Two Israeli Foreign Ministry Officials Charged With Theft, Bribery

Former housekeeping head and ex-deputy accountant allegedly stole goods and services from the ministry worth tens of thousands of dollars in a variety of ways.

A photo showing the Foreign Ministry in Jewrusalem
Olivier Fitoussi

Two senior officials in the Foreign Ministry were charged in Jerusalem District Court Wednesday with offenses including theft and accepting bribes.

Former housekeeping head Avshalom Ashuri and former deputy accountant Yehoshua Gabbay allegedly stole goods and services from the ministry worth tens of thousands of dollars in a variety of ways, including the use of false receipts and billing the ministry for family vacations and for tens of thousands of dollars worth of food.

Gabbay is accused of trying to steal, from an office safe, $70,000  that belonged to the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Both men allegedly took bribes from suppliers in the form of large numbers of electrical appliances.