This is no bad reflection on the state of Israel or democracy in Israel. In fact if anything it shows that Israel's legal mechanisms are operating correctly! In some countries be them democratic or non democratic a former president may not have been held accountable for such a crime but in israel they have. Israel's people should be proud of such a legal system in where Katsav has got what he deserved and justice for his unfortunate victim. Had this crime been perpetrated by George W Bush or Tony Blair they would have almost certainly have gotten away with it. Also full commendation to the Israeli media!
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