Indirect presidential elections will be held in Israel in 2021. The President of Israel is elected by members of the Knesset for a single seven-year term. Incumbent President Reuven Rivlin, who has been in office since 24 July 2014, is ineligible for re-election.
The presidency is a ceremonial position, wielding no real power. The president's main role is following legislative elections, the president meets the leaders of each party to discuss nominations for prime minister, and gives a mandate to try and form a government to the candidate they deem most likely to succeed.
The election is conducted in the Knesset, with each member receiving one vote. The election is conducted in a two-round system. If a candidate does not receive a majority in the first round, a runoff is conducted. The ballots are kept secret.
Official candidacy requires the endorsement of 10 Members of the Knesset. Prior to this stage and as of October 2020 two men have announced their candidacy:
- Shimon Shetreet, professor of law and former Minister
- Yehudah Glick, former Member of Knesset for Likud.
Although the public will not able to vote in the election, opinion polls were conducted to determine public support for the candidates.
|Pollster||Date||Miriam Peretz||Benjamin Netanyahu||Amir Peretz||Yuli Edelstein||Shimon Shetreet||Yehudah Glick|
|Channel 20||11 October 2020||50%||23%||10%||9%||5%||3%|
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