Knesset abuzz with mystery

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July 12, 2007 00:41
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There are 103 male MKs in the current Knesset - and on Wednesday morning each of them was a suspect in the case of the newest accusation of sexual harassment to mar the 17 Knesset. By noon, MK Yitzhak Ziv (Gil Pensioners Party) was named as the MK who allegedly sexually harassed a female activist in his party. In the preceding hours, the Knesset was abuzz with speculation. "We must not humiliate all 120 MKs," said MK Moshe Sharoni (Gil). "The appropriate person must step up." Morning radio shows dropped various details of the alleged incident, which amateur Knesset sleuths pored over. Several radio shows reported that the MK came from a "veteran party" and that he was "virtually unknown," leading many to speculate over Likud and Labor MKs. MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud) told of waking in the morning to read about the incident in the paper. "I turned to my wife and told her, 'Don't' worry, it's not me.' It's sad that it has come to this," said Edelstein. Other MKs that came under suspicion, including one senior Labor MK, said that that considering the number of adulterous relationships in the Knesset, some MKs could not help wonder if it might be them that the newspapers were reporting on. "There are many people here who are not faithful to their partners," said the MK. "After [Ziv] was named, I heard a sigh of relief." MK David Rotem (Israel Beiteinu) said that at school, his son's classmates had accused him of having an adulterous father. "These types of incidents embarrassed the entire Knesset, they are a blemish on all of us," said Rotem.


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