Israeli police have been questioning President Moshe Katsav over claims that he is guilty of sexual harassment. They arrived at his residence this morning for what was expected to be the first of several such sessions. Faced with allegations he coerced a former female employee into having sex with him, the president denies any wrongdoing. But he risks being impeached by parliament if it determines he did act inappropriately. Just days ago, Justice Minister Haim Ramon resigned after learning he was to be indicted over allegedly forcing a kiss on a government employee – something he denies. He has now been replaced, on an interim basis, by fellow minister Meir Sheetrit.
Premier Ehud Olmert is also in the firing line amid the series of scandals rocking Israel’s political establishment. The top government watchdog is examining the terms of his purchase of an apartment in Jerusalem, two years ago. His coalition administration is also embroiled in a row over financing the war in Lebanon.