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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

IDF investigating colonel who sought women using false Facebook identity

An Israel Defense Forces colonel in line for a promotion was discovered to have maintained a Facebook page under a fictitious name, through which he contacted women for the purposes of sexual liaisons. 

IDF Ground Forces commander Maj. Gen. Guy Tzur summoned the officer for clarifications.

The officer, who took the false name “Alon Rotem” and presented himself as divorced, although he is married with children, contacted women on Facebook and courted them intensively until they agreed to meet with him. In a breach of regulations, the officer told some of them he held a senior position in the security forces, according to the Internet news site Walla.

The future of the officer, who is in line for promotion to brigadier general, is now unclear. One woman who met him told Walla that he tried to force himself on her. 

The woman, identified only as “S.” said that he came to her house late at night, the two talked and he stayed over, with the clear stipulation that there would be nothing physical. “He ignored my ‘no.’ I felt something was wrong with his behavior, especially after he tried to force himself on me. But because I am a woman for whom no means no, I let him know that this wouldn’t work.

He then simply stopped and fell asleep. In the morning he left.”

No police report was apparently filed following the incident. The IDF Spokesman’s Office said: “As soon as the complaint became known the officer was called in for preliminary clarifications by Maj. Gen. Guy Tzur. The matter is under thorough investigation.”

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