Interview with the president

The president doesn’t regret Oslo, believes in religious pluralism at the Kotel and plans to play matchmaker between global corporations and impoverished countries once his term finishes.

By RACHEL MARDER
April 14, 2013 14:11
President Shimon Peres in his office

President Shimon Peres in his office 521. (photo credit: Rachel Marder)

 
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Prospective candidates for the position of the tenth president of the State of Israel can rest easy.

President Shimon Peres has no intention of asking for an extension when his seven-year term concludes in July 2014. Unlike Israel’s fifth president, Yitzhak Navon, Peres, who will turn 90 this summer, has no plans for returning to politics. After all, he’s already held the most important ministerial portfolios. He’s been there, done that, and doesn’t feel the need to do it again. But he has no desire to buy a dog and spend his time walking along the Tel Aviv beach front getting a suntan.

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