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June 29, 2016 / 23 Sivan, 5776

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Rivlin at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony: We Will Continue to Survive and Battle Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – President Reuven Rivlin said that the Holocaust is central to Israel’s identity and vowed to combat the “chronic disease” of anti-Semitism on Wednesday night during the official ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

“The Holocaust, whether we like it or not, has become a factor in shaping the standards of our understanding of ourselves, of understanding our relationship with other nations, and our role in the world,” Rivlin said. “The Holocaust places the Jewish people before basic principles, as a people and as a nation gazing inward at ourselves and outward toward all of humanity.”

Rivlin stressed, however, that the founding of the State of Israel was no redress for the Holocaust.

“The State of Israel is not, under any circumstances, compensation for the Holocaust,” he said. “However, the Holocaust put into perspective the necessity and crucial need of the Jewish people to return to its historical roots, as a nation that takes its fate in its hands.”

Rivlin emphasized that Israel not only allows the Jewish people to take control of its own destiny, but also allows it to defend itself as a collective against the continuing phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

“Anti-Semitism and the persecution of the Jews are not a fad, or something that can be taken lightly,” Rivlin noted. “It is a difficult, chronic disease that penetrates deep into the heart and history of nations.”

“The State of Israel will deal with this anti-Semitism by ensuring, first and foremost, a national home and a Jewish army that protects the nation of survival,” added Rivlin. “We are a nation that has survived and will continue to survive thanks to our resilience and strong spirit.”

Rivlin also addressed the Holocaust survivors attending the ceremony, asking for their help in extracting the meaning of the tragedy and lessons to be learned.

“These are the years in which we should take the opportunity to try to clarify along with you how you want to shape the memory of the Holocaust and its lessons for future generations,” he said. “The number which was tattooed onto your flesh is etched into the hearts of this nation for generations and has become the living will of the Jewish people.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Pres. Reuven Rivlin to Review Katzav Request for Clemecy

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin is facing a politically delicate situation when he soon will be forced to decide whether or not to grant clemency to former president Moshe Katzav, currently serving a prison term for rape and other sexual offenses.

The president’s office issued a statement Sunday saying no formal request has yet been received, but that if and when it is, the president will give the request the same due consideration he gives all such requests, and will consult with all the relevant authorities.

Katzav has never acknowledged his guilt despite his conviction on the charges, nor has he ever expressed remorse.

He was denied early parole on April 6 after applying to the parole board earlier this year.

The parole board committee stated at the time, “The prisoner views himself as a victim. He is blaming external factors for his situation, still conducting himself in an aggressive manner and is self-centered, focusing on his own needs and losses and on the price he and his family have paid.

“Even in response to our questions, the prisoner did not show regret or empathy for his victims, and continued to mention the heavy price he paid and continues to pay.”

He is serving a seven-year sentence after his conviction in 2010 on charges of rape, sexual harassment and indecent assault.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Meets With Putin in Moscow 1 Day Before Passover

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow Thursday morning for a quick pre-Passover meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

According to the prime minister’s office, on the agenda were advanced weapons sales to Iran, and the situation in Syria, continued coordination between the military forces of the two nations in Syria, a discussion about the peace efforts in the country, and prevention of advanced weapons access for the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group.

During his visit to Moscow last month, President Reuven Rivlin asked Putin to help re-establish the presence in the Golan Heights, between Israel and Syria, of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. The reason: a developing vacuum is making it easier for Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies to infiltrate the former no-man’s-land and set up a base for attacks against the Jewish State.

Rivlin told Putin that such activity was a red line for Israel, according to Channel 2 news. Putin extended an invitation to Netanyahu to visit Moscow during that visit with Rivlin.

Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin, born in Ukraine, accompanied the prime minister. Other members of the delegation included Israel Air Force Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel, National Security Council Director Avriel Bar Yosef, Military Secretary to the Prime Minister Col. Eliezer Toledano and the head of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s President Rivlin Adds His Two Sheckels to Hebron Terrorist Aftermath

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Israel’s President Ruvy Rivlin entered the fray on Sunday evening. He addressed the incident in Hebron that has been foremost in the news since Friday.

Two Arab Palestinian terrorists stabbed a soldier in the Tel Rumeida section of Hebron on Friday. Both terrorists were shot, but while paramedics were evacuating the wounded soldier, an Israeli corporal shot one of the terrorists in the head. That terrorist was wearing a long-sleeved, buttoned, black jacket, although the temperature was in the high 80s. On the audiotape, you could hear the people in the area yelling, believing the terrorist to have on an explosives belt.

A videotape of the incident was released by the leftist NGO B’tselem and went ’round the world, accompanied by the claim that the Israeli soldier shot the terrorist lying on the ground, “even though he was no longer a threat.”

The soldier has been placed in prison and the IDF is conducting an investigation.

Rivlin addressed the matter at his residence, before a session of the 929 Bible Study initiative (there are 929 chapters of Tanach), which promotes regular Torah study with a focus on social issues.

The Israeli President said that there was currently an investigation into the incident by the Israeli Defense Forces.

Rivlin began his remarks by reminding everyone of the current wave of terror directed at Israel.

He said, “We must manage this campaign with composure, determination and consistency. I am able to rest much better at night with the knowledge that Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot is the bearer of Israel’s security. I have full faith in him and in the IDF, in its officers and soldiers. I trust in the military’s ability to investigate, and attentively and swiftly draw operational and individual lessons wherever needed.”

Given the acrimonious charges being leveled at one another by various members of the Israeli government over the incident, it appears Pres. Rivlin has decided not to take a position until the investigation is concluded. Good move.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Pres. Rivlin Warns Support Growing for ISIS Among Israeli Arab Teens

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin warned Monday evening that Israeli Arab teens are growing more enamored with becoming Da’esh operatives for the ISIS terror organization.

“The Islamic State is already here – that is no longer a secret,” Rivlin told participants at the ninth annual international conference of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

“I am not speaking about territories bordering the State of Israel – but within Israel itself.”

Rivlin said that according to figures gleaned from “research studies, arrests, testimonies and covert analyses,” there is increasing support for Da’esh among Israeli Arabs.

A number have already been arrested during the past year for attempting to join the terror group. Some were recruited via the Internet, where Da’esh makes a special effort to target new members with flashy videos and webzines in various languages, including Hebrew.

A resident of the northern Negev Bedouin town of Hura was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday (Jan. 18) after admitting to having joined ISIS. He planned to travel to Syria with other family members.

This month the Be’er Sheva District Court is scheduled to hear five indictments against Bedouins who joined Da’esh. Several worked as educators in Hura, and in the Bedouin city of Rahat.

Earlier this month the terrorist cell leader Muhammad Abu Al Kian was sentenced to four years in jail. One of his early followers, a medical resident from Ashkelon, joined ISIS in Syria and was killed.

Much of the sympathy for Da’esh is seen among Muslim Arabs, said Rivlin, but support for Islamist terrorism is growing in secular circles as well.

“We are today seeing the influence of extremist ideas even in areas and groups identifying as secular,” he noted. “We have seen the waving of the black flag of the Islamic State in various villages and at political rallies, some which have included the participation of members of Knesset.”

Rivlin emphasized that “the State of Israel certainly does not regard the entire Arab sector as an enemy, nor as a group entirely tainted with extremism and Islamic fundamentalism.”

He did, however, underscore the need for Arab leaders to step up and take control of the situation – or own up to their part in it.

“I do not for a moment absolve the Arab leadership of responsibility,” he said. “The voices that blame the ‘occupation’ as the source of all ills while displaying sympathy and understanding for attacks on innocents represent a serious problem.”

Rivlin said it is in the best interest of the state to offer Israel’s Arabs a better future than that promised by groups such as Da’esh.

“If children are growing up without a dream, without hope or without aspirations, with the feeling that their blood and their lives are of a lesser value in the State of Israel, then we must think of how to offer them a dream, hope and faith.”

Hana Levi Julian

Dozens of IDF Officers Protest Rivlin’s Presence at Haaretz-NIF Meeting

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The expression of “what is a  Kohen doing in a cemetery,” where he is prohibited, may apply to President Reuven Rivlin and today’s New Israel Fund-Haaretz conference in New York City.

Dozens of IDF Reserve officers are conducting a protest outside the President’s official residence in an effort to pressure President  Rivlin to cancel his appearance at the conference because the anti-IDF Breaking the Silence is participating.

The officers said that President Rivlin, as a representative of Israel, must boycott the event organized by the New Israel Fund (NIF), coordinated with the Haaretz newspaper, to make clear his non-acceptance of groups such as Breaking the Silence that try to make Israel look illegitimate.

But Breaking the Silence is only the tip of the iceberg. The list of speakers and panelist reads like a “Who’s Who of the radical Left.

The office of the President stated:

The President will deliver his remarks during the conference of the Haaretz newspaper as he does in a variety of conferences organized by media from time to time.

Concerning the facts, it is important to note that in this case, we are speaking about the participation of one of dozens of participants during the day. It will take part in a panel that does not take place in the presence of the president, so there is no connection between them,

As for facts,, today’s event is not a media conference. It is a New Israel Fund conference that Haaretz is promoting and in which it is participating with its finest Israel bashers, such as Gideon Levy and Amira Hass.

Perhaps President Rivlin will not be present when Breaking the Silence speaks, but what about other speakers and panelists, some of whose names read like a Who’s Who of the radical Left?

And the question remains why is President Rivlin appearing and what will he say?

Yes,  he will have the opportunity to show his face to the extreme left-wing of American Jews and non-Jews, as well as officials from the Obama administration such as Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and PLO executive Saeb Erekat.

Public appearances are one of the President’s  most important functions, but why did he choose such a  group, unless he stuns them with a Zionist speech instead of patronizing them?

Here are some of the “Zionists” at the conference:

Arik Wade Ascherman. the Rabbis for Human Rights activist who single-handedly led leftists and Arabs to uproot more than 1,500 saplings in front of shocked elementary school students on Tu B’Shvat several years ago because they planted on land in Judea and Samaria.

The promotional material for today’s conference omits that little detail and states that he “is internationally recognized as a leading advocate for human rights and social justice as religious, Jewish and Zionist obligations,” such as rights for “the Negev Bedouin.”

Other speakers are:

Suhad Babaa, the executive director of Just Vision, ‘an organization dedicated to increasing media coverage and support for Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, equality, dignity and human security for all through unarmed means.’

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the founder and president of J Street.

Uri Blau, an investigative journalist for Haaretz, specializing in military and political affairs, corruption and transparency….Blau became the first Israeli journalist to be convicted for possession of classified military documents.

Hagai El-Ad, an Israeli human rights activist, is the executive director of B’Tselem.

Avner Gvaryahu, who  joined Breaking the Silence as a researcher and tour guide.

Another speaker is Arab Knesset Member Ayman Odeh, who last week refused to attend a meeting with Jewish leaders because it was to take place in the same building that is home to the offices of the Jewish Agency?

Other panelists and speakers are:

‘Rabbi’ Jill Jacobs, the Executive Director of T’ruah. [For information on T’ruah and President Rivlin’s joint appearance at the White House, click here.]

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Daniel J. Sokatch,  chief executive officer of the New Israel Fund.

Dr. Husam S. Zomlot, ambassador-at-large for Palestine [sic] and the executive deputy commissioner of the Fatah Foreign Relations Commission.

Haaretz editor Aluf Benn and a host of his writers will speak and appear on the panels, whose subjects include:

Beyond negotiations: Can the peace process be unfrozen to achieve more than ‘conflict management’?

What’s left: Is there a future for the progressive movement in Israel?

‘Droves of Arab voters:’ Is the struggle of Israel’s Arab citizens to equality the new focal point of the conflict?

Jerusalem burning: Is religion the solution or the problem?

Synagogue and state: Who defines the Jewishness of Israel?

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Rivlin Embraces Reform and Conservative Jews as Part of ‘One Family’

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin embraced the Reform and Conservative movements in a speech to the New York UJA-Federation on Friday during his visit to the United States.

Rivlin, like his predecessor Shimon Peres, is a full-fledged secular Israeli and is silently uncomfortable with the authority of the Orthodox Rabbinate in Israel.

Two days after lighting the Hanukkah Menorah at the White House, Rivlin stated at the meeting, which included Orthodox Jewish leaders:

It is important for the State of Israel to show full respect and sensitivity to all American Jews. It is important that we remember, not only on Hanukkah that we are all one family.”

All communities represented here today share the love of Israel and a deep commitment to the future of the Jewish people and to the positive image of the State of Israel.

We must never forget that even the major differences between us are an honest expression of concern shared by all of us, whether we are Orthodox, Reform or Conservative.

No one questions his generalities, but when it comes down to specifics, Orthodox Judaism inherently cannot accept American “Jews” who are converted under non-Orthodox rabbis who do not accept traditional Jewish law.

It could be compared with the idea that the American Medical Association would accept alternative medical practitioners as “doctors” even though they have not studied in recognized medical schools.

President Rivlin tried to reach out to the common interests of all Jews, such as the nearly universal Jewish celebration of Hanukkah and the solidarity for victims of terror “in Israel and all over the world.”

Conservative Jewish Rabbi Steven Wernick complained that we “can’t do marriage, can’t do divorces [and] can’t do conversions” in Israel.

President Rivlin did not dip into the dangerous political waters of explicitly promoting the Reform and Conservative agenda for “equality in Israel, but he made it a point to call Wernick a “rav,” Hebrew for rabbi.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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