Netanyahu boots firebrand right-wing MK from settlement bill talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) from his office Saturday night, during late-night negotiations on a bill that would allow the government to avoid demolishing settlement homes on private Palestinian land.

When Smotrich, one of the bill’s primary sponsors, arrived at the meeting between Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett, the prime minister said, referring to a recent interview with the press: “You said I’m not right-wing and not trustworthy, so don’t come here.”


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