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Bet To Head Zionist Agency Quits After Ignoring Harassment Cases

Elazar Stern, a top candidate to lead the Jewish Agency, Israel’s biggest non-profit and an adjunct of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Tuesday that he was withdrawing after admitting having ignored harassment complaints while heading the manpower directorate in the military.


Photo Insert: Elazar Stern apologized to those who may have been hurt by his remarks and insisted that he had always demonstrated “zero tolerance” of harassment.



"In the current atmosphere, I find it wrong to put myself forward for a job to head the Jewish Agency," Stern, the intelligence minister and a member of the Yesh Atid party, wrote in a Facebook post.


“I do this with clean hands and a full heart and know that all my years, my past and my actions are evidence of my path.” Stern apologized to those who may have been hurt by his remarks and insisted that he had always demonstrated “zero tolerance” of harassment.



The Jewish Agency is the principal promoter of “aliyah” (Hebrew term for “ascent,” or the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to Israel. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, more than 3 million Jews have moved to the country. It was established in 1929 by Chaim Weizmann.


“I’m not always politically correct, and I don’t always articulate myself well, but I am always loyal to the truth, my values, and good-doing."


On Monday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said his Yesh Atid party would have quickly kicked Stern out of the party had there been evidence that the former general once shredded harassment complaints.


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In a radio interview Sunday, Stern said “the shredder worked very quickly,” referring to anonymous letters alleging harassment by soldiers or officers when Stern led the army’s Manpower Directorate from 2004 to 2008.


Speaking later to Haaretz, Stern denied the shredding of such complaints but admitted that his earlier comments could have been interpreted as such.



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