Netanyahu’s adviser accused of sexual assault resigns

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during the annual GPO (government press office) New Year's toast in Jerusalem on December 12, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Netanyahu’s adviser accused of sexual assault resigns

  • David Keyes, Netanyahu’s spokesman with the foreign press, formally resigned on Wednesday
  • Keyes issued a statement saying he had “decided to pursue new opportunities in the private sector”

JERUSALEM: An adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tendered his resignation following allegations of sexual assault.
David Keyes, Netanyahu’s spokesman with the foreign press, formally resigned on Wednesday, nearly three months after taking a leave of absence after he was accused of sexual assault by at least a dozen women.
Keyes issued a statement saying he had “decided to pursue new opportunities in the private sector.”
Keyes has denied the assault accusations, saying all were “deeply misleading and many of them are categorically false.”
Israel’s Civil Service Commission closed an investigation into the allegations last month without taking any disciplinary action against Keyes.
Netanyahu thanked Keyes in a statement “for his great contribution to Israel’s information effort.”


Houthis killed by own landmines

Updated 47 min 40 sec ago
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Houthis killed by own landmines

  • Two Houthi leaders died in the attacks
  • Yemen's Information Minister said Houthis don't want to accept a peaceful resolution

Four Houthis died when landmines they planted detonated in an area west of Taiz, national press agency SPA reported.

Yemen’s national army targeted militants who were planting landmines in Al-Dhabab front in Taiz, killing two of their leaders.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani told Saba news the militia’s failure to comply with international agreements set up to aid the move towards a peaceful outcome showed their reluctance to accept peaceful solutions.

The only solution in Yemen is to free the areas from the Houthis, who do not honor pacts, he added.