According to the envoy's wife, policemen showed up at her doorstep Sunday, after tailing her housemaid from the street at the prestigious Herzliya Pituach neighborhood, just north of Tel Aviv.
The cops asked the ambassador's wife to present them with papers and diplomatic documents, and after noticing the housemaid's tourist visa has expired, asked the employee to accompany them to the station.
At this point in the story, police and the ambassador's wife provide contradicting versions to what took place. Policemen claim the wife reacted to their request by running at their direction with a knife in her hands, and claimed they had to subdue the woman by force in order to prevent her from hurting them.
The ambassador's wife, on the other hand, said the cops violently hit her after she approached them with a garden tool she was holding at the time, and that she was consequently evacuated to the hospital for treatment.
During the incident, the woman phoned her husband, who immediately called the Foreign Ministry to protest the police's behavior.
Several hours following the incident, after police chiefs discovered their subordinates assaulted a diplomat's wife, a representative of the department arrived at Cohen's house to apologize for the incident. Police also agreed to refrain from detaining the housemaid, on the condition she leaves Israel voluntarily.
Responding to the affair, the Immigration Police said the officers were unaware the house they entered was the house of a diplomat.
However, as a result of official protest by the Foreign Ministry to the force, the Police Investigation Unit is set to launch a probe into the matter.
Dudi Nissim and Nehama Duek contributed to the report