He may have time on his hands when the La Scala job is over at the end of next year, but this is one of the unlikelier career-moves for the award-laden international musician.
The proposal comes from Gideon Levy, a left-of-left commentator on the liberal daily, Haaretz, and, while not without merit, it serves chiefly to demonstrate how far the secular left in Israel has drifted apart from mainstream public opinion.
Barenboim, who holds both Israeli and Palestinian passports, would not, by our estimation, be acceptable as a figurehead president to 70 percent of Israeli society. Still, as Theodor Herzl said, if you really want it, it needn’t be a dream.
Read Levy here.