So we will not be caught off guard as was the case in Yitzhak Rabin's
murder, here is the background to Ariel Sharon's second stroke. Be prepared
to think this time around:
The First Stroke
Dec. 19 Prime Minister Sharon shares drinks with Shimon Peres in the
Knesset. Within half an hour, Sharon is driven to hospital unconscious. It
took him a day before he could even spell his own name.
He was brought into the hospital by his bodyguard, Yoram Rubin. As a good
chunk of Israel knows today, it was the Peres-Rubin team that murdered
Yitzhak Rabin. When Rubin was shown on television news accompanying
Sharon's stretcher, suspicions spread throughout the country.
For two days, Sharon remained in hospital where he underwent
intensive tests. We may ask, how did they miss the blood clot that struck
Sharon barely two weeks later?
The timing of Sharon's latest stroke is uncanny. It occurred one day after he was implicated in an enormous scandal. For those unaware of the background to the scandal, peruse the following:
Recently, police have revealed the possibility that Kern served as a front
man for Martin Schlaff, a known friend of Sharon’s and an Austrian-Jewish
businessman heavily invested in Israel, and that he was the man who stood
behind the “loan” in order to receive favors from the prime minister in the
form of reopening the casino he owns in Jericho.
From www.inn.com Jan. 4/05
POLICE : EVIDENCE Police Say There´s Evidence Linking Sharon to $3 Million
CHANNEL TEN REPORTING The police say they know of evidence linking PM Ariel
Sharon to the receipt of a $3 million bribe. So reported Channel Ten
tonight, causing a storm of reaction and calls for Sharon to resign.
CYRIL KERN & MARTIN SLEEP The investigation of the money trail to Sharon
has been underway for over three years, and in fact was first publicized
before the last national election, in 2003. The case is known as the Cyril
Kern affair, named for the South African friend of Sharon who served as a
conduit for the money. The source of the cash, however, has long been
suspected to be Austrian millionaire and Jericho casino owner Martin
Schlaf. The police say the money was used partially to help Sharon pay back
campaign contributions that he had received illegally in 1999, and partly
for the Sharon family's private use.
SCHLAF'S PARENTS LIVING IN ISRAEL Because of the suspicions hanging over
him, Schlaf has refrained from visiting Israel of late. His brother James,
however, came for a visit two weeks ago - and the police jumped at the
opportunity. They raided his parents' home in Israel, and confiscated
documents and two laptop computers. However, the police were not permitted
to extricate the information on the computers without James' permission -
which he refused to give.
SCHLAF'S BROTHER JAMES : SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR Schlaf's behavior aroused the
suspicion of the police, which turned urgently to the courts and said that
the computer files will show that the $3 million was in fact passed as a
bribe to Ariel Sharon or his sons. The police therefore say that it is
imperative for them to be allowed to enter the computers in order to
extricate vital evidence in the Kern-Sharon affair.
James Schlaf, aware of the developments, has since given his permission for
the police to peruse his computer files.
Schlaf's lawyer Atty. Navot Tel-Tzur said there was actually nothing new in
the case "except for the fact that there is a laptop computer involved." He
expressed anger at the leak.
END OF SHARON'S POLITICAL CAREER MK Roman Bronfman (Meretz): "If the police
have evidence of Sharon's corruption, he must end his political career."
Dec. 21 - James Schlaff flies to Israel. He is immediately investigated by
Jan. 3 - The police investigation is leaked to Channel 10 television
reporter Baruch Kra.
Jan. 4 - Sharon is in the midst of a career-ending scandal until the late
he is struck down by a life-threatening blood clot in his brain.
Tonight, in Vienna, some of the heroes of this affair, and of the next one,
will meet at the huge bat-mitzvah celebration of Martin Schlaff’s
granddaughter. Dov Weisglass, Schlaff’s old friend and lawyer will be
there. Haim Ramon, another close friend, will also attend. There will be
many others. Some of them from amongst the political, social, and economic
elite of Israel. Avigdor Lieberman, for example. No one is embarrassed by
it. Some are even proud of it. In another time, another place, one could
consider it collusion, coordinating testimonies. After all, Schlaff’s name
has recently been tied in to that other affair: “the Cyril Kern affair”.
Schlaff, in case you’ve forgotten, is one of the owners of the casino in
A live Sharon will have to face prosecution for the Kern-Schlaff
bribes, even in Israel's thoroughly corrupt legal system. A dead Sharon
will not have to face prosecution. And that would be just fine for the
creme de la creme of the country's political leadership.
The first impression is that Sharon survived the first attempt on
his life. In reaction, James Schlaff immediately flew to Israel with
evidence to bring the prime minister down in scandal. Somehow, the police
were tipped off and immediately confiscated the evidence. Once the
investigation was done, the results were leaked to the media. On the day of
the second stroke, the scandal spread fast, threatening to engulf many of
the country's political elite in deep corruption. By 11 PM, Sharon was
bleeding heavily from the throat and his prognosis was a living or real death.