Moshe Katzav

Judges could reduce Moshe Katzav's sentence

January 20, 2011

The extensive media coverage of the rape trial of former president Moshe Katzav may result in his sentence being reduced, according to a full transcript of the verdict.

The protocols of the trial, which were published on Sunday with the names of Katzav's victims deleted, reveal that the sitting judges criticised the media and said that "lines were crossed" in the way the case was reported.


The woman who brought down Moshe Katzav

By Jenni Frazer, January 8, 2011

An Israeli political adviser has spoken openly to the JC about her ordeal at the hands of Moshe Katzav, the ex-president whose conviction for rape has stunned the country.

Her story spans 20 years at the heart of the political establishment and her testimony was crucial in his conviction by three judges on charges of rape and sexual harassment against female subordinates.

In a full and frank interview, she told how the kippah-wearing father-of-five professed his love for her, harassed and humiliated her before accosting her in a hotel room.


Israel, a unique nation in the MidEast

By Vernon Bogdanor, January 6, 2011

Moshe Katzav was Israel's eighth president. Elected in 2000, he was forced to resign before the end of his term to meet accusations of rape and sexual harassment.

Last month he was found guilty of rape. He now proposes to appeal to Israel's Supreme Court. But, if his appeal fails, he faces a long prison sentence.


Moshe Katzav: Shock and anger sweep Israel - but also pride

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2011

Moshe Katzav is planning to appeal against his conviction - but he may have to do it from a prison cell.

The judges' damning verdict leaves little doubt that he will be handed a lengthy prison term before he is able to take his case to Israel's Supreme Court.

But despite fierce criticism of the conduct of the trial by Katzav and his supporters, opinion polls suggest most Israelis think he received fair treatment.


Profile: Moshe Katzav

December 30, 2010

Moshe Katzav was the eighth president of Israel, holding office from 2000 until his resignation in July 2007.

Born in Yazd, in Iran, he was brought to Tehran by his family before their immigration to Israel in 1951, when he was five.

At first the family lived in an immigrant campsite, near the port city of Ashdod. Tragedy struck that winter when severe flooding in the camp claimed the life of Katzav's two-month-old brother, Zion.


Ex-president Katzav guilty of rape

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2010

Israel was shocked this morning as former president, Moshe Katzav was found guilty of two counts of rape, one of an obscene act, one of sexual harassment and of attempting to subvert the course of justice.

The Tel-Aviv District Court, headed by Judge George Kara, upheld the claims of three un-named women who had worked in Mr Katzav's office when he served as president and previously as tourism minister. The court's verdict was total and devastating, rejecting the defence's claims and describing the former president's version as "riddled with lies."


Katzav faces rape charge

March 12, 2009

Moshe Katzav, the former Israeli president, is to be charged with rape. Mr Katzav, 63, allegedly raped a female official in the late nineties while he was minister of tourism. He will be indicted on several counts of sexual misconduct.


Ex-Israeli president faces rape charges

By Jenni Frazer, March 9, 2009

Israel's former president, Moshe Katzav, will be charged with a variety of serious sexual offences, including rape, it was announced yesterday.

Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz's decision brings a new phase to the situation which led to the forced resignation of Mr Katzav, who first faced investigation in the summer of 2006.


Double-murder suspect commits suicide

July 25, 2008


 A man considered the chief suspect in a double murder committed suicide. The bodies of Sigalit Kirschner, 46 and David Katchkart, 40, from Hadera, who married a fortnight ago, were found shot dead in the Galilee town of Kadita. Police named Acre man Erez Ben-Ezra as the prime suspect.