The only thing standing in Hanegbi’s way back to the home he abandoned so many years ago, is item 21 in the Likud constitution:
“Anyone who has been convicted by the court in a final judgment of an offense involving moral turpitude will cease to be a member of the movement.”
Remember the perjury charge of which the court convicted Hanegbi? That’s the kind of offense involving moral turpitude that the item is referring to. And some in the Likud, who only a week ago removed a member of a local Likud chapter for just this kind of moral failure, are saying that if it’s something for which you kick a member, shouldn’t it also be something that keeps a newcomer from registering as a member?
Say what you will about the Likud, but when it pays politically to be righteous – they are righteous to a fault.
Of course, since Bibi wants Hanegbi to join, they will find the way to cleanse him, as they would have had Bibi asked them to let in a ham sandwich.
That’s a third metaphor in one article.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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