Likud MK Oren Hazan vowed Wednesday that he would not vote against the Coalition in the Knesset plenum despite the steps that have been taken against him following scandalous accusations in a televised investigative report.
"Calm down, guys,” Hazan tweeted. “There is no need for a cancelling-out agreement. Do you really believe that I intend to vote against my government with Stav Shafir, Zehava Galon, Buzhi Herzog and Issawi Frej?” – listing four MKs from Labor and Meretz.
He was reacting to an announcement Tuesday by MK Yitzhak “Buzhi” Herzog, the Chairman of the Labor Party, who agreed to provide the ruling Coalition with a temporary parliamentary safety net in order to allow it to take steps against Hazan. Herzog agreed not to cooperate with Hazan in case he decides to vote against the Coalition on bills it seeks to pass. If Hazan votes with the Opposition on such bills, one member of the Opposition will vote with the Coalition, thus canceling out Hazan's vote.
Hazan is currently in the focus of allegations that he arranged prostitutes and drugs for clients at a casino he allegedly managed in Bulgaria.
Herzog's predecessor as Labor head and possible future rival for the party's leadership, MK Shelly Yechimovich, said he was wrong to agree to the deal.
“It is a mistake to cancel out with the Likud,” said Yechimovich Tuesday. “He is a creation of the Likud. Netanyahu and Likud need to remain with the dishonor and the shame. There is no need for the Opposition to cleanthe ground for it. This is exactly the kind of case in which the Opposition must not lend a hand to the Coalition and save it from the stew it has cooked for itself.”
"This is not a matter of national security, not a critical diplomatic question, nor an item of social legislation for the welfare of the public,” she explained. “Too bad.”