Tuesday, August 22, 2006

More on machismo in high and other places: Israel police today are questioning the President of Israel Moshe Katsav about accusations that he forced a former office worker to have sex with him by threatening to fire her. The Presidency of Israel is a largely symbolic post and Katsav was not involved in the July 12, decision to go to war. However, the disrepute and possible resignation of Katsav peripherally affects the growing political crisis. If the government coalition collapses, the President might have to be involved both formally and informally in forming a new ruling coalition. The investigation of Katsav comes just a few days after the resignation of Justice Minister Haim Ramon, who was indicted for offensive sexual conduct (not quite harassment) toward a government worker.


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