Netanyahu, Maj.-Gen. Yohanan Locker (R) 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked his military attaché,
Maj.-Gen. Yohanan Locker, to stay in his position until the end of the
year, despite Locker’s involvement in the Natan Eshel affair.
along with cabinet secretary Tzvi Hauser and communications director Yoaz
Hendel, took complaints they heard from R, a female worker in the Prime
Minister’s Office, against Eshel – Netanyahu’s trusted chief of staff – to
former attorney-general Menachem Mazuz for his advice. Mazuz counseled them to
take the matter to Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein, something Hauser and
Hendel did. Those complaints led to Eshel’s eventual ouster last
Netanyahu publicly took the three to task at a press conference
last week for going directly to the attorney-general without taking the
information to him first. He told Hendel and Hauser during a meeting that he had
lost his confidence in them, and Hendel resigned immediately as a
Locker, Netanyahu’s military attaché since January 2010, was
originally supposed to have ended his term in January.
vied for the job of Air Force commander, and has been named a possible candidate
for the job of military attaché in Washington.
The extension of Locker’s
term fueled some speculation on Wednesday night that Netanyahu, on the eve of
his visit to Washington, wanted to send a message to his office that the Eshel
affair was behind him and he was not going to hold the episode against anyone
With the situation involving Iran tense, it is largely believed
that now would be an inopportune time to bring in a new military
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Meanwhile, Channel 2 reported Wednesday night that the Civil
Services Commission investigated and reprimanded another official in the Prime
Minister’s Office over the affair. According to the report, Eshel gave this
official his phone to get it fixed. The official found on it pictures Eshel took
of R, and then showed those pictures to other women in the
According to the report, those women then testified against Eshel
during the Civil Services Commission investigation into the episode.
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