Rivlin: Knesset must discuss ethics of Olmert, Deri return

October 23, 2012 23:17


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The 19th Knesset will have to discuss the morality of allowing politicians convicted of crimes to return to government, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said on Tuesday, referring to Shas leader Aryeh Deri's comeback and former prime minister Ehud Olmert's deliberations on returning to politics.

In an interview to be published in Friday's Jerusalem Post, Rivlin discussed the political field ahead of January's election, including elements pulling Likud to the right, Arab MKs' rights to political expression, and his own aspiration to serve a record three terms as Knesset Speaker and be elected president.

The Knesset Speaker did not mention Deri and Olmert by name, but said "people are asking if politicians who committed crimes can come back to the Knesset. The law allows it."

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