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Couples in corruption

How much should we really care about the corrupt conduct of Benjamin Netanyahu?

Many years ago I got a phone call from the Prime Minister's Office. Yitzhak Rabin wanted to meet me on two occasions.

Rabin even opened the door. He was alone in the house. He led me to a comfortable chair, poured two generous glasses of whiskey, and started with nothing but – but he hated the smattering – "Uri, have you decided to crush all the pigeons in the Labor Party?"

My news magazine Haolam Hazeh campaigned against corruption and had brought charges against two prominent Labor party leaders, the new head of the central bank and the Minister of Housing. Both belonged to the moderate wing of the party – the "pigeons".

I explained to Rabin that in the fight against corruption I could not make exceptions for politicians who were close to me politically. Corruption was a big enough issue in itself.

The first generation of the founders of Israel. . .

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avnery@actcom.co.il
Commentator in Ny Tid. Avnery is a former member of the Knesset in Israel. Israeli journalist and peace activist (born 1923).

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