This is Chaim Ramon who was this week found guilty of indecency by the unanimous verdict of three judges. Let's not make a big deal of the charge - let's face it, there's no shortage of indecency in politics and lots of powerful people right up (or down) to Bill Clinton have committed indecent acts whilst in office.
What interests me is the unanimous guilty verdict. For it confirms in the view of the three judges that Ramon's sworn testimony was false. It has also been said that the last minute testimony of a staffer in Ehud Olmert's own office was not given any credence in its blatant attempt to discredit the complainant and her reputation.
So, this supposed perjurer is the man Olmert chose as his Minister of Justice.
No more fitting than choosing Union Boss Peretz as his Minister of Defense.
While shifting the highly decorated General Mofaz to Transportation.
But let's not forget who Ramon is. Or, rather 'what' he is.
Shortly after the Rabin assasination, he took part in a panel debate on American TV's Nightline show with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, formerly of Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York and later the founder of the now thriving city of Efrat in Gush Etzion.
Losing traction in one exchange with the soft-spoken Rabbi, he leaned forward and with clenched fists he snarled: "We will crush you people....".
One would normally expect that kind of hate to be unleashed by any Israeli against the likes of Fatah or Hizbulla rather than one's own bretheren.
But Ramon is something different altogeher. He cannot control his tongue either when it's halfway down a girl's throat or cursing out his own people. Both are acts of equally gross indecency.
The law requires a custodial sentence for up to 3 years in jail.
But Ramon will not serve time. He looks to be getting off with a fine and parole.
Jail it seems is reserved for religious settlers.
And they don't even have to be tried and found guilty.
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