A Family Affair

Israelis gathered around their televisions Thursday night to hear Ariel Sharon refute allegations of a scandal. The furor surrounds a $1.5 million loan from a foreign supporter that has sent his re-election campaign into a spin. As part of a convoluted series of financial maneuvers, Sharon's sons used the money to pay off illegal campaign contributions from a previous electoral run that regulators told Sharon to return. On TV, Sharon said the loan had been repaid, and that he hadn't closely followed how his sons had tried to clean up the campaign-funding mess. But he didn't stop there. As Sharon railed...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!