Sa’ar says sex scandal claim ‘an injury hard to describe’

Education minister makes first public comments since police declared accusatory letter against him a forgery

Former interior minister Gideon Sa'ar. (Uri Lenz/Flash90)
Former interior minister Gideon Sa'ar. (Uri Lenz/Flash90)

Gideon Sa’ar said accusations recently proven false that he was involved in a sex scandal had affected him deeply over the last several weeks.

“[These were] very uneasy days, for me, those dear to me and others who were hurt. That’s an injury that’s difficult to describe,” Sa’ar said at a conference in Eilat.

On Tuesday, police commissioner Yohanan Danino said a letter alleging Sa’ar was involved in an illicit affair with a subordinate was “definitely a forgery.”

Sa’ar said he hoped that “we will return to the days when one’s honor will once again be a protected and valid value in the state of Israel.”

In mid-February it was announced that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein had ordered an investigation into a letter sent to the Prime Minister’s Office claiming that Education Minister Sa’ar was involved in a sex scandal and other inappropriate behavior, and urging that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not reappoint Sa’ar a minister.

The author of the letter, which was signed with the initials M.C., was ostensibly a woman who was the minister’s subordinate. According to the letter, she had an affair with Sa’ar and accused him of having used his rank to take advantage of her. The letter also accused the minister of having illicit relations with a drunken minor at a nightclub and of carrying on an affair with another female politician.

The woman denied writing the letter.

“Our investigation so far has shown that the document is most definitely a forgery,” Danino said. There were still some matters related to the letter that needed to be examined, the commissioner noted, after which “we’ll return to the attorney general. He’s the one who decides whether or not to investigate ministers, and we’ll wait for his decision.”

Senior sources in the Likud party last week suggested that behind the letter were rival Likud ministers who were trying to tarnish Sa’ar’s bright political future.

Michal Shmulovich and Aaron Kalman contributed to this report.

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