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Pardon ‘Mri?

A group of Knesset members has signed a petition calling on President Shimon Peres to pardon Omri Sharon, the corrupt son of former PM Ariel Sharon who is serving a 7-month jail sentence for lying under oath, filing false affidavits, and violating campaign laws.

Their main argument? The sentence will prevent Omri from being at his comatose father’s side, causing father to lose hope which may, in turn, shorten his life.

omri.jpgDeputy Foreign Minister Majalli Whbee told Ynet on Monday that he has signed 30 fellow Knesset members on a petition calling on President Shimon Peres to pardon Omri Sharon.

The request cites the medical condition of the former Likud MK’s father, former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, as the main argument for the clemency request.

About three weeks ago Omri Sharon began serving a seven-month jail sentence for lying under oath, filing false affidavits, and violating campaign laws. Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke in early 2006 and has remained comatose ever since.

“We are not underestimating the severity of Sharon’s actions, but we believe that due to the fact that no one has ever been tried for a similar offense, and in light of the medical condition of Ariel Sharon, who has been comatose for over two years, his sentence must me reduced so he may be at his father’s side,” the MKs said in the petition.

“Omri Sharon’s absence may cause his father to lose hope and may consequently shorten his life.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

In case you missed it, Ariel Sharon is in a coma. He currently does not have much of a life, and for all we know is in some kind of spiritual limbo. Extending his current level of existence is not the compassionate option (leaving aside the fact that there’s no proof a comatose person would “lose hope” from the absence of a family member).

In other words, the MK’s reasoning is about as tenuous as Ariel Sharon’s hold on life.

Or even less so.

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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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