March 12, 2007

Oh, Those Kinky Israelis!

Via a lurking reader, we get this classic BBC headline: Israel Recalls "Naked Ambassador":

Israel has recalled its ambassador to El Salvador after he was found drunk and naked apart from bondage gear.

Reports say he was able to identify himself to police only after a rubber ball had been removed from his mouth.

A foreign ministry official described Ambassador Tzuriel Refael's behaviour as an unprecedented embarrassment.


Haaretz website reports that police found Mr Refael in the Israeli embassy compound where he had been found bound, gagged and naked apart from sado-masochistic sex accessories.

I have several independent one-liners:

1. It is rare that the word "unprecedented" is used accurately.

2. Ah, but what did Israel get out of the negotiations?

3. Now THAT'S foreign service.

4. Is this an example of Realism or Liberalism? (That's an IR politics joke.)

5. What were the police doing in the Israeli embassy?

6. Did he have assistance, or was this a solo mission?

Posted by baltar at March 12, 2007 01:37 PM | TrackBack | Posted to International Affairs | You Can't Make This Stuff Up


This story sparked a long discussion in my crowd on "how can one best drink while wearing a ball gag?"

Posted by: jacflash at March 12, 2007 02:33 PM | PERMALINK

What a kinky subversion of Rational Choice Theory. One has to wonder if the "actor" was allowed to make choices at all!

Posted by: Forseti at March 13, 2007 02:27 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps it was more like a game of chicken.

Posted by: binky at March 13, 2007 06:21 PM | PERMALINK
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