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ISRAEL: Disgruntled man tries to rat out ex-wife to Iran

April 11, 2010 |  4:51 pm

Revenge is a dish best served cold, goes the saying, and vindictive chefs can be surprisingly patient. Recently, an Israeli man in his 60s took this creative cooking to the next level when he tried to rat out his ex-wife of 15 years and her family to Iranian authorities.

According to the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot, a month and a half ago, the man faxed a letter to the Iranian consulate in Istanbul with details about his ex-wife and her family living in Turkey, claiming that they were Mossad agents working against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government. A few days later, he tried to fax the same letter to the Iranian Embassy in Ankara. It didn't go through, so he resent it to the consulate again.

The gag-order imposed on the affair was partially lifted two weeks after a petition by the paper's reporters but the names of those involved haven't been published. The Hebrew reports said the man is being indicted but authorities have yet to decide what charge to file.

Presumably, the Iranians didn't pick up the phone to the Mossad to follow up. So how did Israeli authorities get on to the guy? Well, let's see. He sent the letters from his home fax. Duh.

— Batsheva Sobelman in Jerusalem