Putting a ring on itPutting a ring on it

Scandal-dogged Likud MK Hazan gets hitched

In maroon suit, 35-year-old Likud lawmaker marries former Knesset staffer after month-long engagement

MK Oren Hazan (holding mic) gets married to Rinat Kotkovsky, February 12, 2017 (Screen capture: Channel 2)
MK Oren Hazan (holding mic) gets married to Rinat Kotkovsky, February 12, 2017 (Screen capture: Channel 2)

Dressed in a maroon suit, black bowtie, and white kippah, Likud MK Oren Hazan took the plunge Sunday, marrying his fiancee, Rinat Kotkovsky, after an engagement lasting just over a month.

Photos of the event showed the grinning 35-year-old deputy coalition chair standing under the traditional huppah alongside his 26-year-old wife-to-be, who was traditionally attired in a white dress and veil.

Hundreds of family members, parliamentarians and other invited guests joined the couple at the Duria event center near Ashkelon.

The two first met when Kotkovsky worked in the Knesset and dated for a few months before Hazan proposed on January 5 at a theater in central Israel.

After the show, Hazan got down on one knee on the stage in front of the audience and asked Kotkovsky to marry him.

“My dream was to present you in the Knesset,” he said at the time, according to Channel 2. “The first time I had the courage to speak with you was the day you left the Knesset. But I knew that you would become my wife. I knew that only you can put me in my place. There is a lot of confusion… outside, but I truly love you,” he said. To which Kotkovsky simply replied, “Yes.”

The controversial far-right Israeli rapper Yoav Eliasi, who goes by the stage name Hatzel — Hebrew for The Shadow — was present at the event. An outspoken supporter of Hazan, Eliasi didn’t bother getting dressed up for the occasion. Nor did he bring a present, according to a Twitter photo posted by a Walla news reporter, which quotes him saying “I’m Persian. We don’t bring presents.”

Hazan has become known as the enfant terrible of Israel’s parliament.

In October, a Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court judge said Hazan had used hard drugs while serving as a casino manager in Bulgaria before being elected to the Knesset, rejecting the bulk of a libel lawsuit brought by Hazan against a reporter from Channel 2 news.

In December, he had his driver’s license suspended for traveling at a speed over 140 kilometers per hour (over 87 mph) on Route 90, where the limit is 90 kilometers per hour (56 mph).

In December 2015, the Knesset Ethics Committee also suspended Hazan from participating in parliamentary debates for a month, due to a series of complaints against him.

In February, Hazan was again suspended from the committee hearings, this time by his own Likud party after he skipped a plenum vote resulting in a loss for the party.

And a 2015 state comptroller report on party spending during primary campaigns said Hazan failed to report his expenditure and accused him of lying in an affidavit declaring his expenses, a crime that can carry up to a three-year custodial sentence.

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