Skip to comments.Likudís Reuven Rivlin is elected president of Israel
Posted on 06/10/2014 8:58:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
JERUSALEM (JTA) 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 becomes Israels 10th president and succeeds Shimon Peres.
Considered a Likud elder statesman, Rivlin was one of five candidates running for the largely ceremonial post chosen by the parliament every seven years. He will be sworn in on July 24.
Eliminated in the first round of voting were former Supreme Court judge Dalia Dorner, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dan Shechtman and ex-Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik.
Labor Party lawmaker Binyamin Ben-Eliezer pulled out of the race over the weekend following accusations that he illegally received millions of shekels from private sources and used the money to buy a luxury apartment in Jaffa.
Last month, Energy Minister Silvan Shalom decided to end his bid for the presidency after allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced; the allegations were never substantiated.
Rivlin was first elected to the Knesset in 1988 and twice served as its speaker. A self-identified disciple of Revisionist Zionism founder Zeev Jabotinsky, Rivlin opposes territorial concessions to the Palestinians and wants Israel to retain the West Bank. He has said that he supports giving Israeli citizenship to West Bank Palestinians.
Rivlin drew criticism from Reform and Conservative rabbis for past negative statements about Reform Judaism. He called Reform Judaism idol worship in 1989 and in 2007, in a run for president, would not say whether he would refer to Reform rabbis by their title if he were elected.
I respect any person chosen to lead his or her community, and God forbid I invalidate him because he is from one stream or another, Rivlin told The Jerusalem Post in an interview published June 6. The Presidents Office represents all streams and denominations in society. The job of the president is to bridge conflicts, not create conflicts.
In a statement congratulating Rivlin, Peres said the presidency is a position that brings with it responsibility, you have to consider your every word and every action, but you will do it successfully because you are, to your core, a good person.
Peres also told Rivlin in the statement, I am sure you will fulfill this role excellently.
So that snake Peres was kicked to the curb. Is Rivlin any better?
“...he was one of Ariel Sharon’s harshest critics regarding the disengagement plan,...”
‘On 29 April 2010, he said that he “would rather accept Palestinians as Israeli citizens than divide Israel and the West Bank in a future two-state peace solution”.’
He’s a Likudnik so it just might be possible he is.
Those moons aren’t bloody for nothing?
Can you suggest a website that expresses a conservative Jewish voice, if there is such a coalition in Israel? I know very few of the main players, but would
like to find out what others think of their new leader.
Avi Lipkin. He is trying to organise a new political party in Israel composed of observant Jews and Christians.
The obvious one is Israel National News (Arutz Sheva)
Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin’s site
One of the more perceptive observers of the Israel scene
Thanks for the links. In a saner world, I would want israel to become if not a state, then a territory of the united states, such as with puerto rico, but that is not possible right now.