Israeli official to resign over sexual harassment

Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:33

Jerusalem: The Israeli Justice Ministry says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff will resign under a plea agreement in which he admitted to sexually harassing a female employee.

The ministry said on Sunday that Natan Eshel, a close confidant to Netanyahu, will step down by the end of the month.

The statement says that under the plea deal, Eshel admitted to harassing a female worker in the Prime Minister’s Office by taking photos of her, reading her private e-mails and other “unbefitting and unacceptable” behaviour.

Eshel will also be reprimanded and banned from public service.

Netanyahu’s office declined comment.

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First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:33

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