Despite reams of detailed evidence from the alleged rape victim (some of which I have seen), the Israeli prosecutor has dropped its case against Channel 2 reporter Yoav Even. The state declared it was doing so “for lack of evidence.” When a prosecutor finds a woman’s claim that she was sodomized against her will by a man to be insufficient to bring a charge against him, then you know something is likely wrong. Of course, the gag order imposed by the judge helped tamp down both public interest and awareness of the case making it much easier to drop the charges and allow the media celebrity to go free.
In the meantime, Yoav Even and his colleagues at Channel 2 are celebrating his imminent return to work. Here they celebrate at a club his freedom. Maariv notes rather coyly that Even has been “absent from the scene” for some time. It breathlessly and tastelessly adds:
To all those yearning, he’s [Even] expected to return to work soon.
An Israeli writes to me (and I can’t tell whether this is perverse humor or true) that now he can sit down and pen that book he’s been meaning to write: “How to Screw Israeli Girls.” One wonders whether a brush with a rape charge will increase his allure in the eyes of some or will they stand clear. From the looks of this picture, it doesn’t appear to be happening in Even’s case.
A man with his apparent sexual proclivities is liable to try something like this in the future. The first time he got off just by the skin of his teeth. Next time (if/when there is one), he won’t be so lucky. Of course, this is very small consolation to the alleged victim in this case.
In this day and age, when powerful French politicians find their aberrant sexual habits topple their careers and wives of ex-California governors are dumping them for fathering children out-of-wedlock, the seeming cavalierness with which such serious charges are treated in Israel appears thankfully to be an anomaly.