The female employee whose initials appeared at the bottom of a letter accusing Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar of "inappropriate conduct" has denied any connection to the affair and came out in the minister's defense.
"I have no connection to the letter and the things that were written it (never happened)," she told Channel 10 Monday evening. The woman's father, a well-known Likud activist, called the affair a "blood libel."
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The letter, which was addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was recently sent to members of Likud's Central Committee called on the prime minister to refrain from allowing Sa'ar to stay on as education minister. The letter was signed with the initials of the woman, who works in Sa'ar's office, but those who were privy to it knew what the initials stood for.
'Never happened.' Netanyahu (L) and Sa'ar (Photo: Ofer Amram)
The letter alleged Sa'ar made inappropriate sexual advances towards the female employee and had an affair with her while he was still married. "The relationship was very problematic. The education minister abused his position to hurt me," read the letter, which was initially attributed to the female employee who later denied any involvement in the affair.
"This is a very difficult time for me because everyone at the office knows what this is about. I ask that you (Netanyahu) refrain from reappointing Gideon Sa'ar as education minister in your next government. As talented as he is, it would be unworthy and immoral for him to serve as education minister, who is supposed to set an example for the younger generation," it was written in the letter.
Speaking to Channel 10, the woman insisted that she did not write the letter. "The damage that has already been caused to me is severe," she said.
The woman's father told Channel 2 that the allegations against Sa'ar were baseless. "It's one big lie and it will be exposed, and the person who wrote it will (pay the price). This is one big blood libel, filled with lies. We know our daughter. I hope the person who forged the letter is found," he said.
Earlier it was reported that last week Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein instructed police to conduct a preliminary investigation into the letter to determine its credibility. The police was also asked to check whether the letter was forged as part of an attempt to hurt Sa'ar's political career.