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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