Israeli President, Moshe Katsav, called on parties in Israel to hold Knesset elections as planned, adding that Sharon’s condition does not justify delaying the vote

The statements of Katsav came while he was referring to the possible implications of the recent deterioration in the health conditions of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon.
"Since we are in the midst of an election campaign, and the pushing forward of elections has already been agreed upon, I don’t see an event pressing and dramatic enough to justify the uniting of all forces" Israeli online daily Ynetnews quoted Katsav saying, "Sharon’s illness and his surgery took place after the elections have already been scheduled".
Also, Katsav added that the Israeli government can continue to function until the elections, and that he have no objections if the parties decide to cooperate and form another coalition. 
He called on the parties in Israel to conduct the elections campaigns in a "restraint and civil manner" especially among the current conditions in Israel after the sharp deterioration in Sharon’s health.
Katsav added that the Israelis are praying for the well being of Sharon, and that he has been very concerned since he learned of the situation of Sharon.
It is worth mentioning that he Japanese Prime Minister, who was supposed to visit Israel, has cancelled his trip in light of the current health conditions of Sharon. Katsav stated.
Katsav will be holding talks with the acting Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert during the day.