Nathan Eshel 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Civil Service Disciplinary Tribunal on Sunday accepted the plea bargain
signed by former Prime Minister’s Office chief of staff Natan Eshel and
Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein.
According to the complaint filed at
the tribunal with the agreement of both sides, Eshel is accused of forming a
close relationship with R., which was both inappropriate and unacceptable
because of his superior civil service rank.
As agreed under the plea
bargain, Eshel will receive a severe reprimand for his conduct.
tribunal also accepted Eshel’s decision to resign from his post on March 1, and
not to return to the civil service.
Eshel has admitted to intruding on
R.’s privacy by logging onto her computer without her permission and providing
personal and private information about R. to various people in the Prime
Minister’s Office without any professional reason for doing so. Eshel also
intruded on R.’s privacy by taking photographs of her at various social
The decision to accept the plea bargain came almost two weeks
after the tribunal convened to discuss the deal.
During that hearing both
civil service representatives and Eshel’s counsel noted the role of the media in
hyping the affair, with Eshel’s attorney, Jacob Weinroth, complaining of a
The former PMO chief of staff was punished not by the legal
authorities but by the shame the media had conferred on him, Weinroth said.