Prime Minister Ehud Barak congratulated his number two, Shimon Peres, for deciding to contend for president. "One can say with certainty that the nation of Israel wishes to be dignified by seeing Shimon Peres as the President of the State of Israel. Peres represents everything that Israelis think is right, suitable and honorable in a president.
"A assure you that until the elections we will work diligently to ensure that the Knesset will express what is truly befitting for the people of Israel to get by voting for president," Olmert told Peres at the faction meeting. (Amnon Meranda)