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Coalition whip Silman meets Knesset security chief over her claim of being attacked

Coalition whip Idit Silman of the Yamina party at the Knesset House Committee, July 25, 2021. (Knesset)
Coalition whip Idit Silman of the Yamina party at the Knesset House Committee, July 25, 2021. (Knesset)

Coalition whip Idit Silman has met the head of the Knesset Guard regarding a recent incident in which she says she was physically attacked at a gas station in the city of Modiin, Channel 12 news reports.

“A man grabbed me after I refueled at a gas station in Modiin and physically pushed me against the car,” Silman said last night in an interview with the network.

Many have since pointed out that Silman didn’t go into detail and have doubted her account, saying she should file an official complaint if it is true.

Lawmakers for the opposition Shas party have written to the Knesset Guard, urging a probe into the incident and additional security for her if it is accurate. The move is seen by many as an attempt to embarrass Silman, in case no CCTV footage or other evidence of the attack is found.

Silman, a member of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party, faced protests and threats earlier this year when her faction teamed up with a disparate coalition of parties to form the unity government that toppled Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 consecutive years as premier. Netanyahu’s Likud and allied factions accused Yamina of betraying the right in joining a coalition that includes other right-wing, centrist and left-wing parties plus an Islamist faction.

Channel 12 says that in her meeting with the security official, Silman hasn’t provided concrete information on the alleged attack. Instead, she has urged a probe of all incitement and threats against her.

Her office is cited as saying she will file an official account of the attack later in the day.

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