The Curse of the Israeli Presidency

The race to become Israel’s 10th president is reminiscent of the 2013 farce to appoint a new chief at the Bank of Israel. What’s going on?

In the beginning there were seven. All wealthy, all experienced, all far from naïve. Men and women of substance. Men and women of means. Two women and five men set off separately down the same path, all seeking the same treasure: The greatest (but, alas, most inconsequential) prize imaginable in their land.