Yet another in a long line of sex scandals has beset the Israeli intelligence apparatus. In this case, Channel 10 and Maariv report that Israeli police caught a senior intelligence agent (likely from Shabak or Mossad) who collected and disseminated pedophilia materials online along with at least two others serving in the IDF. One of his co-conspirators served in the defense ministry and the other served in an intelligence capacity, probably in AMAN.
The two younger defendants have been released, but the older intelligence officer has not. When the court ruled he should be released the police appealed the decision and his detention has been extended till the appeal is heard.
Maariv includes a dubious claim from the police that they take an active role in pursuing sex crimes like these. That’s dubious considering how many senior Israeli police commanders have themselves been accused of sexually harassing their female subordinates.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.