ISRAEL: Unholy Ministry

Another blow for Begin

It is a high case of government corruption in a country that takes pride in its standards of integrity in public office. As a prelude to a formal indictment, Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir last week asked Israel's parliament, the Knesset, to lift the parliamentary immunity of Aharon Abuhatzeira, 42, the Minister of Religious Affairs. That will clear the way for Zamir to press bribery charges against Abuhatzeira; if convicted, he could be sentenced to seven years in prison.

Since July, Israeli police have been investigating allegations that Abuhatzeira, in 1978 and 1979, received 52,500 Israeli shekels...

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