web analytics
January 29, 2015 / 9 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Reuven Rivlin’

UNRWA Runs Out of Money that Israel Says Being Used for Terror Tunnels

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

UNRWA said Tuesday it has suspended it program  rehabilitate Gaza, which may be good news for Israel since it says material shipped to Gaza are also being used to rehabilitate terror tunnels.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told President Reuven Rivlin in New York Monday night that the United Nations has sent a team to Gaza to investigate assertions by Israel that metal and cement shipped into Gaza are being used for tunnels as well as homes.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told The Jewish Press he is not aware of any money being used for the tunnels, some of which have been identified by the IDF as newly constructed.

The UNRWA program to help Gazans, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hamas rockets as well as Israeli fire in last summer’s war, is dependent on pledges of $5.4 billion, including $720 million for UNRWA, made by foreign donors at a conference in Cairo last October..

“The gap between expectations after the October Cairo conference and present reality is widening. There are genuine fears that if UNRWA halts this program, the consequences could be dramatic,” said Gunness.

He added, “All of the money that we can dispense has been spent. There is no more money.” He also stated that no money is missing.

There are two UNRWA aid plans, one for rental subsidies and the other for cash payments for Gazans to buy materials.

The Jewish Press has learned that most of the money that actually was turned over to UNRWA came from Saudi Arabia, followed by the European Union.

The constant threat of violence from Gaza is often fueled by great expectations, and the halt to work for homes in Gazans could stir up the locals again.

And what happened to all of the pledges?

Par for the course, most Arab countries have not lived up to their promises.

For example, Qatar pledged $1 billion.

With the price of oil having caved in since October, perhaps the richest country in the world, which has investments of more than $100 billion, cannot find the shekels for its poor brethren in Gaza.

Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad may need the small change for the maid to clean his home in London, for which he paid $62 million and then spent another $110 million to refurbish, complete with marble bathrooms.

Rivlin Meets Parents of IDF Lone Soldiers who Fell During Operation Protective Edge

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

On Monday evening, Jan. 26, the President and First Lady of Israel, Reuven and Nechama Rivlin, met in New York with parents of IDF Lone Soldiers who fell in battle during Operation Protective Edge.

The President and his wife met with Evie and Stuart Steinberg, parents of Sgt. Max Steinberg, and Rachel and David Adir, parents of Lt. Liran Adir.

Max served in the Golani Brigade, and fell in combat in the Gaza Strip. In an emotional tribute, over 30,000 Israelis attended his funeral in Jerusalem.

Liran served in the Armored Corps and also fell in combat in the Gaza Strip, just three weeks after he had married. He was also buried in Israel. The president invited both Max and Liran’s parents to be his guests at the United Nations for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Special Session scheduled for this Wednesday.

The President warmly embraced the Steinberg and Adir families and said,

The citizens of the State of Israel, and the Jewish people as a whole owe you a debt which can never be repaid. You have lost what was most precious to you. You have endured the unthinkable, the loss of a child. We share in your grief, we share in your pain, and indeed, we share in your pride, that your dear children were dedicated to defending the Jewish people, and the Jewish homeland. Your children are our children, and we promise to preserve their brave legacy as defenders of the people and the country.

David, father of Liran Adir, told the Rivlins about the great loss they had suffered, and how they missed their son. “I cannot accept he is gone” Adir said.

Stuart, father of Max, said that, “Max had a mission, and he followed that mission, and that is the feeling that I carry with me. If only I was able to undo what has happened, but I can’t and so I find comfort in that Max fulfilled his mission.”

Max’s mother, Evie, explained to the President how proud Max was to serve in – and wear the uniform of – the IDF.

“Max was always so tough, even though he was not so big. He always carried the heaviest of burdens, and never gave up, even with the most challenging of physical obstacles,” Mrs. Steinberg said, “I have saved all the messages he sent me, and find comfort in the knowledge of how much he loved the State of Israel.”

Pres. Rivlin Meets with Henry Kissinger

Monday, January 26th, 2015

On Sunday evening, Jan. 25, Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, during Rivlin’s trip to New York.

According to Rivlin’s spokesperson, the two men discussed a range of issues facing Israel, and spoke about the long history of Israel-U.S. relations.

President Rivlin thanked Mr. Kissinger for the meeting and said, “We appreciate you and cherish your opinions and positions.  The leadership you displayed throughout your many roles was inspiring.

“You stood alongside Israel in both good times and bad, and while of course we did not always see eye to eye on everything, we always felt your concern and desire for the prosperity of the State of Israel.”

Mr. Kissinger, a 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, expressed great interest in developments currently taking place in the Middle East.

The two also spoke about various options to initiate a renewal of the “peace process,” according to Rivlin’s spokesperson.

‘No Opportunity’ in Obama’s Schedule for Hosting President Rivlin

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

President Barack Obama’s aides have turned down a request by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to meet him next week, when Rivlin addressed the United Nations during its commemoration of the Holocaust next Tuesday .

“Over the past few days, there has been contact between the relevant parties in Israel and the US, discussing the possibility of a meeting between President Obama and President Rivlin during his visit to New York,” President Rivlin’s spokesman Jason Pearlman said Sunday night.

He added:

At this stage, it has been agreed not to hold a meeting during his visit, due to the schedule constraints of both leaders, and that a meeting would be scheduled at a later date.

When asked if the White House’s rejection of a visit was linked to its refusal to meet with visiting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu next month because of the upcoming Knesset elections, Pearlman asked The Jewish Press, “Have you ever had to organize a presidential visit?” He noted the complexities in adjusting schedules and making time for a meeting on short notice.

A cynic could say that President Obama does not want to give Israel any attention before the elections, even though the office of the Israeli president officially is not a political position.

Rivlin was a senior Likud Knesset leader and Knesset Speaker until he was elected last year to succeed Shimon Peres, who turned the office into a platform for his political views.

Rivlin  is known to be far from a close friend of Netanyahu but he also has no taste for the increasingly leftist Labor-Livni party, the Likud’s main challenger.

A more positive view of the White House rejection would take Pearlman’s explanation as the truth, which it very well could be.

It will pay to look at Obama’s public schedule next week and see how many times he is on the golf course during Rivlin’s five-day visit.

Rivlin: Hamas Terror Won’t Stop Israel From Building Across Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin expressed “heartfelt pain” and “utter disgust” at blood spilled by a Hamas terrorist in Jerusalem but said Israel will continue to build across the capital city.

Speaking to participants at a memorial ceremony for former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his late wife Leah Rabin at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, the president expressed “heartfelt pain” and “utter disgust” about the attack that took place earlier in the day. But he said that those who will be harmed more than any “will be the terrorists and those who incite and support them.”

Rivlin vowed that Israel would not cease to build across Jerusalem, nor “to impose law and order, by virtue of our sovereignty.”

Days before Rabin was murdered in October 1995, Rivlin noted the former prime minister had addressed celebrations in Washington D.C. to mark 3,000 years of Jerusalem.

“He spoke to the people of Israel and the world, and said proudly and confidently, ‘My Jerusalem is the focus of the longing, and destination of the dreams of the Jewish people. That is the dream, to reach (Jerusalem).

‘We have differences of opinion, from the Right to the Left. We disagree over the direction and over the aim. But in Israel, we have no disagreement on one issue – the unification of Jerusalem, and its continued place as the capital of the State of Israel,’” Rivlin quoted Rabin.

“These were his words.”

President Rivlin to Inaugurate Jewish Museum of Warsaw

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin is set to inaugurate the Jewish Museum of Warsaw next month during his first state visit to Poland.

Rivlin was invited by his counter part, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, with whom he will meet together with other senior state officials.

Rivlin is also scheduled to address Poland’s governing parliament during his visit, in Hebrew.

Israeli high school students travel to Poland every other year to participate in the “March of the Living.” The pilgrimage honors the fallen Jews who were murdered at concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Knesset Update and the Lowdown on Ruvi Rivlin

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

(((CLICK BELOW TO HEAR AUDIO)))

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!

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
Yishai on Facebook

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/radio/knesset-update-and-the-lowdown-on-ruvi-rivlin/2014/06/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: