Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich explained her flip-flop on her past use of
recreational drugs in an email she sent her supporters over the
The issue of past pot smoking resurfaced a month ago when
Finance Minister Yair Lapid denied repeated allegations that he had smoked
marijuana years ago.
Yacimovich told the Knesset Channel on Wednesday
that she had smoked pot “several times when I was young” and that the last time
was about 16 years ago.
But the news portal Walla revealed on Thursday
that in an interview with the website last year during her Knesset campaign,
Yacimovich said she had not smoked marijuana.
“I guess that back then
[last year], I gave that answer because I was worried about how a different
answer would be received,” she wrote her backers. “That was of course a mistake.
I am glad I was given the opportunity to correct that mistake. I invite other
politicians to correct that mistake.”
Yacimovich said she does not back
legalizing marijuana, but that she would consider easing punishments for the
crime of smoking pot.
She will face off against MK Isaac Herzog in
Labor’s leadership race on November 21.