Social justice group calls for probe of Sharon's medical treatment
By Ran Reznick and Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondents
The Ometz group of citizens for judicial and social justice called on Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Thursday to establish an investigative committee to review the medical treatment given to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Ometz's request that "the medical, public and political conduct in the affair of Sharon's illness be investigated" comes in the wake of Haaretz articles questioning the treatment Sharon received. Several senior doctors, including two hospital directors and doctors working at Hadassah have expressed doubts about Sharon's medical treatment.
But then, the story twisted and began to point to a bigger conspiracy and one more logical: that PM Sharon was in no condition to run for head of state as leader of the largest party in the Knesset and that Israel might have been thrown into a bigger disaray than we are now undergoing.
"The urgent need to establish an investigative committee stems from concerns voiced by authorized medical sources who said the prime minister suffered from symptoms of an illness that may have hampered his ordinary function in the next term in office and that some of his associates acted to hide them from the public," Ometz director Aryeh Avineri wrote to Mazuz.
"The committee must find the answers to a series of harsh questions, including whether Sharon's doctors concealed his hematological illness from the public eye at the prime minister's request or whether they gave in to pressure from his office and advisers, and whether Sharon's family members were involved in this."