An unusual confrontation took place Monday evening in the Knesset plenum between Israel Eichler of Torah Judaism, who served as Knesset speaker, and Elazar Stern. A discussion developed between the two, which escalated into curses and threats.
Stern spoke from the Knesset podium, Eichler asked him to finish, and Stern got angry and reminded him that he had once called him "Yehudon." Stern said, "You call 'Yehudon.' Relax, you better calm down. If the Rebbe of Baalza knew who you are, the hatred you arouse here, you wouldn't be sitting here."
Eichler: "I want to take Stern down, he's taking over, degrading the chairman and can't speak here. Take it off immediately."
Stern: "You were an enemy of Israel, you will remain an enemy of Israel, until you ask for forgiveness."
Stern and Eichler, Photo: Oren Ben Hakon
Even after Stern left the Knesset stage, the confrontation continued.
Stern: "I'm not done with you yet, don't worry."
Eichler: "Keep threatening. If you continue I will ask to take you out. Get him out, you hurt the chairman, get out."
Stern refused to leave the plenum.
Eichler: "You think there is an ultra-Orthodox Jew, so you can behave the way you do. You'll see the hard way, he's violent, proven it violent from the stage."
Stern did not calm down: "Shame on you, oppressor of Israel."
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