Silvan Shalom resigns from politics

Sexual harassment allegations drive Interior Minister from the Knesset, citing the burden his family has had to pay amid the scandal.

Hezki Baruch, | updated: 19:31

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom
Interior Minister Silvan Shalom
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Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) will retire from politics, he announced Sunday night, following a series of sexual harassment complaints filed against him. 

None of the women have filed a formal complaint with police, and an investigation has not been opened; despite this, Silvan has apparently chosen to step down. 

"For 23 years, I have served with dedication and belief in the public as an MK and minister in different agencies, with a sense of mission and a desire to promote the most important social and public causes," Shalom stated. 

"I am disgusted with the suffering that has been endured by my family - my wife, my children and my mother," he continued. "My family fully supports me, but there is no justification for the price they are being asked to pay." 

"In these circumstances I have decided to resign my duties as minister and member of the Knesset," he announced.

With Silvan's resignation, the next-in-line on the Likud list will likely be appointed: Attorney Amir Ohana, #32 on the Likud primaries list. 




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