Gil Sheffer, the prime minister’s bureau chief and a trusted confidant of the
Netanayhu family, announced on Wednesday he was leaving his post, making him the
latest senior adviser to Binyamin Netanyahu to announce his intention to
Following a Channel 2 report on Wednesday night that Sheffer’s
decision to leave comes after the attorney-general closed an investigation
against him stemming from a complaint lodged by a woman in 1998, Sheffer issued
a statement saying his decision to quit his post had nothing to do with
investigation. According to a statement issued from the Prime Minister’s Office,
the complaint was totally baseless, and proof of that is that the police closed
the case after three polygraph tests showed Sheffer to be telling the truth.
According to the Channel 2 report, the investigation was carried out by the
police’s fraud division. The report said that that complainant also passed a
The attorney-general ruled that there was nothing
preventing Sheffer from remaining in his position.
said that – as was previously agreed upon with Netanyahu – he will leave his
position in the coming months after more than four years in the Prime Minister’s
Sheffer first served as the person in charge of arranging
Netanyahu’s meetings and trips inside the country, and was promoted to bureau
chief in February 2012 after Natan Eshel was forced to resign.
announcement that Sheffer will leave comes fast on the heels of the announcement
last week by National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror that he will also be
leaving in the next few months.
Netanyahu, who only has a handful of close
aides, has still not filled the senior policy adviser post vacated in March by
Dermer is expected to be appointed ambassador to the US in
the near future.