Army Radio reported on Tuesday that the police has launched an investigation of Communications Minister Ayoub Kara. According to the report, the investigation is focused on Kara’s close relationship with a businessman whose identity cannot be revealed at this stage.
Minister Kara this morning responded with a tweet saying: “I have no problem with any examination. All my actions are lawful, and I am reconciled with my just and honest ways. I invite every institution to come and check and see that there is nothing, because there was and will be nothing, simply nothing.”
Kara was paraphrasing a similar comment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the corruption investigations against him, the PM. The tweet used two Hebrew references to “nothing” – “klum” and “shum davar,” which, admittedly, is much ado.
Kara concluded: “It’s a shame that we continue to deal with trifles instead of my many achievements as communications minister in the Israeli government.”
Of course, “trifles,” or “zutot” in Hebrew, is more than nothing.
One of Kara’s recent achievements took place in 2017, when he took part in a delegation of Israeli politicians who visited Poland to support Polish efforts to present that country’s WW2 experience as devoted to saving millions of Jews. Their host, Polish priest Tadeusz Rydzyk, owns a radio station which is being repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism by the Anti-Defamation League and the World Jewish Congress. The visit was attacked in the Israeli media.
Politically, though, it should be noted that Minister Kara is a staunch pro-Zionist who supports the settlements enterprise and the death penalty to terrorists.