Sunday marks the end of President Shimon Peres’s fifth year in
Until 2000, the presidency was for a five-year term, with an
option for reelection to a second term.
Under the current law, presidents
are elected by the Knesset for a seven-year term, and are limited to a single
On Monday, Peres will hold a working meeting with visiting US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Over the past five years he has
hosted more than 660 events, had 1,205 working meetings with leading political
figures, paid 50 state visits to countries on five continents, visited 157
cities, towns and villages throughout Israel, initiated numerous scientific,
cultural and social welfare projects, been closely engaged with the defense
establishment, contributed to Israel’s public diplomacy, communicated with the
world at large via Facebook, stood at the helm of four international
presidential conferences attended by some 20,000 people and worked toward
improving the economy by befriending heads of major global companies and
persuading them to expand their activities in Israel.
Peres has also
spoken up on behalf of minorities, condemned manifestations of violence and
racism and received many awards from universities and heads of state and
Of all the roles he has had in his long career of public
service, he says, the presidency is by far the most satisfying.
will celebrate his 89th birthday next month.