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Aide to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign over sexual harassment

The Israeli Justice Ministry says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief of staff will resign under a plea agreement in which he admited to sexually harassing a female employee.

The ministry said Sunday that Natan Eshel, a close confidant to Netanyahu, will step down by the end of the month.

The statement says that under the plea deal, Eshel admitted to harassing a female worker in the prime minister's office by taking photos of her, reading her private e-mails and other "unbefitting and unacceptable" behavior.

Eshel will also be reprimanded and banned from public service.

Netanyahu's office declined comment.