Who Is Israel's King of Corruption?

With whom are we left now that former Meretz head Haim Oron resigned from the Knesset and went back to tending alfalfa? I wish the Knesset had saluted him less and voted for him more.

This is the disagreement that has split the nation, rent camps, brought communities to the brink and divided families: Who is the king of corruption? This is the bone of contention over which an entire nation has been shattered: Who is hidding the biggest and most revolting skeletons in their closet?

Is it prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ‏(Likud‏), Defense Minister Ehud Barak ‏(then Labor, now Atzmaut‏) or former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ‏(Kadima‏), who are mentioned here according to the order in which they lead the country. And the fingers of Avigdor Lieberman, dripping in sleeze, are already reaching out for the keys to the Prime Minister’s Residence.

It is difficult to decide; they are so similar, it is as if they were hewn from the same rotten log of wood. And their wives too resemble one another. They are the sons of kings on a peanut, and their wives are princesses on a pea.

Should those who live in glass houses cast stones? The parents’ actions are a harbinger for the children, but in this case being a father is a privilege, not an obligation. Here, in this country, where fathers are coveted, all desires are fulfilled, and generation after generation will voice its piece.

The police stations have turned into stations of life, where files against them were opened and closed and then opened again. There is no longer any argument over the ethical and public wantonness of these three, it is only over the criminality of their acts that there is still disagreement.

These days, for these people, anything that is not criminal is acceptable − that is what everyone does. It is true that a French foreign minister was forced to resign this month after she traveled, and a German defense minister resigned because he was suspected of plagiarism, but this is not Europe − this is Asia, this is a jungle in a villa.

Had Ariel Sharon left behind a will, he would have made it easier for us to get rid of doubts about who is the leader of the hedonist-beggars, and about whose laundry contains the most brand names and is the dirtiest. At least we would have known correctly whom he considered to be his son and successor, who was worthy in his eyes to perpetuate his heritage, whom he would have taken with him to a deserted Greek island. They were all his sons, not merely Gilad and Omri.

If the argument continues and no clear winner emerges, we may need a referendum on who is most corrupt. It will be decided by sending text messages. Not only will a potential or an actual prime minister be the winner, he will take on celebrity status and shrieking youngsters will chase after him.

Was it all of this which made the Knesset speaker cry this week? Not really. He was crying about former Meretz head Haim Oron because he resigned from the Knesset and went back to tending alfalfa. It is certainly possible that Reuven Rivlin was experiencing a fear of abandonment − after all, with whom is he left, and with whom are we left?

It is a long time since so hypocritical and false a display was held here as the display of saluting Oron. Who did not try to hold onto his shirttails so that perhaps it would, for a short moment, cover his own shame? Even Netanyahu, from the dais, told him words of praise to his face, as if he were an expert on what is fit and unfit ‏(to eat and otherwise‏). Yes, it has been a long time since so many people who were so contaminated fell like leeches on a person who was so alone, in order to hurry and be purified.

Oron is the kapara chicken that people swing over their heads for forgiveness − this is my substitute, this bird will go home and sit in the chicken coop, and I will go off and have a great time.

Was it only to my ears that all these words of praise sounded like the lauding of a public servant who did not follow the path of the corrupt and really did not get as far as he should have, and we were entitled for him to get to? I wish they had saluted him less and voted for him more.

And if they are missing Oron so much that they have to cry, and if they are yearning for him, why do they not make a bit of an effort to fill the place he vacated since they saw what he did and could behave like him now.

But after all it is much easier and much more profitable to pay lip service than to pay for flights and laundry. Batsheva Tsur Etzion