MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) compared Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
In a Knesset hearing regarding the state of Israel's religious councils, Porush criticized the prime minister and his son, Omri, whom he claims interfered in appointments to the councils.
During his speech, Porush said, "Sharon greatly reminds me of the Italian Benito Mussolini. Mussolini also left one party and established his own. He also served as prime minister until he founded a dictatorship and became a duce. Sharon is already talking about a presidential regime in order to do whatever he feels like with the state. Duce Sharon."
Deputy defense minister Ze'ev Boim (Kadima), who represented the government in the hearing, hastened to request that Porush rescind his comments. "I think that these are inappropriate things to say in the Knesset," said Boim, to which Porush responded, "You should be ashamed that so many call the state of Israel 'Corruptistan.' This is much more grave."
Boim responded that, considering Mussolini was an "ally of Hitler, this is unacceptable. I think you should retract your statement. It is shameful for an MK to compare any Israeli prime minister or leader with Mussolini."
However, Porush would not capitulate, and repeated his claim.
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