ariel sharon is presumably still being kept ‘alive’ (why?)

Police recommend indicting Sharon brothers for fraud
Gidi Weitz, Haaretz, Jun 17 2010

The national fraud squad has recommended that Omri and Gilad Sharon be indicted for mediating bribery and to indict Austrian magnate Martin Schlaff for giving bribes to the tune of $3m. The police allege that the bribe money was given to former prime minister Ariel Sharon. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and State Prosecutor Moshe Lador are to decide in the coming months whether to adopt the police recommendation. The recommendation was made a few weeks ago, Haaretz learned yesterday, following an investigation that began in 2002, after a friend of the Sharon family, South African businessman Cyril Kern deposited a loan of $1.5m into one of the Sharon family bank accounts. Police then asked South African authorities to launch a judicial inquiry into the matter. The request for the investigation was reported at the time by Baruch Kra in Haaretz. It was suspected that Kern was a front man for Schlaff, who had economic interests in Israel. Kern transfered the money to the Sharon family from an Austrian bank, BAWAG, which was Schlaff’s partner in the Jericho casino. Schlaff was considered a major strategic partner in the casino at the time. Later, it is believed, Sharon paid back the loan to Kern; however, police suspect that the money was given to a company owned by the Schlaff family. During Nov-Dec 2002, two more deposits were transferred to the Sharon family’s accounts, totaling approximately $3m. The police say they have evidence that the original loan, from Kern to Gilad Sharon, as well as the $3m loan, came from a company controlled by Schlaff.

Since the affair broke, Schlaff has stayed away from Israel, even missing his father’s recent funeral in Jerusalem. Several weeks ago, Schlaff’s brother, James Schlaff, came to Israel and was summoned to testify in the case. James Schlaff allegedly assisted Kern in opening the account at the BAWAG bank. The police made their recommendation to indict despite the fact that the main suspect in the case, former prime minister Ariel Sharon, would not be fit to stand trial due to his medical condition. Former attorney general Menachem Mazuz said before he retired from his post that he had decided over the years the case was under investigation not to close it because “the suspicions are very serious and it is very much in the public’s interest.” Before he stepped down, Mazuz had wanted to make a decision on the case, but he ran out of time and passed it on to his successor. While investigating money that allegedly went into the Sharon family’s bank accounts, the police also looked into whether Ariel Sharon and his associates assisted Schlaff’s business interests in Israel while Sharon was prime minister, particularly Schlaff’s unsuccessful attempt to establish a floating casino outside of Israel’s territorial waters near Eilat. Gilad Sharon has maintained his right to remain silent throughout his questioning by police. The police were also unable to obtain Martin Schlaff’s testimony from the judicial inquiry in Austria.


  1. Hoarsewhisperer
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Jabba was never alive, but at least now he’s un-dead.
    Best place for him, really.
    They keep buckets in a fridge near the bed for the bit’s that die and have to be chopped off.
    The ICU nurses refer to it as the “Dying with Dignity” Piece Process.
    When the weight of the dead and un-dead parts is equal, he’ll become the undeclared exemplar of the Two-State solution.

  2. Sophie Herman
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    This is 2011. Is Ariel Sharon still being kept alive. There is no mention of him. Any reason

  3. niqnaq
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Maybe he is directing events via some sort of brain device?

  4. kei&yuri
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    You guys seen Mulholland Drive? The basement kahalist who is too old and ill to leave a hermetically sealed chamber, but rank and ritual nevertheless dictate that he be reported to on a regular basis? That’s Sharon. They probably leave the chocolate-covered eyeballs of Palestinian pre-teens on his bedside table, knowing he cannot even smell them, sad really. In America recently a 51-year-old father of three shot himself in front of his coworkers upon being fired, and there can be no doubt that the cost of medical expenses were a factor.

  5. walter benjamin
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    good film.
    but don’t you know that he is suffering divine punishment for giving back gush katif?
    what goes around comes around but of course, providentially.

  6. niqnaq
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I hope for your sake, walter, that that is sarcasm.

    I had another of my spielbergian (that is to say, jewish walt disney equivalent) dreams tonight. It’s difficult to convey the plasticky, funfair-like quality of these dreams, but their purpose is obvious to me: it is to convince me that the jewish religion is, of all known religions, the most preposterous, and thus in a sense the most typical. In the Jewish religion, as you know, ‘God’ is so infatuated with ‘the children of Israel’ that he grieves incessantly over having ‘had to’ destroy their Temple, descending to the ruins every night in the small hours to weep bitter tears there.

    What gives the Jewish religion its appearance of success is a quite specific gift for brainwashing which is somehow embedded in its texts. This brainwashing is very profound, so much so that it causes things to actually happen in the ‘real world’ that appear to confirm its teachings — things that are not merely hallucinations. So evidently if humans can be made to believe anything deeply enough, their belief does have some small effect on external reality. But this of course is not ‘religion’, it is still only brainwashing. I suppose Freud is the best guide to how it works.

    This implies a number of things. The most important is that in reality God or the Gods (I am in no position to say for sure whether it or they is or are singular or plural) must have the most utter and devastating contempt for any humans complacent enough to imagine that it or they has or have the slightest interest in acting in accordance with any human wishes, ever. A god that paid any attention to any human wishes would not be a god but a fool. Lao Tzu had it right:

    Heaven and Earth are not humane;
    They regard the ten thousand things as straw dogs.
    The Sage is not humane;
    He regards the common people as straw dogs.

  7. Posted October 4, 2011 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    For once in recent times I agree with you on a religious matter, Rowan 😀

  8. walter benjamin
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    actually from my point of view it is sarcasm but there are those who believe it to be so-freedom of ‘imagination’

  9. Alfred
    Posted April 21, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Today is 20 April, 2012, it is 8:12 on the eastern seabord of the US, and as of right now, after days of research I cannot find out if Ariel Sharon is dead or alive. I have emailed the embassy, no responce, I have emailed the JP, same thing, no responce. What is the story is he alive or dead?

  10. niqnaq
    Posted April 21, 2012 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    AFAIK, he is still in the same condition, which is to say, technically ‘alive’ but in permanent coma. Why the christian world developed its fetishistic idea that ‘keeping people alive’ is a paramount value, and why the Jewish state of Israel should have adopted this idea, I do not know.

    I no longer regard the Jewish religion and its culture with the same cynicism I showed above in my Oct 4 2011 comment, since after decades of agonised ambivalence, I have fallen for it myself, dubious though it may seem to outsiders. I still think that Jews have an unparalleled capacity for self-deception, though. I just don’t blame the religion any more.

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