Former Labor Party MK Yossi Beilin sends a letter to left-wing MKs exhorting them to vote for Hatnua party MK Meir Sheetrit.
“The presidency is unavoidably political,” Beilin writes. Will the next president celebrate the anniversaries of the founding of settlements? Will he set foot in Arab towns, or avoid them? No matter how “nice” he is, Rivlin’s right-wing views will necessarily get in the way of his presidency, and harm the country in the process, Beilin argues.
Sheetrit, he notes, was one of the few right-wingers who abstained in the narrow votes on the Oslo peace agreements in the 1990s. Without that abstention, the second Oslo agreement in 1995 would have failed to pass in the Knesset.
The full letter (in Hebrew) can be found here.