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Pair of Likud MKs express opposition to formation of ethics panel: ‘They’ll only judge us’

Likud MK Levy-Abekasis (R) attends a Likud faction meeting at the Knesset on November 8, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)
Likud MK Levy-Abekasis (R) attends a Likud faction meeting at the Knesset on November 8, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)

At least two Likud lawmakers oppose the establishment of the Knesset Ethics Committee, according to a recording aired by the Kan public broadcaster.

“Ultimately, they’ll only bring us to the Ethics [committee]. You understand? Why are we the only ones who are criminals in the Knesset?” MK Orly Levy-Abekasis can be heard saying today’s faction meeting.

MK Kati Shitrit responded that she “unequivocally” agreed with Levy-Abekasis.

“I sat on the Ethics Committee. I want to tell you, they only bring our complaints,” Shitrit said.

Levy-Abekasis continued to insist that only Likud lawmakers would be scrutinized by the panel.

“They’ll only judge us. Let there be no Ethics Committee,” she said.

The comments come after Levy-Abekasis faced scrutiny last week for berating a female usher, after being ejected from a Knesset Finance Committee hearing.

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