Crime and punishment

As long as it takes over a year for a permit for a simple change to a building, the use of corrupt ‘facilitators,’ as in the Holyland case, will flourish.

May 22, 2014 15:39
4 minute read.

Olmert in court on day of sentencing, May 13. (photo credit: POOL)


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Two former mayors (one a former prime minister) and two city council members have been sentenced to jail – that is, at least before their appeals to the Supreme Court, the bottom line of what is considered to be the biggest corruption affair in Israel. In passing sentence, Judge David Rozen used harsh words and created an atmosphere of general cleaning of the Augean stables.

However, there is nothing in the sentences or their expected aftermath that can guarantee society that such murky deeds will not continue. In other words, little if anything can assure us that other scandalous affairs are not being perpetrated as we speak.


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