Israeli Official's Role Was So Sensitive He Was Jailed for His Sexual Crimes Under a Fake Name

The employee in the Prime Minister's Office admitted to committing sex offenses against several women who also worked in the premier's office, but the incidents have been kept secret

Chaim Levinson
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ILLUSTRATION: Prisoners in Israel
ILLUSTRATION: Prisoners in Israel Credit: Moti Milrod
Chaim Levinson
Chaim Levinson

The State of Israel has imprisoned under an assumed name a man who worked in the Prime Minister’s Office and was found to be a sex offender. Haaretz has learned that the employee, who served in a sensitive post, admitted to having committed sex offenses against several women by exploiting his position.

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It isn’t completely clear how these offenses came to light. Haaretz has learned that from the moment his employers learned of the serious allegations, all those involved in the issue – including investigators and senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office – were ordered not to talk about it even to other employees of other ministries.

When the employee was confronted with the allegations and confirmed that he had committed the offenses attributed to him, an agreement was reached on a lengthy prison term. The employee committed the offenses against women with whom he worked on a daily basis a number of years ago.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said the secrecy surrounding the case was required for several reasons. First of all, publicizing the man’s name and the allegations would raise difficulties for the women who were his victims. The office also believes that identifying him would put his life in danger.

As a result, it was decided to maintain secrecy even during his incarceration. He has been imprisoned under a false name and only a few people in the Israel Prison Service are party to the secret and to the inmate’s true identity.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that this was an exceptional and unprecedented case. Sources added that the case does not indicate a systemic failure or problems with the office’s organizational culture.