Former President Moshe Katsav, currently on trial for rape, receives a monthly pension of NIS 47,471 and an annual budget of NIS 1.8 million which pays for an office in Ramat Gan and partial household costs. In addition, the state provides an Audi A6, a driver and security guards. The funding is for life.
In 2006, the Knesset Finance Committee, which is charged with determining the benefits for former presidents and prime ministers, limited these payouts for presidents for seven years after they left office, and for prime ministers to five years, arguing that after this time the individuals have little need for such funds for their public dealings.
However, Katsav, who was then still president, pressed to have the limitation only take effect after he left office, thus making the benefits available to him for the duration of his life.
Moreover, Katsav is entitled to an annual expense account of NIS 10,400 for newspapers and telephone costs.
MK Haim Oron (Meretz ), who headed the Knesset Finance Subcommittee in 2006 which set the terms for the benefits of former presidents and prime ministers, demanded, following the indictment of Katsav, that the state funding that paid for Katsav's office and aides be frozen. Oron's demand was not brought to a vote.
Monthly pension paid to an elected official is not affected even if they are found guilty of an offense which is judged to involve moral turpitude.
Katsav's pension will increase by 4 percent in January 2011, in line with the increase in the average wage - to which the president's salary is also linked. Because of Katsav's years in the Knesset and government, his pension will stand next month at NIS 49,233.
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