I reported last week on an Israeli TV news segment recounting the accident that killed 16 year-old Gal Beck in 2005. It featured two grieving parents who’d never given up hope for justice in their son’s case despite the fact that the police did an incompetent investigation and the prosecutor dropped the case within a few weeks of opening it. There remains a gag order within Israel on identifying the woman who plowed into Gal’s motor scooter after running a red light, according to several eyewitnesses. I named her as Shani Palti-Schulz.
She is a member of one of Israel’s better-connected families. Her father is Nadav Palti, one of Israel’s most successful TV producers. After I published my post, Israelis identified the suspect’s mother. She is Dganit Palti, the chief financial officer of El Al. In Israel, some of the most important decisions are made based on connections, rather than merit. While Ms. Palti may be eminently qualified for the job, it didn’t hurt that her husband, Nadav, was a business partner of Tami Mozes Borowitz (the Mozes’ are one of Israel’s 18 oligarch families, which collectively own 60% of the nation’s corporate capital). Mozes Borowitz is the vice chair of El Al and a corporate director.
The Israeli financial elite are well-protected in every way. Their economic successes are guaranteed. The wheels of commerce are greased. The fix is in. That’s why the Israeli version of the Occupy movement which took over the streets of Tel Aviv several summers ago, resonated so strongly with Israel’s 99%. Israelis know the system is fixed. They know they will just get by, but the elite will never come out a loser.
That goes for their children too. When they get themselves into hot water, the system springs into action to protect its own. No doubt, this is what happened the night Shani Palti killed Gal Beck.
Nadav Palti produces the international Emmy awards on behalf of his production company. I came up with a photo from a recent awards program which features the happy family dressed in all their finery. I wonder what Gal Beck’s parents think when they see such images of familial joy?