MK Oren Hazan (Likud) dropped in at an Armored Corps training exercise in the Negev last week – an uninvited visit where the former casino owner passed out business cards.
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The officers and soldiers at the Shizafon tank base were preparing to practice with live fire, but they stopped everything to listen to the man who stepped out of a car.
“IDF soldiers, I am always at your side,” Hazan said before repeating what every soldier hears from his commander at the end of every night’s inspection. “I will take care of everything for you: Support, conditions, min, provisions.”
The word “min” is an abbreviation for minhala – administration – but some soldiers mistakenly take it for one of its other meanings – sex.
The company commander thanked his visitor politely – and then ordered a platoon commander to escort Hazan out of the firing area.
Before leaving, Hazan left a stack of business cards. On one side, under the state emblem, was written: “IDF soldiers, you will never march alone!” On the other side were Hazan’s telephone numbers and email address.
In May, Hazan admitted in court that he had visited strip clubs in Bulgaria a few times to have drinks with friends but never solicited prostitutes or supplied prostitutes to clients of the casino he ran in the Balkan country.
On alleged drug use, he said he had been present when friends smoked drugs 13 years ago in South America but had not been present when drugs were sold or ordered.
Last week, a spokesman for Hazan said his boss had been “elected to the Knesset as the representative of young people, students and soldiers, and most of his activities focus on taking care of them.”
As the spokesman put it, “This time too, during a trip, the MK noticed the soldiers, stopped his car especially, spoke with them, wished them a happy Jewish New Year and continued on his way to the conference of the Association of Insurance Brokers and Agents in Eilat.”