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Netanyahu Shocks Israeli Politicians, Champions Rivlin for President

'We have been through a lot together . . . I hope we will know better days," Bibi told Rivlin.

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Former Knesset Speaker and MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud).

Former Knesset Speaker and MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud).
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Former Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin got the nod from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday in a move that sent shockwaves around the Israeli political scene.

Rivlin, long considered Netanyahu’s nemesis, is the sole candidate for the upcoming June 10 presidential race from the prime minister’s Likud party.

“We have been through a lot together in our lifetimes. Some days were good, some not so good,” Netanyahu allegedly told him, as quoted by the prime minister’s spokesperson. “I hope we will know better days.”

Rivlin, who is not a vindictive person by nature, said he was genuinely happy to receive Netanyahu’s support, according to sources close to the MK.

Rivlin is also supported by Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, who told reporters he is “a Zionist with values and a good heart.” Rivlin is known for his modesty, said Bennett, and his concern for minorities and weaker sectors of society.

There are six candidates running for the post:
Rivlin (Likud); former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor); MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatnua); former Knesset Speaker and MK Dalia Itzik; Nobel Prize winner Prof. Dan Shechtman; and former Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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  1. We are very proud of Prime Minister Netanyahu for showing his love for Israel by choosing Reuven Rivlin, a candidate that will best respect the views of all Israelis at a critical time ,just as he did in the Knesset,even though these 2 did not always see eye to eye.Yasher Koach!

  2. Meyer Falik says:

    Truth is BiBi is the ultimate politician, he saw he could not get rid of Ruby so he did an about face and is supporting. "If you can't beat 'em join 'em".

  3. Kol Hakavod Bibi, Rivlin is a good choice, he have my support!


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