Nomi Blumenthal to be sentenced

Likud MK recalls impoverished childhood in bid to avoid jail time.

By DAN IZENBERG
February 14, 2006 00:44
1 minute read.
nomi blumenthal 298

naomi blumenthal 298 88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Likud MK Nomi Blumenthal described herself in court on Sunday as a woman who knew what poverty was and said that when she became financially better off, felt it was her duty to help those in need. Blumenthal addressed Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court during a hearing on sentencing pleas, together with several character witnesses who testified to her generosity and pleasant nature. Blumenthal was convicted last week of election bribery, obstruction of justice and subornation in connection with an investigation. The maximum penalty for the latter charge is five years in prison. Her lawyer, Uri Wegman, asked the court to give his client a suspended sentence and a fine. She was convicted of paying NIS 12,000 for rooms for key Likud Central Party members at a posh hotel on the night before the elections for the party's slate of candidates for the 16th Knesset, and then trying to cover up her actions. Blumenthal's political mentor, former MK Sarah Doron, brought tears to the defendant's eyes when she told Judges Ziva Herman-Hadassi, Rachel Greenberg and Dan Mor that she had known Blumenthal for 30 years and that she was always ready to help others beyond the obligations of a public servant. "There wasn't a single needy person who turned to her and did not receive help," said Doron. "She is a paragon of honesty and fairness. It is a different Nomi from the one that I heard about here [in court.] When you see Nomi, you see that an honest person can also succeed in politics." Others who testified on her behalf included MK Roman Bronfman (Meretz-The Democratic Choice) and Yitzhak Levy (National Union Party). Wegman also presented letters of support from MKs Danny Yatom (Labor), Natan Sharansky (Likud), and Marina Solodkin (Kadima.) Blumenthal said she was born in a small village to a poor family. Her mother sewed and her father left Israel and returned to Germany to practice law. "I worked all the years to help support the family," she told the court. "As I grew up, I was always told to help others and work for the community. After I met Michael [her husband] and my situation improved, I always told him, "We have, so we must help the others."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN