Professor Shechtman Kicks Off Campaign for President

YERUSHALAYIM -
2011 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry, Professor Dan Shechtman. (FLASH90)
2011 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry, Professor Dan Shechtman. (FLASH90)

Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry, Professor Dan Shechtman of the Technion, launched his campaign for president of Israel on Monday as he met with a series of prominent politicians in the Knesset, according to media reports.

Shechtman says he is apolitical, and beyond the ceremonial, meet-and-greet duties of the office, would focus on promoting education and science.

“I think I can change things for the better in this country,” he said during a recent interview. “I’m doing it now as well, in many areas, mostly in education, higher education and technological entrepreneurship. But I think I could do a lot more from a presidential position.”

On Monday, Shechtman met with Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid to seek their support for the presidential election scheduled for June.

If Shechtman wins, he would be the first non-politician to win the presidency since biophysicist Ephraim Katzir in 1973.