Keep Katzav Inside

An indicted criminal who refuses to admit his guilt and shows no remorse for his victims should not be entitled to early release from prison.

Our ex-president Moshe Katzav is a convicted rapist and sexual molester and has so been judged by our courts. To grant him an early parole from prison would be unjust to our justice system.

Additionally, it would set a dangerous precedent for all prisoners who refuse to admit their guilt while asking for early release.

Katzav has refused to participate in a rehabilitation program while in prison and refuses a condition of parole….to be part of a rehabilitation program. He is adamant that he is the victim, not the criminal. Ergo, he is not in need of rehabilitation.

His victims are appealing, and rightly so, to the Parole Board to deny Katzav of an early release. They are demanding that he should be kept inside prison walls until he has served his complete seven year sentence.

Bill Clinton, a former American president and a known womanizer, disgraced his Office by his sexual activities, albeit they were all consensual and no crime was committed.

Not so with Moshe Katzav. He brought shame upon our nation by his sexual activities against the will of all of his victims. He forced himself upon them while they protested his advances.

No other country in the world has imprisoned a president or an ex-president for multiple charges of rape. Katzav suffers from an illness which requires psychiatric treatment. He can receive it in the comfort of his luxurious cell in Matisyahu prison. He should not be freed from completing his sentence.

What would an early release mean to our public and to the world? That in Israel a convicted person serving prison time can be released or pardoned early even though he/she refuses to admit any guilt nor shows regret to any of the victims of his crimes? Shame on our legal system if it is so.

Katzav must be denied parole. He must be kept inside the prison until the completion of his sentence. Without rehabilitation or treatment he remains a danger outside.

And where is the concern for his former victims who gave testimony against him? Will they be safe from any retaliation by him? Do they not deserve to see him complete his punishment for the harm which he perpetrated against them?

One can imagine the “hero’s welcome” he will receive upon release by his Kiryat Malachi neighbors. Is there no one in his community who will admonish him for his sins? Do Sephardim have different values than Ashkenazim? Where is the respect for law and justice for victims?

Parole Board members must say loudly “NO” to Katzav’s request for parole. He must be kept inside until his years of sentence are fulfilled.

There must be no privileges for an unrepentant ex-president.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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