Don't Look for Evil and You Will See No Evil

Yacimovich has announced that she won't publish detailed polling results from her party's primary, so as to preserve what she termed "clean, democratic, secret and pressure-free" balloting.

Chaim Levinson
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Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich has announced that she won't publish detailed polling results from her party's primary, so as to preserve what she termed "clean, democratic, secret and pressure-free" balloting. It's certainly a novel approach to the war on corruption: Just ignore it.

After all, examining the results from each polling station could shed light on what deals were made. Just last week, Haaretz reported on the suspicious results from certain polling stations in Likud's primary: Yafia, for instance, is a town where only 31 people voted Likud in the last election, but thanks to the activities of a local vote contractor, Limor Livnat won 307 primary votes there, compared to just one for Reuven Rivlin.

Labor, too, had a polling station in Yafia, despite having won only 163 votes there in the last election.

So who won and who lost in Yafia? Was there a deal?

And what were the results in vote contractor central, a.k.a. Rahat, where Labor won only 130 votes in the last election but has hundreds of members?

How many votes did candidate Merav Michaeli win in Sderot? And was it thanks to her campaign, or perhaps because of the backing she got from fellow candidate and former party leader Amir Peretz?

Which cities are Benjamin Ben-Eliezer's strongholds? And where did Michael Biran, Yacimovich's aide, do well?

How strongly did support for Eitan Cabel correlate with support for Peretz?

Yacimovich thinks it's better not to know. What we don't know won't hurt us.

If we don't know what deal was made, it's as if there were no deal. If the media doesn't write about corruption, then there will be no corruption.

And this is the woman who boasts of having a leading anti-corruption crusader, former senior police officer Moshe Mizrahi, on her party's slate.

Posters at the Labor Party primary on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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