Elazar Stern pulls out of race for head of Jewish Agency

Moran Azulay |
Published: 10.12.21, 17:00
Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern announced on Tuesday he was pulling out of the race for chairman of the Jewish Agency after a comment he made in an interview about how he used to shred anonymous sexual harassment complaints he received while serving as senior officer In the IDF sparked outrage.
"In the atmosphere created, I can't see it fit to nominate myself for head of the Jewish Agency," Stern wrote on Facebook. "I apologize to everyone who was offended by my words, and the interpretation given to them, I also want to apologize to my family who stands by me despite the hardships."
Stern was Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid's candidate for the post.