The Israeli position of President is different form what a “president” is in most countries. It’s supposed to be ceremonial, a figurehead, not a policy maker.
Ruby (Reuven) Rivlin, who has spent decades in the public eye, as a descendant of the the Rivlin for whom Rivlin Street is named, as head of the Betar Jerusalem soccer team, politician, MK, is now the President of Israel.
Rivlin succeeds Shimon Peres who just couldn’t take off his “politician hat.” Peres is most popular with foreigners, especially Leftist office holders, media and diplomats.
Rivlin and Peres are very different. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that those who are happiest to see Peres go are the same ones who are happiest to see Rivlin in the office. To my mind Peres seemed to be more interested in impressing and pleasing foreigners than relating to ordinary Israelis. Rivlin is thought of as a warm, friendly uncle, one of the family.
Especially now during a time of war, tension and stress, we do need a President who can unite us into one loving family.
Go for it Ruby!
About the Author: Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.
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