Time to End Institution of Presidency
Last night it was reported that President Reuven Rivlin plans to appoint someone other than PM Netanyahu to form the post-election coalition – even if the Likud wins the election – due to long-standing acrimony between the PM and the President.
It is time for Israel to put an end to the institution of presidency. Just like all regime institutions, the presidency has become part of the political game. Unlike the way it was in the past, the President of the State of Israel is currently appointed from within the political world, by politicians and as part of political considerations. As such, the presidency does not unify the Nation. On the contrary, it deepens the rift.
The time has come to do away with the ‘job’ that Ben Gurion arranged for his political adversary, Haim Weitzman, at the expense of the public.
The appointment to put together a coalition after elections –currently executed by the president - can automatically be bestowed upon the head of the party that has won the most seats, with the second chance automatically given to the party that is the runner-up. Presidential pardon can be replaced by a committee comprised of the Speaker of the Knesset, the Chief Justice and the Chief Rabbi (this is just a proposal).
In short, we’ve had enough of the superfluous foolishness called the institution of presidency.