PMO chief of staff to resign as part of plea bargain

PMO Chief of Staff Natan Eshel is to leave his post after signing a plea bargain admitting 'misconduct', the Justice Ministry announced on Sunday.
The announcement came after the Civil Service Commission concluded its investigation into allegations that Eshel harassed a female staffer, known only as 'R'.
According to the plea bargain agreed between Eshel's attorneys and the attorney-general, Yehuda Weinstein, Eshel will admit to charges of damaging civil service discipline and conduct  unbecoming to a civil servant. Eshel is expected to resign from his post within two weeks. The Civil Service Commission's Disciplinary Court approved the agreement on Sunday morning.
The attorney-general ordered the investigation after Eshel was suspected of harassing and intruding on R.'s privacy. According to reports, the allegations were brought to the attention of the attorney general by Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, communications director Yoaz Hendel and Maj.-Gen. Yohanan Locker.
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