AG orders initial probe into Omri files

Sharon allegedly responsible for massive number of political appointments.

omri sharon 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Attorney General Menahem Mazuz ordered an initial inquiry into the personal files of former MK Omri Sharon Friday evening, according to Channel 10. A two-part investigative report based on Omri Sharon's diaries was reported on in early March by Channel 10 political analyst Raviv Drucker. According to Druker's report, Sharon was responsible for a massive number of political appointments, which he made via the bureaus of various Likud ministers, beginning with Ehud Olmert who was charge of several government offices. Sharon's diaries showed that in addition to arranging for political appointments, he also solved problems for central committee members, advanced projects and arranged jobs not only in the central government but also in local authorities and other institutions headed by Sharon loyalists. Omri was in close touch with Olmert aide Ovad Yehezkel and his father's political aide, Erez Halfon. In one entry after meeting with Yehezkel, he wrote, "head of a district office in the Israel Lands Authority [which Olmert headed] for Yigal Yosef. Shlomo Masharki wants to be a foreman. Ovad is at Bezeq today." Sharon also advanced Likud central committee members in various religious affairs positions. These positions, which are responsible for providing various religious services from mikvaot [ritual baths] to kosher supervision to marriage registration, offer salaries of between NIS 5,000 and NIS 11,000 a month. The report gave two examples of Likud Central Committee members who were appointed in 2004 to positions at religious councils. Yitzhak Alfasi was appointed to the religious council in Netivot and Dani Hazan was made a member of the religious council in Maalot also a member of the central committee. with Dan Izenberg and Gil Hoffman