Question: The former prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison, but following a reconsideration of the bribery clause, the sentence was reduced to a year and a half. They believe that Olmert pocketed 60,000 NIS, not 500,000. What is the difference if he took 500,000 or 60,000?
Answer: The truth is that theft of a million shekels or one shekel is the same thing because both this and that are called theft and a thief must be judged according to this. The problem is that the eyes of our justice system are blindfolded; they don’t want to look at people who hold important positions objectively. For some reason they relate to them as irresponsible children and not as criminals.
In fact, Olmert should have been given 20 years in prison because what he did in the years he served as the mayor of Jerusalem and the years in which he served as the prime minister is shameful and dirty. It would be necessary to convict him not as an ordinary person who receives 10 years in prison, but as a former prime minister and give him 20 years.
When it comes to high-ranking people, our justice drives in the opposite direction: “Were you arrested for theft? We will lessen your sentence.” Instead of six years, only one-and-a-half years, this means that the sentence was reduced fourfold. All the recently discovered economic and ethical crimes of the politicians have led to the same result. But why should this be so?
If the legal system were built on penalties to warn others, it is necessary to do otherwise. He should be given a double punishment because due to his position, he undermined the standing of the government and the confidence of the people in the government. He should answer for it all. It should be a public reprimand. And on the contrary, everything is obscured, covered up as though nothing happened
Question: From the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, who can become a leader and who can be a judge?
Answer: Both a judge and a leader must be absolutely pure people. Because there are no people like these, it is at least necessary for there to be a system of influence from the surrounding society that will decisively and precisely influence the purity of their actions and make theft impossible. Everything depends on the environment, which must keep people like these in the correct state.
In contrast to this, in today today’s environment it is the opposite; everything is bought, everything is sold, everything is betrayed. That is how it is in all governments, not only ours.
Question: How should a judge be?
Answer: According to our orientation, from the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, a judge is in the highest position, a person who is absolutely incorruptible, guided only by the true, highest criteria.
A member of the government must serve only for the benefit of the people. The decisions made by him must be checked and approved by everyone. There are some decisions that must be approved unanimously according to all opinions and streams.
The state the nation and the people are in today cannot be. We urgently need to change everything, otherwise this becomes routine. Today someone is arrested for theft, another one tomorrow; yesterday he sat in jail and now he is again the Minister of Internal Affairs. This is to say that tomorrow he again becomes the head of the same system that sent him to prison. This is called, “The face of the generation will be like the face of a dog.” (Mishna Sotah, 9:15).
I hope that in spite of all this we will begin to correct the situation and it will be reflected in all of society.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/30/15