A PLAGUE OF COR­RUP­TION

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “Sur­prise me, Moshe Lion” (Ob­ser­va­tions, Brian Blum, Novem­ber 23) I have great concern about the ques­tion­able elec­tion of this new Jerusalem Mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor. There is an ex­treme stench that in­fuses the re­sult with skep­ti­cism that should concern many tax­pay­ers. This ap­pre­hen­sion in par­tic­u­lar de­rives from Lion’s as­so­ci­a­tion with con­victed felon Arye Deri, a char­la­tan with a gift for graft, greed and cor­rup­tion. The of­fence he was jailed for is bribery. Through­out his pub­lic ser­vice life, he ex­ploited the trust and con­fi­dence that many of his for­mer con­stituents had for him. This also was the di­rec­tion that our for­mer dis­cred­ited and of­fend­ing may­ors Ehud Olmert and Uri Lupo­lian­ski con­tin­ued by fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar sor­did path af­ter be­ing in­dicted for se­ri­ous crimes.

How can a political struc­ture al­low Deri to func­tion over the past decades as a MK? Is this the stan­dard of moral­ity and char­ac­ter that we man­age in our Jewish way of life? Where is our jus­tice sys­tem that ap­proves a jail­bird to over­see the fi­nances of our gov­ern­ment? Are they also in­com­pe­tent that al­low this pest Deri and his co­horts to pro­long their years of crim­i­nal con­duct within the bounds of our im­moral and flawed sys­tem?

There has to be an out­cry and change, or the achieve­ments our pre­vi­ous tal­ented mayor Nir Barkat, who has worked in the tire­lessly with out­stand­ing fore­sight, could go down the drain.

JACK DAVIS Jerusalem

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