For the past 66 years, men have reigned supreme in the role of state president.

The only woman who filled the role was Dalia Itzik, albeit as acting president.

And after such a long time, I believe that the State of Israel deserves to have a woman as permanent president, without apologies and without entreaties.

We all know that Israeli women have reached great achievements in science, the military, business and politics. And now the time is ripe for a woman in the position of president. The present race for the presidency is an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss, both men and women alike.

This is the time for a break-through for women.

Dalia Itzik is my candidate for this important position. She brings with her rich experience as a cabinet minister in a number of portfolios – minister for environmental protection; minister of industry and trade and minister for communications. She was the first female Knesset speaker, and acting president as mentioned above. All these make her a suitable and desirable candidate for president.

Her hallmark is her long and worthy record of public service. This includes promotion of women in the workplace and on boards of directors, as well as in advancing the status of women on public hearing committees, investigation commissions and legislation that advances the representation of women on local municipal and regional councils.

The choice of electing a woman for president is in the hands of the members of Knesset. In this case, as in all social changes, we need the united effort of men and women to bring about the change. Women in leadership roles have proven themselves to have the ability to temper conflicts and to enhance the decision-making process.

Dalia Itzik has the skills and experience to bring these to fruition through her ability to listen to the desires of the people in Israel and her talent for dialogue. She would be a formidable representative of Israel on the world stage.

The right woman for the role is one who can serve as an example of hard work and achievement. Itzik grew up in a poor Jerusalem family of eight children. Through sheer determination and resolve, she rose to positions of influence and public duty.

Her story symbolizes the spirit we need in the President’s Residence. She is a champion of equality, concern and caring for all people of all strata and all sectors of society.

She is skillful, responsible and experienced – simply, a woman president.

The writer served as chairwoman of the Second Authority for Television and Radio.

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