The best way to define an Israeli president is the national master of ceremonies. The president wakes up in the morning in the Rehavia residence and his day – it’s always been a “he,” and will continue to be for the next seven years at least – is a long succession of receptions he is expected to attend, encased in a suit and tie, make a few appropriate remarks and shake many hands. Sometimes the ceremonies take place in the Knesset, on Mount Herzl or at the Western Wall. But the protocol remains the same. Being head of state means your state of mind is of no interest to the public. You are a unifying figure who doesn’t figure in political debates.
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