A new Knesset and a new police investigation
The new Knesset is barely in session, and already we have our first police investigation. Jewish Home MK Nissim Slomiansky is accused of buying votes in his party's primary election
was the big winner in the November 13 Bayit Yehudi Knesset primary,
receiving 18,601 of the 33,312 votes cast. He beat challengers Ayelet
Shaked and Uri Orbach by a wide margin, even though they had the backing
of newly elected party chairman Naftali Bennett and Slomiansky did not.
the reports revealed that some of those votes allegedly came from vote
contractors who Slomiansky paid large sums. Tapes of the vote
contractors explaining how Slomiansky bribed them were submitted to
police by Bennett, who hired private investigator Nisim Garameh to check
whether Slomiansky was using illegal methods against him and his
Vote contractor Avichai Amrusi told Garameh that he
registered 4000 people in Bayit Yehudi’s membership drive. Amrusi said
the costs of the membership fees totaled some NIS 60,000, but Slomiansky
paid 125,000 to his yeshiva and owed him an equal amount.
“Membership drives are the time to milk politicians,” Amrusi said on the tape.
boasted that some of the money was delivered by and some was left for
him in Marlboro cigarette boxes in the back of a car in Tel Aviv. He
said he was sure he would receive the rest of the money from Slomiansky
because [paying for votes] is illegal and he had all the information
written down about when he brought him money and how much.
later denied his earlier comments in a video released to crisis
management strategist Roni Rimon, who was hired by Slomiansky.
Shas Tel Aviv city councilman David Ezra also told Garameh that
Slomiansky paid him NIS 100,000. He said he told the members he
registered to vote for Slomiansky but he ignored Slomiansky’s request to
have his loyalists support then-MK Zevun Orlev in the party leadership
contest against Bennett.
And I'm sure that the fact that Slomiansky was a supporter of Orlev and not of Bennett has absolutely nothing to do with this investigation.... /sarc
Labels: crime, Israeli Knesset, Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett