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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rule of law?

Evelyn Gordon decries the fact that it is taken for granted in this country (and it is taken for granted because it's largely correct) that Israel's courts and prosecutorial apparatus is biased to the Left.

Consider the following sentence from a column that appeared Monday in Israel’s left-wing daily Haaretz: “If the attorney general decides to bring charges against Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister may decide that, in his bid to reach a plea bargain that will keep him out of prison, he is better off bringing down the government, and possibly even the Knesset, and disguising himself as a moderate in a government that has Kadima and Labor [two left-of-center parties] at its center.”

The author, Amir Oren, is no right-wing conspiracy theorist; he’s a veteran, left-of-center journalist and star columnist for a respected highbrow daily. And he considers it patently obvious that if Lieberman wants prosecutors to treat him leniently, he would be wise to swerve Left.

Nor is Oren alone in this belief. In 2007, after then prime minister Ehud Olmert appointed Daniel Friedmann, a well-known critic of the Supreme Court’s judicial activism, as justice minister, Yossi Verter wrote in Haaretz: “The justice system … has two alternatives for coping with this blow: hunkering down in its bunker and waiting for the government to change, or speeding up criminal proceedings against Olmert and working with greater vigor to topple him, which would also bring about Friedmann’s departure.”

Like Oren, Verter is a veteran left-of-center journalist and a star Haaretz columnist. And like Oren, he considers it self-evident that legal officials could and would use their prosecutorial powers to oust a politician whose policies they oppose.

Read the whole thing.

I have argued many times on this blog that the expulsion of Gaza's Jews was undertaken to keep Ariel Sharon and his sons out of jail. How could that be? Read Evelyn Gordon's post and you will find out. We have a culture of corruption in our law enforcement agencies. And no one in a position to stop it is willing to try.


At 1:24 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - that barely compares with the media's venomous outburst against Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon for dressing down Turkey and his subsequent forced apology to the Turks. The Left may not be much in political terms in Israel but they control the media and the coercive levers of powers in the state. Israel's bureaucracy is run by the permanent Left.

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After seeing what Ayalon did, he should be fired. Completely mishandled in a most immature way. And I'm not being diplomatic or PC. As far as I'm concerned, the Turkish Ambassador should be sent packing by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. No games. No shows. Just tell it like it is.


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