Former justice on High Court may run for president

Dalia Dorner, a retired justice of the Israeli High Court, announced her candidacy for election as Israel’s next president.

If her candidacy is accepted, Dorner will be the second woman to run for the post and the only female candidate so far in the 2014 campaign, according to a Feb. 13 report by Army Radio.

To be registered as candidates, applicants need the signatures of at least 10 lawmakers of the Israeli Knesset, whose members elect the president. In Israel, the title is largely ceremonial.

The Army Radio report did not say whether Dorner, 79, who heads the Israel Press Council, has collected the signatures.

”I decided it was time for Israel to have a female president,” she said as she announced her candidacy during a lecture at the Technion. “Even if I’m not chosen, it will open the door for future generations of candidates.”

Elections to determine the successor to Shimon Peres are scheduled to take place in June.

The first woman to run for the post was Colette Avital, a former diplomat and lawmaker, in 2007. Peres won the election. — jta