Friday, March 23, 2007

And the Sleaze Goes On

Israel's previous Justice Minister - forced to resigned when charged - was recently convicted of sexual harassment. The President has suspended himself as he faces charges of rape. Prime Minister Olmert is under investigation for influence peddling. The previous head of the tax authority has resigned is under police investigation for "fixing" taxes for friends and people with cash to pay. And now Minister of Finance Abraham Hirchson is under police investigation for embezzlement and fraud.

According to Haaretz: "Hirchson is suspected of using NIS 5.65 million embezzled from Nili, a non-profit organization associated with the National Workers Histadrut Union, in order to finance political activity in the Likud, the party to which he belonged at the time. He is also suspected of embezzling funds from non-profits organizing the March of Remembrance and Hope in Poland.

Ovadia Cohen, who served as Nili chairman from 2000 to 2003 and has confessed to embezzlement, told police that envelopes full of cash were sent to Hirchson before he embarked on trips abroad. Sarah Amrani, Hirchson's bureau chief, is also under police investigation."

Read the full story, including how Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Museum, has been sucked into the scandal.

The sense entitlement and government approved lawlessness that started in the settlement movement, the profiteering and cronyism long fostered by the military and Defense Department, and the state sanctioned greed promoted by Netanyahu's Thacherite economic policies, have all come home to roost.


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