Pres­i­dent’s swear­ing-in scaled­back­due­to­war

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PFEFFER

THE TENTH pres­i­dent of Is­rael, Reu­ven “Rubi” Rivlin, was due to be sworn in at the Knes­set yes­ter­day in a cer­e­mony short­ened be­cause of the on­go­ing fight­ing in Gaza. Farewell cel­e­bra­tions for out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres were post­poned.

Pres­i­dent Rivlin, who was elected ahead of Kadima MK Meir Sheetrit, said in a joint state­ment with Knes­set Speaker Yuli Edel­stein that, “while I DF s o l di e r s a r e fight­ing and the ci­ti­zens of Is­rael are un­der threat from rocket bar­rages, we thought it would be best to hold the event in a more lim­ited frame­work.

“We strengthen the hands of the IDF in its sa­cred duty to bring quiet and calm to Is­rael’s res­i­dents.”

The new pres­i­dent was due to en­ter the Knes­set with a mounted guard of hon­our but this was can­celled a s w a s a c o c k t a i l re­cep­tion. How­ever his sweari n g - i n

‘We thought it would be best to hold a more lim­ited event’

cer­e­mony in the Knes­set plenum was due to go ahead as planned.

Mr Peres, who com­pleted his sev­enyear pres­i­den­tial term a week be­fore his 91st birth­day, is not ex­pected to leave pub­lic life.

Al­though he has not spo­ken yet on his fu­ture plans, he is widely ex­pected to start ral­ly­ing the cen­tre-left par­ties from his new of­fices at the Peres Peace Cen­tre in Jaffa. He is hop­ing for a more spir­ited ef­fort to re­launch the diplo­matic process with the Pales­tini­ans.

Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin

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