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  • Peres at Rabin memorial: Ruling over others against Jewish values

    3 weeks ago

    Israel cannot protect its Jewish and democratic character without peace, former President Shimon Peres said at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin.

    “Peace has become a derogatory term. There are those who say that those who believe in peace are naive, not patriots, delusional,” Peres...

  • Israel must export self-criticism

    By David Suissa

    October 29, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    It was unsettling to hear Israeli President Reuven Rivlin say last week, “The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment.”

    Rivlin was referring to the resurgence of animosity between Israeli Arabs and Jews in the wake of the Gaza...

  • Presidents of Israel, Poland tour new museum on Jewish history

    October 28, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The presidents of Israel and Poland together took a guided tour of a new museum of Jewish life on Tuesday that tells the story of how Poland was for centuries home to a flourishing Jewish community before becoming a graveyard for Jews in World War II.

    Polish President Bronislaw...

  • Rivlin attends ceremony marking Arab-Israeli massacre and calls for ‘repair’

    October 27, 2014 | 11:37 am

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited the Israeli-Arab village of Kfar Kassem and attended a memorial ceremony marking the 1956 massacre that killed 47 town residents.

    Rivlin on Sunday became the first sitting Israeli president to participate in the annual ceremony.

    “We must...

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  • Israel’s Rivlin seeks to cure ‘disease’ of racism

    October 24, 2014 | 11:12 am

    Israel’s president fills a largely ceremonial role — meeting with foreign dignitaries, representing the government at state funerals and other official gatherings. But the office’s new occupant has embraced a challenge not inherent to the job: curbing what he sees as an epidemic of...

  • Rivlin: Violence an epidemic in Israeli society

    October 20, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    The epidemic of violence permeates every sector of Israel, the country’s president, Reuven Rivlin, said in an address.

    “It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,” Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities...

  • Palestinian mosque in West Bank torched in suspected arson

    October 14, 2014 | 10:47 am

    A mosque was set alight in a suspected arson attack in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and the name of an Israeli vigilante group called "price tag" was found scribbled on an outside wall, Palestinian officials and witnesses said.

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the...

  • A rare and peaceful ‘Eid Kippur’ in Israel

    By Simone Wilson

    October 7, 2014 | 10:42 am

    This year, for the first time since 1981, the Jews’ biggest fast overlapped with one of Islam’s biggest feasts.

    The two holy days, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Eid ul-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice, or Eid for short), have polar-opposite energy levels: Eid is about...

  • Rivlin greets Conservative Jews as ‘family’

    September 10, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    Reuven Rivlin, who drew criticism before becoming Israel’s president for his broadsides against non-Orthodox Jewish streams, told a group of Conservative Jews that Jews are “one big family.”

    “We cannot agree on everything, but we are brothers and we are one big family,” The...

  • As chapter closes, Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset

    July 28, 2014 | 10:35 am

    In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman.

    Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and...

  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    July 24, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

    July 24, 2014 | 11:22 am

    Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in.

    The inauguration ceremony at Israel’s Knesset Thursday evening was low-key owing to Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza. Knesset...

  • Letters to the editor: Father’s Day, Theodore Bikel, the ethics of keeping kosher and more

    June 18, 2014 | 9:01 am

    You Can’t Spell ‘Father’ Without ‘Her’

    This is one of the most thoughtful and touching columns to appear in recent memory (“From Dad’s Art Studio to the Rabbi’s Bimah,” June 13). How lucky for Rabbi Zoe Klein to be his daughter, and how lucky for him to be her father. And thank...

  • Obama congratulates Israel’s President-elect Reuven Rivlin

    June 11, 2014 | 10:44 am

    President Obama congratulated Reuven Rivlin on his election as president of Israel.

    “Over more than six decades, the United States and Israel have developed a unique relationship based on shared democratic values, our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our...

  • Likud’s Reuven Rivlin is elected president of Israel

    June 10, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.

    Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker...

  • Record six candidates vying for Israeli presidency

    May 27, 2014 | 8:36 am

    At least six candidates will run for president of Israel, setting a new record.

    In another first, at least two of the candidates in the June 10 election by the Knesset are women.

    Reuven Rivlin, a Likud party member of the Knesset,  is considered the front-runner in the race....

  • Race to succeed Peres as Israel’s president begins

    May 19, 2014 | 10:03 am

    The race to succeed Shimon Peres as Israel's president began officially on Monday, after what was widely seen as a bid by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abolish the post and its king-making potential.

    Legislators will elect a new president on June 10, Speaker of Parliament...

  • Knesset dissolution bill passes first reading

    October 15, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously on first reading.

    Israeli lawmakers voted 99-0, with one voting "present," on Monday night to dissolve the 18th Knesset and hold elections for a new government on Jan. 22. The...

  • Rivlin: Early elections likely in February

    October 5, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has called on the Israeli parliament to disband itself and begin preparing for early elections.

    “There can be no doubt that the decision to go to early election has been made and all the parties are preparing for elections,” Army Radio and other...

  • Speaking of elections, how’s Bibi doing?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 2, 2012 | 11:53 am

    While Americans are worrying about the November election, Israelis might need to start worrying about their own February one: "If Benjamin Netanyahu is unable to convince members of his coalition to back his budget for the coming year, he will be forced to bring elections currently...

  • Dichter quits Knesset to take home front defense ministerial position

    August 14, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Israeli lawmaker Avi Dichter resigned from the Kadima Party and the Knesset in order to join the government as minister of home front defense.

    Dichter reportedly sent Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin his resignation on Tuesday after being offered the position Monday night during a...

  • Extremist haredi Orthodox protest universal conscription

    July 16, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    Thousands of members of a haredi Orthodox sect protested in Jerusalem against a planned universal military service law.

    The members of the extremist Eda Haredit sect, which does not recognize secular law, protested Monday evening.

    The protest reportedly began with prayer and...

  • Israeli Speaker Reuven Rivlin visits Tonga

    April 11, 2011 | 10:10 am

    The speaker of Israel’s Knesset, Reuven Rivlin made a historic visit to the island of Tonga in the South Pacific.

    Rivlin became the first Knesset speaker to travel to the kingdom, spending three days on an official visit accompanied by Israel’s non-resident ambassador, Shemi Tzur....

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