Peres, the PM, and the politics behind the presidency
The idea of having the country’s citizens elect the president is completely misbegotten. Isn’t the Knesset, elected by and representing the people, good enough for that?
The initiative by the Prime Minister’s Bureau to extend Shimon Peres’ term as president by a year and let the people decide who will be the next president was a trial balloon. But that balloon quickly lost whatever hot air it contained and spluttered limply to the ground. The first attempt to shoot it down came from the President’s Residence. The savvy president grasped that he was being used as a pawn. He...
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