List of Israeli public officials convicted of crimes or misdemeanors

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This is a list of Israeli public officials convicted of crimes or misdemeanors, alphabetized by branch. Only those in the highest levels of the executive, legislative, or judicial branches are included.[citation needed]


On 30 December 2010, Israel's former President Moshe Katsav was convicted of two counts of rape, obstruction of justice, and other sexual offences by a court in Tel Aviv.
  • Moshe Katsav – the 8th president of the State of Israel. In a landmark and unprecedented case, on 30 December 2010, Katsav was convicted of two counts of rape, obstruction of justice, and other charges. On 22 March 2011, in a landmark ruling, Katsav was sentenced to seven years in prison.[1]

Prime ministers[edit]

  • Ehud Olmert – Prime minister from 2006 to 2009, cabinet minister 1988–1992, 2003–2006, mayor of Jerusalem 1993–2003. Convicted of breach of trust in July 2012, and of bribery in March 2015. In May 2015, Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison, but his sentence was reduced to 18 months in December 2015.[2]


Knesset members[edit]

  • Yosef Ba-Gad – Former Moledet member convicted of forgery and attempted fraud connected to his attempts to register his political party.[11]
  • Naomi Blumenthal – Knesset member in the Likud party. On 13 February 2006, Blumenthal was convicted of bribery and obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 8 months in prison, a ten-month suspended sentence, and a fine of 75,000 shekels.[12]
  • Shlomo Dayan – Knesset member in the Shas party. In 2008 Dayan was convicted of fraud and forgery and sentenced to 4 months of community service.[citation needed]
  • Shmuel Flatto-Sharon – Knesset member between 1977 and 1981. In 1979, Flatto-Sharon was convicted of false promises of housing solutions for groups and thus choose sentenced to three months of community service and a suspended sentence of 15 month. In 2000 Flatto-Sharon was convicted of fraudulently receiving a sum of ten million from a French company. In accordance with the plea bargain Flatto-Sharon was sentenced to 11 months in prison, a 1.2 million dollars compensation payment to the French company, as well as a suspended sentence of three years.[citation needed]
  • Michael Gorlovsky – Knesset member in the Likud party between 2003 and 2006. Gorlovsky was involved in what became known as the "double votes scam" affair together with MK Yehiel Hazan.[13] In a plea bargain, Gorlovsky was charged with breach of trust rather than fraud, and was sentenced to two months of community service.[citation needed]
  • Yehiel Hazan – Knesset member in the Likud party. Hazan was convicted of voting twice during the second and third readings of a bill on the emergency economic plan in May 2003. Hazan was sentenced in June 2006 for 4 months of community service and a six-month suspended prison term.[citation needed]
  • Ofer Hugi – Knesset member in the Shas party. On 25 December 2006, Hugi was convicted of various charges related to forgery and fraud. As a result, Hugi was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a 12,000 shekel fine.[citation needed]
  • Meir Kahane – Sole member of the Kach party, convicted of domestic terrorism in the early 1970s prior to moving to Israel in the 1980s. Spent a year in prison for his crimes.[14]
  • Faina Kirschenbaum – Deputy minister for Internal Affairs, and member of Yisrael Beitenu. Indicted for an extensive network of bribery. Her accomplice and party headquarter chief was jailed for 7 years.[15]
  • Yair Levy – Knesset member in the Shas party between 1988 and 1992. In 1993, he was jailed for five years for embezzling NIS 500,000 from the party's El HaMa'ayan organisation.[16]
  • Said Nafa – Druze member of the Balad party. Convicted of illegally entering an enemy state and of contact with a foreign agent.[17]
  • Yair Peretz – Knesset member in the Shas party. In March 2006 Peretz was convicted of fraudulently obtaining an academic degree.
  • Shmuel Rechtman – Knesset member in the Likud party between 1977 and 1979. In 1979, Rechtman was convicted of taking bribes and was sentenced to imprisonment, thus he became the first Knesset member who was convicted of criminal offenses and sentenced to imprisonment.[citation needed]
  • Omri Sharon – Knesset member in the Likud and Kadima parties during the 2000s. In 2006, Sharon was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 9 months in prison.[citation needed]
  • Yosef Vanunu – Knesset member in the Israeli Labor Party between 1992 and 1996. In 1997 Vanunu was convicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.[citation needed]
  • Haneen Zoabi – Member of Balad party, convicted of insulting a public official after a plea deal. One of the original charges that was dropped was for threatening public officials when she implied violence against Arab-Israeli police officers.[18]

Chief Rabbis[edit]

  • Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron – Sefardi Chief Rabbi 1993-2003, convicted of fraud for giving out false rabbinic ordinations.
  • Yona Metzger – Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi 2003-2013, bribery, fraud, and money laundering. Received a jail sentence of three and a half years and a 5 million shekel fine.

Local government officials[edit]

Other officials[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Olmert convicted after pleading guilty to witness tampering". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "American Jewish Yearbook 1984" (PDF). American Jewish Committee and Jewish Publication Society of America. p. 66. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  4. ^ Greenberg, Joel (13 July 2000). "Israeli Court Orders Jailing Of Party Chief In Bribe Case".
  5. ^ Lubitsch, Ward (8 June 2009). "בית המשפט קבע: אברהם הירשזון גנב" [The court ruled: Avraham Hirschson stole] (in Hebrew). Ynet. Retrieved 4 September 2014. The judge in the district court for Tel-Aviv, Bracha Ophir Tom, convicted Hirschson of stealing approximately 2 million shekels from the National Workers Labor Federation....
  6. ^ Ofra Edelman (18 June 2009). "Prosecutors demand 'harsh' prison term for convicted ex-finance minister". Haaretz. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  7. ^ Ofra Edelman (23 June 2009). "ערב גזר הדין: אברהם הירשזון החזיר עוד 570 אלף שקלים להסתדרות העובדים הלאומית" [On the eve of his sentencing, Hirschson returned another 570,000 shekels to the National Workers Labor Federation]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Retrieved 4 September 2014. ... the amount of money [stolen] was not decided formally by the judge, who said orally during the sentencing hearings that her calculations place the figure at 1.79 million shekels. Since the issue was not formally decided by the court, [defense attorney Yaakov] Weinrot informed the National Workers Labor Federation that according to their calculations [Hirschson] was convicted of stealing 1.73 million shekels.
  8. ^ "Yitzhak Mordechai Fails Again to Clear His Name". Haaretz. 25 February 2004. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ AM, Callum Paton On 1/9/19 at 6:33 (9 January 2019). "A former Israeli minister was convicted of spying for Iran". Newsweek. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
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  11. ^ "Homes, Knesset Campaign Allegedly at Yeshiva's Expense". Haaretz. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  12. ^ Hasson, Nir (22 March 2007). "Court upholds former Likud MK Blumenthal's 8-month jail term for bribery". Haaretz. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  13. ^ Yuval Yoaz (1 November 2005). "Mazuz to indict MK Gorlovsky over double vote in Knesset". Haaretz. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Kahane Gets Year in 74 Conviction". The New York Times. 22 February 1975. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
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  16. ^ "Yair Levy must stay in jail, panel rules" The Jerusalem Post, 1 December 1994[dead link]
  17. ^ Khoury, Jack; Ashkenazi, Eli (6 April 2014). "Former MK Said Nafa Convicted of Visiting Enemy State". Haaretz. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Lightning rod MK Zoabi convicted of 'disgracing public servant' in deal - Israel News - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Ex-Hadera mayor Sadan convicted for bribery - Israel - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
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