Mar 30, 2015

Petitions against Aryeh Deri

There are petitions going around for people to sign calling on Netanyahu to not appoint Aryeh Deri as a minister in the new government.

Deri has sat in jail convicted of accepting bribes and breach of trust, and there is a sentiment among some of the public that from a moral perspective he should not be a minister.

The problem with this is that Deri did the crime, and he aid his time. he served his sentence. He has waited the 7 years he could not return to politics due t the nature of the crime, as determined by the judge. He is now a free man with full rights and the legal ability to be appointed a minister. As head of a political party negotiating for a share of the incoming government, there is no chance he won't be appointed to a ministerial position, and there is really no basis to make such a demand.

That being said, I am not a fan of Deri, and less personally, I do not think such people should be allowed to return to high office. The venue for this though is to have the law changed for the future, not to sign petitions against someone specific. Lobby various MKs to have them submit such a law (I know it has been considered and discussed in the past) change, and in the future ex-cons won't be ministers. That is really the only way.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm not a fan of Deri either but as you point out, he's been punished according to the rules Israeli society deemed appropriate. Nowhere in his sentence was there a proviso limiting his return to politics. And frankly, as a liar and thief he should fit right in!


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