Peres was referring to the possibility that he would be elected to replace President Moshe Katsav, who is currently under investigation over allegations of rape and sexual harassment.
Rabbi Yosef and Peres in Jerusalem (photo: Haim Tzach)
During the meeting, which was held at Rabbi Yosef’s home, the two also discussed the development of the Negev and Galilee (Peres’ portfolio), the local high-tech industry and the Iranian nuclear threat.
Rabbi Yosef is the spiritual leader of the Shas party, which backed Katsav in his presidential race against Peres.
The next presidential race will be decided in a secret ballot at the Knesset, after Knesset Member Yoel Hasson (Kadima) announced about three weeks ago that he would freeze the "Peres bill" enabling an open presidential ballot.
MK Hasson said that he would continue to promote the bill, but only for the next presidential race. Hasson told Ynet that he made the decision "following the political farce created around it. I refuse to be part of this farce."