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Who is Ruby Rivlin, Israel’s President Elect

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

JERUSALEM –Reuven Rivlin was elected today by the Knesset as Israel’s 10th president.  One after the other, 119 Members of Knesset casted their confidential ballot for one of the five candidates. No one candidate received the required 61 votes, and so a second round between Rivlin who came in first, and Sheetrit, was required. After a second round of votes Rivlin was announced by Knesset Spokesman Edelstein as the winner with 63 votes. The left wing parties rallied around MK Sheetrit at the last moment, but Rivlin still gained the majority of voted his election.

Reuvin (Ruby) Rivlin was born in Jerusalem on September 9th, 1939. He is married to Nechama and has four children. He is a scion of a rabbinical family, a descendent of the students of the Vilna Gaon, the son of Yosef Yoel Rivlin and a member of the will known Jerusalemite Rivlin family.

Rivlin served as a Major in the IDF. He holds an LL.B. from Hebrew U in Jerusalem and practiced law.

Rivlin has been a politician since 1988, serving as a Member of Knesset for the Likud party. He has been most noted for his role as Speaker of the Knesset from 1988 – 1993. Rivlin has further served as Minister of Communications during the 15th Knesset.  Before joining the Knesset he served as Member of the Jerusalem Municipal Council.

Rivlin has been a presidential candidate in the past. He ran in the 2007 election for President as the Likud candidate. He withdrew after the first round of voting when it became clear that Shimon Peres had sufficient broad support to inevitably win in a run-off.

He has been a vegetarian since the late 1960’s. Rivlin is a well known of Beitar Jerusalem soccer fan, ever since he first saw a game of Beitar in 1946 when he was 7 years old. During every radio interview he “greets the listeners from Jerusalem.”

Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency

Yet Another Presidential Race Dropout Following Allegations of Wrongdoing

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Labor MK Binyamin “Fuad” Ben-Eliezer dropped out of the race for President of Israel, just days before the June 10th election.

Ben-Eliezer quit following a much publicized last minute police investigation, examining whether or not illegally received money to buy an apartment.

Ben-Eliezer is the second MK knocked out of the race for president following much publicized investigations, the first was Minister Silvan Shalom, who dropped out after allegations that he had committed some sex-related crimes.

The Attorney General eventually closed the investigations against Silvan, but as a result Silvan decided to not run.

Ben-Eliezer maintains his innocence, and says he will continue to fight to prove his innocence, and called it a ‘targeted assassination’.

But even if he could prove his innocence in the next few days, the allegations are enough to kill his chance to be in a reasonable position to challenge Ruby Rivlin, the Likud front-runner, in a run-off race.

On the online Israeli political forums they’re taking it a step further, as members discuss how presidential candidate Dalia Itzik, after leaving politics in 2012, was able to afford a NIS 4.5 million luxury apartment in Tel Aviv in 2013. Itzik’s husband works for the Israel Electric Company.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has offered Labor the option to postpone the presidential elections for 2 weeks to give them the opportunity to select a different candidate to support.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Knesset Bill to Cut MKs Salaries Passes First Reading

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The Knesset Monday approved on the first reading a bill that would cut salaries of Knesset Members and the President of Israel by 10 percent. Salaries of ministers and judges would be cut by one percent.

The measure passed by a margin of 38-15 but likely will be altered by Knesset committee that will discuss the bill before returning it to the Knesset floor.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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