The Israeli President

Rape, sexual assault, eavesdropping, fraud, breach of trust and improprieties in gift distribution? While President Moshe Katsav’s job is mostly ceremonial, for a country that’s basically hated by everybody except America, he should be trying to put on a good face for the rest of the world. I mean, the world won’t take a country seriously if their president is a rapist and a fraud.

The end of the CNN article on this made me chuckle.
“Katsav was appointed president by parliament in 2000, after President Ezer Weizman resigned amid allegations of corruption.”

So presidents don’t hold a high political power. But if the Queen of England did something like this, it would overrule any small-ish wars that erupted.

Minorities must be more well-behaved if they want to make a larger positive impact on the world. It’s easier to stereotype if there are fewer people. Israel needs to get their act together when it comes to political figures. This drama is only distracting for the more important issue at hand – getting the entire world to not hate us.

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5 Responses to The Israeli President

  1. Matt says:

    I see no reason why Israel should be held to higher or lower standards than the rest of the world. Screwed up politicians exist everywhere. I highly doubt that strong personal morality among Israeli politicians, although desirable for sure, would actually impact how the world views them. I think it’s a major policy question, with Lebanon and Palestine providing far more ammo for Israel’s opponents than any scandal.

  2. Rachel says:

    The problem is that scandals in Israel cause more of a stir since the world is watching their every move. Would we know about this if it happened in Sweden? The fact is that if you have everybody putting the pressure on, you need to act better than you usually would, especially if anything you do could cause an uproar.

  3. Matt says:

    Still, I have to say that Israel is not likely to be judged for this, even by their enemies. If anything, it will be a “see? There they go again,” thing. Every country has dirty politicians. Israel has to watch its moral decisions in a lot of ways, but I don’t think that they will be decried because of the sexual misconduct of their president any more than any other nation. Their enemies have other talking points and other things to hit them on.

    The only way we’ll know who’s right here is to wait and see, though. The world’s reaction will tell which of us has valid points.

  4. Rachel says:

    Yeah, I suppose. It just pisses me when people who are reprsenting our country and religion break it like that.

  5. Matt says:

    As you should be. Outrage against this sort of thing is right: I’m merely arguing that it is universally condemnable/forgivable.

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