Presidential impeachment hearing begins

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
For the first time in the nation’s history, the Knesset House Committee began Wednesday morning discussions for the impeachment of a sitting president.

Knesset House Committee Chairwoman Ruhama Avraham began the proceedings by emphasizing the importance of the discussions.

“From the public point of voice, for President Moshe Katsav to remain in his position is not appropriate, and is unacceptable and unreasonable, and therefore the Knesset House Committee is obligated to consider their legal responsibility on the matter,” Avraham said. “We are all being asked to make a difficult decision.”

Member of Knesset Zahava Gal-On also called on Katsav to resign.

“We are asking to present a different political culture, public ethics, public norms, standards. It's not all criminal or not criminal,” she said. “There is also a behavior that is unworthy and inappropriate for a public figure.”

According to Gal-On, “The investigation material is irrelevant for our discussion. We are not talking about the investigation material. The Knesset cannot be deprived of exerting its authority.”

According to the procedure, there needs to be 19 out of the 25 committee members supporting impeachment in order to bring it before the Knesset, by which they would then need a majority of 90 voting in favor of impeachment.

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