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Cheats Never Prosper

Who said you could not trust politicians?

Knesset members finished in the middle of the pack in a televised IQ test against groups like models and lawyers – and that was after they cheated.

Sunday’s segment of the reality-TV series “Test of the Nation” had the groups taking the IQ test simultaneously, as viewers joined in from their homes. Lawyers finished first, models and bodybuilders near the bottom, and the members of parliament in between.

But on Tuesday, Haim Katz, a member of parliament from the ruling Likud Party, admitted that his six-person team cheated, sharing answers with each other. “Like children, we want to succeed, [because] the whole country is watching,” he told Army Radio.

Katz likened the behavior of his own team to tests in Israeli schools, where such cheating is endemic.

MKs who did not take part in the TV show scoffed at the affair. “These days it appears that you have to add the IQs of all the members of parliament together to get a good result,” quipped Ronni Bar-On of Likud.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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