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.”
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 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.”
Rivlin told Bolton how much he appreciated all that he has done to date for Israel, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”
Bolton said that it was a great honor to meet Rivlin in Jerusalem, and underscored that the meeting took place during challenging times for both the United States and Israel. Continue Reading »
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 visit to Yad Vashem began at 10:15am, where he met with Holocaust survivors and, donning a Kippah, laid a memorial wreath honoring the Jews murdered in the Nazi Final Solution. Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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- 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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
Video: Israel’s president saluted his guest, & all the Kenyan people, for this strong leadership, commending Kenyatta for his leading role in peace talks across Africa, which Rivlin perceived as “a sign of your responsibility to your region, & your commitment to peace.”
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 »
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee visits Yad Veshem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during his historic first visit to Israel.
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.”
The Indian leader spoke of the possibilities of collaboration between the two states, and the warm relations shared by two nations fighting terrorism: “India attaches great importance to its relations with Israel, which have progressed and evolved significantly in recent years. Continue Reading »
Israel’s SpaceIL makes deal with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, accelerating them to front of 16 rival teams and on schedule for blast-off in late 2017.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a deal with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.
With the deadline to win a $20 million first-place prize just two years off, pressure is mounting on the 16 rivals from around the world hoping to complete a privately funded moon landing. Continue Reading »
Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko receives congratulatory phone-call from Israel’s President Rivlin, on her win in the triple-jump at the athletics world championships in Beijing.
Fourteen years after Israel’s last medal at the World Athletics Championships, Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko has won the silver medal in the triple-jump. She also broke the national record, achieving a jump of 14.78 meters.
Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen comfortably retained her world title at the games in Beijing, stretching her winning streak to 29 competitions and achieving a best of 14.90 meters for the gold medal. Olympic champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan took the bronze.
Hannah Minenko – Photo: AFP
This is Israel’s third ever medal at the championships, with previous awards going to pole-vaulter Alex Averbukh, who won bronze in 1999 and silver in 2001. Continue Reading »
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