|Date of birth||27 February 1980|
|Place of birth||Haspin, Golan Heights|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
|2015–||The Jewish Home|
Smotrich was born in Haspin, an Israeli settlement in the Golan Heights, and grew up in the Beit El settlement in the West Bank. His father was a rabbi, and Smotrich received a religious education, attending Mercaz HaRav Kook, Yashlatz, and Yeshivat Kedumim. During his service in the Israel Defense Forces, he served in the Operations Division of the General Staff. He earned a BA in law from Ono Academic College, and studied toward a degree in public and international law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which he did not complete. He was certified as a lawyer.
He was arrested during protests against the disengagement plan in 2005, and was held in jail for three weeks, but not charged. In 2006, he helped organize the "Beast Parade" as part of protests against a gay pride parade in Jerusalem, although he later admitted regret at the incident.
In the build-up to the 2015 Knesset elections, he won second place on the Tkuma list, after party leader Uri Ariel. The party contested the elections as part of the Jewish Home, with Smotrich placed eighth on its list for the elections. He was elected to the Knesset as the party won eight seats.
Smotrich initiated the following legislation which passed in the Knesset:
Proposal for separation of Jews and Arabs
In July 2015, Smotrich caused a controversy by declaring in a Knesset Interior meeting that developers in Israel should not have to sell homes to Arabs. The meeting took place following accusations that Galil Homes refused to sell homes to Arabs in Ma'alot, a northern Israeli town. Smotrich defended the developer, saying that, "Anyone who wants to protect the Jewish People and opposes mixed marriages is not a racist. Whoever wants to let Jews live a Jewish life without non-Jews is not a racist." He added that Jews are the ones deprived in Israel because "they don't get free land in the Negev", a reference to Bedouin. "I believe in God's words. I prefer that Jews make a living and wouldn't sell a house to Arabs."
Smotrich opposes gay marriage. In 2015, he referred to LGBT people as "abnormal", stating, "At home, everyone can be abnormal, and people can form whatever family unit they want. But they can't make demands from me, as the state." In the same discussion, he told the audience, "I am a proud homophobe". He later apologized, and retracted his statement, saying, "Someone shouted from the crowd, and I responded inattentively". In July 2015, after the Jerusalem LGBT pride stabbing, he called it a "beast parade", and refused to retract his homophobic remarks. In August 2015, Smotrich accused LGBT organizations of controlling the media, claiming they use their control to gain public sympathy and silence those who share his conservative views. An Israeli NGO, "Ometz", filed a complaint to the Knesset Ethics Committee to intervene and investigate Smotrich's comments.
Proposed changes to law system
Smotrich is a co-sponsor of proposed legislation change stating that sources of Jewish tradition such as the Torah have to be considered when dealing with legal matters that cannot be decided by legislation or court rulings. Other sponsors of are Miki Zohar from Likud, Yoav Ben-Tzur from Shas, and Nissan Slomiansky from The Jewish Home.
Hospital room segregation between Jews and Arabs
In April 2016, Bezalel Smotrich tweeted that he supports segregation of Arab and Jewish women in hospital's maternity wards, writing:
"After giving birth, my wife wants to rest, and not have a party like Arab women do after giving birth."
Stone-throwing and terrorism
Smotrich has advocated a shoot-to-kill policy for the military when they deal with Palestinian children throwing stones. Stating his intention to "abort" a Palestinian state, he states that Palestinians have 3 options: to leave, accept rule by a Jewish state, or fight and be defeated. Asked what he would do were another intifada to arise, and a Palestinian child were to throw stones, he replied: "Either I will shoot him, or I will jail him, or I will expel him."
Smotrich has argued that price tag assaults on Palestinian people or property, while criminal in nature, are not to be classified as examples of terrorism, which he defined as "only violence carried out by an enemy within the framework of war against us". Commenting on a specific case, the Duma arson attack, in which a Palestinian family of 3 were killed, and for which a Jewish settler has been indicted, Smotrich stated that to brand such deeds as terrorism causes "mortal and unjustified harm to human and civil rights".
In April 2018, Smotrich tweeted that Ahed Tamimi, a 17-years-old Palestinian serving an eight month jail sentence for assaulting a soldier, incitement, and interfering with a soldier in the line of duty, "should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneekap". Twitter responded by suspending his account for 12 hours and asking him to delete the tweet, saying that the tweet was "abusive" and could incite harassment. Smotrich refused to delete the tweet, saying that for Twitter, "freedom of speech is reserved for just for one side of the political map", and that he stood by his tweet.
Smotrich, who lives in a part of the West Bank outside what Israel defines as state land and in breach of the settlement's master plan, is said to have played a key role in Israeli legislation to legalize the annexation of Palestinian lands, and a law banning advocates for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement from visiting Israel.
Smotrich is an Orthodox Jew, is married, with six children, and lives in the Kedumim settlement in the West Bank.
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- "MK Smotrich: The government I'll be part of, will not recognize same-sex couples". Nana10. April 19, 2015. Archived from the original on December 24, 2015.
- "Netanyahu Government will not recognize same-sex marriage". GoGay.co.il. April 19, 2015.
- What Islamic State and One Member of Knesset Share Haaretz, 6 September 2015
- Jonathan Lis,'Israeli Lawmaker: My Wife Wouldn't Want to Give Birth Next to an Arab Woman,' Haaretz 5 April 2016
- "Smotrich supports hospital room segregation between Jews and Arabs". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
- "Lawmaker Backs Segregated Jewish Arab Maternity Wards". Times of Israel. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
- Ravit Hecht, He wants the Israeli military to be able to shoot to kill when children throw stones Haaretz 3 December 2016
- Emma Graham-Harrison, 'Bezalel Smotrich: Israel’s far-right demagogue, drawing fringe beliefs to the centre,' The Guardian 12 March 2017.
- 'Habayit Hayehudi MK: The Duma Murders Are Not Terrorism,' Haaretz 10 December 2015.
- Jonathan Lis (2018-04-23). "Twitter Temporarily Suspended Israeli Lawmaker Who Said Palestinian Teen Should've Been Shot". Haaretz.
- Michael Bachner (2018-04-24). "Twitter suspends MK who said Palestinian teen 'deserved a bullet'". The Times of Israel.
- Yotam Berger, 'West Bank Home of Israeli Lawmaker Who Championed Land-grab Law Built Illegally,' 1 March 2017
- 'Knesset passes law barring boycott supporters from Israel,' The Times of Israel 6 March 2017.
- Bezalel Smotrich on the Knesset website