Report: Meshi-Zahav to claim all sexual encounters were consensual

Outgoing ZAKA head Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, accused of multiple cases of sexual abuse and assault, will defend himself by claiming he did not assault anyone, and that any sexual relations were consensual, Channel 12 news reports, citing unnamed associates.

Meshi-Zahav had previously denied the claims outright.

The report says Meshi-Zahav will at most say relations were in exchange for money, gifts or other benefits.

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, co-founder of ZAKA, speaks at a conference in Jerusalem, March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Some of the claims against Meshi-Zahav involve sexual assault of minors, though many are outside the statute of limitations.