilan Gilon of the liberal opposition party, Meretz, criticizes Culture Minister Miri Regev during a heated debate Monday on a bill that would yield state funding to cultural organizations that show insufficient "loyalty" to the state. Hazan jumped to Regev's defense and lawmakers exchanged words.
After Gillon called Hazan "the Goblet of Prague" – a man-made clay that gave life – Hazan threatened the disadvantaged legislator by saying: "If you were not half a man, I would answer you."
Gilon had child poliomyelitis and often uses a wheelchair.
Hazan later apologized for the silence, saying he did not take a jab in the legislature's disability.
"My comments have been about his barbaric behavior and not on anything else." If my statements were otherwise understood, it was not my intention, please accept my apologies, "Hazan said.