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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Iyar 17, 5768, 5/22/2008

      Can I Get You Dizzy?


      Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, is suspected of taking either bribes and/or illegal election campaign donations.

      Olmert's aide and confidant, Shula Zaken, is suspected of keeping track of the movement of funds.

      Uriel (Uri) Messer, Olmert's personal lawyer, is suspected of receiving those funds and passing them to Olmert and the movement of such funds was monitored by Shula who reported to Ehud.

      Moshe Talansky is suspected that he provided those funds.

      Is this all clear?

      Okay, now things begin to get complicated.

      Menni Mazuz, the Attorney-General, seems to have had evidence, in the form of memos that Shul Zaken recorded on the computers at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, for several months before giving the material to the police so they could investigate.  In other words, was the prosecution simply bumbling or purposefully sabotaging the police ability to do its job?

      Messer's wife, Davida (Didi) Lahman-Messer, just happens to be the Deputy Attorney-General, Mazuz's chief assistant.  Yaron Zelicha, who was forced out of his position as Accountant General for being a whistleblower on government corruption, has accused Didi of overt and unwarranted inteference on behalf of a client of her husband, Uri.

      Mazuz's sister, Yemima, has, for the past 12 years, been the Legal Advisor of the Ministry of the Treasury.  She is just now moving over to Tenuva, the Histadrut dairy conglomerate.  The last previous Minister of the Treasury, Avraham Hirshson, a lonmg-time friend and comrade of Olmert, is now on trial for the theft of 1.2 million NIS.

      More details here.

      Now, would you trust Ehud Olmert to make the correct and moral decision regarding the Land of Israel, Israel's security, diplomatic arrnagements, peace agreements, protection of Sderot and Ashkelon, et al., and whatever else a Prime Minister is supposed to be doing when he's not (suspected of) stealing/misappropriating/embezzling monies?