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Israeli President Katsav Granted Temporary Leave

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posted on Jan, 25 2007 @ 09:06 AM
The Israeli Parliament has narrowly granted President Moshe Katsav a leave of absence that may last as much as six months as he deals with rape and assault charges levelled against him. Katsav vehemently denies the allegations, which have deeply divided the country and nearly paralyzed the Israeli government.
President Moshe Katsav, who faces rape and other sexual assault charges, stepped aside Thursday after lawmakers approved a leave of absence. A parliamentary panel voted 13-11 to approve Katsav's request for a leave that could extend up to six months.

Katsav called impending rape and other sexual assault charges the product of "poisonous, horrible lies." But momentum was building for lawmakers to launch unprecedented proceedings to remove the president. Top officials, including the premier, beseeched Katsav to stop clinging to office and allow the nation to heal.

"Under these circumstances, there is no doubt in my mind that the president cannot continue to fulfill his position and he must leave the president's residence," Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said.

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This looks bad. At a time like this, the Israeli government seems to be falling apart over domestic issues involving alleged presidential misconduct.

I don't know the details of the charges against Katsav, but they must carry considerable weight and credence to force him to take a leave of absence. I'd hazard to say at this point that he won't be back .

posted on Jun, 28 2007 @ 08:39 AM
Update: Katzav to Resign Under Plea Bargain

President Moshe Katsav signed a plea bargain Thursday that will force him to resign but included no rape charges and entailed no jail time, Attorney General Meni Mazuz said.

Under the deal, Katsav _ who had insisted he was innocent of wrongdoing and the victim of a slur campaign _ will plead guilty to sexual harassment, indecent acts and harassing a witness, Mazuz said.

Katsav will pay damages to complainants, but receive a suspended sentence, he added. He did not say when Katsav would step aside, and the president's office had no details.


This may be a harbinger of things to come here on the homefront, though our scandals here at home don't, at this point, involve sexual impropriety. At least that isn't the current focus of dissatisfaction with government leadership.

A plea deal, payment of damages, and a suspended sentence. Our leadership should hope to get off so easy.


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