Likud Director David Bitan has explained the coalition heads' decision to suspend MK Oren Hazan (Likud) from the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as well as the Knesset Committee.
"Our decision is unavoidable because, for a long time now, he has been provoking the party, and getting up and leaving whenever he feels like it without finding someone to replace him. He causes us problems in obtaining a majority in the coalition against the opposition," MK Bitan told Arutz Sheva.
He further said that Hazan harms the Likud and the government's work. "Until today we have not taken special action, but now he shot down a bill by a Likud MK who worked on it for half a year. It's not serious. We decided to give him a yellow card and removed him from two committees.
"It will be hard to function now but we are prepared to go to early elections," Bitan added. "It's true that there are other members who did not come to votes and were punished, but for Hazan it is a regular occurrence. If Hazan creates a situation in which he would take revenge on the Likud, we'll go to elections."
MK Yoav Kish (Likud) supported the decision to suspend Hazan. "[Committee Chair Tzachi] Hanegbi did well when he acted against Hazan's terrible conduct. He harmed the settlements and the Likud. If we need to go to elections we'll go to elections, but it's time to put things in order."
MK Hazan has responded to his fellow party members' comments, saying, "Whoever wants to have elections should have elections. I will continue serving the public. I have proved that the seat doesn't interest me. I will continue coming to the Knesset and serving the Jewish People."