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צילום: גיל יוחנן
President Moshe Katsav
Photo: Gil Yohanan
צילום: גיל יוחנן
A, former employee who claimed Katsav had sexually abused her
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Business as usual for Katsav
Presidential residence optimistic thousands will turn up for Sukkot ceremony hosted by President despite sexual harassment probe, and possible police recommendation that Katsav be indicted

The sukkah has been decorated by children from Modi'in, the white plastic chairs are standing, the yard outside the Presidential residence has been scrubbed: President Moshe Katsav and his wife Gila are expected to welcome thousands of Israelis to the backdrop of a scandal that has captured the country for months.

 

Katsav was probed for sexual harassment, illegal wire-tapings, fraud, and breach of faith and the police are expected to recommend that he'd be tried.

 

Aides are anxiously awaiting the event. From 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm Israeli citizens will be welcome to join the President in his sukkah.

 

A number of foreign and national orchestras, including the IDF and the Israel Police orchestras, will entertain the thousands of guests expected at the Presidential Residence.

 

Aides fear a low turnout, as Israeli citizens might boycott the President over the scandal.

 

Another concern that has been haunting aides is that guests might use the opportunity to slam Katsav for refusing to relinquish his post until the conclusion of the probe.

 

Police are expected to recommend Katsav be indicted for an number of charges over the next few days.

 

Should police make the anticipated recommendation, Katsav would have to ponder whether or not to remain in his post.

 

Should he opt to step down till the end of the legal process, he needs to request a temporary leave from the Knesset.

 

Efrat Weiss contributed to this report

 

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