Jovial Jester Joins Jousting, Jockeys for Jerusalem Job
While the United States is wrapping up its presidential race, Israel’s has only just begun. Though President Reuven Rivlin’s seven-year term is set to end in July 2021, and despite the fact that there are no official campaign trails, primary races or presidential debates to be had, several candidates have already intimated they intend to seek the coveted, yet mostly ceremonial, title. The latest contender threw his hat in the ring on Wednesday when famed singer and actor Yehoram Gaon’s “confidants” leaked his intention to run. Gaon, 81, is one of the most well-known and beloved Israeli artists today, famous for a long list of songs, movies, plays, and radio and TV shows, most of them heavy on patriotism and schmaltz. Though an Israeli icon, he will face a tough challenge from the likes of Miriam Peretz, a mother who lost two children to combat and has since become a public speaker and a symbol of Israeli unity and selflessness, and Jewish Agency chair Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, among others. Parliament members elect Israel’s president in a confidential vote. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself is rumored to be mulling a run, as the office of the presidency is immune from criminal charges, which Netanyahu is currently facing in court.