Member of Knesset Avi Wortzman (Jewish Home) informed Professor Dan Shechtman, Monday morning, that he would sign his petition to run for president. Wortzman became the 10th Knesset member to sign Professor Shechtman's petition, qualifying the Nobel laureate for the race.
Wortzman said, Regardless of which candidate for whom I'll vote, I believe that we should allow deserving people such as Professor Shechtman to participate in the presidential race. As Deputy Minister of education I believe that a Nobel laureate and educator like Professor Shechtman, who brings honor to the state of Israel, it should have the chance to stand for election to this important position. It's not right that a person such as Professor Shechtman has to go for a long time between Knesset members just to stand for election."