Moshe Katsav
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Moshe Katsav

Moshe Katsav
Eighth President of the State of Israel 2000-2007

  Moshe Katsav was born in 1945 in Iran. He immigrated to Israel in 1951. Married to Gila, father of five, he has lived in Kiryat Malachi since 1951.


Graduate of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majored in economics and history

Graduate of School of Education of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Positions held in the Government and the Knesset

1977-1981 M.K. Member of Interior and Education Committees
1981-1984 M.K. Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction
1984-1988 M.K. Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
1988-1992 M.K. Minister of Transportation; Member of Ministerial Committee on Defense
1992-1996 M.K. Likud faction Chairman in the Knesset; Chairman of Parliamentary Committee of the Chinese-Israeli Friendship League
1996-1999 M.K. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism; Chairman Ministerial Committee for National Events; Minister for Israeli Arab Affairs; Member of Ministerial Committee on Defense
1999-2000 M.K. Member of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset
2000-2007 President of the State of Israel

Facing charges of rape, sexual harassment, breach of trust, obstruction of justice, harassment of a witness and fraud, in accordance with a plea agreement, Moshe Katsav resigned from the presidency effective 1 July 2007.
On 30 December 2010, Katsav was unanimously found guilty of "rape, sexual harassment, committing an indecent act while using force, harassing a witness and obstruction of justice" by a three judge panel, presided over by Justice George Kara. On March 22, 2011, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison and 2 years probation.

Public Activities

Mayor of Kiryat Malachi
1966-1968 Newspaper reporter for "Yediot Aharonot"
1968 President of "B'nai B'rith Youth"
1969 Chairman of the "Likud" Party at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1978 Member of the Commission on adoptive children (headed by Judge Etzioni)
1978 Member of Ben-Gurion University Board of Trustees
1982 Chairman of the commission to determine higher education tuition
1998 Honorary Doctor of the University of Nebraska, Omaha - 1998


Moshe Katsav - From the Kastina Ma'abara (immigrant tent camp) to the Government Compound, by journalist Menachem Michelson

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