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Jerusalem District Police Commander Hands In Surprise Resignation

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Jerusalem District Police Commander Assistant Chief Yossi Pariente announced Sunday in an abrupt statement that he will step down at the end of his term.

A 30-year veteran of the force, Pariente was believed to be next in line to succeed Inspector-General Yochanan Danino as Chief of Police. The move comes as a surprise.

But Israel has seen two major police scandals this summer and months filled with riots, war and ongoing Arab violence. Not to mention the ongoing corruption trials of Israel’s former prime minister, and past corruption trials of the country’s former president and at least one lawmaker.

Pariente’s abrupt announcement followed a storm of international protest in response to a YouTube video that showed a police officer beating 15-year-old Tariq Khdeir of Tampa, FL.

The Arab-American citizen, who himself was involved in riots against police, is a cousin to 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The young Jerusalem Arab teen was kidnapped and murdered by Jewish gang members a day after searchers found the bodies of three Jewish teens murdered by Hamas terrorists buried in a field north of Hebron.

In addition, an autopsy report this month confirmed that Arab teen Muhammad Abd al-Majid Sunuqrut died after being shot in the head with a rubber bullet. The report vindicated the claims of Arab eyewitnesses who were rioting alongside the teen. The group was hurling rocks at police on August 31 in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz. But police had claimed the teen died after being shot in the leg and hitting his head after having tripped and fallen while fleeing.

Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch called Sunday’s resignation by Pariente a “strategic threat” to police deterrence.

“An external appointment is required to build a new corporate police culture,” Aharonovitch said in a brief statement following the resignation.

Pariente will remain at his post until a replacement is found.

He resigned just two weeks after a similar move by Central District commander Assistant Chief Bruno Stein, who was accused of guilt by association in a corruption case against well-known attorney Ronel Fisher.

Stein was “outed” in an article published by the Hebrew-language Ha’aretz newspaper which claimed he attended a private party at Fisher’s home while the attorney was under investigation for bribing several police officials.

Palestinian PM Hints: Hamas Stole Food and Medical Aid

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority Prime Minister admits that Hamas has stolen food and medicine meant for civilians, and the PA has no say over what goes on in Gaza, despite the so-called “Palestinian Unity Government”.

Ehud Olmert’s ‘Talansky Affair’ Re-Opens in Jerusalem District Court

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The corruption trial of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert — this one relating to wads of cash from Long Island businessman and philanthropist Rabbi Morris “Moshe” Talansky — has reopened in Jerusalem District Court.

Talansky founded The New Jerusalem Fund together with Olmert. He told the Jerusalem District Court in past testimony that over a period of 13 years he gave the former prime minister about $150,000, most of it in cash, earmarked for campaign and personal expenses. Some was intended as a loan, some not.

The court was set to hear testimony from former Olmert aide Shula Zaken, who has turned state’s witness, as well as from Olmert in defense of himself.

The Israeli leader was convicted of breach of trust in the Holyland Complex affair in 2012 and given a suspended sentence of one year in prison and a fine of NIS 75,000 ($21,000). This year he was convicted of lying to the court in testimony about the case, and was convicted again on one count of breach of trust in the same case.

Olmert was sentenced on May 13, 2014, to six years in prison and fined NIS 1.5 million ($430,000), and was to begin serving his sentence yesterday, September 1.

He was acquitted in the Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs, but due to new evidence the Talansky affair was also re-opened today.

All three cases span Olmert’s tenures as mayor of Jerusalem, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, Finance Minister and finally as Prime Minister – a period from 1993 to 2009.

Update: President Ruby Rivlin No Longer Under Investigation

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

11:05pm Despite the cacophony surrounding Israel’s newly elected President Reuven Rivlin which opened the Channel 2 TV broadcast this evening at 8pm….Reshet Bet Radio has announced that after discussions between the State’s Attorney and the Government’s Legal Advisor….the Police will not be investigating the President and the case is closed.

Much ado about nothing….back to our regularly scheduled cease fire.


Channel 2 TV reports that President Ruby Rivlin is under investigation by police for allegedly receiving thousands of shekels from Real Estate mogul Dudi Appel a decade ago.

Rivlin claimed the story was previously investigated twice, and closed because he hadn’t done anything wrong.

Appel is currently serving a 3.5 year sentence for a bribery sentence related to some real estate deals in Lod.

Appel was linked to Ariel Sharon and other politicians.

Yet Another Presidential Race Dropout Following Allegations of Wrongdoing

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Labor MK Binyamin “Fuad” Ben-Eliezer dropped out of the race for President of Israel, just days before the June 10th election.

Ben-Eliezer quit following a much publicized last minute police investigation, examining whether or not illegally received money to buy an apartment.

Ben-Eliezer is the second MK knocked out of the race for president following much publicized investigations, the first was Minister Silvan Shalom, who dropped out after allegations that he had committed some sex-related crimes.

The Attorney General eventually closed the investigations against Silvan, but as a result Silvan decided to not run.

Ben-Eliezer maintains his innocence, and says he will continue to fight to prove his innocence, and called it a ‘targeted assassination’.

But even if he could prove his innocence in the next few days, the allegations are enough to kill his chance to be in a reasonable position to challenge Ruby Rivlin, the Likud front-runner, in a run-off race.

On the online Israeli political forums they’re taking it a step further, as members discuss how presidential candidate Dalia Itzik, after leaving politics in 2012, was able to afford a NIS 4.5 million luxury apartment in Tel Aviv in 2013. Itzik’s husband works for the Israel Electric Company.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has offered Labor the option to postpone the presidential elections for 2 weeks to give them the opportunity to select a different candidate to support.

Numerous Associates Sentenced to Prison with Former PM Ehud Olmert

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Several other associates of former prime minister Ehud Olmert were sentenced to prison Tuesday and fined millions of shekels, along with the ex-politician.

Of 13 top public officials and business leaders who were charged in the affair, 10 were convicted on March 31 of charges of bribery, moral turpitude, money laundering and more.

The guilty sentenced today (Tuesday) were:

Dan Dankner,  former chairman of Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s second largest bank. He is currently joint chairman of Israel Salt Industries. Dankner was convicted on charges of offering hundreds of thousands in bribes to rezone the land on which the Holyland complex is built. Dankner was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined NIS 1.5 million.

Hillel Cherney, developer of Holyland, the residential complex project that started the nightmare in the first place. He was convicted on 19 charges of corruption and additional charges of breach of trust.  Cherney was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined NIS 2 million.

Avigdor Kelner, another developer of Holyland. He was convicted of two charges of corruption. Kelner was sentenced to three years in prison and fined NIS 1 million.

Meir Rabin, a real estate developer. He was charged with mediating the bribery between developers and government officials for Holyland. Rabin was sentenced to five years in prison.

Uri Sheetrit, a former Jerusalem municipal engineer. He was charged with taking bribes. Sheetrit was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Eliezer Simchayoff, a Jerusalem city council member. He was convicted on two counts of bribery and immediately suspended himself following sentencing, pending the outcome of his appeal.  Simchayoff was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined NIS 300,000.

All are expected to appeal to the Supreme Court within a few days.

Others convicted but not sentenced today are:

Shmuel Dachner (deceased), before his death in March 2013 represented Holyland real estate developer Hillel Cherney. Dachner turned state’s witness and gave testimony that formed the core of the case against most of those convicted in March.

Shula Zaken, former top aide to Olmert. Zaken was convicted on charges of corruption and was closely associated with nearly everything the former mayor, minister and prime minister did. She made a plea bargain arrangement with the state that has reportedly led to a prison term of 11 months. She will be formally sentenced this coming Thursday, May 15.

Uri Lupolianski, was assistant mayor to then-Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert and then succeeded him in the post. He was convicted on charges of offering  bribes to rezone the land on which the Holyland complex is built. Lupolianski, in poor health, will be sentenced on June 9.

Fines are to be paid in 10 installments, according to the court decision.

Former Head of 92nd Street Y Commits Suicide

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The former executive director of the famed 92nd Street Y died last Friday after hanging himself in his home in Seagate, an oceanfront community in Brooklyn, New York.

Sol Adler, 60, was found shortly before 11 a.m. by his wife Debbie, police told reporters on Saturday.

In 2012, Adler had been fired from his position after an anonymous letter sent to the board of directors accused him of a long-term relationship with his personal assistant.

At the time of his dismissal, after 20 years of leading the Y, Adler’s salary was $430,000 per year. His son-in-law, an ex-convict and a director of facilities at the Y, was also fired under suspicion of taking kickbacks from vendors. A number of other employees also were purged as well “for engaging in and failing to report suspected in appropriate behavior,” according to a letter to staff written by the board at the time.

The 92nd Street Y doubled its programs and brought in more than $80 million during Adler’s tenure as executive director. Police said there was no question of homicide in his death.

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