Today, Israel’s Attorney General, Yehudah Weinstein, agreed to open a criminal investigation against Judge Rafi Aranya, who was accused three years ago of beating his children. Weinstein did so after News1 and this blog publicly named the judge for the first time and exposed the fact that the AG had shielded the judge from prosecution over that period.
Earlier, the Israeli court system had “encouraged” the judge to “take a vacation,” which seemed sorely deserved under the circumstances.
Yet another indication of the cluelessness of the attorney general is that his spokesperson claimed one of the reasons Weinstein had delayed authorizing the inquiry was to determine whether questioning the children would do more good than harm to them. In my previous post, Weinstein had had the chutzpah to say the only interests he was protecting were those of the children.
This is yet another example of lying with impunity at which Israeli officials are quite expert. You look at the cameras and tell Israelis with utmost sincerity that you’re doing something that is clearly in your own best interest for the good of Israel, the Jewish people, or children. And everyone is supposed to believe you.
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