Shimon Peres 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The decision-makers in the office of Shimon Peres have finally got their act together on the matter of a presidential website.
The original presidential website was created during the term of Moshe Katsav, and although it was not as comprehensive as that of the Prime Minister’s Office or other government offices, it was certainly much more informative than the existing presidential site until its relaunch over the past few days. It is certainly much more informative than it has been to date, but comes a little late in the day considering that Peres has already passed the fourth year of his seven-year term.
At the moment, according to a source within the President’s Bureau, the website, which is accessible in Hebrew, English and Arabic at www.president.gov.il,
is still going through a trial period.
There are greetings from the president, an explanation of the functions
of the presidency and excerpts from The Basic Law: The President.
There is also a photo album that dates from the country’s first
president, Chaim Weizmann; links to heads of state of other countries
with their flags; copies of Peres’s speeches dating from his induction
on July 15, 2008; and a virtual tour of the Residence, including the
gardens and the synagogue that was inaugurated during the intermediate
days of Succot in October, 2001, during Katsav’s period. Katsav
frequently attended morning services with the regular congregants, but
Peres has yet to do so.
There’s also a kids’ corner, which is incomplete and which provides information about the presidency in simple language.