Reuven Rivlin

Israeli coalition collapse averted

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Seven weeks since the elections, on Wednesday afternoon, the Knesset removed the final obstacle to Benjamin Netanyahu's fourth government when it narrowly passed an amendment that allowed him to appoint more than 18 ministers to his new cabinet.

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Israel cultivates integration of Arab teachers

By Shira Rubin, May 7, 2015

Respect for "the other" is part and parcel of respecting oneself, said Sarah Silberstrom, a representative from the Ministry of Education at a recent conference aimed at addressing the dilemmas facing Arab teachers working in Israeli schools.

"But what about Yom HaNakba," interrupted an audience member, Lubna Hadija, referring to the day on which Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - "catastroph

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Israel hit by race riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

Two angry protests against police violence have brought the challenges facing Israel's Ethiopians to the fore.

Sixty-eight people were injured and 43 arrests were made at the second demonstration, which took place in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening. Thousands of Israeli-Ethiopians and members of other communities took part.

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Israel sends congratulations on birth of royal baby Princess Charlotte

By Sandy Rashty, May 5, 2015

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge received a gift and message of congratulations from the president of Israel to mark the birth of the royal baby.

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Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.

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'We have to solve our problems' says Israeli president Rivlin

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2015

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said he could not live in a Jewish state if it were not democratic ahead of his first Independence Day as head of state.

In an interview with English-speaking media, he said: “I cannot live in a Jewish state without it being democratic."

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The hard work starts now as Netanyahu builds coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 18, 2015

Israel President Reuven Rivlin has called on Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog to work together to form a national unity government, but it does not seem likely they will join together in the same cabinet.

Mr Netanyahu repeatedly said throughout the election campaign that he would not sit in government with Mr Herzog and his partner in the Zionist Union leadership, Tzipi Livni.

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Victims of Paris supermarket attack buried in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The four Jews who were killed in the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris were buried in Jerusalem today.

The funeral of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada took place at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu and President Rivlin in attendance.

Relatives of the victims read kaddish and lit candles in their memory.

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Rivlin goes to Arab memorial

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin made an unorthodox visit to Kafr Kassem on Sunday where he participated in a memorial service for 49 Arab-Israeli villagers murdered by Israeli police in 1956.

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Israel is sick and needs treatment, says Rivlin

By Nathan Jeffay, October 23, 2014

Israel's President, Reuven Rivlin, has declared his society "ill".

Speaking this week at a conference on xenophobia, he told the audience: "The tension between Jews and Arabs within Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low. We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides."

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