Probe of Netanyahu aide Keyes not closed, despite reports

A spokesman for the Civil Service Commissioner told the Jerusalem Post on Thursday that while it has not closed its review of sexual harassment allegations against David Keyes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s English-language spokesman, it is also not actively probing the allegations.

Spokesman Aryeh Greenblatt dismissed reports that there has been any change in the status of the review since Monday when his office opened the review.

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However, he confirmed that the office is not only not reviewing allegations from before Keyes was a public servant, but that the one new allegation that has come up about Keyes while in public service did not meet the standard for further probing and that his office is not taking affirmative action to seek out or interview past female employees who worked with Keyes.

Rather, Greenblatt said that his office‘s jurisdiction is very limited and prevents it from a more active investigation.

Asked if his office could set special conditions which Keyes would need to comply with in order to return in light of all the prior complaints, Greenblatt again contended that his office‘s jurisdiction did not relate to prior complaints.

Keyes took a leave of absence last week after some surfaced against him.

Already on Monday, the representative had said that US authorities might investigate him for sexual harassment against American citizens while he lived in the US, but it was doubtful whether it could take any action on those allegations.

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In addition, the representative said on Monday that it would review US Ambassador Ron Dermer’s failure to pass on allegations to the relevant authorities which he was told about Keyes’s conduct back when the spokesman was hired.

Overall, the representative said that it did not seem that Dermer had violated any major obligations as the information that was passed on to him lacked specificity.

Further, it noted that the information provided to Dermer only involved Keyes’s conduct prior to his becoming a public servant.

The representative’s statement on Monday was issued as a growing number of opposition MKs have called for stronger action to be taken against Keyes and for Dermer to be recalled.

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