Israel is a parliamentarian democracy. It’s not perfect but certainly not less than other Western democracies – and in certain aspects distinctly better. (You want a few examples? Racist cannot stand for office here. Everyone gets free days according to their nationality and religion. No one makes any issue of anyone parading their religious symbols and closing, including in public, during army service and work hours.)
Yes, we still have a rampant bureaucracy, corruption and capitalism. We have sexism and racism and anti-Semitism, etc., but they are all illegal.
Therefore, we have had high-ranking officials who were convicted of crimes against citizens or the state and went to jail. As in all democracies, poor people have less chances to fairness in the justice system, but on paper the law is the same for everyone, some minorities (abused women, Arabs, non-Hebrew speakers) get extra help, but certainly no one is above the law.
However, I noticed that these convicted rulers, these notable prisoners, continue to have an enormous amount of brazenness. After losing appeals, they needed to get to jail. But almost as soon as they’re in, they apply for shorter sentences, clemency, because life in prison is so hard on them – as if it is supposed to be easy. They are the new victims. They did not hurt others or the state – the state, the judge hurt them – and their families. And their high profile friends cry crocodile tears for them in the media.
But the chutzpa does not end there. Some of these prisoners found a way to make even their jail time pay for them. While being kept on tax payers’ money, they write memoirs. They just can’t stop serving their country – read: stressing their importance for the nation. Why should they no longer make some money from their humbly contributions to everyone’s happiness? What nerve! We need a law against this. Israel wouldn’t be the first.
People in jail may write and sell books but the profits must go to their victims or the state. Work done in the boss’ time is owned by the boss. Which of the political big shots are going to introduce such a bill? Or are they all afraid to block their entrance to a potential future goldmine?