Sources in the Foreign Ministry said Monday that President Shimon Peres would continue to involve himself in diplomatic initiatives, despite the fact that such initiatives are usually the job of the Foreign Minister, while the presidency is considered to be a ceremonial position. Peres “is a one-man Foreign Ministry,” one official said.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Sunday that she approved of Peres’s presidency and was not concerned that he would encroach on her authority. If anything, officials said, Peres would take over initiatives under the authority of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Peres began promoting his diplomatic initiatives during his swearing-in, giving a long speech and telling Associated Press reporters that Israel must give up Judea and Samaria.