Before you start asking me if I have been putting hallucinogenic mushrooms in my cream of mushroom soup listen to me, it makes TOTAL sense. It has always been my understanding that the role of President in Israel is similar to that of the Vice President in the United States (if this is a misperception , please let me know) With the possible exception of Chaney and to a lesser extent Al Gore, the role of the VP has been to dedicate new buildings and go to funerals. I think it was Hubert Humphrey who commented on his four years in the position that his family thought he was missing, and he said, “No, I was VP, similar but not quite the same”

Now isn’t that a great role for Peres..welcoming new immigrants off the plane, going to state funerals, cutting the ribbon for building dedication. NO POWER—-NO CHANCE for Power. And the term of office is for SEVEN YEARS…Man what is he now 154 or so? Electing Peres keeps him out of our hair until he is over 160 years old… that will do it. And the best part is he really wants the job according to this Ynet article:

Peres to run no matter what Vice Premier Peres’ associates say he intends to submit candidacy for president, even if race to be decided by secret ballot; MKs from various parties support Peres and PM’s office decides to throw weight behind him Attila Somfalvi Published: 01.24.07, 12:49 Vice Premier Shimon Peres will run for president no matter what, associates said Wednesday. He intends to submit his candidacy even if the race will be decided by secret ballot, they said.

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Sentiments in the Knesset seem to support Peres’ bid for the presidency. A senior Labor party member told Ynet, “Peres has a chance to win regardless of the type of vote, because of the current atmosphere created (by the charges against President Moshe Katsav).” Senior members of Kadima confirmed that the Prime Minister’s Office held an internal meeting on the issue Tuesday night and decided to “throw all their weight behind Peres and do everything to help him win.” Many Knesset members believe that Peres is the right man to restore the image of the presidency. Peres originally announced an intention to run in a potential presidential race two weeks ago. These plans have apparently solidified due the recent wave of public support for him, following Attorney General Menachem Mazuz’s decision to indict Katsav. Peres said Wednesday that, in the event of Katsav’s resignation, presidential elections should be held immediately. When asked about his bid for the position, he answered “we need to ask what’s good for the nation in the reality that has been created.” Peres has not yet formally announced his bid, but his cronies in Labor are soon expected to try and persuade Labor candidate Colette Avital to withdraw her candidacy. This would allow the Labor party to throw their support behind Peres also. Despite the apparent support, victory is not assured. Some Peres associates are worried that the long time period until elections will decrease the VP’s comparative advantage in the race. It should be recalled that Peres was also considered the favorite going into the 2000 election, which he then lost to Katsav. Peres said Wednesday that, during the campaign in 2000, he refrained from using information he possessed against Katsav, but added that he “does not regret it”. Peres seems determined to participate in the process again in 2006 and was quoted as saying “even if I lose, it’s not my loss, but rather, everyone’s.”

Here’ s a great Campaign Slogan guaranteed to excite the Israeli electorate: