Israeli Lawmaker Makes A Splash _ With Water Fight

Published January 9, 2012 5:36PM (EST)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli politicians often pour cold water on each other's ideas, but rarely on each other.

Anastassia Michaeli, a hawkish Israeli lawmaker, got so angry during a routine parliamentary debate Monday that she took a glass of water, tossed it at Labor Party backbencher Raleb Majadele and said "shame on you" before storming out.

It's unclear exactly what provoked the outburst. Michaeli says Majadele insulted her and that she expects "a man to be respectful toward a woman." She was unrepentant afterward, saying she hoped Majadele would "cool off" from the water.

Majadele was left with drops of water all over his shirt and jacket. He called Michaeli "crazy" as she left.

Parliament Speaker Reuven Rivlin says he will file a complaint against Michaeli in house ethics committee.



By Salon Staff

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