News Brief 2/1/2012, Shevat 8, 5772
Netanyahu Vows Silence on Harrassement Case
As the Civil Service Investigation Unit continues to investigate the Natan Eshel case, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has vowed silence. Netanyahu stated that he would refrain from any comments on the matter "until the inspection is complete. It's the right and humane thing to do at this time."
Eshel is an employee of the Prime Minister's Office. Three fellow employees complained that Eshel had harrassed a woman working in the office. That woman has chosen to remain anonymous and has refused to report to the Civil Service about the matter herself or file an official complaint.
Among the complaints are that Eshel allegedly read her emails and cell phone messages and followed her after work. Eshel has maintained his innocence and called the matter "gossip." Eshel is a lieutenant colonel in the IDF reserves and was a senior member of the National Religious Party and was a vice president of Yisrael HaYom newspaper before joining Netanyahu's staff.