MKs seek probe of pro-Tamir ad campaign

The ads were sponsored by the Israel Youth Movements Association, who took out the ads to support Tamir in her battle against the striking teachers union.

Tamir 224.88 (photo credit: Ehud Zion Waldoks)
Tamir 224.88
(photo credit: Ehud Zion Waldoks)
Knesset State Control Committee chairman Zevulun Orlev (National Religious Party) and Likud faction chairman Gideon Sa'ar asked State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss over the weekend to investigate funding for advertisements praising Education Minister Yuli Tamir. The ads, published Friday in the Hebrew press, were sponsored by the Israel Youth Movements Association. They took out the ads to support Tamir in her battle against the striking teachers union and against a group of 40 MKs, who signed a petition last week calling for her dismissal. Orlev and Sa'ar wrote in a letter to Lindenstrauss that Tamir's ministry supplies the youth movements with NIS 64 million a year and urged him to investigate whether the ads were purchased with that money. Sa'ar, who initiated the petition drive, called the ads corrupt and said they resembled methods used by totalitarian regimes. Orlev said the ads were signed by every youth movement except the religious-Zionist groups. Tamir responded that she was unaware of the ads until she saw them in the Friday newspapers. The Labor faction decided on Friday to ask the cabinet to vote on Sunday to support Tamir and renew its confidence in the embattled minister.