Israeli Ambassador David Admon last week said he would deal with corruption
allegations when he returns to
on 16 September.
that his departure had been planned almost a year ago, well before the recent
allegations that he had accepted bribes and abused his position to secure
business deals for friends and relatives.
police confirmed on 12 August that Admon was being investigated on the
suspicion that he may have accepted bribes. The allegations first appeared in
the Haaretz newspaper. Among the allegations published was the suggestion that
Admon abused his position to influence the negotiations for the sale of a
former Jewish hospital in
for which his son received a commission. Both father and son have denied the
allegation. The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper carried allegations that Admon had
used influence to open doors for Israeli businessmen and his son in exchange
press conference, after talking at length about his pride in his achievements
during his three-year tenure as Ambassador, Admon reiterated his denial. “I
never thought I would have to face such attacks as I have over recent weeks,”
that journalists started asking questions three months ago, and said that he
has passed details to the Israeli Foreign Ministry and asked them to consider
"in whose interest" it was to make such allegations.
no further comment on the affair other than to say: "I am in no way under
Whether things are being investigated in
or in the [Israeli] Foreign Ministry, I do not know," he said. "In
two weeks’ time, when I go to the Foreign Ministry, I will brief them on
everything I know, and they will probably brief me."
to further questions, Admon said he believes
currently going through a renaissance. On the subject of the recently
established right wing "Hungarian Guard" that has been the subject of
intense media attention, Admon said "Although it is felt to be cause for
considers the Hungarian Guard to be an internal matter."