Who is Tamar Ben-Haim? Israeli woman accuses Secret Service agent of assaulting her ahead of Biden visit
A woman from Israel has accused a US Secret Service agent of viciously attacking her before President Joe Biden’s visit to the nation on July 13. Tamar Ben-Haim recently spoke with Fox News Digital about the alleged assault. She recalled that while walking home from a pal’s house a "large man" suddenly came in front of her and started beating her.
The incident reportedly happened past midnight on Monday, July 11, on a famous and busy road in a residential Jerusalem neighborhood. At the time, she was wearing her headphones and checking her phone. “Before I could understand what was happening, I felt a hard slap across my face, and he immediately began punching me in the chest,” Ben-Haim said.
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The man allegedly did not stop there as he went on to hit her “over and over again” treating her like a “punching bag”. Ben-Haim also noted that after seeing a holstered gun with the man, she became more frightened. She said, “I was in total shock. He was so strong…I couldn't even attempt to defend myself. In my head, I was thinking, ‘you won’t survive this. This is the end of your life.'”
Luckily a nearby bystander who apparently knew her alleged attacker, shouted in English and “eventually managed to restrain her attacker and free her from his grasp”. The 30-year-old woman claimed she ran as fast as she could from the spot and also called the local police, who then instructed her to go back to the place where the incident happened and take photos of the agent, which she did and handed them over to the cops.
But Ben-Haim claimed the police did not contact her after that. She also said that some days before Biden’s trip to Israel, reports were circulating that an agent working for the US leader “was briefly detained by Israeli authorities after a ‘physical encounter’” and was deported back to the US, but she was not sure if that person was her alleged assaulter.
However, eventually she got to know after being approached for an interview by Israeli TV channel Arutz 13. She said the media company told her that the accused worked for the Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team and was in the country to do government work before Biden came.
Ben-Haim asserted, “When I heard who he was, I just felt more anger, more hurt. He’s not a homeless person off the street. He's a trained fighter.” She also went on to say that the US officials probing the matter did not contact her regarding the case. Though Israeli police informed her that the man had been sent back, they did not give more information.
Slamming the US government, Ben-Haim added, “You can come to another country, beat someone almost to death and just disappear with zero consequences? This is not someone from a third-world country. America is the example of the world, and he works for the president. They just shipped him back to where he came like nothing ever happened, and they expect me to just move on with my life.”
The Fox News Digital report stated that the woman is thinking of taking the case to the court and also considering “to apply for an expedited visa to weigh her options and recover among family in the US.”