Natan Eshel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff, will resign in exchange for the dropping of an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed a female staff member, the Justice Ministry said today in an e-mailed statement.

Eshel, a close friend of Netanyahu’s wife Sarah, agreed to admit to taking “inappropriate” photos of the unidentified woman and searching her private e-mails.

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He will receive a severe reprimand and won’t be allowed to seek another government job. He has been on leave since the allegations became public in late January.

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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.