Sex, judges and politics: Will the latest scandal hurt Shaked?

Shaked has a relatively clean image, and hoped to attract right-of-center voters who were deterred from voting Likud because of corruption allegations against Netanyahu.

For weeks, the news has been teasing a major scandal in the judiciary, but few outside the inner circles of government and media knew just how shocking it would be: Sexual favors in exchange for a judgeship.

Bar Association President Efi Nave, a key suspect in the case, is a powerful figure. He heads an organization with over 59,000 members that influences legislation in the Knesset, and he sits on the Judicial Selection Committee.

He’s also someone very closely associated with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and her “judicial revolution,” playing an instrumental role in bringing more conservative figures into the Justice Ministry and in the courts. Continue reading

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