In five months, Israel’s tenth presidential election will be held to potentially replace Shimon Peres. In a survey conducted by Channel 2 News, it appears that the Israeli public would prefer that Shimon Peres stay in office.

Israel's current President, Shimon Peres

Israel’s current President, Shimon Peres Photo Credit: Channel 2

With 5 months until the tenth election of Israel’s Presidency by the Knesset, the Israeli public expressed overwhelming support for keeping current Israeli President Shimon Peres, in office.  This was depicted in a special survey by Channel 2 News and Dr. Mina Tzemach. No less than 63 percent of the public expressed support for extending Peres’ term who has been serving as president since July 2007 in 3 years. This compares with 28% of the Israeli public who oppose keeping Peres in office.It seems however, that the public’s wishes for extending the term of President Shimon Peres will not materialize as 90 year old Peres has already announced that he does not intend to seek another term.

If Shimon Peres continues as planned in not seeking another term as Israel’s president, a plurality of the Israeli public according to the survey would prefer MK Reuven Rivlin from the Likud-Beiteinu faction, to be the successor of Shimon Peres. MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer from the Labor Party came in second with 16% and Minister Silvan Shalom came in third with 13% even though he himself stated that he does not intend to be a candidate for Israel’s Presidency.

Chairman of the Jewish Agency and former Member of the Knesset, Natan Sharansky received 9% and former Speaker of the Knesset and member of Kadima Dalia Itzik,  received 5%.