Israeli Coalition Member: Habayit Hayehudi Has Same Goals as Hamas

MK Amram Mitzna responds to party leader Naftali Bennett calling Mahmoud Abbas a 'mega-terrorist'; Bennett ally tells Mitzna he is welcome to join opposition.

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MK Amram Mitzna called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday to expel Naftali Bennett from the security cabinet, after the economy minister called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a "mega-terrorist."

"A person who lines the pockets of murderers with tens of millions of shekels each month is a mega-terrorist, who has not changed his ways," Bennett told Israel Radio earlier on Thursday.

Netanyahu shot down Mitzna's complaint, saying: "There can be many different opinions in Knesset, but the arguments must stay within the appropriate lines of truth and fairness. Mitzna's remarks have crossed both."

Denouncing Bennett's remarks, Mitzna lambasted the prior's Habayit Hayehudi faction for sitting in the government while working toward goals he deemed similar to those of Hamas.

Minister Uri Ariel of Habayit Hayehudi commented, "If MK Mitzna is not comfortable being in our company, he is invited to leave with his comrades and join the opposition."

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