Ramon, PM discuss political comeback

Despite court decision former minister can return, will first complete sentence.

ramon contrite 298.88 (photo credit: Channel 2)
ramon contrite 298.88
(photo credit: Channel 2)
The Prime Minister's office released a statement saying that former Justice Minister Haim Ramon and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met on Sunday. The two decided that Ramon would not join the government yet even though ten days ago, the courts said that he could return to politics. Ramon will first complete his community service - the sentence he received for forcibly kissing a 20-year-old female soldier without her consent following - and then meet to discuss the possibility of joining the government. There was no comment from either side about the report that he was considering quitting the Knesset now. The fact that Olmert decided that Ramon would not yet come back was seen by political officials as a sign that Finance Minster Avraham Hircshson would neither quit nor be forced to quit for a few weeks. Olmert is considered to be interested in giving Ramon the finance portfolio once it becomes available but does not intend to try to force out Hircshson, his long-time political ally.