Likud MK Oren Hazan announced Saturday night that he would no longer be a member of any committee in the Knesset in order to protest coalition chairman Tzachi Hanegbi’s decision to remove him from two of them for his repeated absence from key votes in the Knesset plenum.
Hanegbi removed Hazan from two committees Tuesday, the day after the coalition lost a vote that Hazan skipped without coordinating his absence. The coalition chairman decided MK Amir Ohana (Likud) would replace Hazan on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and in the House Committee.
Hazan initially responded to his firing by criticizing Hanegbi’s management of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that he chairs and by saying that his remaining committees, Finance and State Control, were more worthy of his time. But he changed his tune Saturday night in statements he made on Channel 2’s Meet the Press program and his personal Twitter account.