It is told that Hillel once saw a skull floating on the surface of the water. He said to it: Because you drowned others, others have drowned you; and those who drowned you shall themselves be drowned (Avot, 2:7).
During the evil expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif and settlements in the Shomron, Moshe Katzav was the President of Israel, and he didn’t protest. Time and again, settlers cam and begged him to speak out, but he kept silent, or said, “That’s democracy, that’s the law, that’s the decision of the lawmakers of the State.” And now, just as the decent Jews of Gush Katif were raped by the government, he himself has now been raped by the very establishment he represented.
In a similar fashion, just as Ehud Olmert aided Sharon in stealing the homes and property of the disengaged settlers, he is being indicted for theft in the Holyland scandal and other cases of fraud. And so too for many others who lent their help to the shameful surrender from our Land and ousting of Jews from their homes. Measure for measure.
I don’t believe that Katzav raped those women. While there is generally some truth to the expression, “There’s no smoke without fire,” I wouldn’t call it rape. He may have had fire in his pants and done some stupid things which he certainly shouldn't have done, but it wasn’t rape. When a woman parades half naked around the office, day after day, advertising her wares like the neon sign outside a sleazy striptease joint, she can’t pretend she’s an innocent victim. When she agrees to go to a hotel room with a man she has heated up like a coffee pot, she can’t pretend she didn’t play a part in what follows. Furthermore, I don’t know how you can rape a woman in a hotel room. If she wasn’t interested, all she had to do was scream. Obviously, the women urged him on, led him to believe it was perfectly OK with them, then screamed “rape!” a few years later in the dirty backstage political scheme that brought Katsav down.
Who's to blame? The coffee pot or the finger that turns it on?
True, he should have known better. But that’s what the yetzer hara does to a person. But is wasn’t rape. He wasn’t sentenced to seven years in prison for that.
In the past, I’ve made clear my feelings clear about women who dress up like Paris runway models. In my opinion, they should be fined like drunken drivers or people who smoke in public places. They are a nuisance and a threat to the community. Women who do not dress according to the guidelines of Jewish modesty are a danger to the Jewish Nation. The Chofetz Chaim and a long list of Torah giants have emphasized the terrible sufferings and punishments that come upon the Jewish People when the daughters of Israel ape the unbridled fashions of the gentiles. The beauty of a Jewish woman lies in her modesty. Her modesty is the secret of a healthy and happy home, and the bond of love that connects husband and wife throughout all their years of marriage. A woman who flaunts her body to win the attention of other men is not only betraying the trust of her husband, she is uprooting the foundations of Judaism and breaking down the holy walls that have guarded our Nation from the time of our holy and modest forefathers.
And woe to the husband who allows his wife to set off to work looking like someone who has forgotten her clothes at home. Since a husband and wife are one, her sins are his sins too. As the Talmud teaches: “Any man who has the ability to protest (against the improper behavior) of the members of his household, and doesn’t protest, is held accountable for their sins” (Shabbat 54B. See also, Rambam, Laws of Sotah 4:19. Aslo Tur and Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 178:21). The man of the house should teach his wife and children the laws in a pleasant loving fashion, taking the time to explain the reasons behind the laws and their great importance to the family and the Nation. But if he gives in to the ways of the times and let’s his wife and daughters dress according to the newest fashions, then he is responsible for all of the transgressions which result from their immodest behavior, may Hashem have mercy on us.
Therefore, Mr. Katsav, if it’s any conciliation, I don’t believe you raped those women. But why didn’t you speak out against the rape of the Land of Israel and the brave and holy settlers who lived in Gush Katif?