President Moshe Katsav

After Katsav, An End To The Machismo Excuse?

A president’s rape verdict arouses strong passion —
both angry and vindicated — among Israelis.

01/04/2011
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For decades Moshe Dayan has been lionized by Israelis for his role as a top army man and a leading statesman, while being forgiven for his reputation as a womanizer.

But if the escapades of the former army chief of staff were challenged in the court that convicted late President Moshe Katsav last week, the Israeli founding father might have found himself in jail.

Katsav rejected a plea deal and was ultimately convicted on two counts of forcible rape, among other charges.
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