Undiplomatic ties cost drunk ambassador his job

Undiplomatic ties cost drunk ambassador his job

This just in from Guardian Unlimited:

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

A foreign ministry spokeswoman said a search was under way for his replacement.

Tsuriel Raphael was found by El Salvador police two weeks ago in the yard of his official residence, according to Israeli media reports. After the officers untied and ungagged him, he told them he was the ambassador of Israel.

The foreign ministry spokeswoman said the reports were true but stressed Mr Raphael had not broken any laws. “We’re talking about behaviour that is unbecoming of a diplomat,” she said.

Mr Raphael had served for six months as the ambassador in El Salvador and for several years at different missions around the world.

The embarrassing affair is one of several involving Israeli diplomats in recent years.

In 2000, Israel’s ambassador to France died of cardiac arrest in a Paris hotel under circumstances the foreign ministry refused to publicize. Media reports said he was with a woman who was not his wife at the time.

Last year, Israel replaced its ambassador to Australia, Naftali Tamir, after he said Israel and Australia are “like sisters” because both are in Asia and their peoples do not have “yellow skin and slanted eyes”.

In 2005, Israel canceled the appointment of a diplomat to Australia after it was discovered that he had published pictures of nude Brazilian women on the internet while on a mission in Brazil.”

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