The 13th of june there were elections for a new president in Israël. Candidates were Shimon Peres (Kadima), Reuven Rivlin (Likud) and Colette Avital (Labor). Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister won after the other candidates retreated from the race because they didn’t got enough votes. Vice Premier Shimon Peres was elected Israel’s ninth president , capping a six-decade political career in which he has held every senior government post. While he started his political career in the far left mapai party(founded by Ben-gurion himself) he left labour in 2005 to join the centrist party, Kadima (founded by Ariel Sharon). Which shows us that labour (and the left in general) isn’t all that bad in Israël and surely isn’t the same like, say, the European left.
The elections followed after Former President Katsav was accused of fraud and rape. Though it is a ceremonial function, Peres might be able to restore the prestige of it with his record as a Nobel Laureate, former prime minister, defense minister, protege of David Ben-Gurion and founder of Israel’s nuclear program. He is also seen as a strong supporter of peace. Maybe this can help in negotiating with Mahmoud Abbas and bringing Israël partly to peace…(though it won’t help with that pesky hamas!)
-“If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem but a fact that must be coped with.” (Shimon Peres)