Jerusalem, 13 February 2003

President Moshe Katsav sends letter to King of Belgium
(Communicated by President’s Spokesman)

The President of the State of Israel, Moshe Katsav today (Thursday) February 13, 2003, sent a severe letter to the King of Belgium, in which he expressed his chagrin at Belgium’s High Court’s decision to try Israelis in their courts.

President Katsav totally rejects Belgium’s moral right to bring Israeli leaders and IDF officers to trial.

The president emphasized that Israeli leaders and IDF officers operate according to international norms, the Israeli law, their conscience and basic human morality, and that no-one has the right to doubt the ethical standards Israel holds itself to, and that those who accuse us would do well to reflect on their past actions.