Labor leader Shelly Yechimovich 370 (R).
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich disclosed her property and wealth on
Wednesday, after announcing that she would revive a bill requiring all
politicians to do the same.
“The list is very short,” the Labor leader
said in an interview with Army Radio, which she later posted on her
Yacimovich owns a 78 square-meter apartment near the Carmel
Market in Tel Aviv, which she purchased 12 years ago for $210,000, paid $100,000
to renovate and estimates is worth three times as much as it was in
In addition, Yacimovich has a pension fund, as well as an employee
savings plan from her years as a reporter, which she said used to be worth NIS
400,000, but is now worth less than NIS 200,000.
The Labor leader plans
to promote a bill she proposed in 2009, which would require MKs, ministers and
local councilmen to submit annual disclosure reports detailing their
investments, property or any other connections that could lead to potential
conflicts of interest.
Yacimovich told Army Radio she does not have a
stock portfolio, adding that it is “disgusting” for a person with influence to
play the market.
“I was on the Knesset Finance Committee for six years,
and I had an influence on companies that are traded in the stock market, the tax
they paid, their regulation. I had a direct influence on their worth,” she
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As such, Yacimovich said it would have been immoral for her to
invest in stocks as a politician.
“The same certainly applies to the
prime minister – he has a major influence on economic processes,” she added,
referring to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s request to change his personal
Netanyahu later decided not to do so, even though
the State Comptroller’s Office approved the changes.
does not own any stock, she did have a tomato from France – until she fed it to
her daughter yesterday.
The Labor leader updated her Facebook page upon
her return from Paris, where she met with French Prime Minister François
Hollande, causing an uproar over “tomato-gate.”
the breakfast she made her youngest daughter for her first day of 12th grade,
after flying home from Paris late at night: French toast, cookies from France
and a tomato from France.
Several people immediately commented that it is
illegal to bring vegetables from abroad into Israel.
“You should erase
You’re a lawmaker who doesn’t know the law. You don’t know
that you can’t bring vegetables into the country without special approval from
the Agriculture Ministry?” one wrote.
Another commented: “You’re bringing
tomatoes from abroad, instead of supporting Israeli agriculture? What kind of
socialist are you?” Yacimovich responded: “Yes, I came back on a flight from
Paris at night, and brought my daughter a nice tomato for breakfast. I didn’t
know the law, and unfortunately the proof was eaten.”
The Labor leader
added that she called the Agriculture Ministry, and was told that tomatoes,
onions and cucumbers may be brought into Israel from Europe, but not bananas,
mangos and many other fruits and vegetables.The proper procedure, Yacimovich
explained after speaking with the authorities, is to bring the produce to an
Agriculture Ministry representative at the airport.
“I promise I will do
the right thing next time,” she added.
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