Thank G-d! Ruby Rivlin got 63 Knesset votes, and Shitrit didn’t make it.
Now in all honesty, I don’t expect miracles from Ruby. The position of President of Israel was created to be ceremonial, to free the Prime Minister from time consuming photo shoots with ambassadors and all. I trust that Ruby will be charming and not try to stretch the job into being a faux Prime Minister.
Shimon Peres tried to stretch stretched the position, because he really wanted to be Prime Minister and make policy to undermine Bibi Netanyahu. I had/have no doubt that if Meir Shitrit had been elected he would have attempted to continue Peres’s precedent.
So let’s wish Ruby Rivlin, Israel’s newest President a long, healthy and productive life.
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