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Former President Moshe Katzav seen leaving Supreme Court in Jerusalem on November 10, 2011 after guilty verdict by the Tel Aviv District Court's was unanimously upheld, thereby convicting Katzav on two counts of rape and other sexual offenses. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Israel Parole Board decided on Sunday that it would postpone its decision on whether to grant a request for early release by former President Moshe Katzav.

This is the third time Katzav has made such a request. He is serving a seven-year sentence for two counts of rape and several other charges of sexual assault after a unanimous decision by the Israel Supreme Court in 2011 to uphold a lower court conviction.

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Despite the convictions, however, the former president has never acknowledged his guilt, nor has he ever expressed remorse for his actions.

The parole board has said it will make its decision on Katzav’s request by December 18th.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.