Beit HaNassi

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The office of the President (2007)

The President's House, known in Hebrew as Beit HaNassi ('בֵּית הַנָּשִׂיא) and Mishkan HaNassi (מִשְׁכָּן הַנָּשִׂיא), is the official residence of the President of Israel. It is located in the Talbiya neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Etymology[edit]

In Modern Hebrew, beit means house, mishkan residence, and nasi president, the last being derived from the Biblical Hebrew word for prince. Ha' is the Hebrew definite article.

History[edit]

Before Beit HaNassi was built, President Chaim Weizmann lived in Rehovot in his own villa. Yitzhak Ben-Zvi used a cabin in Rehavia for his presidential duties while living in a regular apartment.[1]

In 1963, a plan to build a residence for the incoming president, Zalman Shazar, was started. During Shazar's presidency, he declined the offer to have the future residence built as part of existing political buildings.[2][1] As a result, the construction of a house in Talbiya was approved, to be built on a ten-dunam plot.[1] In 1964, architect Aba Elhanani won the contest for the residence design.[1] Beit HaNassi was inaugurated in 1971 by President Shazar.[2][1] The design came under harsh criticism from different public figures.[1]

During the visit to Israel of Pope Benedict XVI in 2009, President Shimon Peres inaugurated a new custom that all visiting world leaders would plant an olive tree in the Beit HaNassi "peace garden".[3]

In October 2017, work was completed on a new, enlarged entrance to Beit Hanassi to enable faster processing of visitors to major events at the residence.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f David Kroyanker (3 March 2010). "From modesty to monstrosity". Haaretz. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b Greer Fay Cashman (30 April 2009). "Rothschild family steps in to rescue Beit Hanassi". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ Pope To Lay 'Roots Of Peace' In Beit Hanassi Visit Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine Turkish Weekly, 1 May 2009
  4. ^ New entrance for president's house

Coordinates: 31°46′11″N 35°12′51″E / 31.76972°N 35.21417°E / 31.76972; 35.21417

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