Ex-Israel Bar Chief Charged With Illegally Exiting Country by Tailgating Passenger

Efraim Naveh wasn’t caught when he left the country, but when he tried the trick again upon his return Population Authority inspectors caught him

Efraim Nave.
Tomer Appelbaum

Former Israel Bar Association chairman Efraim Naveh who has been charged with entering and leaving the country illegally, has claimed that he tried to enter the country wrongfully by tailgating a woman he didn’t know through the border control area.

According to information obtained by Haaretz, however, Naveh had previously spoken to the woman he tailgated.

An indictment says that Naveh and his girlfriend Bar Katz were trying to hide that they were leaving the country together, to avoid having any impact on Naveh’s divorce proceedings which were being conducted at the time. The indictment says that on September 20, 2018 Naveh tailgated a traveler to sneak through the control gate, so there would be no record of his departure.

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Naveh wasn’t caught when he left the country, but when he tried the trick again upon his return Population Authority inspectors caught him.

In an interview with the “Uvda” television program, Naveh said he didn’t know the passenger with whom he tried to pass through the gate. “It wasn’t someone I knew before. I simply followed a woman who was crossing the gate and I just walked behind her.”

The interviewer, Omri Assenheim, pressed Naveh and asked, “She knew you were crossing after her?” Naveh answered, “No, she didn't know.”

The news website The Hottest Place in Hell reported in January that the passenger with whom he crossed through the gate was Ruth Shneerson, a friend of Naveh’s brother Zvi Naveh, who runs a security and private investigations office.

Shneerson was questioned by police and denied there had been any prior coordination of the incident. The case against her was closed.

From information obtained by Haaretz, it seems that Naveh was not truthful about his connection with Shneerson and that his portrayal of what occurred when he tried to re-enter the country at Ben-Gurion Airport as spontaneous is not correct.

Shneerson said in response. “That’s ridiculous. I met Naveh for the first time at the airport and we did not know each other. He didn’t call me before he came back to Israel and I don’t know what you’re referring to. I gave detailed testimony to the police and I have no interest in dealing with this anymore.”

Naveh’s attorney, Boaz Ben Zur, did not respond by press time.