The Israeli Presidency
The Nasí (president), is the head of the State; his charge symbolizes the unit of the nation, over the partisan politics. It supports the ancient title of the chief of the Sanhedrín, the supreme judicial and legislative entity of the Jewish people in the Earth of Israel in the ancient times. The president, who can exercise two consecutive periods of five years each one, is elect every for simple most of the members of the Knéset between the candidates presented based on his personal capacity and to his contribution to the state.
The presidential duties, which are in most cases protocolares and formal, are defined by law. They include to open the first meeting of new Knéset, to accept the credentials of the foreign envoys; to sign agreements and laws approved by the Knéset; nomination, in accordance with the recommendation of the pertinent organisms, of judges, of the governor of the Bank of Israel and of the chiefs of the diplomatic missions in the exterior; and pardon authorization to prisoners, advised by the Minister of Justice.
Also, the president carries out civil services and such informal tasks like attending to citizens' appeals, granting prestige to community organizations and reinforcing campaigns for the progress of the quality of life in the society in general.
Throughout the years, each of the presidents of Israel have contributed his own vision and his areas of interest to the charge that they occupied, extending this way the scale of the presidential functions and the social and cultural impact of the president. Thanks to his personalities, skills and talents, seven presidents of Israel have provided to the charge with a meaning and additional style, thinking about how to devote itself to matters of social cohesion, identity and Jewish culture, relations of Israel with the Jewish diaspora, and other topics fix.
Source: MFA - Foreign Office of Israel