Atomic energy chief’s home burgled Sunday

Atomic energy chief’s home burgled Sunday

Man previously identified as Prime Minister's Office employee turns out to be head of Israel's nuclear program

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Shaul Chorev (Channel 2 screenshot)
Shaul Chorev (Channel 2 screenshot)

Burglars on Sunday robbed the home of the head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission and made off with documents and the man’s wallet, it was confirmed Tuesday.

The Prime Minister’s Office employee whose home was broken into was identified as Dr. Shaul Chorev, the man responsible for Israel’s nuclear policies.

Even though Chorev’s home on the Beit Yitzhak moshav in central Israel is protected by security cameras, the thieves entered his home and stole an unspecified communications device, a wallet, and a briefcase. The IAEC denied Tuesday that Chorev’s laptop or any classified documents were lifted.

It added that the incident was under investigation and that the thieves were criminals who were unaware of the homeowner’s identity.

No arrests were made as of Tuesday afternoon.

Security cameras at his home filmed two perpetrators, and the film was sent to police and security agencies.

According to Maariv, the burglars entered through the front door and, upon realizing there were people in the house, took the items closest to them at the time. An initial investigation revealed that none of the files on the computer, nor any of the documents in the briefcase, was classified.

Asher Zeiger contributed to this report.

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