Talk:President of Israel

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Katza'v Defeat over Peres?[edit]

Likud's Moshe Katsav's defeat over Labour's Shimon Peres in 2000 was an upset. <-- What does "deafeat over" someone mean? Katzav won against Peres, or Peres would be Israel's President rather than Katzav. -- Nahum 00:05, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Acting presidents are NOT presidents[edit]

Every Speaker of the Knesset is Acting President when the current president is not in acting duty. This can be anything from incapacity due to illness (like Yosef Sprinzak instead of Haim Weizman), lack of currently elected either because of death, resignation or because term ended (the law allows an election to be held up to 30 days after term ends) or even leaving the country. Since exiting the border deemes every president temporarily "out of office" obviously all speakers where acting presidents at some point. If the Speaker is also "out of town" one of his deputies becomes acting president (not common, but happens once in a while).

My point is: please remove anyone not chosen directly for the job from the list.

Incidently: Katsav is not "suspended". The correct term is "temrorarily incapacitated" (his incapacity, in this case, is by his request, and theoreticaly he can just decide he iis coming back at any point). DGtal 22:07, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

Dalia Itzik is NOT the president of Israel. also, Shimon Peres was just elected as president. i dont understand why you reverted my changes. --80.74.110.170 11:53, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

Wait 'til Peres takes office[edit]

Let's wait until Peres takes office, before we put 'ending dates' on Katsav & Itzik's tenures. PS- As for the above, I too believe 'Acting Presidents' should be removed from the list. GoodDay 17:13, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

Also let's wait until Katsav (and Itzik) actually leave office, that'll occur at Peres' inauguration. GoodDay 19:47, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Wikitable of Presidents[edit]

I made a wikitable of the Israeli Presidents, the table (with adaptations) is based on the table for the List of Presidents of the United States. However, I seem to have missed something, because the table isn't appearing properly. Could someone more knowledgeable please make the necessary corrections (including color selections that would be more in keeping with the associated party colors in Israel), then place the table in the article at the appropriate spot? Thanks!! 65.220.25.66 15:43, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I don't know how to fix the appearance, however I have some advice on the list. Keep Katsav presidency tenure as incumbent (exampe: August 1, 200- present) & don't list Shimmon Peres at all. Your current model wouldn't come into effect, until July 15, 2007. Wait until Peres is inaugurated. GoodDay 18:40, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
So that gives us about 4 weeks or so for someone to step forward and make the adjustments necessary, that should be plenty of time! 68.100.248.53 00:46, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
# President Took office Left office Party Notes
1 Chaim Weizmann 100px May 17, 1948 November 9, 1952 none Chairman, Provisional State Council (to February 17, 1949)
2 Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.jpg December 10, 1952 April 23, 1963 Labor
3 Zalman Shazar Pix.gif May 21, 1963 May 24 1973 Labor
4 Ephraim Katzir Pix.gif May 24, 1973 May 29, 1978 Labor
5 Yitzhak Navon May 29, 1978 May 5, 1983 Labor
6 Haim Herzog  The file File:Herzog.jpg has an uncertain copyright status and may be deleted. You can comment on its removal. May 5, 1983 May 13, 1993 Labor
7 Ezer Weizman Ezer Weizman 1978-2.jpg May 13, 1993 July 12, 2000 Labor
8 Moshe Katsav Moshe Katsav 2003-05-11 cropped.jpg August 1, 2000 July 1, 2007 Likud
9 Shimon Peres Shimon Peres.jpg July 15, 2007 Kadima President-Elect
# President Took office Left office Party Notes

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Powers of the president[edit]

I think that this text, from the section on presidential powers, may be incorrect:

The powers of the President of Israel are rather limited in scope compared to heads of state in other countries.

First of all, "other countries" is too vague. Does it mean all other countries? Some other countries, and, if so, which ones?

Secondly, in a parliamentary democracy, the role of the head of state is always relatively limited. The Queen of England, for example, exercises almost no real political power except naming the prime minister (who is really chosen by the majority party), signing legislation, and calling early elections if required. The role of President in Germany and Italy is similar. The list of duties and powers of the Israeli President matches very closesly the duties of most other chiefs of state in parliamentary systems. It is only in comparison to a presidential system, like that of the United States, that the Israeli president's power seems "rather limited." However, parliamentary democracy is practiced in almost every democratic European state, plus Canada, Australia, Japan, Iraq, India, and Turkey (either as a democratic constitutional monarchy or as a republic).

Therefore, I changed the language to read:

The powers of the President of Israel are generally equivalent to those held by chiefs of state in other parliamentary democracies.

Sacxpert (talk) 05:53, 30 October 2008 (UTC)