An Israeli woman claims a US Secret Service agent assaulted her ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to the country earlier this month – and that authorities did nothing to bring her alleged attacker to justice.
Tamar Ben-Haim, 30, told Fox News that she was driving home on a busy road in a residential area of Jerusalem when a “big man” approached her and started stalking her. beat in an unprovoked attack just after midnight a week before Joe Biden’s visit.
The man punched her in the chest “repeatedly”, she said. She felt like a “punching bag” and became even more terrified when she saw the man’s gun.
“I was in shock,” she told the outlet, bursting into tears. “He was so strong… I couldn’t even try to defend myself. In my head, I thought: ‘you will not survive this’. It’s the end of your life.'”
During the attack, she said she heard another armed bystander yell at the man in English in a way that suggested the two knew each other. He pulled his attacker off her and she ran down the street, stopping to take two pictures of the men as she called the Israeli police.
She provided the photos to the police, but never heard from them for the next three days as she lay back in bed, too sore to move.
A week before Biden’s trip to Israel, the Secret Service confirmed to the Post that the agency had been tipped off that an employee was “allegedly involved in a physical encounter” outside a bar and had been referred to United States.
“The employee was briefly detained and questioned by Israeli police, who released him without charge. The employee has returned to the United States,” the agency said in a statement.
The employee’s access to Secret Service systems and facilities was also suspended pending further investigation.
Ben-Haim didn’t learn who her attacker was until Israeli TV station Arutz called and asked for an interview, she told Fox. The station told him that the two men were members of Biden’s Secret Service team.
His alleged attacker is part of the Secret Service’s Counterattack Team, according to the Israel Network. The station obtained surveillance footage showing the officer leaving a bar in the area moments before the encounter.
“When I heard who he was, I just felt more anger, more hurt,” Ben-Haim said. “He’s not a homeless man on the street. He is a trained fighter.
She does not recall smelling alcohol on his breath, but said he stumbled away from the scene.
Since the attack, Israeli officials have told her that the suspect has left the country and has not been contacted by US officials, who she says are trying to “sweep this under the rug”.
“He’s not someone from a third world country. America is the example of the world and he’s working for the president,” she told Fox. sent back to where it came from as if nothing had happened, and they expect me to move on with my life.”
Ben-Haim is still recovering from the traumatic incident and has received x-rays on his chest. She is currently weighing her legal options and may apply for an expedited visa to stay and recuperate with relatives in America before making a decision.