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Kiryat Malachi - Former President Katsav's Synagogue Visit 'Awkward'

Published on: January 1, 2011 08:03 PM
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Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, center, leaves is house to the synagogue in the city of Kiryat Malachi, Israel, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.Photo by Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, center, leaves is house to the synagogue in the city of Kiryat Malachi, Israel, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.Photo by Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90

Kiryat Malachi - Former President Moshe Katsav, who was found guilty of two counts of rape on Thursday, prayed at a synagogue in his hometown of Kiryat Malachi Saturday evening.

Katsav, who frequents the synagogue regularly, apparently made some of the other worshippers uncomfortable. “He was quiet and appeared sad,” one of them told Ynet. “It was an awkward situation; only a few people spoke to him.”

The residents of Kiryat Malachi were split over the guilty verdict. Some supported Katsav and claimed he was innocent, while others said many people knew he was guilty but kept silent.

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“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” one resident said.

Another resident said filing an appeal would only make things worse for Katsav. “We were surprised that the court convicted him on all counts,” he said.


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 Jan 01, 2011 at 08:45 PM skazm Says:

first off, I'm female, so I wanna make that clear before I say the following: we weren't there. we don't know what happened. and in Israel they know how to pull conspiracies to make people look bad for political reasons. But for any of us to judge from the media and the uber-leftist Israeli Supreme Court both institutions which are comprised of reshaim lgamrei is really not possible for anyone with half a brain. We do not know. We were not there. This is not ours to judge. It could have gone either way.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 12:15 AM REPLY TO 1 Says:

I agree with you completely, you'll never see someone like Ehud Barak or Shimon peres or any of their left wing cronies be indicted for anything.....

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 07:19 AM Yanky Says:

As usual, if a degenerate or a criminal -- even a convicted one -- wears a kippah or a hat, a large percentage of the frum community refuses to believe he did anything wrong (or, as I'm coming more and more to suspect, knows it's true but doesn't care, since it's "us" versus "them"). Here in America, every time a Rubashkin or a Balkany is convicted of crimes, we cry "anti-Semitism." In Israel we cry "anti-rightism." And we wonder why the vast majority of non-frum Jews and non-Jews don't take us seriously; in fact, view us as whining hypocrites?

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 07:22 AM menachemwh Says:

Reply to #1  
skazm Says:

first off, I'm female, so I wanna make that clear before I say the following: we weren't there. we don't know what happened. and in Israel they know how to pull conspiracies to make people look bad for political reasons. But for any of us to judge from the media and the uber-leftist Israeli Supreme Court both institutions which are comprised of reshaim lgamrei is really not possible for anyone with half a brain. We do not know. We were not there. This is not ours to judge. It could have gone either way.

Wow. The institutions are filled with reshaim.? People who served in the army protecting our land, sacrificing years of their life to build eretz yisrael.You have the nerve and the audacity to speak out for a rapist and besmirch the reputation of people you dont even know. Your comment sickens my stomach

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 08:10 AM Meylitz Says:

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menachemwh Says:

Wow. The institutions are filled with reshaim.? People who served in the army protecting our land, sacrificing years of their life to build eretz yisrael.You have the nerve and the audacity to speak out for a rapist and besmirch the reputation of people you dont even know. Your comment sickens my stomach

How naive can you be? Every person who ever served in the army is automatically out of the category of a rasha? Do you consider Rabin, Yossi Sarid or Tommy Lapid tzaddikim?
Katzav also served in the army and sacrificed his life to building EY.
How do you know he's a rapist? Because the "court" said so? Are you so naive? You don't know anything about the Israeli political system? Get a life.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 08:26 AM Exactly Says:

Reply to #4  
menachemwh Says:

Wow. The institutions are filled with reshaim.? People who served in the army protecting our land, sacrificing years of their life to build eretz yisrael.You have the nerve and the audacity to speak out for a rapist and besmirch the reputation of people you dont even know. Your comment sickens my stomach

All 3. Avoida Zoora Gili Aroyis and Shefichas Doomim

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 08:31 AM Madof and Kisinger Says:

Reply to #3  
Yanky Says:

As usual, if a degenerate or a criminal -- even a convicted one -- wears a kippah or a hat, a large percentage of the frum community refuses to believe he did anything wrong (or, as I'm coming more and more to suspect, knows it's true but doesn't care, since it's "us" versus "them"). Here in America, every time a Rubashkin or a Balkany is convicted of crimes, we cry "anti-Semitism." In Israel we cry "anti-rightism." And we wonder why the vast majority of non-frum Jews and non-Jews don't take us seriously; in fact, view us as whining hypocrites?

Madof And Kisinger will answer what bothers you just leave Rubashkin out of it ,You are not in his league

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 08:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
skazm Says:

first off, I'm female, so I wanna make that clear before I say the following: we weren't there. we don't know what happened. and in Israel they know how to pull conspiracies to make people look bad for political reasons. But for any of us to judge from the media and the uber-leftist Israeli Supreme Court both institutions which are comprised of reshaim lgamrei is really not possible for anyone with half a brain. We do not know. We were not there. This is not ours to judge. It could have gone either way.

blessings. i was really happy to read your comments, and agree 100%. i am also female and a noahide, and in any country i would not trust anything or anyone that is left inclined. and its a trying time for his family. my rabbis' friend used to sit some hours before shabbat in the Hland, at a bus stand and jot down interesting things for his blog. he is an orthodox j. it was summer and he saw a j lady, with a sleeveless dress, sweating profusely. and just nearby an ultra orth. j, all in black reading the some holy writings. he did not look up until there was some sound or disturbance. momentarily he glanced at her, then went on reading. suddenly he went to the fruit stall nearly and bought a big red apple. and gave it to her. she was so surprised. she took it, thanking him, and said, 'for me??'. he said, 'its only after eve at the apple that she knew she was naked.'

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 09:24 AM Chaim_Ben-Yehuda Says:

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Meylitz Says:

How naive can you be? Every person who ever served in the army is automatically out of the category of a rasha? Do you consider Rabin, Yossi Sarid or Tommy Lapid tzaddikim?
Katzav also served in the army and sacrificed his life to building EY.
How do you know he's a rapist? Because the "court" said so? Are you so naive? You don't know anything about the Israeli political system? Get a life.

"How do you know he's a rapist? Because the "court" said so?"

Yes. What other yardstick should we use?

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 10:02 AM Meylitz Says:

Reply to #9  
Chaim_Ben-Yehuda Says:

"How do you know he's a rapist? Because the "court" said so?"

Yes. What other yardstick should we use?

In a normal country you'd be right. Most of the time I would say that US courts are fair.
But I sure hope you know that throughout the world not every court system is out for true justice. If the Soviet court convicted someone would you have taken them seriously? Do you think Beilin really spied on the French?
The Israeli court system is no more than a political tool for the left. There are no checks and balances, there are almost no conservative judges. You've got to be totally ignorant of Israeli politics to take them seriously

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 10:15 AM menachemwh Says:

Reply to #5  
Meylitz Says:

How naive can you be? Every person who ever served in the army is automatically out of the category of a rasha? Do you consider Rabin, Yossi Sarid or Tommy Lapid tzaddikim?
Katzav also served in the army and sacrificed his life to building EY.
How do you know he's a rapist? Because the "court" said so? Are you so naive? You don't know anything about the Israeli political system? Get a life.

Your comments simply are a reflection of your narrow minded simplistic view of life seeing in others your own failings in life. Rabin gave hiss life to help secure liberty and freedom for the Jewish people. he led us in 67 and was the messenger of the Almighty to safeguard Medinat Yisrael. And yes, serving in the army for me says worlds about the individual. Im not naive. I am simply not ignorant

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 02:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
menachemwh Says:

Your comments simply are a reflection of your narrow minded simplistic view of life seeing in others your own failings in life. Rabin gave hiss life to help secure liberty and freedom for the Jewish people. he led us in 67 and was the messenger of the Almighty to safeguard Medinat Yisrael. And yes, serving in the army for me says worlds about the individual. Im not naive. I am simply not ignorant

Almighty does not send Messengers koifrim poirkie oil

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 03:24 PM menachemwh Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Almighty does not send Messengers koifrim poirkie oil

read you nach. he sent the 4 lepors to save klal yisroel.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 04:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
menachemwh Says:

read you nach. he sent the 4 lepors to save klal yisroel.

lepors yes.kofrim and machtiei as hoorabim no

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