Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich’s admission last week that she had smoked
marijuana until 16 years ago led to a wave of MKs revealing Sunday that they had
tried pot in the past.
The MKs who admitted Sunday that they had tried
marijuana were Labor’s Avishay Braverman, Eitan Cabel, Miki Rosenthal, and Stav
Shaffir; Meretz’s Ilan Gilon, Tamar Zandberg, and Michal Roisin; and Yesh Atid’s
Pnina Tamnu-Shata, Yoel Razbozov, Adi Kol, and Yifat Kariv.
Cabel said he
had tried pot as a student, but decided it was not for him. Kariv said she had
tried marijuana on vacation in Jamaica, but did not like it and has not tried
“Like many Israelis I tried smoking drugs in the past and
there is no reason to hound those who did that,” Roisin said.
overwhelming majority of ministers and MKs denied trying marijuana, including
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Economy
Minister Naftali Bennett and Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who has been accused
by people who said they smoked pot with him 20 years ago. Labor MK Isaac Herzog,
who is running against Yacimovich in the October 22 Labor primary, was
especially critical of pot use.
“I don’t understand politicians who brag
about breaking the law,” Herzog said.
No MKs on the Right would admit to
trying marijuana. Even Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, who advocates for the
legalization of marijuana use, said he has never tried pot himself.
who refused to answer the question included Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Yesh
Atid MK Ofer Shelah and Hatnua’s Elazar Stern.
A dozen Knesset members
could not be reached, so it is possible that the final total of those admitting
to smoking pot will be larger.