Addressing Minister Silvan Shalom`s decision to retire from politics in light of the sexual harassment allegations against him, the chairwoman of the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, MK Aida Touma-Sliman, said the decision was ”necessary.”

”We are witnessing a new norm in Israeli politics with regards to sexual harassment,” Touma-Sliman during a committee meeting on Monday. She praised the ”brave women who created the crack which eventually shattered the norm in which men in decision-making positions objectify women and hurt them.”

Touma-Sliman said she has asked the attorney general to order an investigation. ”I was pleased to learn that the matter will be examined despite [Shalom`s] decision to resign,” she said.