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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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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.

Egypt Returning Ambassador to Israel

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

After three years, Egypt has returned their Ambassador to Israel, absent ever since former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi recalled the previous ambassador, Atef Salem.

Former Egyptian ambassador to Chile Hazem Khairat has been appointed by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the post.

No date has yet been set for when Khairat will present his credentials to Israeli president Ruby Rivlin.

Since El-Sisi’s coup and election, Israel’s relations with Egypt have significantly improved.

German Foreign Minister Visits Israel to Discuss Iran, Future with Palestinian Authority

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met today (Sunday May 31) in Jerusalem with Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The two discussed the issue of European pressure on Israel to the negotiate with the Palestinian Authority, as well as the ongoing Iranian nuclear threat.

Steinmeier also met with Israeli president Ruby Rivlin and Opposition leader Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Zionist Union merger of the Labor and Hatnua parties.

Herzog hosted Steinmeier at his home on Saturday night. He praised Germany for its support during last week’s PA attempts to expel Israel’s soccer league from FIFA, the international soccer federation.

The Opposition leader also released a statement on relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and his views on the chances for the success of peace.

Herzog has been working to project an image of himself as a parallel government leader at various events abroad. Several months ago he appeared at an international conference and met with world leaders on the sidelines in talks normally arranged solely between government ministers.

Rivlin hosted Steinmeier on Sunday.

Thousands Pay Last Respects To Rabbi Levinger

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Thousands of people arrived in Hebron to eulogize Rabbi Moshe Levinger, founder of the town of Kiryat Arba, and the man who reestablished Jewish life in Hebron.

Among those who spoke were President Ruby Rivlin, Minister Uri Ariel, Rabbi Dov Lior and Rabbi Haim Druckman.

The eulogies were held outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

2:26 PM The procession is heading down to the cemetery.

The Man in the Tuxedo is an Israeli!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

I bet you never saw an Israeli wearing a tuxedo before.

Israeli President Ruby Rivlin spoke at an official dinner hosted by President of Germany Joachim Gauck, at the Presidential Palace in Berlin, Germany on May 11, 2015.

Rivlin is on a visit to Germany on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

Israel’s Memorial Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

At 11:00 AM Wednesday morning, the 2-minute siren rang out throughout Israel in memory of Israel’s fallen.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Ruby Rivlin and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot were at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, while Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon presided at Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

Memorial Day began last night with a siren at 8pm and a ceremony at the Kotel.

23,320 Israelis have been killed in wars and terror attacks.

116 people were killed in the past year, including 67 soldiers and 5 civilians in Operation Protective Edge.

There are 535 soldiers whose burial place is unknown.

Over 270,000 virtual candles have been lit using and Israel Defense Ministry app.

Tonight, after sunset, Israel transitions into Independence Day.

President Rivlin Tasks Netanyahu with Forming the Government

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

On Wednesday evening, President Ruby Rivlin, after consultation with the heads of all the political parties, tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the job of forming the next coalition government in Israel. This will be Netanyahu’s fourth time as Prime Minister.

In the Israeli political system, once elections are over, the parties must combine to form a coalition government with at least 61 out of the 120 seats as members.

After consulting with the parties, the Israeli President selects the party head most likely to be able to form the coalition and then that party head has 28 days to put a coalition together, or in this case, April 22 at night, which is when Israel’s end its Memorial Day and start its Independence Day celebrations. If needed, he can receive a 14 day extension, which this year ends on May 6 – the eve of Lag Ba’omer.

If there are no surprises, Netanyahu is expected to form a coalition, after some tough negotiations, with the Likud, Bayit Yehudi, Kulanu, Yisrael Beytenu, UTJ and Shas.

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