Diplomatic Impunity

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

The Israeli ambassador to El Salvador has been recalled after he was found drunk, naked and bound in sexual bondage gear in his yard, an official said Monday.

Tsuriel Raphael has been removed from his post and the Foreign Ministry has begun searching for a replacement, said spokeswoman Zehavit Ben-Hillel.

Two weeks ago, El Salvador police found Raphael naked outside his residence, tied up, gagged and drunk, Israeli media reported. He was wearing several sex toys at the time, the media said. After he was untied, Raphael told police he was the ambassador of Israel, the reports said.

Here comes the punchline. You ready?

The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that he could identify himself to police only after a rubber ball had been removed from his mouth.

I'm convinced: Time to bomb El Salvador.

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  1. I’m convinced: Time to move to El Salvador. Who said Jews don’t know how to party?

  2. We should broadcast pictures of this in Iraq as retribution for Abu Ghraib.

  3. Sounds like a “thought crime” territory. Persecuting this man for his beliefs and all! What is it with these folks and there anti-Semitic BDSM bigotry?

    Do you know if his Domme is available now?

  4. You can take my rubber ball gag from my cold, dead mouth.

  5. You know what would have been a better answer than “I’m the Ambassodor of Israel?”

    How about, “Nobody in particular. Just an ordinary Salvadoran, much like yourself. My name is Jose.”

    That’s the difference between a bad weekend, and being humilated in the tabloids on six continents.

  6. Big deal

    If I had a dime for every time my neighbors found me passed out on my fron lawn with a ball gag in my mouth and….

  7. The diplomatic corps might consider using this as story in recruiting.

  8. “Bring in The Gimp.”

    What, I should wake him up?

    All of a sudden, I’m the gimp waker!

  9. The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that he could identify himself to police only after a rubber ball had been removed from his mouth.

    Shouldn’t that go without saying? Now, if he was only able to identify himself after the padlock was removed from around his scrotum…

  10. It is spring break.

  11. Aa’m tha Ithlaeli ambathada. Pleeth helb me.

  12. The Israeli ambassador to El Salvador has been recalled after he was found drunk, naked and bound in sexual bondage gear in his yard, an official said Monday.

    In related news, brisk sales of the just released DVD of Casino Royale are being reported.

  13. During a post-Bush visit to El Salvadore, Hugo Chavez exclaimed, “…and it still smells of sulfur, whiskey, and sex.” :/

  14. It is spring break.

    Jews Gone Wild!

  15. That’s the difference between a bad weekend, and being humilated in the tabloids on six continents.

    I’m pretty sure the folks in research stations in Antarctica are reading about this and laughing as well.

  16. “drunk, naked and bound in sexual bondage gear in his yard”

    but since he didn’t have teh Gay, he could serve in the US military!

  17. go without saying? Now, if he was only able to identify himself after the padlock was removed from around his scrotum…

    It could have gone without saying if they’d looked carefully, uh, above the lock.

  18. Drunk, naked and bound in sexual bondage gear is no way to go through life, son.

  19. There are as yet undiscovered Amazonian tribes who have heard about this and are having a good laugh…

  20. Query: why nothing about Viacom suing YouTube?

  21. The best part of the article?

    Last year, Israel replaced its ambassador to Australia, Naftali Tamir, after he said Israel and Australia are “like sisters” because both are located in Asia and their peoples don’t have the Asian characteristics of “yellow skin and slanted eyes.”

    Ah, casual racism. I feed upon it.

  22. check out the freedoms enjoyed in El Salvador

    from the story:

    “Raphael has been recalled, although he did not break any laws.”

    try pulling the same stunt here in the USA and see where it gets you (courtroom)

  23. but since he didn’t have teh Gay, he could serve in the US military!

    The article I had read stated that he was in fact gay.

    From the article:
    The ambassador, in his 50s and gay, is not married, the sources
    told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

  24. Bound, gagged, tied to a tree and rolled by a gay prostitute.

    What a weekend.

  25. “You know what would have been a better answer than “I’m the Ambassodor of Israel?”

    How about, “Nobody in particular. Just an ordinary Salvadoran, much like yourself. My name is Jose.”

    Cut the guy some slack, he probably had a real corker of a hangover.

    *gigglesnort*

  26. Last year, Israel replaced its ambassador to Australia, Naftali Tamir, after he said Israel and Australia are “like sisters” because both are located in Asia and their peoples don’t have the Asian characteristics of “yellow skin and slanted eyes.”

    The truly horrifying thing about this is that Australia isn’t even in Asia.

  27. Tsuriel Raphael for Homeland Defense Czar!!!

  28. That is exactly how I lost my last job.

  29. Aa’m tha Ithlaeli ambathada. Pleeth helb me.

    de stijl wins!

  30. “The truly horrifying thing about this is that Australia isn’t even in Asia.”

    What, you haven’t heard of continental drift?

  31. Nothing in this story sounds kosher to me.

  32. Do you think that when the police found him he was like, “aren’t you going to beat me? Please.”

  33. What, no pictures? (Yeah, I tried googling.)

  34. Who is in the picture?

  35. Aa’m tha Ithlaeli ambathada. Pleeth helb me.

    Shouldn’t that be:

    Aa’m tha Ithlaeli ambathada. Pleeth sbank me, ‘oo ‘urly ‘uthcular ‘rute, ‘oo.

  36. He was wearing several sex toys at the time, the media said.

    Wearing? I guess I lack an imagination.

  37. As in wearing out. Friction. Think, man, think!

  38. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, indeed.

    It’s a sad day when the likes of DW starts using our military’s slang.

  39. try pulling the same stunt here in the USA and see where it gets you (courtroom)

    Nope. I think this would be definite Medal of Freedom material.

  40. Good morning 1st Sgt.,

    That was not slang. That was the phonetic alphabet. Perhaps you meant jargon?

  41. Affirm. Jargon is the better term. I stand corrected.

    Either way, where does Weigel come off using it?

  42. If I was a conspiracy theorist, or a screenwriter, I would say this whole scenario sounds like something out of the KGB playbook.

    But I’m not so I won’t.

  43. Didn’t you see Platoon? He was in the ‘Nam. Killed Tom Berenger, he did.

  44. Either way, where does Weigel come off using it?

    He is a good bright fellow. Probably read it someplace, like when he had to take a broadcast journalism class to figure out what we are saying and broadcast it to the enemy. He went to that school where the Weathmen Underground teach all of the classes now.

    Come on trooper, think ahead of the media!

  45. Didn’t you see Platoon? He was in the ‘Nam. Killed Tom Berenger, he did.

    Oh yea, and that too.

    In real life, he is smaller than he looks in his Reason picture and bigger than he looks in the documentries.

  46. I thought these sorts of scandals only happened in England.

  47. I thought these sorts of scandals only happened in England.

    It has bee quite a while since an English nuclear scientist asphixiated (sp?) himself in drag, hasn’t it.

  48. Drunk, naked and bound.

    Pick any two, and you maybe can survive the scandal.

    Go for the hat trick and it’s hello, Haifa.

  49. I think English physicists probably asphyxiate themselves in drag so much that it probably doesn’t make the paper.

    Wait, what the hey are we talking about?

  50. “Didn’t break any laws?” What sort of permissive society is this? In my day, that freak would have been led off in handcuffs and horsewhipped in the public square!

    After which everyone would have retired to quiet conversation in the back room for orange mocha frappaccinos and cuddling.

  51. Just need to get him and Ted Haggard together for the ultimate crime-fighting duo.

  52. I think English physicists probably asphyxiate themselves in drag so much that it probably doesn’t make the paper.

    Wait, what the hey are we talking about?

    IIRC, it was an incident in the early 1980s and it breifly became big news because “the Western Defense Establishment” was allegedly unaware of the scientist’s hobby and he could have been vulnerable to blackmail. It left the headlines when the next item to bash “Western Defense” came up.

    OT: David, looks like Iran has a slightly different take on 300 than you and they are mighty pissed off too. Heard it on the radio this AM.

  53. The punchline?

    The Aristocrats!

    Surprised no one’s said that yet.

  54. Are we now outsourcing news reporting to The Onion? Because it certainly reads like it….

    Well, I guess you go with the BSDM you have, not the BSDM you wish for…

  55. See what happens when you…

    Have a tequilla, have a tequilla, have a tequilla, then have some more

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