PM upset he had to learn of Eshel affair from the press

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February 22, 2012 14:15
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday publicly related for the first time to the Natan Eshel scandal engulfing his office, saying that he should not have had to learn about it from the press.

Asked at a press conference dealing with economic issues why he did not publicly back up the three senior advisers in his office who initially took allegations to the state attorney that Eshel harassed a female subordinate, Netanyahu replied that it was "inappropriate" that he should have to hear about such a major incident taking place in his office from the press.

"I will say what I think is the appropriate behavior, and what is not," Netanyahu said Wednesday.  "What is appropriate is that if there is a suspicion of harassment, it needs to be dealt with according to the law.  That is exactly what I would have done."

What is inappropriate, he said is for the person at the top of the pyramid not to "know that something so central is happening in his office for a month and a half,  and that he needs to hear about it from journalists."

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