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  Kislev 21, 5770 , 08/12/09

MK Ben-Ari to Mazuz: Is Barak an 'Etrog?'

MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) called on Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to investigate charges that Defense Minister Ehud Barak had employed an illegal alien from the Philippines. In a letter to Mazuz, Ben-Ari wrote that while Barak's actions were serious, "until now we have not heard of any investigations by the Attorney General's office. As such, I wish to know whether Mr. Barak is somehow exempt from investigations and sanctions.

"We hear nearly weekly about new scandals that Barak is connected to, but to our surprise, instead of a clear statement by the Attorney General's office that everyone must respect the law, regardless of his political positions, it seems that Mr. Barak is being treated like an 'etrog,'" Ben-Ari wrote, citing a term associated with former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharon, who had been involved in several criminal trials, was given a "free pass" by the media and treated like an "etrog," a precious fruit, due to his support of the leftist agenda, many on the right say.

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