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New York, NY - Israeli Diplo's Daughter Arrested at JFK Airport

Published on: February 2, 2012 02:16 PM
Last updated on: February 2, 2012 06:45 PM
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AP fileNew York, NY - The daughter of an Israeli politician and former defense minister has been jailed in New York in connection with a prescription drug fraud case in Florida, authorities said Thursday.

Talya Ben-Eliezer, 39, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday evening after arriving for a flight to Tel Aviv, police and prosecutors said.

An official familiar with the arrest confirmed that she is the daughter of Binyamin Fuad Ben-Eliezer, who is a member of Israel’s legislature, the Knesset. The 75-year-old lawmaker and former military commander previously served as defense minister and deputy prime minister, along with several other senior government posts.

Talya Ben-Eliezer was detained at the airport at around 8:40 p.m. after a routine check performed on all air passengers leaving the country revealed that a warrant had been issued for her arrest in Hillsborough County, whose largest city is Tampa, Fla., last July, according to spokesmen for the airport’s police force and Queens prosecutors.

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The charge listed on the warrant was for “obtaining a controlled substance by fraud,” and the case had to do with a prescription drug, purchased at a pharmacy, the district attorney’s office said.

A person who had been briefed on the circumstances of the arrest said that Ben-Eliezer was taking painkillers for a medical condition and had attempted to get twice the number of pills allowed by making a copy of her prescription and taking it to two pharmacies. That person and the official familiar with the arrest spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Ben-Eliezer was in custody awaiting arraignment Thursday evening and couldn’t be reached for comment. It was unclear whether she had hired a lawyer.

A spokesman for Israel’s consulate in New York, Shahar Azani, said the office has a policy of not commenting on criminal matters involving Israeli citizens.



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 Feb 02, 2012 at 02:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Sad but the police acted correctly. The fact that she is related to a VIP should not be a factor in a decision to detain her. It happens often, especially in NYC and LA. Even the yinglach of American politicians are frequently picked up at airports on outstanding drug warrants (which are felonies and thus listed in the TSA data base).

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 03:26 PM shredready Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Sad but the police acted correctly. The fact that she is related to a VIP should not be a factor in a decision to detain her. It happens often, especially in NYC and LA. Even the yinglach of American politicians are frequently picked up at airports on outstanding drug warrants (which are felonies and thus listed in the TSA data base).

true

but many people in hight positions think the rules do not apply to them, or their children

we see this all the them

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 03:40 PM Firshtradzivil Says:

Don't worry the Americans will treat her nicer then the Israeli Mishtara thugs treat the Chareidim

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM FredE Says:

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Firshtradzivil Says:

Don't worry the Americans will treat her nicer then the Israeli Mishtara thugs treat the Chareidim

Certainly nicer then the Craredim treat women.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 05:05 PM The_Beadle Says:

Reply to #3  
Firshtradzivil Says:

Don't worry the Americans will treat her nicer then the Israeli Mishtara thugs treat the Chareidim

And rightly so...she's not throwing stones at anyone, burning any shops or even spitting at others...

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM anonymous23 Says:

Reply to #3  
Firshtradzivil Says:

Don't worry the Americans will treat her nicer then the Israeli Mishtara thugs treat the Chareidim

To# 5,

She didn't spit on little 9 year old girls on their way to school.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 05:36 PM Anonymous Says:

4 and 5 you are 100% correct. It is just lovely to see a vip of Israel daughter flaunting other countries' laws. She had drugs and did not appear in court. Great great secular knowledge she obtained is Israel.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 06:44 PM Anonymous Says:

What a shame for israel....

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 07:13 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

Please her Father is part of the small elitist faction within the Israeli Government, whom have no problem giving away the G-D given land to the Islamic terrorists, maybe now he will be busy dealing with his daughter's issues and won't have time to sell out the Holy Land.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 07:35 PM hmmmm Says:

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The_Beadle Says:

And rightly so...she's not throwing stones at anyone, burning any shops or even spitting at others...

Abusing drugs is not worse? It is!

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM somekid Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Sad but the police acted correctly. The fact that she is related to a VIP should not be a factor in a decision to detain her. It happens often, especially in NYC and LA. Even the yinglach of American politicians are frequently picked up at airports on outstanding drug warrants (which are felonies and thus listed in the TSA data base).

Youre saying that like American politicians are better than your average goy

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 08:58 PM amerikaner Says:

exchange her for the Bocher in Japan

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 11:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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amerikaner Says:

exchange her for the Bocher in Japan

I think its more likely we would send you to Japan in exchange for Mr. Bocher (with directives that you should have no computer or internet acess)

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 04:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Spitting on a kid is a misdemeanor in any civilized country especially when you are egged on to do it by certain parties who want to make a whole community look bad.

Playing fast and loose with controlled substances laws is a FELONY.

I hope this freha rots in a Tampa jail and ends up being dependent on the Aleph Institute, whose leaders are 1000% opposed to anything her father stands for.

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 10:07 AM Anonymous Says:

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The_Beadle Says:

And rightly so...she's not throwing stones at anyone, burning any shops or even spitting at others...

Get off it already! I'm a chasidic person...enough is enough.Every article will go back to the chareidim...in comparison. Get a life.

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
The_Beadle Says:

And rightly so...she's not throwing stones at anyone, burning any shops or even spitting at others...

Could you all stop this,like babies...What has her arrest to do with chareidim..have you nothing better to do than to keep slamming and keep the issue on the top burner. Get on with it...all you hate filled people. This article HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!!!!Go and get a punching bag and work out...and spill all your anger into that..Could we have an article that does not revert back to the chareidim, for crying out loud? Enough.

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 10:59 AM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

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hmmmm Says:

Abusing drugs is not worse? It is!

Your priorities are screwed up, friend.

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 11:02 AM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Spitting on a kid is a misdemeanor in any civilized country especially when you are egged on to do it by certain parties who want to make a whole community look bad.

Playing fast and loose with controlled substances laws is a FELONY.

I hope this freha rots in a Tampa jail and ends up being dependent on the Aleph Institute, whose leaders are 1000% opposed to anything her father stands for.

Once again, I thank Hashem for the clarity to raise my children to be what your ilk consider "freha" (whatever that means) and goyim. I don't wish anything but good for your children despite them having a true gem for a parent.

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

Once again, I thank Hashem for the clarity to raise my children to be what your ilk consider "freha" (whatever that means) and goyim. I don't wish anything but good for your children despite them having a true gem for a parent.

Ye make sure they will call you from the indian jungles drugged up

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Ye make sure they will call you from the indian jungles drugged up

You are so...messed up..

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