Disgraced Israeli Lawmaker Returning to Television as Late-night Host

Yinon Magal, formerly an MK of right-wing party Habayit Hayehudi, resigned in November 2015 after accusations of sexual harassment against him. Police later closed the case.

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Yinon Magal sitting at an office in the Knesset, November 5, 2015, with a security guard behind him.
Yinon Magal in the Knesset, November 5, 2015. The Habayit Hayehudi MK quit the Knesset after a number of allegations of sexual harassment surfaced online about him.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
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Disgraced former Knesset member and former media personality Yinon Magal is returning to television, according to a report on the Walla website.

Magal, who resigned from the Knesset in November 2015 after being accused of sexual harassment by a number of women, will host a segment on Assaf Harel's late-night show on Channel 10.

Police closed the file against him last January, saying that there was insufficient evidence “to prove that Magal committed a criminal offense.”

He was previously an anchor of the Mabat news program on Channel One and editor-in-chief of Walla. He served a short term in the Knesset representing the right-wing Habayit Heyehudi party.

Magal, whose segment will deal with the burning issues of the day, will be an unlikely partner for Harel, who is reviled by the right for what are considered to be his left-wing opinions. The show will soon move into an earlier slot – 10:30 P.M. on Sundays and Wednesdays.

"I brought Yinon into the program because, with the move to prime time, I wanted more people to hear my monologues, and if enough people on the right identify with my program as those who reject it automatically, maybe the time has come to open a dialogue," Harel said.

"Yinon and I have different ideas on just about everything, but we still have some things in common. We're both from Tel Aviv, more or less the same age, and we speak the same language, I hope this collaboration with make for interesting television."

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