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A kiss too far for Ramon

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A kiss too far for Ramon

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A former Israeli cabinet minister has been found guilty of sexual harassment of a female soldier. A panel of three judges ruled unanimously that Haim Ramon, a former justice minister who resigned in August when the scandal broke and he was indicted, had forcibly kissed the soldier after he asked her to pose for a photo in his office. He risks three years in jail.

Ramon insists the woman initiated the kiss. The conviction is unlikely to further seriously damage the Olmert government. It is already reeling in the face of a number of scandals, and may even give the prime minister a freer hand in an imminent cabinet reshuffle.