Two women have publicly accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s foreign media spokesman, David Keyes, of sexual harassment.
On Tuesday, within hours of each other, controversial New York Senate candidate Julia Salazar, and Wall Street Journal reporter Shayndi Raice came forward on social media, accusing Keyes of sexual misconduct.
Keyes denied the claims immediately after Salazar’s post.
Just before 7 pm on Tuesday night, Salazar wrote on Twitter that she was “about to be outed as a survivor of sexual assault.”
In a statement, Salazar said that before an article runs on her experience, “I want to come forward and confirm that I was a victim of sexual assault by David Keyes – the prime minister of Israel’s spokesperson to foreign media.
“This story appears to be an effort to cast doubt upon my, and other women’s, accusations against Keyes,” she continued. “I’ve spoken to other journalists who were investigating accusations against David Keyes on background about this experience, but have never spoken on the record about it until now.”
Salazar has been caught in the middle of several major scandals during her campaign for the New York Senate, which includes falsifying her background. She claimed that she had Jewish lineage and that she was also an immigrant from Colombia, but was actually found to have been born in Miami.
Following an interview with Tablet Magazine, Salazar also admitted that neither of her parents are Jewish, adding that she started identifying with Jews in college and underwent a conversion. She has also been accused of posing as a left-wing, social democratic Jew for political gain.
Following Salazar’s claims, Keyes said in a statement: “This false accusation is made by someone who has proven to be repeatedly dishonest about her own life. This is yet another example of her dishonesty.”
However, Raice later corroborated Salazar’s claims saying that she “also had a terrible encounter with David Keyes once and 100% believe her. I knew this would come out about him at some point.”
She said that Keyes “had absolutely no conception of the word ‘no.’ No matter how often I said no, he would not stop pushing himself on me.
“I was able to extricate myself quickly and it was a very brief and uncomfortable moment but I knew as I walked away I had encountered a predator,” Raice wrote.
Keyes took office as the prime minister’s spokesman in 2016.
By: Ilanit Chernick