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Knesset Update and the Lowdown on Ruvi Rivlin

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Yishai is joined by Knesset Insider Jeremy Man Saltan to talk about current updates in the government including the election of Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin as the 10th president of Israel. Listen in to this informative segment!

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Netanyahu and Rivlin ‘Happy Together’ for Israel

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President-elect Reuven Rivlin ‘agreed to agree’ on Wednesday, embracing with a hug and a smile for the cameras.

Formal congratulations from the prime minister to the president-elect were in order despite the fact that Netanyahu worked himself to the bone trying to find a different Likud candidate for the office – and Rivlin knew it. They’ve been at each other’s throats for years in fact; but they’re both professional enough and smart enough to know they must now set aside those differences.

Rivlin took the high road from the outset, saying, “The prime minister and I are committed to full and fruitful cooperation for the State of Israel and the People of Israel.”

The prime minister agreed. “We are both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common – such as our football team,” Netanyahu said, almost with a straight face, to reporters. “Joint work on behalf of all Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.”

BREAKING NEWS: Reuven Rivlin Elected President

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

MK Reuven Rivlin was elected Israel’s 10th president. One hundred sixteen Knesset members cast ballots in the second round of voting; 63 for Rivlin, 53 for MK Meir Sheetrit.

Following the announcement by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, the president-elect thanked his “true friends,” and said he is “not mad at anyone,” a reference to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who tried to scuttle his candidacy. According to the Times of Israel website, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel – a cohen – pronounced the Priestly Blessing over Rivlin’s head.

Labor Party Chairman Isaac Herzog also congratulated Rivlin on the victory, and added that the new president  has the ability to be a unifying person for Israel.

Inside Rivlin’s Likud Party, MK Miri Regev seized the victory to “poke” at the prime minister, saying that despite Netanyahu’s efforts to prevent Rivlin from winning the presidency, Rivlin won.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz praised Rivlin, comparing the president-elect to Yaakov Avinu: Like our illustrious forefather, who worked 14 years for the privilege of marrying his beloved wife, Rachel, Rivlin worked hard for 14 years as a Knesset member to get to this day.

Justice Minister Tzippi Livni said she was proud of having campaigned for Sheetrit, and added that Rivlin would make an excellent president.

“When we started this campaign, people laughed at us for supporting Meir (Sheetrit),” Livni told Israel Radio. “He barely had 9 votes behind him – and look! We got to a second round, where he garnered 53 votes. It’s a terrific accomplishment.”

Livni added that she is proud of the election process, and praised her political rival as “my president.”

“It was a fair fight, with two excellent candidates. Ruby is committed to the State of Israel, not to his particular party. Now, I am the head of a political party and he is the president of Israel,” she said.

Asked whether it will be hard to listen to President Rivlin, a strong opponent of a Palestinian state and the Oslo process, lecture politicians about the value of the Whole Land of Israel, Livni recalled that both she and the president are scions of Revisionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky. She also praised Rivlin as a democrat, as evidenced by his behavior during the 2005 eviction of Jews from Gush Katif.

Election leaves Israelis flat

While the Knesset celebrated Rivlin’s election, many Israelis bemoaned the month-long election, saying the race represented the lowest common denominator in Israel’s public life.

“Look at the people they got to run for president,” said Moshe Levy, a green grocer at the Mahane Yehuda market. Speaking to the Jewish Press Tuesday, Levy said the very office of president has become an embarrassment to the Jewish People. “They scraped the bottom of the barrel and went crazy with the whole thing.  I’m fed up with the whole thing, with all the politicians. Why do we need a president, anyway?”

Following the first round of voting, Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman, who garnered just one vote, said the election proved that Israeli parliamentarians are “out of touch” with the Israeli public. A random sample of shop owners and passers-by at the shuk this afternoon seemed to back up Shechtman’s assessment.  Several people told this reporter they felt the institution of president should be eliminated, or at least revamped so that the Israeli public have a say in electing the president. Others said they didn’t care who won the election because “they are all corrupt.”

Rivlin will take office on July 27.

 

Israeli Presidential Election, The Sequel: Stay Tuned for Round 2

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Nothing is ever simple in the Land of Israel.

On Tuesday morning, Israel’s presidential election came down to a hodgepodge of a vote that left the Knesset vote up in the air — like many committee decisions.

In this first poll, there were two invalid ballots out of a possible 120 Knesset vote.

Front-runner MK Reuven Rivlin received 44 votes, and his closest competitor was MK Meir Sheetrit, with 31.

Former Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik came in third with 28 votes, followed by former Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner, with 13.

Nobel laureate Professor Dan Shechtman was out of the running entirely, having received only one vote.

All of the candidates – except Sheetrit – made their financial records public immediately following allegations of fiscal misconduct by MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who suddenly dropped out of the race on Saturday as a result of the investigation against him.

MK Silvan Shalom withdrew from the race even earlier, after being accused of sexual misconduct in an incident some 15 years ago.

The next round of voting will take place in one week from today – next Tuesday, June 17, in a runoff election between MK Reuven Rivlin and MK Meir Sheetrit.

The winner of that contest is expected to be announced at 5:00 p.m. that same afternoon by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, followed by a reception at the Knesset for the new president-elect.

If all goes well, on July 24, the successor to President Shimon Peres will become the 10th president of the State of Israel and be sworn into office.

Israel Choosing a New President Today

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Israeli elections to choose a new president begin at 11 am local time, with Knesset members already preparing for the vote that will place the country’s next ceremonial representative in Jerusalem’s presidential residence for the next seven years.

After what has been termed the “ugliest” contest in recent decades, the race is nearly over, to everyone’s relief.

Largely expected to take the lion’s share of the votes is sole Likud candidate and former Knesset Speaker, MK Reuven Rivlin.

His main competitor is Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner, most analysts believe, who will receive extra support due to the last-minute pullout of MK Binyamin ‘Fuad’ Ben-Eliezer (Labor). The former defense minister left the race on Saturday following allegations of financial misconduct.

Other candidates include MK Meir Sheetrit (the only candidate who refused to reveal his financial information), Professor Dan Shechtmann,and former Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, another possible favorite and one allegedly backed by lawmakers from the Yisrael Beyteynu party.

The latter support is ironic, given that Yisrael Beyteynu is a partner in a merger with the Likud. However, Yisrael Beyteynu chairman and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has come out against Rivlin, who is backed by Likud Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Just yesterday (Monday), Liberman took a public swipe at Netanyahu over his handling of internal squabbles between coalition members.

Do I hear the echoes of a future campaign for the prime minister’s seat building in the wings by an ambitious foreign minister?

The first round of voting is to be carried out in the Knesset by secret ballot, and if one candidate receives an absolute majority of 61 mandates, the next president will have been chosen.

If no majority is reached, the two top candidates go on to a run-off election, and the process is repeated.

Netanyahu Shocks Israeli Politicians, Champions Rivlin for President

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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.

Knesset to Choose Next President June 10

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Knesset members will choose Israel’s next president on June 10, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announced Monday.

The decision to hold elections now is a political blow to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who tried to push off elections to replace retiring President Shimon Peres in order to block the election of current front runner, MK Reuven Rivlin.

“The current race has been muddied by slander and delegimitization,” Edelstein said, “which I feel has disgraced the process and caused severe damage to this important institution.”  While the Israeli president is technically the head of state, it is a position has traditionally been a ceremonial post, with little official jurisdiction. Presidents have little authority apart from granting pardons and accepting credentials from foreign diplomats to Israel.

Peres, however, has used the office as a personal soapbox. As president, he has remained outside politics, but has frequently voiced opinions on Israel’s diplomatic process with the Palestinian Authority and other issues that have traditionally been considered outside the purview of the presidential office.

Seven who would be president

Currently, there are seven candidates for president. They include former Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin, former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Likud MK Silvan Shalom, former Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik. former finance minister MK Meir Sheetrit, former Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner and Nobel Laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman.  Candidates have until May 27 to declare their candidacy, together with signatures from 10 Knesset members.

“I want to wish each of the [seven] candidates good luck, but beyond that I beseech and even demand of them, for me, for the Knesset and for the people of Israel, to behave with dignity, respect, decency, morality and integrity,” Edelstein continued.

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