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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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Israeli Beekeepers Help Make New Year Sweeter for President and First Lady

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

(JERUSALEM) – Beekeepers from across Israel delivered their honey products to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week in light of a festive event held at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem for the upcoming Jewish New Year. A delegation of the Israeli Honey Council, which also included a three-generation family of children, parents, and grandparents in the beekeeping business, presented the president with their selection of sweet goods on Sunday, August 30. From zatar honey and carob honey, to the more well-known wildflower honey and citrus flower honey, the Israeli president and his wife got to sample a wide variety of high quality Israeli honey. Every Rosh Hashana, Israelis consume around 1,600 tons of honey, symbolic of the Hebrew blessing traditionally recited across Jewish households for a sweet new year.

Israel produces no more than 3,000 tons of honey each year, no easy feat according to Herzl Avidor, the head of the Israel Honey Council. From the north to the south of Israel, there are 500 beekeepers that take care of 100,000 hives, of which 60,000 are placed in agricultural areas to pollinate crops. The demand for honey is greater than what Israel can provide, and so honey is also imported from abroad.

Avidor noted that Israeli beekeepers have been dealing for a number of years with a disappearing bee population, the decline in nectar in Israel, and pesticides – all of which are affecting apiaries around the world. “The honeybee is the primary pollinator in agriculture and is responsible for the pollination of 80% of the world’s crops,” said Avidor. Pollination is a critical factor for the growth of countless fruits and vegetables.

But for Shay Raikin, a beekeeper from Sde Eliezer, an agricultural community in the Hula Valley in northern Israel, honey production is a family affair and one that he is happy to be part of despite the challenges.

Raikin returned with his family from Washington State two years ago, leaving behind a high-tech career in order to return to his family’s beekeeping business established by his grandfather.

“My father is a beekeeper and I learned the trade from him, and he learned the trade from his father. We wanted to return and raise our children in Israel,” Raikin told Tazpit. “I have no regrets coming back.”

Raikin’s six-year-old son, Hillel, helps him out with the bees. “He’s not afraid of the bees and he’s a big help to me,” said his proud father. “He never misses an opportunity to work with me and the bees.”

Likewise, Shay Kanot, 28, can’t remember a day when he hasn’t been working with his father on their honey farm in Avigdor, an agricultural community south of Kiryat Malachi in southern Israel.

“I started as a kid,” Kanot says. “You deal with the hot weather and countless bee stings. You really have to love this work. But the end results are worth it,” he tells Tazpit.

President Rivlin Warns not to Accept Iran ‘with One Click of a Pen’

Monday, August 31st, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin received foreign ambassadors Monday with a thinly veiled warning that the P5+1 deal with Iran doesn’t mean that “with one click of a pen, Iran becomes a member of the club.”

At his second ore-Rosh HaShanah reception for more than 100 foreign envoys since he became president,

President Rivlin said:

Iran continues to threaten stability in the region and around the world. Their backing of terror, in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, makes Iran’s nuclear ambitions, truly terrifying – not just for Israel, but for all.

It cannot be that with one flick of a pen, Iran becomes a member of the club, and instead the world turns to single out the victim of Iran’s aggression. It cannot be that in one moment of diplomacy the reality is changed so completely. We know too well that real political change requires education, confidence building, and dialogue. None of which can happen overnight.

Cameroon Ambassador Henry Etoundi Essomba, speaking as dean of the diplomatic corps, wished the Jewish People a happy new year and noted that “on the humanitarian front, Israel can be proud to belong to coalition of countries always prepared to assist people facing humanitarian crises around the world – as was the case after the earthquake in Nepal.”

He said nothing about Iran or the nuclear agreement.

Rivlin Tells Settler Leaders ‘We Need Iron Wall’ against Terror

Monday, August 24th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin has not changed his stripes.

The long-time Likud nationalist hosted leaders of Judea and Samaria (Yesha) Monday and spoke in terms that washed away recent hints that his new office has shoved into acting like a shadow of Shimon Peres.

He praised Jews for living in Judea and Samaria and stated:

The settlement of the land of Israel is an expression of that right, our historical right, our national right, stemming from a love for the land of Israel, from recognition of our roots, which come together here.

His predecessor Peres never said such words nor did he dare visit Heron, as President Rivlin did last February to the chagrin of left-wing leaders.

In his reception on Monday of settler leaders, including Yesha chairman Avi Roeh, Rivlin called for an “iron wall” against the increasing terrorism that has plagued Judea and Samaria in recent weeks.

The mention of the word “wall” will send Boycott Israel activists and other leftists up the wall with accusations that the President was calling for what they see as a virtual “Apartheid wall,” which would discriminate against terrorists and take away their “right” to kill and main in the name of “resistance” against the “occupation.”

Rivlin said:

Over the past months and especially over the last few days, the communities of Judea and Samaria have faced very serious terror attacks….

We must be an iron wall, a protective shield, against those who seek to rise up against us. At the same time, we must remember that our struggle is not a struggle for the sake of struggle. We are fighting for our lives, for the continued growth of the settlements, a struggle for development, work, and prosperity….

I love the land of Israel with all my heart. I have never and will never give up on this land. For me, our right to this land is not a matter of political debate. It is a basic fact of modern Zionism. We must not give anyone the sense that we are in any doubt about our right to our land.

Yesha chairman Roeh said, ” We came here both to present before you the difficult situation in which we find ourselves. In Judea and Samaria, more than 400,000 citizens of the State of Israel live, for whom the development and the prosperity of the State is our daily concern. The building freeze and the halting of future planning in our communities, harms our very existence and our children’s future.”

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.

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