Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C), Benny Begin (R) and Israeli president Reuven Rivlin (L) attend a ceremony at the grave of former prime minister Menahem Begin in Mount Olives as they mark 23 years since his death. February 23, 2015.
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I’m going to recommend Velcro or sticky strips to Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett. He’s always checking to see if his Kipa fell off.
In the photo are President of Israel, Ruby Rivlin (L) and Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett (R) during a “Outstanding Exporter” prize award ceremony held at the President’s residence in Jerusalem on December 24, 2014.
With elections approaching, we’ll soon see Bennett again in the President’s office, next time offering his recommendation for Prime Minister. But it’s also not so far-fetched that we may see Rivlin giving Bennett the chance to put the next coalition together.
The Israeli position of President is different form what a “president” is in most countries. It’s supposed to be ceremonial, a figurehead, not a policy maker.
Ruby (Reuven) Rivlin, who has spent decades in the public eye, as a descendant of the the Rivlin for whom Rivlin Street is named, as head of the Betar Jerusalem soccer team, politician, MK, is now the President of Israel.
Rivlin succeeds Shimon Peres who just couldn’t take off his “politician hat.” Peres is most popular with foreigners, especially Leftist office holders, media and diplomats.
Rivlin and Peres are very different. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that those who are happiest to see Peres go are the same ones who are happiest to see Rivlin in the office. To my mind Peres seemed to be more interested in impressing and pleasing foreigners than relating to ordinary Israelis. Rivlin is thought of as a warm, friendly uncle, one of the family.
Especially now during a time of war, tension and stress, we do need a President who can unite us into one loving family.
Go for it Ruby!
Against the background of the government’s decision to build in Ramat Shlomo and the E-1 zone, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin sent a message to his acquaintances around the world saying that construction in Jerusalem is not subject to negotiations. “In any conceivable political arrangement, Israel will not cede control of E-1.”
In a greeting for the new year he sent out, Rivlin further wrote: “We refuse to accept that only a few weeks after missiles and rockets were fired from Gaza at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, there are some who view Israel’s decision to hold on to a strategic area around Jerusalem and to build in its capital as the biggest obstacle to peace. We are getting the impression that European countries are more concerned with establishing a Palestinian state than they are with ensuring the existence of the Jewish state. The Europeans are wrong in assuming that Israel’s existence is assured and obvious.”