'Man wakes and learns he's a serial sex offender'

Ex-MK Yinon Magal asserts 'my life has stopped,' despite police's recommendation to close sexual harassment investigation against him.

Yoni Kempinski , | updated: 21:12

MK Yinon Magal
MK Yinon Magal
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Former Jewish Home MK Yinon Magal issued a statement from outside his home on Monday evening following the police's recommendation to close the criminal investigation against him. 

Magal resigned from the Knesset two months ago, soon after a series of sexual harassment allegations were leveled against him by co-workers from his days as editor of the Walla! news site. 

"I was vilified and humiliated together with my whole family," Magal told reporters. "I lost my job even though I did something rare and did not cling tightly to the altar." 

"My life has stopped," the former MK continued. "Suddenly a man wakes up in the morning and discovers he's a serial sex offender." 

"The investigation against me was closed for lack of evidence, but that's not enough for me," Magal added. "I appeal to all of you who accused me in the media and on Facebook. Please go complain to the police. It's a matter of saving lives."

"Things like this can't end in the court of Facebook," he stressed. "I never had any intention of hurting anyone. I'm sure they all know that."

Israel Police announced earlier Monday that the probe into suspicions Magal committed sexual harassment, indecent assault and attempted to commit an indecent act against several women was over. 

According to police, there is not sufficient evidence to press criminal charges against Magal, and it recommends the Tel Aviv District Attorney's office drop the case. 

Journalist Racheli Rottner, the first to accuse the then-MK of harassment, responded to the closing of the case against Magal on her Facebook page Monday evening. 

"It really does not interest me," she wrote. "I didn't tell what I told to have an indictment, trial, fine, prison sentence or a parade with balloons. Let them have a hundred Yinons in Jewish Home and let him be prime minister. We'll live. But we need to know, that's all. I wanted people to know who is representing our religious sector, which I too grew up in."