Skip to comments.Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war
Posted on 07/24/2014 12:27:54 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursdaya man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the ceremonial but high-profile presidency over to Reuven Rivlin, a legislator from the hawkish Likud Party.
Although the globe-trotting elder statesman has made clear he has no intention to retire, few expect him to hold public office again, after a career that dates back to the 1940s and has seen him occupy almost every major government position in the land. [ ]
In sharp contrast to Peres, however, Rivlin has long been an opponent of efforts to establish a Palestinian state.
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Maybe this change should have happened about thirty years ago. I wish him peace and good health in the years that remain.
Wonder if things will ramp up...
He will be a Reuvin and a Rivlin until the job is done, I bet.
The President of Israel has no real power; it is a purely ceremonial post. The actual power is in the hands of the Prime Minister.
The people of Gaza are Moslems. They, as Moslems, are fighting against you and are trying to kill you and all Jews and ultimately all non Moslems. If you are not fighting against the people of Gaza then you are blind and/or a fool.
Ok, I’ll risk looking stupid and ignorant; what the heck?
So what is the difference in Israel between PM and Pres?
What are the roles?
The president is basically replacing the king in a parliamentary system, just like in Germany, Ireland and lots of other similar governments. The president is head of state and possesses limited executive and discretionary powers, chief among them the power to form and dissolve government and his signature is needed to implement laws; the prime minister is the head of government and acts as the chief executive in just about all cases.
While Rivlin is respected as a champion of civil-rights, he does not support the creation of an independent Palestinian state and has been a longtime supporter of Jewish West Bank settlements.
Rivlin has been a vocal supporter of a one state solution; annexing the land and the people living in the territories into the State of Israel.
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