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Albert Einstein was asked to be the president of Israel in 1952.

The NEH article confirms that Israel had asked Albert Einstein to be its President in 1952 after the death of Israel's first president Chaim Weizmann.

The NEH article confirms that Israel had asked Albert Einstein to be its President in 1952 after the death of Israel's first president Chaim Weizmann.Albert Einstein was a German mathematician and physicist and is also known for his theory of general relativity. He was promoting social causes, like Zionism and visited the United States in 1921 for the fundraising for a Hebrew University in Israel.

Chaim Weizmann Israel’s first President died on 9 November 1952. Israeli citizens and Jews began submitting names of important people whom they felt would be suitable to inherit the honoured position. Meanwhile, Ambassador to America, Abban Eban on the acting instructions of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion approached Albert Einstein by writing a letter asking if he would accept the offer to serve as President of Israel. Einstein declined that invitation through a letter stating that it was impossible to accept that offer because he was fully focused on dealing with the world of physics his entire life and also mentioned that neither did he possess the natural ability nor the experience in that field of politics.

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