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Israel’s President Rebuffs A-G Recommendation to Step Aside

Israeli President Moshe Katzav says he will not step aside in anticipation of an indictment on rape charges. Katzav has been accused by seven women of using his position to demand sexual favors, and the police have recommended indicting Katzav on a series of charges including rape and sexual abuse. Responding to the High Court of Justice, the attorney general opined on Sunday that Katzav should step aside until a decision on whether to indict has been made. But the president’s attorneys said on Monday that an early resignation was out of the question until the Katzav legal team was able to review evidentiary material that the beleaguered president says will prove he’s the target of a plot.