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The Makeup of the Israeli Government Is Beginning to Look Like the Makeup of the Prison Population

World  (tags: Israel, cabinet, members, criminal, sexual, harassment, corruption, Aryeh, Deri, Silvan, Shalom, Benjamin, Netanyahu )

- 1133 days ago -
Israel's cabinet approved the appointment of the country's new interior minister, an ultra-Orthodox party head who had served prison time for corruption.


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Sam H (410)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 5:17 pm
But take heart, the new interior minister is a criminal who was released from prison for “good behaviour.” That’s more than can be said about Netanyahu.

Sam H (410)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 5:17 pm
But even this criminal has higher moral standards than Netanyahu. He resigned as economy minister after refusing to overrule anti-trust authorities' objections to a major natural gas deal. Netanyahu, on the other hand, didn’t think twice about approving the deal!

Sam H (410)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 5:17 pm
“Aryeh Deri takes over the post after his predecessor Silvan Shalom resigned last month following allegations of SEXUAL HARASSMENT.”

Sam H (410)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 5:18 pm
If you can get some criminals to play musical chairs, then you got yourself an Israeli cabinet!

Janis K (129)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 5:45 pm
Thanks Sam

james C (8)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 5:50 pm
Oh dear poor old Israel.

Freya H (345)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 6:24 pm
Israel, thy halo is slipping, and that sacred cow hath morphed into a big rat.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 11:05 pm
Noted. Thank you Sam.

Lona G (66)
Sunday January 10, 2016, 11:25 pm
It's hard to decide to laugh or to cry about this, it's all so deeply pathetic.

Like most (extreme) right wing countries, the Israeli government has only a few people to choose from their ranks that can pass scrutiny of their past. Most have an, often hidden, "blemish" somewhere. If not, the new ministers or members soon fall pray to corruption, (sexual) abuse of power, or criminal acts, necessitating a new search for unblemished records in an ever decreasing group of politicians. Soon they'll have to make excuses for taking on the "least blemished" by trying to wipe their slates clean "because they've paid their debt to society". Nice try, but I'm sure that the same wouldn't hold for a Left or for an Arab politician.

Rose Becke (141)
Monday January 11, 2016, 12:51 am

Rose Becke (141)
Monday January 11, 2016, 12:52 am
What next

Rose Becke (141)
Monday January 11, 2016, 12:54 am
What next

Evelyn B (63)
Monday January 11, 2016, 2:15 am
Rather like putting the cat's bed next to the cream churn, no?
After all, the cat has already been punished for licking the butter ... so it is a clean start, we must trust that the lesson has been learnt ...

At this rate, we'll see the perpetrators of the arson killings appointed as heads of IDF units ....

Thanks, Sam

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 11, 2016, 7:58 am
Yeah, a very 'clean start, as clean as it gets with that gang! Those who wish to trust the lesson has been learned (who's "WE"??) may go ahead, I'm hardly one of them.
Yet, this fits in the overall picture just perfectly, they've been masters of turning things upside down.
When they run out of choices, here's my suggestion for the future: Just drop that mask of "democracy", ONE dictator is sufficient in most other countries of sort.
Thanks for disturbing news, Sam.

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 10:38 am
Israeli politics are a constant source of ridiculous stories if you don't actually follow them, just like with any other country.

First of all, like Ros and the article said, this guy is the leader a party without which the government would fall below the 50%+1 needed to maintain power. Failure to appoint him to the cabinet would mean calling another election, again. A sitting government typically does not want that to happen. The willingness to appoint a guy previously convicted of corruption has nothing to do with a Left-Right split. It has to do with an unstable government.

Second, this is Shas, the party which trades its votes for legal, regulatory, and financial support for Israel's ultra-Orthodox communities. Ever heard of the difference in funding for Jewish and Arab communities? Secular Jews are actually on the Arab side of that divide. The funding difference is mostly Shas auctioning off its votes. Beyond that, however, Shas is fairly apolitical. The guy will be the Interior Minister, but that doesn't mean he will have a mandate to do anything controversial aside from funnel resources to ultra-Orthodox institutions and communities, even from his own party. That means that while he may take bribes, those bribes would primarily impact which ultra-Orthodox institutions get the extra funds that none of them should be getting anyway.

The real problem is not the identity of the minister. It's the power-dynamic that comes from the Left-Right polarization and stops mainstream parties from working together. This is what makes governments, in Israel and elsewhere, dependent on support from parties that should be nowhere near power.

Vlasta M (7)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 12:34 pm
Perhaps Israel is just much better than US or Europe in catching their crooks who in USA and Europe generally can hide their crimes. Just look at Obama and Hillary clinton...who had managed to get aways with murders of all kinds...

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 1:54 pm
Noted. Thanks, Sam.
Just wondering how much longer it will take Israeli citizens to give these "leaders" a boot out of office. Definitely past time for "the people" to rise up in peace.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 2:04 pm

Roger G (148)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 4:06 pm
noted, thanks

Harry Knapp (0)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 8:40 pm
The powers of governments corrupt the holders of offices. It matters not the nation, language, religion or gender of the office holders.

Dt Nc (0)
Tuesday January 12, 2016, 11:31 pm

Sam H (410)
Wednesday January 13, 2016, 3:21 am
BTW, Israel Is Not the Only Country that Plagues the Middle East

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Monday February 8, 2016, 11:23 am
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