Ramon: I am a victim of the prosecution

Former Justice Minister testifies he had a nice feeling while kissing H.

haim ramon hand on head (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
haim ramon hand on head
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The testimony phase in the trial of former Justice Minister Haim Ramon ended on Thursday, with Ramon sticking to his story that the woman he is accused of forcibly kissing took the initiative in flirting with him and that he responded to it and enjoyed it. Ramon is standing trial in Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on charges of committing an indecent act in the Prime Minister's Tel Aviv office against Heh, a 20-year-old soldier a few days before her discharge from the army. Ramon lost his temper during cross-examination, when the prosecutor, Ariella Segal-Antler, charged that he was trying to portray himself as an innocent and passive victim of the soldier's wiles. "I think that when the prosecutor has nothing based on facts, then she at least has her imagination," said Ramon. "To accuse me, after all I've said maybe 20 times, of portraying myself as a victim proves that there is no relation between the truth and what is going on in this courtroom. Did I portray myself as a victim? I am a victim of the prosecution, that's true. I am a victim because I've been put on trial, that's true. I have said several times that I fully cooperated, she went after me and I responded." Earlier in the cross examination, Segal Antler asked him whether he thought all the women who had said over the years that they found him attractive actually wanted a romantic or sexual relationship with him. "Some did and some didn't," he replied. "I'm talking about a period three or four years ago. When Dep.-Cmdr. Kamin said it wasn't possible that a young woman would want a relationship with a man of 56, I said I could give him the phone numbers of a few young women [who did.]"