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Likud MK backs Smotrich for having ‘courage’ to comment on Rabin’s assassination

Likud MKs Shlomo Karhi (L) and Galit Distel Atbaryan attend a meeting of the Arrangements Committee at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on June 9, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Likud MKs Shlomo Karhi (L) and Galit Distel Atbaryan attend a meeting of the Arrangements Committee at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on June 9, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Reelected Likud MK Galit Distel Atbaryan backs the controversial comments made by Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich yesterday blaming the Shin Bet for the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Likud MK Avi Dichter, a former Shin Bet chief, hit back at Smotrich’s comments, calling them a dangerous conspiracy theory, and the security agency itself also criticized his speech.

“The Shin Bet has no right to criticize a democratically elected lawmaker for saying his opinion,” Distel Atbaryan tells Army Radio.

“To scold him and to discipline him and to say that real facts are conspiracies is a terrible deviation from the boundaries of discourse allowed in a democratic state,” Distel Atbaryan adds, saying that Smotrich “has a lot of courage to say these things in this context, on this day in front of this crowd.”

Smotrich’s comments were made in the Knesset at a ceremony marking 27 years since Rabin’s assassination.

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