Opposition leader Tzipi Livni said Wednesday that the sentencing of former president Moshe Katsav to seven years in prison for rape and other charges is a lesson for other politicians to follow a "straight path."
"This is a sad ending to a journey that brought a child from [Kibbutz] Maabarot to the highest office in the State of Israel," Livni said in a statement. "Moshe Katsav crossed a line and became a symbol for all that angers us about him...aggressiveness, rape, humiliating women, and disgracing our courts"
"This day gives hope to anyone who wants to see an Israel wiped clean of corruption and crime. If the president goes to jail, then no one is immune to our system of jurisprudence," she said.
Livni said that Katsav should serve as a signal to all politicians in Israel.
"On this day all members of Knesset, ministers, and other figures of power realize that they must be wary. The only legitimate path is the straight one, one with strict adherence to the law, one that opposes sexual exploitation, rape, abuse of authority, bribery, and corruption," she said.