Israel’s deputy prime minister resigns over sexual harassment claims


Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom resigned Sunday over accusations from several women that he sexually molested them.
“I have had enough of the distress,” the 57-year-old said in a statement, while maintaining his innocence.

“My family stands behind me, but it is no longer worth the cost,” he said, stressing he hoped to protect his mother, wife and five children from further scandal.

Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has launched an investigation into the claims, which forced Shalom out of the presidential race last year.