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6.29.2007

Only in Israel?

After posting yesterday's article, I watched a CNN feed that reminded me of Israeli President Moshe Katsav's current problem. At this point, Katsav is under fire for alleged rape and wiretapping. After that, I remembered that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was likewise accused of having committed serious offenses.

Well, the Philippines has its own "Hello Garci" scandal but for now, let us look at what I found regarding scandals that hit Israel's leaders.

- Yitzhak Mordechai's promising public career was cut short in 2000, when he resigned as transport minister after he was charged with sexually assaulting a female employee. In 2001, he was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

- Former president, the late Ezer Weizman, resigned in July 2000 after revelations that he received around $450,000 as "gifts" from French millionaire Edouard Saroussi in the 1980s, when Weizman was an MP and minister.

- Current chief of the rightwing Likud party and former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was investigated in 1999 on allegations that he wanted to use public funds to pay for work done on his private residence and with attempting to keep gifts received while premier. Charges were never filed for lack of evidence.
The complete list can be found here.

3 comments:

SJ said...

OK so in Israel they get caught :)

Thx for visiting my blog hope to see you around.

Antonio Andolini said...

Is that really the case? Or is it just that there are more of them there than elsewhere?-- just asking

Antonio Andolini said...

Yes, will see you around. Thanks for visiting.. and the comment.