Israel’s nonogenarian president, Shimon Peres, has no intention of retiring after his term of office expires in 2014, according to media reports.
Instead, Peres, 90, plans to return to the Knesset.
In private conversations Peres has talked of establishing a new political party with other well-known figures, including former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin.
The three share a vocally critical view of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s policies regarding Iran, Syria and the peace process. Even though the Israeli presidency is ostensibly a non-political post, Peres has several times expressed himself on these issues.
According to other reports, Peres would seek another seven-year term as president. This would require a legislative change, as under the current law he is limited to a single term.