Israeli lawmaker to PM: Dismiss US envoy over aide scandal

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JERUSALEM (AP) — An opposition Israeli lawmaker is calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dismiss his ambassador to Washington for failing to report sexual assault allegations against a top Netanyahu aide.

Karin Elharrar says Sunday that Ron Dermer should be recalled for not reporting warnings he received about David Keyes, Netanyahu’s spokesman to foreign media.

Julia Salazar, a candidate for New York’s state senate, accuses Keyes of sexually assaulting her five years ago. Wall Street Journal reporter Shayndi Raice tweeted she too had a “terrible encounter” with Keyes and at least a dozen other women have since come forward.

Keyes denies the allegations, saying all “are deeply misleading and many of them are categorically false.”

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Dermer confirmed he was warned in late 2016 but did not consider the Keyes harassment allegations criminal.

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