Katzav, Moshe

(1945- )
   Israel's eighth president (2000-2007). Born in Yazd, Iran, he arrived in Israel in 1951, graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and served as mayor of Kiryat Malachi. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1977. He was minister of labor and social affairs in the Government of National Unity established in 1984 and became minister of transport in the government established in December 1988. He retained the latter position in the Yitzhak Shamir-led government established in June 1990. Katzav served as minister of tourism and deputy prime minister (and the cabinet minister responsible for liaising with Israel's Arab community) in the government formed after the 1996 Knesset election. Re-elected to the 15th Knesset in 1999, Katzav was elected Israel's eighth president on 31 July 2000, defeating veteran Labor member of the Knesset Shimon Peres by a 63-to-57 vote in the Knesset. On 24 January 2007, Katzav asked the Knesset for a leave of absence from the office of the presidency following an announcement by the attorney general that he would charge Katzav with rape and other offenses relating to at least 10 former female employees. During his official three-month leave of absence, beginning on 25 January 2007, Katzav's duties as president were handled on an interim basis by Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik. On 28 June 2007, Katzav's lawyers reached a controversial plea bargain settlement with Israel's attorney general, Menachem Mazuz. According to the deal, Katzav would plead guilty to several counts of sexual harassment and indecent acts and receive a suspended jail sentence and pay compensation to two of his victims. The more serious rape charges brought by a former employee were dropped, as well as Katzav's original charges of her blackmailing him. Katzav's resignation took effect on 1 July 2007. He was succeeded as president by veteran Israeli politician and statesman Shimon Peres. On 26 February 2007, Israel's supreme court rejected petitions from womens' groups calling for Katzav's plea bargin to be repealed.

Historical Dictionary of Israel. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • KATZAV, MOSHE — (1945– ), eighth president of the State of Israel, member of the Ninth to Fifteenth Knessets. Katzav was born in Yazd in Iran. At the age of one Katzav s family moved to Teheran, and five years later the family immigrated to Israel; after a short …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Moshe Katsav — משה קצב 8th President of Israel In office 1 August 2000 – 1 July 2007 Prime Minister …   Wikipedia

  • Moshe Katsav — Mandats 8e président de l État d Israël …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Moshé Katsav — Moshe Katsav Moshe Katsav מֹשֶׁה קַצָּב 8e président de l État d Israël …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Israel — /iz ree euhl, ray /, n. 1. a republic in SW Asia, on the Mediterranean: formed as a Jewish state May 1948. 5,534,672; 7984 sq. mi. (20,679 sq. km). Cap.: Jerusalem. 2. the people traditionally descended from Jacob; the Hebrew or Jewish people. 3 …   Universalium

  • POLITICAL LIFE AND PARTIES — Introduction It was largely due to the existence of the pre state political parties, which had conducted intensive political activities for almost half a century within the framework of the yishuv , under the British Mandate for Palestine, that… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Chronology — c. 17th century BCE The period of the Jewish patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac,Jacob. c. 1250 10 BCE The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, wandering in the desert of Sinai, and the conquest of Canaan under Joshua. c. 1020 1004 BCE King Saul. Establishment… …   Historical Dictionary of Israel

  • Präsident von Israel — Standarte des Präsidenten Der israelische Präsident (hebräisch ‏נשיא ישראל‎ Nasi Jisra el) ist das Staatsoberhaupt Israels. Der Amtssitz des Präsidenten bef …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Interim and Acting President of Israel — Interim President of the State of Israel and Acting President of the State of Israel are temporary posts established by Israeli Basic Law.This should be noted, that Interim President and Acting President are two different offices. Interim… …   Wikipedia

  • HISTORICAL SURVEY: THE STATE AND ITS ANTECEDENTS (1880–2006) — Introduction It took the new Jewish nation about 70 years to emerge as the State of Israel. The immediate stimulus that initiated the modern return to Zion was the disappointment, in the last quarter of the 19th century, of the expectation that… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.