Could Ramon return to politics?

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A former Israeli justice minister found guilty of molestation may be able to return to politics. Haim Ramon, who was convicted two months ago of forcing a kiss on a female soldier, was sentenced Thursday to 120 hours of community service and fined $3,600. But the ruling in Tel Aviv Magistrate Court did not describe the crime as one of “moral turpitude,” a label that under Israeli law would bar Ramon from again assuming public office.Ramon, 56, resigned from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government after the scandal broke last year. Long considered a rising star in Israeli politics, he has not made a clear statement on his future plans.

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