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August 30, 2015 / 15 Elul, 5775
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President Rivlin Praises Netanyahu and IDF for War on Terror

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin expressed his support of the IDF and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to keep the country safe from terrorists.

In a statement after the hit-and-run attack by a Palestinian Authority terrorists who ran over three soldiers, leaving one in life-threatening condition, the president said:

I am proud of our soldiers who responded immediately against the terrorist who carried out the horrific attack on Route 60. We do not and will never tolerate terrorism.

I express my support for the Prime Minister, and the heads of all the security services in their uncompromising struggle for our right to live and go about our daily lives in every part of the land of Israel. Together with all the people in Israel, my prayers and wishes are with the injured for their full and speedy recovery.

Delegation of House Democrats Meets With Pres. Reuven Rivlin

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

A delegation of Democratic Congressional members met with President Reuven Rivlin Wednesday in Jerusalem to discuss the Iran nuclear deal signed by the U.S. and world powers.

The group, led by House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is currently in Israel for a visit to the country arranged by AIPAC. Rivlin called visit “yet another link in the long and unbreakable chain tying together the U.S. and the State of Israel.”

He quoted President John F. Kennedy, who said, “Friendship for Israel is not a partisan matter. It is a national commitment.”

Then Rivlin went on to say, “We stand together in a partnership established on the strong foundations of common values and a shared vision, rooted in the long-standing commitment to democracy, liberal values, and human rights for each and every citizen.

“These are not just slogans,” he stressed. “For us in Israel, we strive each and every day, to achieve our goal of a Jewish, democratic state. Democratic and Jewish. Where the historic traditions and values of the Jewish people, and the individual rights of each and every citizen of this land, are protected and safeguarded.”

Rivlin also spoke about the concerns of Israeli citizens over the Iranian nuclear deal signed by the U.S. and world powers in Vienna last month.

“Along with Israelis on all sides of the political spectrum; I am deeply concerned about the recent nuclear deal signed with Iran… We fear this agreement is a first step in the legitimization of Iran’s policies and strategies, and only acts to further destabilize a chaotic region,” he said.

Nevertheless, he added, “We know that Israel does not stand alone. Whatever the Congress decides, it will be your decision as representatives of the American people. We, as your allies and partners, must make sure that whatever the result of this vote, our strategic alliance stands, and grows even stronger.”

Rep. Hoyer thanked Rivlin for his warm welcome and said the visit came not only as a means of learning about the present-day facts, politics and strategic and security issues “that we all must focus on” but also as a “reaffirmation of the unbreakable bond that exists between Israel and the United States of America. We come to reaffirm that bond, even though there may be differences of opinion today between our leaders on issues of great importance to not only our two countries, but to this region and the entire world.

“We think it is critical now more than ever to let it be known by those who would undermine democracies, those that would undermine free peoples, that we are united and not divided.”

President Rivlin Highlights Contradiction of Israel’s Silence when Fighting Anti-Semitism

Monday, July 13th, 2015

By Zack Pyzer

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin inspected the Afghan section of the cemetery on the Mount of Olives Monday, a site which has seen repeated vandalism and destruction by some of East Jerusalem’s Arab residents.

Rivlin was accompanied by four relatives of people buried in the Afghani section, which is located in a more remote area of the expansive site. Representatives from the Rabbinate, Police and Afghani Jewish community were also present.

At the time of the inspection, 62 graves had recently suffered severe damage from vandalism. While some were strewn with litter, including human excrement, others had been set on fire.

In addition to the horrifying disrespect to the dead, visitors to the graves often come under stone throwing attacks, and other serious assaults.

The president noted that the attacks barely receive coverage in the Israeli press. “In any other place across the world, there would have been a tremendous outcry if such things would occur,” he argued. Rivlin has spent much of his time in office pressing for an end to racism across all sections of Israeli society.

Rivlin, whose family moved to Jerusalem in 1809, said “We have returned to our homeland, yet even during ups and downs, we never abandoned it.” The president was in the area having paid his respects at his parents’ graves nearby.

“It cannot be so that in our state, we are unable to stop such terrible vandalism,” the president remarked solemnly. “We must not despair nor give up, we will never be moved from here,” he vowed.

Pres. Reuven Rivlin Mourns His Older Sister

Monday, July 13th, 2015

The House of Israel offers its condolences to President Reuven Rivlin, who has changed his schedule for the upcoming week upon the death at age 84 of his older sister, Esther Herling Binyamin.

Born in Jerusalem to Rachel Rivlin and Yehoshua Binyamin, she was known as Etti and was always close to her younger brother Reuven.

She served as an Etzel combatant in her youth and later as a volunteer in other capacities. Rivlin said his older sister helped educate him as much as their mother.

Herling Binyamin is survived by her siblings, three children and many grandchildren. She will be laid to rest on the Mount of Olives alongside the president’s parents in a ceremony not yet scheduled.

Shiva arrangements have also not yet been set. Baruch HaDayan HaEmes.

‘They Did Not Fall in Vain: IDF Struck By Air, Sea & Land’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Israel again faces terror from a multiplicity of sources in the south — a fact acknowledged by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during remarks he delivered Monday at a ceremony to mark the first year anniversary of the 51-day counter terror war against Hamas, Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. But during his speech to families of the fallen IDF soldiers at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery, Netanyahu warned Israel would not tolerate any threat to her citizens. “If Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran or Da’esh (ISIS) attempts to harm Israel, they are risking their lives,” he stated.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization, Netanyahu reminded, was dealt a “severe blow that it has not felt since its founding… We are [currently] monitoring events in the south and our operations [there] require strength,” he said.

At least two families of the fallen are particularly grief-stricken: the bodies of their sons have yet to be laid to rest. Hamas terrorists kidnapped their remains during the war, and have held them in captivity since.

The prime minister addressed the issue, promising the families, “We will do everything we can to return home Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin to their families.” President Reuven Rivlin also related in his speech to the wounds that – for some families — seem to have no end.

Speaking about those soldiers who are still medically fighting for their lives, and the grief of families whose pain yet remains, Rivlin said, “An operation was launched last year and for some, the battle carries on today; a post-war battle, a battle with no cease-fire.”

Rivlin warned the terror organizations that Israel would not tolerate a renewal of the threats that led to the last war – such as the rocket fire and road terror attacks that have again begun to target civilians throughout the country.

“Israel will not continue to be a hostage in enemy hands,” he said, “an enemy who does not respect human rights or civilian lives… The next conflict could be a lot harder than the last one.”

It was Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a former IDF chief of staff, who bluntly said in his address to the families of the fallen that the sacrifices of their loved ones had not been in vain.

“Hundreds of terrorists were killed, and the Hamas infrastructure was destroyed. Our soldiers hit them from the air, from the sea and by land in such a way as to make their leaders understand we would not accept any attack on the security of our civilians,” he said.

President Rivlin Tells Arab Media Ramadan Based on ‘Compassion’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin hosted Arab media at his official residence Sunday night to break the daily fast in the Muslim month of Ramadan, which he said “is based on the values of compassion, mercy, and grace.”

President Rivlin added:

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to exploit the sanctity of Ramadan, and distort its meaning in favor of criminal and murderous terrorism.

I join in the concern of those countries around us, about the increase in terrorism, and I send my condolences to the President of Egypt, and the Egyptian people, following the horrific terrorist attacks in the Sinai.

In the face of these bloody events, we have the duty, all the children of Abraham, to condemn strongly, loud and clear, these atrocities committed ‘in the name of God’, or ‘in the name of Islam’.

He declined to specifically remind his guests of last week’s Palestinian Authority terrorist attack that killed Malachi  Rosenfeld and wounded two others . He only referred to it vaguely while balancing the murder with Jewish “price tag” attacks of vandalism, by stating:

These have not been easy weeks for anyone who loves this country; for those who believe we have the ability and the duty – as Arabs and Jews – to live together. At this time, in the face of those on both sides who seek to fan the flames, we cannot and must not remain silent.

He finally made one explicit reference to Palestinian Authority terror, saying that the Abbas regime “has  a responsibility to act decisively against terrorists seeking to sabotage our daily lives here.”

The President reminded the Arab media that while Muslims were breaking the fast, Jews also were ending their fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which was postponed until Sunday because of the Sabbath.

President Rivlin also said he is working with the Netanyahu administration on the issues of “distress and pain of the Israeli Arab society” and “violence in the Arab community, shortages in housing and employment.”

“The citizenship of the Arab residents of the State of Israel is not a goodwill gesture, President Rivlin said. ” It is the citizenship of individuals and of a society which is part and parcel of this land; this land is their homeland, the State of Israel is their home.”

Wouldn’t  it be nice if Arab Knesset Members would agree?

Our Tactless President is Right for a Change

Monday, June 29th, 2015

There is no doubt that since taking the office of president, Ruby Rivlin has made some strange remarks and put forward some unexpected positions. He’s rushed in to lopsidedly criticize Jews and at times even seems to take some leftwing positions.

Of course, it’s easy to write off Rivlin’s various statements and blame them on the water in the presidential palace, or perhaps the spirit of Shimon Peres (still alive, of course) haunting the presidential halls.

Rivlin’s insensitive and tactless question last week to the Gonen family, who were mourning the loss of Danny, murdered by an Arab terrorist during a hike near Dolev, deserves a response, because as tactless as it was, the underlying question raises a valid point.

Rivlin asked the family, why wasn’t Danny hiking with a gun?

The family was very upset with the question and Danny’s mother refused to take a followup call from Rivlin, feeling the president blamed her son for getting killed and hiking in an areas where perhaps he should have been armed, as opposed to the Arab terrorist who murdered him.

The truth is, no one should have to carry a gun with them while hiking in Israel. The Land of Israel should be secure for its citizens, and every Arab terrorist should be afraid to even think about raising his hand against a Jew.

But that’s not the reality we live in.

I don’t know if Danny owned a gun. But I do know that most citizens of Israel don’t and can’t. The government won’t allow them to have one.

Rivlin’s question was right, but he addressed it to the wrong person.

Why doesn’t the state grant more gun licenses? Certainly, at least to those who fulfilled their IDF service.

Citizens have a basic right to self-defense, and relying on the police and the army must not be the sole solution. Citizens need to be able to defend themselves, by themselves.

President Rivlin needs to readdress his question to the Minister of Internal Security, “Why is it nearly impossible for the average citizen to get a gun license?”

And then he should ask why are the police so quick to take a citizen’s gun away if they had to use it in self-defense, even if just shooting in the air?

Rivlin’s question was tactless and insensitive because he addressed it to the wrong party.

But his question was right, because President Rivlin at least understands that every Jew should be armed.

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