Israel’s President Moshe Katsav has made his first official public appearance, since police announced he may face rape charges. Mr Katsav was upbeat at a welcoming ceremony in Jerusalem for the country’s new Canadian ambassador. When a reporter asked why he was smiling, the President said: “I know the truth and that gives me reason to smile.”
But in Israel’s newspapers, already there is speculation over who will be his successor. The media have mentioned Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, the Likud party’s Réuven Rivlin and former Chief Rabbi of Israel Meir Lau. American writer Elie Wiesel, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, has also been named as a possible candidate for the position of Head of State. Israel’s attorney general will decide in the next few weeks whether to press charges against Moshe Katsav. The President has denied any wrongdoing.