Israel Police Poised to Drop Sexual Harassment Case Against Right-wing Lawmaker

The police still need a formal complaint and say not all the actions by Habayit Hayehudi's Nissan Slomiansky constituted criminal behavior

MK Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi) speaking at the Knesset, February 2017.
Olivier Fitoussi

The police said Sunday they will have a hard time continuing the sexual harassment case against MK Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi) without more substantial testimony and a formal complaint by at least one complainant.

Police investigators said not all the incidents of crude behavior they are probing cross into criminality, and in some cases the statute of limitations has lapsed.

The police therefore seek a recent-enough formal complaint from at least one woman, without which Slomianski, the head of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, is considered unlikely to be summoned for further questioning.

Slomiansky was questioned by the police on Sunday and gave his version of events on all the allegations against him. A decision on how to proceed must now be made by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit.