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  1. Is child abuse or gay affairs (or prostate therapy) any more prevalent among Israeli diplomatic staff in relation to the rest of the population?

    Regarding gay Tantric yoga – this is not a crime. Fudging one’s security detail is a problem outside of Israel, but isn’t a problem inside.

    The current allegation against Ofek Bochris is that he had sex with a subordinate. Under current Israeli law (from around 1988 I believe) this is almost automatically rape (“ניצול יחסי מרות”) also if consensual at the time (the premise is that the subordinate can not willingly consent – as she(or he) fears for their position). But this is not rape in many jurisdictions outside Israel.

    The Bochris case is widely reported (pre-gag (on his hame) with very broad hints regarding his identity, and post-gag with his name) in the Israeli media. I’m not sure this is something that would really interest anyone outside of Israel – this is very much a local story.

    1. @ lepxii:

      Is child abuse or gay affairs (or prostate therapy) any more prevalent among Israeli diplomatic staff in relation to the rest of the population?

      Wrong. I don’t care whether it’s more or less prevalent amongst the general population. There is NO margin of error when you’re in a major diplomatic posting. You simply may not engage in any form of illegal or criminal behavior when you are such a public figure representing your country. Far too many Israeli diplomats flagrantly disregard this & engage in all manner of sexual escapades & other illegal behavior.

      The allegation against Buchris is that he SODOMIZED his female subordinate. You conveniently left that out of your portrait of the crime. I don’t care whether the crime is rape or not. A superior military officer may not have sex or exploit a subordinate, ever in any country with a reasonable system of justice (perhaps North Korea might be the exception–if you wish to follow their standards, be my guest).

      As for Buchris, I don’t only write for a foreign audience. I also write for Israelis both in Israel & abroad. I appreciate your editorial advice about what I should or shouldn’t report, but leave those decisions to me. If you have such a good sense of what’s newsworthy for an audience, start your own blog.

    1. First *crickets*, now *bell ring*. Congratuations, you have reached the toddler stage already. We will need those diapers soon.

  2. There are bad Israeli fathers like there are bad American fathers. People are people and If he is guilty of these crimes he should be punished.

    1. @ Shlomo Katz: The issue isn’t fathers per se. The issue is father’s who beat their children & injure them while in the service of their country in a major diplomatic posting; and the government refusing to accept any responsibility for his actions.

  3. RE: One wonders whether any of this would’ve bothered Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi, who joined a Who’s Who of south Florida Jewish leaders in celebrating Israel’s 67th anniversary, where she effused: “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be tonight than right here supporting the State of Israel and our great consul general.” ~ R.S.

    MY COMMENT: I doubt any of this would have bothered Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi, because she also mentioned her “life-changing trip to Israel in 2011” at the gala celebration for Israel’s 67th anniversary. And, I think it’s safe for us to assume that Ms. Bondi did not pay for her “life-changing trip to Israel in 2011” from her own personal funds.

    In fact, a wee bit of Googling relieves us of having to make any assumptions as to whether or not she paid with her own funds for her “life-changing trip to Israel in 2011”!*

    * SEE: “Fla. Attorney General Bondi To Visit Israel” | Miami.CBSlocal.com | May 20, 2011

    [EXCERPT] TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBS4) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is visiting Israel, but the state’s taxpayers are not picking up the tab.
    Bondi’s office said an advocacy group, the American-Israel Friendship League, is helping pay her expenses and those of other state attorneys general.
    Also co-sponsoring the trip that began Friday are the State of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Association of Attorneys General. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/05/20/fla-attorney-general-bondi-to-visit-israel/

    * ALSO SEE: “Trips and friendships place Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on defense”
    By Associated Press Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    [EXCERPT] TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was easily re-elected to a second term, is defending her decisions to take free trips to conferences and socialize with attorneys that represent corporations under investigation by other states.
    Gift disclosure records show that in the last four years Bondi has accepted more than $51,000 worth of meals, hotels and free trips — to conferences in locales ranging from California, Wyoming and Michigan as well as for trips to Mexico and Israel with other attorneys generals. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2014-11-11/story/trips-and-friendships-place-florida-attorney-general-pam-bondi

    P.S. It seems that free junkets to Israel have replaced the infamous three-martini lunch. La dolce vita! (Italian for “The sweet life!”)

    1. P.P.S. COINCIDENTALLY: “Benjamin Netanyahu Thanks Florida Cabinet for Supporting Israel” | By Kevin Derby | SunshineStateNews.com | September 3, 2014

      [EXCERPT] On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott released a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanking the Florida Cabinet for issuing a resolution last month indicating Floridas support for Israel during the current crisis in the Middle East.
      I received the state of Floridas recent resolution reaffirming your unrequited support for Israels right of self-defense, Netanyahu wrote Scott. My government has been acting to protect our citizens against the scourge of Islamist terrorism, and we are strengthened by the steadfast support of our many friends in Florida.

      Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sponsored the resolution last month, which states Israel remains a force of freedom and democracy in the Middle East and a steadfast ally of the United States which the Sunshine State stands behind.

      Be it resolved that the governor and Cabinet of the state of Florida do hereby declare that the state of Florida stands with Israel and supports Israels right to defend and protect its citizens from the forces of tyranny and oppression to ensure the survival of the state of Israel, the resolution reads. Be it further resolved that the governor and Cabinet of the state of Florida vehemently condemn the unprovoked rocket attacks aimed at Israel and call on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.

      The resolution labels Hamas as a terrorist organization whose charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel” and which continues to reject the Quartet Principles, the set of three requirements laid out by the diplomatic entity composed of the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, and the United States: to accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements; to renounce violence; to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and that Hamas is behind the recent attacks. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/benjamin-netanyahu-thanks-florida-cabinet-supporting-israel%20

  4. I have finally found it!: the go-to blog for the seamy-underbelly of (Israeli) news, now that Failed Messiah got bought out and is effectively quashed. Thank you, Richard!

    That said, I’m disgusted. Not only for the above crimes’ own merit, but indeed–that they were done on the clock. Seems like a few of the above need their Wikipedia pages updated, starting with this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Taub

    1. @ Laurel: Wikipedia has a Zio-squad that polices articles. I’ve written about this regarding Gerald Steinberg. I’ve found that Wikipedia is afflicted with this. If you write anything critical about many Israeli subjects there, I’m sure it will be reverted.

  5. Your post is fair reporting except for the last paragraph, which is tendentious editorializing and just wrong.

    In Israel, as in Europe, the criminal justice system is different than that of the US. Since innocence is presumed until conviction, and trials take a lot longer here, defendants cannot lead a normal life, due to the burden of a drawn out ordeal with the justice system. During that time, their identity is usually protected EVEN for ordinary citizens. Often I read of this or that arrest for a particular crime and the defendant’s name is not reported. For example if a teacher is suspected of sexually harassing a student. Only sometimes the court allows publishing a name, if either they consider it in the public interest or it is to become public anyhow as the trial approaches. Police records of ordinary citizens are NOT public, and can be requested only with his or her consent. This is not a conspiracy of the elites or corruption. The is a system with an eye on REHABILITATION. The idea is (unlike in the US with things like Megan’s Law) that the person pays his debt to society through his sentence and punishment, not through additional public humiliation, rejection, and expulsion from society. We consider the American criminal justice system to be vindictive and unfair. Even if the person is exonerated his life is often still ruined due to the publicity and difficulty reintegrating with society, like finding a job or community. If he is guilty and punished, even more so. We consider it outlandish that in some American states, a person caught urinating outside is convicted as a sex offender, whose name is published on a list, can’t move near a school, and can’t get a job.
    So your crusade of public shaming of individuals who have not been convicted of anything is counter to liberal principles, unless you think that ends justify the means– finding every scrap of information to defame Israel. I think that this is where you face a contradiction. When judging Israel you use a Kantian type ethic, with absolute black and white rules, without considering the circumstances, context, etc. Israel is doing something wrong, and that is that. They are evil. Yes, there are Israeli criminals! Yet when siding with Israel’s adversaries (as you usually do), they are judged by a relativistic, utilitarian standard. They are only reacting, they can’t help it, their reaction is only natural, the ends justifies the means, etc.

    I hope that you don’t ban this comment as it is on topic and underlines a crucial point of debate.

    1. @ Yehuda: That’s nonsense. Trials take no longer in Israel than anywhere else. Criminal trials can take years in the U.S. from when the investigation begins to final determination of guilt or innocence at trial.

      It is also nonsense that the identity of ordinary Israeli citizens is “protected.” The truth is that when a case is important to the media it will be covered unless there is a gag. When the case involves an ordinary citizen the media usually has little or no interest. So there is no effort to “protect” anyone whose case doesn’t interst the media anyway. There are no gag orders in cases of little interest.

      Wonderful, the stellar Israeli justice system is interested in “rehabilitation.” Where did you get that from? Hasbara Central? That claim is as true as the claim by some criminal justice experts that the U.S. prison system is meant to rehabilitate prisoners. Have you ever seen the inside of any prison? If you had (including an Israeli prison) you would know that in 98% of cases there is not going to be any rehabilitation. In fact, prison in Israel and everywhere else is often the proving ground for training more lethal and dangerous criminals.

      We consider the American criminal justice system to be vindictive and unfair

      “We?” “What’s this ‘we’ shit, white man?” (an old joke based on an old U.S. TV show). Who gave you the privilege of speaking on behalf of all Israelis? Your view of the U.S. justice system is woefully wrong. Some people who are sentenced to prison come out of prison and lead perfectly ordinary lives (except for their difficult in finding jobs as ex-convicts). It may be rare but it happens as often here as in Israel.

      I’ve never heard of public urination leading to a sex offender designation. I believe you either made that one up or are grossly exagerrating via anecdotal evidence.

      My only crusade is for transparency and against opacity and impunity, of which there is far too much in Israel. The notion that Israel is a state observing “liberal principles” which I supposedly violate is laughably ridiculous. But that stretch you’ve made is daring and even breathtaking. It’s brash. It’s bold. And it fell flat on its face. But at least you tried. I give you credit for yr audacity.

      If Israel is defamed by anything I write it is only because it is a society befouled by sexism, violence, corruption and racism. Those problems aren’t my fault, they’re yours. Either you & your fellow citizens can fix them and put me out of business; or you’ll continue having me point out your vices.

      When judging Israel you use a Kantian type ethic

      So I’m a “Kantian.” Wow. That’s never happened before. I doubt you even know what the term means, let alone how it applies to me.

      Knock off the histrionics. Stick to facts and arguments grounded in them. And stop characterizing or paraphrasing (& exaggerating) what I supposedly believe. That IS a comment rule violation. But in your context not a major one.

      Though your comment doesn’t violate the comment rules (except in the last paragraph), it doesn’t ‘underline’ anything that is ‘crucial’ to anything. Don’t flatter yourself.

    2. In France where I live and in Denmark where I lived before, the names of persons implicated in such affairs are not under gag ordereither, you’re just inventing this.

  6. Well here is an example hot off the press

    I’m sure that with your sources you will find out who this is and publicize it.
    BTW I think that the gag orders are overused, not specifically in political cases. Here is an article about it

    As far as public urination

    “Those problems aren’t my fault, they’re yours. Either you & your fellow citizens can fix them and put me out of business; or you’ll continue having me point out your vices.”

    Shall I blame you and your friends for all of America’s problems, like homelessness, a shitty medical system, rampant opioid addiction, and the existence of Donald Trump?

    1. @yehuda: I don’t care what you say about the U.S. Unlike Israel, we’re a strong enough country to take any criticism you can dish out. Unlike you, we are often the harshest critics of our own country because we insist that it honor its own laws & principles. You might want to try it sometimes.

      As for public urination: as I wrote you found a single anecdote in a country of 370 million people. Congrats.

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