Katsav's Masks / The speech of his life
For this speech alone, Katsav has to go.
Even if the president of the state is squeaky clean, even if he never laid a hand or any other part of his body on one of his female staff, even if he never uttered a single abusive comment, he must resign for what he said in his speech.
It was, it must be said, the speech of his life. Yesterday we discovered a Moshe Katsav we did not know. If the indictment being prepared against him removed one mask, exposing an alleged serial sex offender, then his speech yesterday has removed another mask. The mask of the shamefaced man from Kiryat Malachi, who for six and a half years beamed vague smiles in all directions and uttered boring, tedious speeches devoid of any content, came off yesterday. It exposed beneath it an aggressive, determined orator, burning with dedication.
It has been a long time since the entire nation sat glued to its seat during a speech by one of its leaders. But the impressive package of one who did not know how to make a speech until yesterday concealed horrifying, dangerous contents. Katsav convicted-without-a-trial the media, , decision makers, the attorney general and the complainants. Only God and Gila remained without blame.
In plain language, this is called incitement. Yesterday we discovered that the man living in the President's Residence, who made lofty speeches about democracy and the rule of law, was their sworn enemy. Apparently the state's president doesn't understand the first thing about the role of the media and the institutions of law.
For years the media, police and prosecution remained idle - despite the rumors about Katsav - neglecting their duty. It was outrageously late when they at last woke up.
We also discovered yesterday that the man living in the President's Residence was a paranoid consumed by inferiority complexs. He had climbed to the highest position, yet is still convinced that an "elitist clique" is persecuting him. A new human rights fighter has emerged. Regrettably, this one is only fighting for what he sees as his own rights. But it's all right to sic Abergil against the complainants, for example.
We must not let Katsav get away with the accusations against us journalists - of "spilling his blood," "executing him without a trial" and "cooperating with the police," all the way to the fact that there are those among us guilty of the grave, original sin of not always being true to our marriages, unlike him, the faithful husband of 37 years.
No longer can we tolerate a president who incites against the law authorities. We cannot tolerate a head of state who incites his nation against the media for doing their job. Perhaps he is only suspected of rape, but he should already be convicted for yesterday's incitement. The only honest thing he can do now is to go home.