A sexual misconduct allegation is the latest in a series of scandals rocking the Israeli government. Justice Minister Haim Ramon denies an accusation from a former government employee that he “kissed her on the lips while inserting his tongue without her consent”. Senior Political analyst Raviv Druker considers the effects on a government already under fire.
“Its one brick in a total big wall of a general disappointment of the public from the government. When you have this general mood because of the war and the investigation regarding Olmert, (Defence Minister Amir) Peretz and now Ramon, it’s something that to put it mildly doesn’t help the government to survive.”
A government watchdog is investigating Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after he benefited from a substantial discount when buying an apartment in Jerusalem. Israeli media are alleging Olmert offered favours in return. President Moshe Katsav is being investigated by police for allegedly forcing a woman to have sex with her. He denies the charge.