MK Oren Hazan caught driving at almost twice the speed limit
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MK Oren Hazan caught driving at almost twice the speed limit

Cops catch controversial Likud lawmaker traveling at 150 km/h en route to Eilat; will attend hearing before senior police officer

Likud MK Oren Hazan attends a meeting in the Knesset on June 20, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Likud MK Oren Hazan attends a meeting in the Knesset on June 20, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Outspoken Likud MK Oren Hazan was caught Friday evening driving at almost twice the legal speed limit as he made his way to the Red Sea resort of Eilat.

The lawmaker was nabbed traveling at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour (94 mph) on Road 90, where the maximum limit is 90 kilometers per hour (56 mph).

Police officer slapped Hazan with a ticket and a subpoena summoning him to a hearing with a senior traffic cop, as is the procedure for lawmakers.

Hazan took the ticket and said he would show up to the hearing, Channel 10 reported.

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

Shortly after he entered politics, a Channel 2 expose alleged that Hazan in the past ran 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 lawsuit.

Most recently, on November 30, when Israel was in the midst of a wave of fires, Hazan took to the Knesset podium brandishing a lighter and demanded revenge for what some politicians branded “arson terrorism.”

“We aren’t going to check tree by tree, leaf by leaf… what was arson, what was wind,” he said.

“I’ve got the new weapon of the terrorists,” he added, pulling out the lighter.

“With this they set fire to the whole country… An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth is not far from the reality,” he said, holding the flame aloft.

The lighter was taken from him by a Knesset security official.

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