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Police revoke MK Hazan’s driver’s license for speeding

Controversial Likud lawmaker barred from getting behind the wheel for a month after cops catch him traveling 60 km over speed limit

Likud MK Oren Hazan speaks in the Knesset, December 7, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Likud MK Oren Hazan speaks in the Knesset, December 7, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Police on Sunday banned the controversial Likud MK Oren Hazan from driving for a month after he was caught last week traveling at almost twice the legal speed limit on his way to the Red Sea resort of Eilat.

As is the procedure for lawmakers, Hazan was summoned to face a hearing with a senior traffic cop, who slapped him with the ban.

The lawmaker was nabbed by police on Friday evening traveling at a speed of over 140 kilometers per hour (over 87 mph) on Route 90, where the limit is 90 kilometers per hour (56 mph).

Hazan took the ticket and said he would show up to the hearing.

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 had previously run 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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