Silvan Shalom, the interior minister and vice-premier of Israel’s ruling right-wing Likud party announced in a statement that he had resigned out “out of a feeling of having a mission and a desire to advance social and public issues of the utmost importance.”
A staffer emplyed under him claimed the he touched her inappropriately against her will over a decade ago.
“Several other women also alleged that the minister sexually assaulted them,” Israel’s Haaretz news reported.
13 other women have come forward to testify against him.
Silvan Shalom is a top ally of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.