Tag Archive for Reuven Rivlin

Following UN blacklist, Netanyahu deems human rights chief, ‘Persona non grata’

Israel’s President Rivlin warns that boycotting Israeli firms is not conducive to peace and trust-building, but PM Netanyahu gets combative, pledging to fight blacklist “with all of our might.”

By Ynet, News Agencies


Israel hit back furiously Wednesday at the United Nations publication of a list of companies operating in its West Bank settlements, accusing the international body of bias and surrendering to anti-Israel elements and freezing ties with its human rights chief.

After repeated delays, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a list of 112 companies it says are operating in the settlements — a first-ever attempt to name and shame businesses that has drawn fierce criticism from Israel and the U.S. Continue Reading »

Israel’s President tells Christians: You will always prosper & multiply in Israel

Israel President Reuven Rivlin noted that “these are difficult and painful times for the Christians in this region, and I am proud that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian community is not diminishing, but is actually growing.”

By Yossi Aloni


Israel President Reuven Rivlin last week visited the Franciscan Monastery of Saint Salvador in the Old City of Jerusalem to mark Pentecost, as well as the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan Order in Israel.

The gathering was attended by the local heads of the Franciscan Order, as well as the heads of various other traditional churches in Israel. Continue Reading »

Germany capitulates to anti-Semitism – AGAIN!

Following the German commissioner on anti-Semitism’s remark that he “cannot advise Jews to wear the kippah everywhere all the time in Germany,” Israeli President Rivlin says that’s a “capitulation to anti-Semitism” reflecting the danger to Jews being in Germany.



President Reuven Rivlin said Sunday that Germany’s warning to Jews on the dangers of wearing kippot was a “capitulation to anti-Semitism” and evidence Jews were unsafe there.

Germany’s government commissioner on anti-Semitism, Felix Klein, said in an interview published Saturday he “cannot advise Jews to wear the kippah everywhere all the time in Germany,” due to increasing anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish attacks there. Continue Reading »

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin calls to establish a ‘Reverse Birthright’

In bid to strengthen Israel-Diaspora ties, President Rivlin says a ‘Reverse Birthright’ will facilitate truly honest conversations between Israelis and the Jewish diaspora communities worldwide, “We need to talk, we have to talk, and we need to listen. We are not ‘strategic allies’; we are family.”

By i24NEWS


Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin at JFNA GA, 22. October 2018 – Photo: Mark Neiman (GPO) the establishment of a ‘Reverse Taglit-Birthright’ program during his address to the General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on Monday, in what appeared to be an effort to bolster ties with Jewish diaspora communities abroad. Continue Reading »

Israel’s President Welcomes US National Security Advisor John Bolton

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin warmly welcomed John Bolton to Jerusalem, saying how much he personally appreciated all that he’s done for Israel over the years, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”



United States National Security Advisor John Bolton received an especially warm welcome when he called on President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.

Rivlin is always happy to welcome visitors to “Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the eternal capital of the Jewish People,” but in Bolton’s case, it was also with the knowledge that Bolton is “a great friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.” Continue Reading »

Prince William visits Yad Vashem, Israel’s President Rivlin in Jerusalem

Photo essay as the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William began his first day of touring Israel, in it’s capital, Jerusalem, with visits to PM Netanyahu, Yad Veshem, where he laid a wreath honoring the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis and a ‘sit-down’ with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.

By Inbar Tvizer and news agencies


Prince William began his first day of touring Israel on Tuesday morning, kicking off his three-day visit with a trip to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, where he expressed his horror at the “terrifying” Nazi extermination of six million Jews.

Prince William arrives in Israel, on the first official visit by a senior member of the Royal Famil – Twitter, Kensington Palace

The Duke of Cambridge arrived in Israel for the first-ever official visit by a member of the British royal family on Monday evening, touching down in Ben Gurion Airport where he was greeted by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Likud MK Amir Ohana.His Continue Reading »

Israel’s own Gal Gadot named GQ magazine’s ‘Wonder Woman of the Year’

In Los Angeles, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, congratulated Gal Gadot on her  achievements, saying, “I am so proud and pleased to see you here, a true and beloved ambassador of the state of Israel.”

By Israel Hayom Staff


Israeli star Gal Gadot marked another achievement this week as she was selected to grace the cover of GQ magazine’s “Men of the Year: The New American Heroes” December issue.

Sharing the four-cover issue with three men, Gadot was named “Wonder Woman of the Year” by the magazine – a reference to the record-breaking film “Wonder Woman,” in which she starred.

Gal Gadot on Twitter

According to a teaser released by the magazine, Gadot spoke to GQ about her military service in Israel, how she is handling her sudden fame, the challenges posed by her Israeli accent as an actress working in Hollywood, and more. Continue Reading »

Israel’s PM Netanyahu and President Rivlin feud over planned phone call with Erdogan

Following Erdoğan’s effort to reach out to Israel’s President Rivlin, the Prime Minister’s Office knowing of the Turkish leader’s position conveyed Netanyahu’s opposition to the planned conversation by objecting strenuously to any Turkish involvement in the current Temple Mount crisis.

By Itamar Eichner


President Reuven Rivlin joined efforts to calm tensions at the Temple Mount Thursday afternoon by announcing his intention to speak with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following a request made by the Turkish leader.

Rivlin attacked those who “preferred to blacken his face instead of acting for the good of the country” following criticism of the planned conversation. Continue Reading »

Iran mega-funding Hezbollah to kill Israelis – Thanks Obama, for advancing the threat

President Rivlin addressed the memorial ceremony for the fallen soldiers of Lebanon War II of 2006, saying Iran is rearming Hezbollah to kill Israeli citizens while establishing new outposts on our borders. “We will fight with courage for our lives, our independence, and our citizens,” the President said.

By Gary Willig


President Reuven Rivlin delivered a speech Monday at the Memorial Ceremony for the fallen of the Second Lebanon War, marking the 11th anniversary of the war, at the Memorial Hall on Mount Herzl. The ceremony was attended by of Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Bezalel Smotrich, Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan, Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger, Northern Command Chief Yoel Strick, and members of the families of the fallen. Continue Reading »

Local Christian Clergy Praise Complete Freedom of Religion in Israel


President Reuven Rivlin welcomed in Jerusalem, the clergy of Christian communities in Israel to mark the civil New Year, wishing all the Christian leaders and their congregations, “A good and healthy New Year,” adding, “May it be a year of mutual understanding and respect. A year of justice and fairness.”

By Israel Today


With Christians suffering in most of the surrounding nations, local Christian leaders took this Christmas season as an opportunity to thank Israel for protecting them and their freedoms.

 President Reuven Rivlin welcomed the leaders of Christian communities in Israel to mark the civil New Year. - Photo- Facebook, Israel in the USA by Mark Naiman, GPO

President Reuven Rivlin welcomed the leaders of Christian communities in Israel to mark the civil New Year. – Photo- Israel in the USA/Facebook, Mark Naiman of Israel’s GPO

That message was delivered by Greek Patriarch Theophilos III during the annual Christmas and Hanukkah gathering at the presidential residence in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Israel’s President Rivlin in India to further expand bilateral cooperation


With both nations seeking to augment cooperation with one another, Rivlin will meet with Indian President Mukherjee as well as PM Modi in an effort to promote projects in the fields of defense, agriculture and water technologies.

By Itamar Eichner


President Reuven Rivlin and his wife landed in India on Monday morning for a state visit at the invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee as the two nations seek to advance their bilateral cooperation.

During the visit, President Rivlin will join President Mukherjee in opening an agro-tech conference in the city of Chandigarh, hold meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and visit several sites of cooperation and joint projects between the two countries. Continue Reading »

Abbas rejects European invitation to meet with Israeli President in Brussels


European Parliament President Martin Schulz, offered to mediate between Israel’s President Rivlin & PA Chairman Abbas since both are currently in Brussels, but Abbas refused to meet with Israel’s President Rivlin.

By Itamar Eichner


Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin while the two are in Brussels it was reported on Thursday. The proposed meeting with Rivlin was to be held at the invitation of President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and Mahmoud Abbas – Photo: Alex Kolomoisky, EPA

During a joint press conference held between Rivlin and Schulz on Wednesday at the European Parliament, Schultz was asked if he could be a mediator and conduct a meeting between Abbas and Rivlin.

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Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin: It’s Time to Take Down BDS


Op-ed: President Rivlin clarifies – not all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism, & not all int’l pressure on Israel is a boycott, but when used as camouflage for anti-Semitism, Israel must stand together to eliminate the BDS threat.

By President Reuven Rivlin


Since its establishment in this hostile region, Israel has had to heal with geo-political isolation.

In order to compensate for this isolation, throughout the generations, Israel’s leadership signed a number of strategic alliances with Western powers. These alliances not only guaranteed Israel’s military supremacy, but also ensured the free flow of Israeli culture, trade, and science to the most advanced countries in the world. Continue Reading »

Watch: Kenya’s president in Israel to strengthen ties with Jewish State



President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding Prime Minister and President Jomo Kenyatta, received a wet but warm welcome when he arrived at the official residence of President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday morning.

When the weather is inclement, welcome ceremonies of this kind are usually held indoors. This one was both inside and outside with a military honor guard and band and a reception line of religious, diplomatic and political dignitaries waiting outside. Continue Reading »

‘India condemns terrorism’ declares President Mukherjee during historic visit to Jewish State


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee visits Yad Veshem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during his historic first visit to Israel. 

By i24news


Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin received the President of the Republic of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on the latter’s first state visit to Israel. In his greeting to the Indian leader, Rivlin mentioned the problems that both countries face in the security arena, saying: “We are working together to protect the security of both nations from terrorism and fundamentalism.”

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee visits Yad Veshem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during  historic first visit to Jerusalem, October 14, 2015 – Photo: Mark Nyman/Government Press Office

Mukherjee responded with a statement alluding to the current security situation in Israel, declaring that “India condemns any kind of terrorism, and we always hope for a non-violent solution to all the problems.” Continue Reading »