Former president of Israel Moshe Katsav.
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Special footage was released on Channel 2 Thursday night featuring former President Moshe Katsav bashing the court systems while on a 48 hour furlough, right before the parole board denied him early release.
Katsav had asked to be released after having served two-thirds of his seven-year sentence for rape.
During Katsav's furlough he visited with Rabbi Netanel Cohen, Katsav was not aware that the visit was being recorded.
Katsav spoke to the Rabbi about the courts and judges claiming that they do not work properly.
"For ten years the world has been out to vilify me," claimed Katsav. "They have nothing so just bully me more."
"I am 40 years in the public eye, I was 15 years in the government, I was the president seven years, and I still haven't learned the system," continued Katsav.
"If they did this to me, what do they do to a regular civilian? Probably worse."
The Israel Prisons Service is investigating what was said, though it is unknown if Katsav will be disciplined.
Lior Katsav, Moshes brother, responded to the recordings stating, "Rabbi Netanel Cohen came to Moshe on his furlough. Katsav did not give him an interview it was secretly filmed. This is a hard blow to his privacy and the family's privacy and a breach of trust from the rabbi."
Katsav was convicted in December 2010 of two counts of rape, one count of committing an indecent act using force, one count of committing an indecent act, two counts of sexual harassment, one count of harassing a witness and one count of obstructing justice.
Yonah Jeremy Bob contributed to this report.