Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Israel has recalled its ambassador to El Salvador after he was found drunk and naked apart from bondage gear

BBC News:

Reports say he was able to identify himself to police only after a rubber ball had been removed from his mouth.

A foreign ministry official described Ambassador Tzuriel Refael's behaviour as an unprecedented embarrassment.

The incident, which happened two weeks ago, has renewed calls for a radical overhaul of the way Israel appoints and promotes its diplomats.

San Salvador was Mr Refael's first post as ambassador. He was promoted in 2006 from a technical position in the ministry which had involved several foreign postings.

He was being recalled, although he had not broken any laws, foreign ministry spokeswoman Zehavit Ben-Hillel told reporters.

She confirmed that lurid reports of the incident in the Israeli press were accurate.

"We're talking about behaviour that is unbecoming of a diplomat," she said.

Israel has been rocked by a recent series of misconduct and corruption scandals, shaking public confidence in the political leadership.

Haaretz website reports that police found Mr Refael in the Israeli embassy compound where he had been found bound, gagged and naked apart from sado-masochistic sex accessories.

In 2006, Israel's diplomatic service was criticised by the public watchdog for its appointments system.

The state comptroller's report singled out the foreign ministry appointments committee for its inadequate examination of candidates and lack of transparency.

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At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like Mr. Refael had a pretty good time. So he has a few kinks in him, who doesn't? Wasn't some English MP was found dead wearing womens panties, stockings, garters, etc...He died from erotic asphyxiation or something far out like that. I used to date a real freaky goth babe who was into that kind of stuff. Then again, I'm not an ambassador and coments here can be posted anonymously. When I read a story like this, I realize that I miss dating her, black lipstick and all.

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Ă†theling said...

A smart public figure would avoid situations that could be... embarrassing... should something go wrong. Unfortunately, we seem to lack smart public figures.


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