The sentencing is the latest stage in a sordid case that Israelâ€™s leaders point to as proof of the principle of equality before the law, but also one in which the prestige of Israelâ€™s highest office has been brought to a historic low.
Mr. Katsav, who has consistently maintained his innocence, burst into tears upon hearing the sentence, according to reports from inside the Tel Aviv courtroom, and shouted at the judges that they had made a mistake, crying out: â€œIt is a lie! The girls know it is a lie!â€
In December, Mr. Katsav, 65, was convicted of raping an employee â€” identified only by her first initial, A. â€” on two occasions while he was minister of tourism in 1998.
The court also convicted him of sexually abusing and harassing another woman and of harassing a third while he was president â€” a distinguished, if mostly ceremonial, position that Mr. Katsav held from 2000 to 2007. He was also convicted of obstruction of justice.
If only the Republicans could have done this to Clinton. This could well be politically motivated, most big name politicians are immune from these things. The current administration in the States prosecutes whistle blowers in the Bush admin, and has gone after some retroactively.
They have a lot at stake, and even more to hide.