Jewish Home party lawmaker resigns over sexual assault allegations

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli lawmaker from the Jewish Home Party will resign from the Knesset over sexual assault allegations.

Yinon Magal informed party leader Naftali Bennett on Monday that he will resign following the accusations by two women who worked with him when he was editor of the Hebrew language news website Walla, as well as others.

At least four women in recent weeks have accused Magal, who is married, of making lewd comments and sexual assault in the past.

Magal had resigned last week from his position as Jewish Home’s Knesset faction chairman in light of the allegations. He apologized for his actions.

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“I made a mistake in my past conduct, which is even more unbecoming for the public official I am today,” Magal said in a statement last week. “I apologize from the bottom of my heart to those who were hurt. I am determined to correct my behavior and also to repair things on the personal and family level.”

On Monday, Magal reportedly said in a statement announcing his decision to resign that, while his actions were not criminal, people were hurt by them, leading to his decision.

Bennett, who is currently in the United States, called Magal’s decision “proper.”

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