Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich 370.
(photo credit: Artiom Degel)
Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich admitted to using recreational drugs
Wednesday, unlike Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who denies allegations he did
“I’m at peace with my past, unlike Yair Lapid who keeps forgetting
parts of his past, like, for example, that he emigrated from Israel, or other
things,” Yacimovich said on the Knesset Channel.
When asked if she smoked
recreational drugs, the Labor leader responded “yes, several times when I was
young. The last time was about 16 years ago.”
At that time, Yacimovich
was a wellknown journalist and host of Israel Radio’s popular All Talk current
As for legalization of cannabis, Yacimovich said she
opposes it but thinks that medical marijuana should be more accessible to those
suffering from diseases.
Yacimovich’s admission comes a month after Lapid
courted controversy by saying in an interview he never smoked
“It wouldn’t harm me politically if I said I smoked grass, but
I didn’t,” Lapid stated.
Soon after, actors Tomer Sharon and Sophia
Trotoush Argaman took to Facebook to write about their experiences smoking
cannabis with the finance minister, both calling for
“[Lapid’s] insistence that [he didn’t smoke marijuana] is
incomprehensible and raises concerns about the way you make
You are sticking to your lie! Are all the people who smoked
with you peons?” Trotoush Argaman wrote.