Moshe Mizrahi 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Cmdr. (res.) Moshe Mizrahi told Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich on Wednesday that
he would run for a spot on the party’s Knesset slate in the next
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Mizrahi served as the commander of the national police unit
for serious and international crimes, heading the investigation of many cases,
including that of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
He retired from the
police in July 2006 and completed the three-year cooling-off period required for
top police and IDF officers prior to entering politics.
welcomed Mizrahi’s announcement, saying that he is one of the “senior fighters
for the rule of law and against corruption.” She said that in the police, he
paid a personal price for his fight.
Mizrahi said he joined Labor because
the party was the best fit for his ideology, particularly regarding
socioeconomic issues and the rule of law. But Mizrahi’s selection of parties was
also limited due to his fights with politicians in the past.
unsuccessfully for an indictment against Ariel Sharon when he was prime
minister. In November 2004, when Kadima MK Gideon Ezra was internal security
minister, he fired Mizrahi from his position as head of the police
investigations unit for his role in a wiretapping
Then-attorney-general Elyakim Rubinstein wrote a 64-page report
accusing Mizrahi of illegal wiretapping actions and recommended that police take
disciplinary action against him.
Mizrahi also had a public fight with
Lieberman, who called him anti-Semitic after Mizrahi began to investigate
alleged ties between him and suspected members of the Russian mafia. In an Army
Radio interview Wednesday, Mizrahi vowed to continue fighting Lieberman as a
“Lieberman and Shas have to be removed to change the
atmosphere and enable normal people to make decisions here,” Mizrahi
“It’s important to show that things can be done differently and
that alongside the [Ze’ev] Elkins, [Ophir] Akunises and Anastasia [Michaeli]s,
there be someone there [in the Knesset] who is more like me.”