web analytics
July 5, 2015 / 18 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Another Day, Another Life Down

Another Day, Another Life Down

Photo Credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flas90

The fellow on the right is Rafi Peled was born in Kibbutz HaZore’a on July 2, 1944. In 1967 he left the IDF with the rank of Major after having fought as part of the paratrooper corps in the battles over Gaza in the Six Day War. He joined the police force and after years of service, which included solving a few celebrated murder cases and an assignment to the police intelligence unit, he became Police Commissioner in 1993.

In 1994 he was exposed by the press as having accepted bribes in the form of vacation junkets in local hotels. A picture of him splashing in a Jacuzzi with fellow officers gave the scandal its name: Jacuzzigate (Parshat Ha’Jacuzzi). To avoid prosecution Peled resigned.

Rafi Peled is also a well known artist. Here is one of his sculptures, “Pencils.” You’ll find it in Petach Tikvah, Israel.

After leaving the police, Rafi Peled served as CEO of the electric company, and for a short stint was the Prime Minister’s chief of staff.

Then Peled started a hedge fund called “Peled Fund,” together with known politicians and a smattering of known criminals. The fund collapsed in 2002, leaving behind hundreds of millions in debt. On Wednesday, Rafi Peled was finally convicted on counts of fraud and breach of trust.

Israel is a very small country, and so, much as you find in high school productions of plays that call for a very large cast, some people take on more than one role. Rafi Peled managed to take on the role of Israeli kibbutznik, distinguished warrior, policeman, artist and embezzler.

Also, for the next three years, if he receives the maximum penalty, he will play the role of Israeli prisoner.

I have no idea who the fellow on the left is in the top picture, and how many lives he has led.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Another Day, Another Life Down”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Future guard? Arab child with Hamas headband aims toy rifle on the Temple Mount after prayers in the Al Aqsa mosque.
CNN Promotes Old City on Verge of Extinction Due to ‘Political Tension’
Latest News Stories
Likud member Mendi Safadi and Rabbi Yehudah Glick with Turkish MP Feyzullah Kiyiklik in Istanbul.

Israeli Druze Likud member Mendi Safadi met in Turkey on regional issues with political and religious figures.

Firefighting over Ein Yael, Jerusalem

Firefighters fought a large fire in Ein Yael, Jerusalem, located opposite the Biblical Zoo, and up the road from Malcha Mall.

John Kerry says in Vienna today what he said in Switzerland three months ago.

Reporter Laura Rozen: “How many ways can I say significant progress made but important differences remain?”

Future guard? Arab child with Hamas headband aims toy rifle on the Temple Mount after prayers in the Al Aqsa mosque.

CNN put the UNESCO site at the top of the list, implied Israel it to blame for its being “endangered but failed to mention Jordan’s responsibility.

In three weeks, the Fast of the 9th of Av will be on the 10th of Av.

Netanyahu falsely accused Bennett of signing a coalition agreement that returns more power to Hareidim.

US-led talks with Tehran appear to have reached a deal on sanctions relief: but what about access to Iranian nuclear sites?

Arab leaders realize the existential threat posed by ISIS: Tunisia is at a state of emergency; Egypt has declared “war.”

Six terror fugitives were arrested by IDF soldiers overnight in Judea and Samaria.

PM Netanyahu this week identified ISIS and Iran as Israel’s primary threat. It is a planetary threat that carries the promise of peace.

Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick talks peace in Istanbul with a state official and on A9TV with Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar.

Yifat Shoham, one of the longest-running directors of Leumit HMO in Arad, has passed away. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Once again, rioting Arabs succeed in preventing Jews and other visitors from entering the Temple Mount.

Kerry spent the Fourth of July talking with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Thirty Policemen escorted a total of 21 neo-Nazi in the “anti-Jewification” protest that flopped.

ISIS released a video of a modern-day replay of the thirst for blood in ancient Roman amphitheaters.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/another-day-another-life-down/2012/12/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: