Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Meet the Candidates For Israeli Presidency

Learn about the five remaining candidates who are looking to replace Israeli President Shimon Peres in today’s election

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: June 10th, 2014 in News » Israel

Meet the Candidates For Israeli Presidency

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, one of six candidates who had previously announced their bid for Israeli Presidency, declared this past Saturday that he would no longer be running in the election. He was questioned earlier that same day concerning a loan he’d received and although he’s claimed innocence, as reported originally by Reuters, he believes this is all part of an attempt to sabotage his campaign before voting – which takes place exclusively within the Knesset – begins.

The Presidential election has been a close race, with the remaining five candidates nearly neck to neck in the polls. Although three of the remaining five candidates are former Knesset members, which has given all past Presidential candidates the edge, the two non-Knesset members have done remarkably well in the polling. Incredible still, two of the potential Presidents are women, which, should one of them win, would mark the first female Israeli President.

With the results of the elections just around the corner, we at Shalom Life have put together a list, and look at the five potential Israeli Presidents.

Dalia Itzik


The first female speaker of the Knesset, Dalia Itzik hopes to become the next President of Israel. Itzik has worked as former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem responsible for education, alongside the Labor Party, and has been a board member for several committees and organizations including the Board of Governors of the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. Itzik was elected to the 13th Knesset and has served as Minister of the Environment, Industry and Trade, and even Communications. Former chairperson of the Kadima party, Itzik has taken the role of acting President of Israel twice in interim capacity. It’s only natural she seeks to step into the role of President, permanently, this time.

Dalia Dorner


A feminist hoping to pave the way for women in politics, Dalia Dorner is another hopeful for first female President of Israel. Although there have been acting female Presidents in interim, Dorner hopes to become the first elected into office. A law student at Tel Aviv University when she was only 19, Dorner also worked with the Israel Police Force as well as the Israel Defense Forces. She was a judge in the District of Jerusalem and was eventually a judge in the Supreme Court from which she retired in 2004. A civil rights activist, Dorner tries to find balance between individual needs and those of the public. Concerned with societal well being, and the women of tomorrow, Dorner is definitely a contender in these upcoming elections.

Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin


A former lawyer, Reuven Rivlin is the most popular candidate and according to many, the most likely to win the election. He was first elected to the 12th Knesset and is part of (as he was then) the Likud Party, known for being a more right-wing and liberal party. They also take a strong stance against the formation of a Palestinian-Arab state West of the Jordan river. Rivlin was former Minister of Communications and was also elected as Speaker of the Knesset from 2003-2006 and 2009-2013. Much like his Party, he strongly rejects the idea of a Palestinian state and even claimed he would rather accept Palestinians into Israel than divide Israel and the West Bank.

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