Sunday, August 02, 2009

Et tu, Avigdor?

The news that an indictment of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on corruption charges has been recommended by police is no surprise to anyone following Israeli politics in the Israeli press. Much of Olmert's time as PM was under similar threat of indictment, as he still is now, but the wheels of justice there grind slowly, very slowly. Other illustrious names are bandied about frequently, shady links of billionaires to leading pols are as common there as US congresscritters on the take from lobbyists. The style may change, but not the substance.

Suspicious minds might think that such looming indictments are a form of political pressure rather than the dutiful application of the law by Israeli police. Lieberman certainly does not seem the type to back down, so expect more turmoil in the ranks of Israeli politicians on the take, a sizable bunch, we imagine.
(h/t Wampum)


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