Israelis love the show of fighting corruption. But who benefits from the fight? Mazuz and his masters from the leftist establishment do not care whether Ramon forcibly kissed a girl or Olmert purchased an apartment below the market price. Does anyone prosecute Shimon Peres, the corruptioner par excellence who runs untold number of funds and charities and channels their money into salaries, benefits, and foreign bank accounts? Did any court convictions materialize from the previous witch-hunts, such as of Ariel Sharon?

The outgoing police chief Moshe Karadi told an open secret: Israeli politicians routinely use police investigations to blackmail their opponents. By the time the investigation is quietly abandoned, the victim is smeared irreparably.

The charges are often unsustainable. In Moshe Katsav’s case, it’s his word against the lady’s – no hard evidence whatsoever. Similarly in Ramon’s case. Other instances don’t constitute corruption in any meaningful sense. The touted Greek islands affair where Ariel Sharon helped an oligarch to purchase a Greek island – what harm has it done to Israel? Where’s the criminal damage? Olmert’s apartment, purchased below the market price – so what? Olmert helped a contractor to receive a building permit that the contractor was entitled to, anyway. Olmert benefited from his official position – so what? Where’s the damage to public interest? Olmert’s role in Bank Leumi privatization is deeply entrenched in Israeli public opinion as criminal. Olmert, however, followed the normal practice of structuring tenders for major assets so that a reputable investor rather than the highest bidder wins. Did the changes proposed by Olmert benefit an Australian Jewish billionaire Lowy? Probably. Were they detrimental to Israel? No one has attempted to answer that question. Mazuz also bugs Olmert about political appointments in government agencies. That’s correct: Mazuz, a political appointee, argues against political appointments. The practice of political appointments is standard in Israel; the Likud and Avodah have their almost-formal quotas in the Jewish Agency and other government organizations. Convict every party boss or don’t hunt Olmert on that nonsense.

Politicians aren’t beacons of morality, nor should they be. They are not paid or elected to provide a moral example. People paid to do so, rabbis, also show indecency time and again. Foreign politicians survive charges much worse than those brought against Israeli politicians. Common people try to benefit from their job positions: from labor demands to using office phones for private calls. Such actions are criminal only if they illegally harm employers or trustees, including voters.

Israeli political bosses hunt their colleagues with criminal allegations to win elections or blackmail them into pursuing leftist policies, notably disengagement.