Shin Bet Officer Quits After Admitting Sexual Harassment of Female Soldier

Officer used a woman’s body to demonstrate methods of interrogation aimed at 'softening up' suspects.

A Shin Bet security service officer resigned from the service in late spring after a civil service disciplinary court convicted him of sexually harassing a soldier, Haaretz has learned. The officer, Y, used the woman’s body to demonstrate methods of interrogation aimed at “softening up” suspects.

Y. was a branch head, a relatively senior position. One evening in February, he was making small talk with a 22-year-old female soldier who was doing reserve duty in the office, with the two sitting side by side near Y.’s desk.

During their conversation, Y. described interrogation methods, including “methods to pressure suspects and to soften them up.” He then demonstrated these methods to her by touching her hands and legs against her will.

In May, a complaint was filed against Y. with the Civil Service Disciplinary Tribunal, which operates under the Civil Service Commission. The complainant was represented by Yafit Cnaani-Itzkovich, who deals with sexual harassment cases in the civil service’s disciplinary branch, while Y. was represented by Yehoshua Resnik.

As part of a plea agreement, Y. admitted to the allegations and was convicted, with the court ruling that “the accused broke civil service discipline and conducted himself in a manner unbecoming a state employee.”

Y. resigned from the Shin Bet even before he was sentenced. At the end of June, his sentence was handed down: He was severely reprimanded and banned from working at the service for five years.

Y. had been at the Shin Bet since 1988 and had filled a number of roles. Before sentencing, Resnik presented the court with a letter of appreciation for Y.’s work, written by the Shin Bet deputy director, which the court acknowledged.

Alon Ron
AP