David Rotem 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
The Knesset Ethics Committee on Tuesday censured Knesset Constitution, Law and
Justice Committee chairman David Rotem (Israel Beiteinu) for saying MK Zehava
Gal-On (Meretz) “is not even a beast” and repeating his statement on the radio
the next day.
In a committee meeting in November on a bill that would
change the way Bar Association representatives to the Judicial Selection
Committee are chosen, Gal-On called Rotem “a bully and a rude person.” In
response, he told her to leave the meeting because she is “not even a
The following day, on the Shai and Dror radio show, the hosts
joked that Rotem spoke accurately, because Gal- On is not a beast. The Israel
Beiteinu MK said there is beastly behavior, and below that there is Gal-On’s
Rotem told the Ethics Committee the complaint against him is
“After MK Gal-On called me ‘a bully and a rude person,’ and
Shai and Dror called me ‘a violent bully,’ I shouldn’t have stooped to their low
level and reacted as I did,” he quipped.
The panel reprimanded Rotem for
using “rude and insulting language, which he repeated the next day in a radio
The Ethics Committee noted that it recognizes MKs’ right to
freedom of speech and the fact that some may get excited in an interview or
The committee added, however, that such insults “truly harm the
dignity of the Knesset and its members, and reduce the public’s confidence in