President Shimon Peres’s term will end on July 27, and not 12 days earlier as
previously thought, the Knesset’s legal adviser Eyal Yinon said
It had been thought the presidential election would be held on
July 15, the date on which the previous presidential vote was held seven years
ago. But Yinon ruled the timing should be according to the Hebrew
Yinon issued directives for the presidential race Wednesday, after
prospective candidates began fighting over what they thought the rules for the
race were. MKs will vote by secret ballot – no less than 30 and no more than 90
days before Peres’s term ends.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will decide
the date of the vote after consulting with his deputies.
Edelstein has to announce the date three weeks before the
Candidates need to announce their candidacy and submit the
signatures of 10 MKs who support them two weeks before the race.
sign for only one candidate. A week before the election, Edelstein will announce
the candidates and their supporters.
The only definite candidates are
Likud MK Reuven Rivlin, who lost to Peres seven years ago, and Labor MK Binyamin
Ben-Eliezer. Hatnua faction chairman Meir Sheetrit also wants to
Likud MK Silvan Shalom and former Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik are
considering running but have not made a decision.
There are also
potential candidates waiting for a decision from Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman about who they will support,
most notably Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky and former foreign minister
Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett wants Sharansky to run,
and would support him.
Sharansky met this week with the Shas
A source close to Rivlin said that whether on not he wins,
Rivlin intends to remain in public office – if he doesn’t win, he’ll stay in the