Jordan MP challenges firebrand Israeli MK to a duel
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Jordan MP challenges firebrand Israeli MK to a duel

Oren Hazan responds that he'll be at Allenby Bridge border crossing at 10 a.m. to make Yahya Al-Saud 'an offer he can't refuse'

Knesset member Oren Hazan sits in a model of the Iron Throne from TV's 'Game of Thrones' during an exhibition in Tel Aviv on Sunday April 5, 2015 (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Knesset member Oren Hazan sits in a model of the Iron Throne from TV's 'Game of Thrones' during an exhibition in Tel Aviv on Sunday April 5, 2015 (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

A Jordanian lawmaker known for violent outbursts in parliament on Tuesday challenged a provocateur Israeli MK to a duel on the Israel-Jordan border on Wednesday morning.

Amid tensions between the two countries, rabble-rouser Yahya Al-Saud, a member of the Jordanian parliament, urged troublemaker Likud MK Oren Hazan to meet him at the Allenby Bridge border crossing on Wednesday at 10 a.m for a fistfight, according to an article on the Jordanian website JO24.net.

“The shoe of any Palestinian child is more honorable than this villain and his entity [country],” Saud said, “and the shoe of any Arab and Muslim is better than him and his rogue entity, which has no origin and no religion.”

Hazan replied on Twitter that he’ll be there.

“I accept the invitation of the Jordanian member of parliament to the meeting on the bridge. Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. I’ll be at Allenby Bridge for a face-to-face talk. I’ve got an offer he can’t refuse,” he tweeted.

Tensions between Jerusalem and Amman have ramped up recently after an Israeli guard at the embassy in Amman killed two Jordanians, apparently after he was attacked by one of them. After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was photographed hugging the guard upon his return home, Jordan’s King Abdullah said the incident would have diplomatic consequences.

On July 23, as Jordan and Israel were at loggerheads over the shooting, Hazan berated the Hashemite Kingdom on Twitter.

“It seems our neighbors to the east, Jordan, who we douse with water and protect their asses day and night, need a little reeducation,” he wrote.

That tweet was apparently what prompted Saud to mount the challenge.

Saud has a history of violent behavior. In 2013 he was involved in an argument with another lawmaker, Qusay al-Damissi. In a video of the incident, Saud physically attacks his opponent and also appears to brandish a knife. Later another MP, Talal al-Sharif, opened fire on Damissi outside the parliament building.

In 2014, Saud was slammed for verbally attacking a female member of parliament, yelling, “Sit down Hind,” several times at Hind al-Fayez, while cursing the quota for female lawmakers which he claimed was the only reason she was elected.

The scandal-plagued Hazan, meanwhile, has his own share of controversies under his belt.

Hazan, who entered the Knesset in the last election, has become known as the enfant terrible of Israel’s parliament.

Shortly after he went into politics, Channel 2 News reported that Hazan had previously run a casino in Bulgaria where hard drugs and prostitution were allowed. He sued the station’s journalist Amit Segal for libel but the court rejected the bulk of the lawsuit.

Hazan was also suspected of assaulting a senior official in the municipality of the West Bank town of Ariel in 2014 in an apparent dispute over a debt. After the city froze his bank account, Hazan went to the municipal office, where he allegedly cursed and pushed the municipal director.

Last week, Hazan was again reprimanded by the Knesset’s Ethics Committee for insults against female lawmakers, as the panel warned that his continued misbehavior could land him a lengthy suspension.

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