Identity released of former Netanyahu aide accused of sexual harassment

The report said that the former aide was accused of trapping the woman and insisting on a sexual act.

December 1, 2016 14:21
1 minute read.
Gil Sheffer

Gil Sheffer with Netanyahu. (photo credit: GPO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The identity of a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whom authorities are investigating on suspicion of sexual harassment was released to the public  Thursday.

Gil Sheffer, who was named in the case, previously served as chief-of-staff in the Prime Minister's Office before leaving the post in 2014. He was close to Natan Eshel, his predecessor, who was dismissed over another sexual harassment scandal.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Sheffer was replaced by Ari Haro, who has been questioned separately in a case related to campaign fundraising practices for Netanyahu.

Sheffer's name was revealed after Channel 2 reported Wednesday that a senior former aide to Netanyahu was questioned by police under caution on suspicion that he sexually harassed a female performer.

The report said that the former aide was accused of trapping the woman and insisting on a sexual act.

The complaint against the former aide has been probed discretely over the past month. The former aide was released to house arrest for five days following the questioning.

The report said that the former aide offered the performer a ride home after her performance at an event. The two live in the same city. He then allegedly gave her alcohol and touched her against her will. He then took her to an apartment, where he insisted she perform for other people. He later dried to kiss her against her will

The alleged act did not take place while the former aide worked for Netanyahu, but he remains close to the prime minister and his wife Sara.

The former aide's lawyer said the police's probe would find that his client was innocent and the charges against him "ridiculous."

Related Content

Fall fashion.
July 21, 2018
For Teen Vogue, bashing Israel has become the fashion