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On Tuesday, the Tel Aviv District Court ordered the remand of the arrest of a notorious polygamist up until the termination of all legal proceedings currently being held against him. The 59-year-old cult leader from south Tel Aviv was romantically involved with 32 women and fathered 40 children.

Goel Ratzon has been charged with rape, enslavement, indecent acts and fraud.
Goel Ratzon
Judge Hayuta Kochan who issued the verdict for Ratzon’s remand, called him

“A base and contemptible man with a sick and perverted personality”.

“In his twisted and perverse way, and his complete control of every aspect of these women’s lives, he mutilated their thoughts and castrated their personalities until they totally lost their free will. His baseness and contemptibility soar to new heights with the sexual relations he forced upon them.”

She added that the women members of the cult were:

“Weak, vulnerable, and mainly young and innocent, so it was an easy task for him to instill in them the faith that the world he created around him was all good, while the world outside was entirely evil and corrupt.”

Judge Kochan also wrote that Ratzon brainwashed the women into the belief that engaging in sexual relations with him would secure their entry into heaven:

“He introduced a reign of terror and fear, and those who did not do as he commanded were painfully and humiliatingly punished in a manner that made use of manipulation and severe chastisement…He forced them to dress modestly and work only in the home, and they were not allowed to be delayed if he did not permit it, not even while buying water at the grocery store. Ratzon never worked and these women provided him with all of his needs. For example, they bought homes for him, trips abroad, and all the luxuries he desired.”

IDF Chief of Staff Credit Card and Rifle Stolen

Gabi AshkenaziHow’s this for an oops story. A soldier on guard duty just roamed into IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi’s office, stole his credit card numbers, and gave them to an Israeli Arab he happened to own money to. While he was at it, he stole a souvenir pistol given to Ashkenazi as a gift by an American general.

The soldier in question had also stolen two M16 rifles in the past, one from a soldier who was attacked on guard duty in July, and it appears that he took up theft in order to pay for an apartment he moved into with his girlfriend.

Gaining access to the top IDF officer’s office and stealing his credit card so easily? This has the IDF breathing a rather sizeable sigh of relief that it was only a credit card, because the army can think of lots of people who would love to get in there and put a microphone under his desk, or even a bomb. That wouldn’t be so good.

Talk about something to starkly contrast with the image of Israel as a security mammoth, El Al guards stopping you at every security level for a flight, asking you weird questions about where you’re going and why, if you know Hebrew, what synagogue you go to and such. And suddenly some guy can just walk into the office of the IDF chief of staff, open up his drawer and swipe his credit card info and a souvenir Western pistol? Well, alright then, if you insist.

The soldiers standing guard in the hallway apparently did not have any intensive background checks before they were accepted to duty, something that will now quickly be changed. Locks have been changed. Well, that’ll make me sleep better tonight, knowing the locks are nice and fresh, and the guy in charge of the next big war has a new credit card.

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