12 March 2007

Israel recalls 'naked ambassador'

"Israel is replacing its ambassador in El Salvador after the current envoy was found in a street, drunk, wearing only bondage gear, officials said.

Haaretz website reports that police found Mr Refael in a San Salvador street two weeks ago.

He was inebriated, his hands were tied and he was gagged with a rubber ball in his mouth.

In 2006, Israel's diplomatic service was criticised by the public watchdog for its appointments system.

The state comptroller's report singled out the foreign ministry appointments committee for its inadequate examination of candidates and lack of transparency."

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