From Israeli daily Haaretz:
Last update – 16:38 23/01/2007
AG decides to charge President Katsav with rape
By Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and Agencies
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decided Tuesday that President Moshe Katsav should face charges for alleged rape and other incidents of sexual assault.
Katsav has been accused of raping a former employee, known only as “A.”
A final decision on the indictment will be made only after a hearing, where Katsav wil be able to present his case.
Channel 10 television reported that Katsav does not intend to resign Tuesday, despite the recommendation.
Some background to this individual case of the officially highest ranking politician:
In the 1950 and 60s, the position of women in Israel was better than in most other countries.
It is to be hoped that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz also inspires some courage in other countries, showing crime should also be prosecuted if the suspect holds high office, leading to prosecution of people like Bush and Blair.
A member of the parliament of Israel is calling for impeachment of Katsav.
Katsav 1 July 2007 update: here.
Iraqi government, the US, and economic boycott of Israel: here.