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Smotrich reportedly helped Silman write resignation letter

(L) Religious Zionist leader Bezalel Smotrich  speaks during a Knesset faction meeting, on July 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90) and (R) Idit Silman at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on November 8, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
(L) Religious Zionist leader Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a Knesset faction meeting, on July 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90) and (R) Idit Silman at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on November 8, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yamina MK Idit Silman’s surprise resignation letter was reportedly partially written by none other than Religious Zionism MK Bezalel Smotrich, a staunch critic of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

According to Kikar Hashabbat reporter Ishay Cohen, “the bureau of Bezalel Smotrich” is the creator of the document and had worked on it, according to the document properties. While being interviewed on the Kan public radio this morning, Smotrich refused to confirm or comment on claims that he prepared the document.

Others have suggested that Silman was simply using an office computer that formerly belonged to Smotrich to write the letter.

Last week, in the wake of a string of deadly terror attacks, Smotrich harshly blamed Bennett and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked for setting up a government along with “terror supporters,” a right-wing code name for elected MKs from the Islamist Ra’am party. Both Bennett and Shaked vehemently rejected the accusation, saying that terror in Israel did not start nine months ago when their government was established, and accused Smotrich of cynically exploiting the tragedies.

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