Israeli President Moshe Katsav is continuing to face down accusations of rape and abuse of power, but the calls for his resignation are getting louder. He has not yet been formally indicted and insists he is innocent. But the news that their President could become the first to be charged with a crime while in office has left Israelis reeling.
Predictably the topic dominated the headlines this morning, newspapers speculating that the President will seek a leave of absence to fight his case.
But Israeli journalist and legal analyst Moshe Negi insists the President must resign: “I personally think it would be advisable for the President to step down immediately,” said Negi. “If he does not do it the Knesset has the moral, if not the legal, the moral obligation to impeach him, because we have here an indictment which is, in my view, the harshest and the gravest indictment ever brought against any public official, or politician, in the history of the state of Israel.”
61-year-old Katsav has immunity from prosecution during his term in office, but his 7-year tenure ends this July.