Idit Silman

Idit Silman is an Israeli lawmaker and member of the Likud Party and is the country's current environmental protection minister.

In the past, Silman was part of the Yamina Party and served as the coalition chairwoman in 2021, during the Naftali Bennett-led government. However, she would quit the post due to a debate surrounding the presence of hametz products in hospitals during the Passover holiday – a debate many accuse Silman of being responsible for starting. This debate, in part, led to the government's collapse.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys dance around a bonfire as they celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Ome

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On Silman's street, people who opposed the protest sprayed the demonstrators with pepper spray.

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A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016

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