Reuven Rivlin

Blaming Obama For Orlando

Hysteria seems to be gripping the GOP. So many say they don't like Trump's tone and politics of hate but that hasn't stopped them from replicating it. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said President Barack Obama was "directly responsible" for the Orlando terror attack because "he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS." 

He lamely took a tiny step back saying he meant Obama's "policies" were "directly responsible" for the tragedy in Florida.

Breaking The Silence Draws Massive Fire

Israeli society is fiercely divided on the group that publishes IDF veterans’ testimonies.

12/23/2015 - 08:47
Web Director

During his army service, Avner Gvaryahu could have served as a poster child for the Israel Defense Forces. How, then, did he come to be reviled last week as a “foreign agent?”

He entered the IDF as a paratrooper in a special operations unit in 2004, and served his three years in the West Bank wearing the kipa sruga, or knitted yarmulke, of Israel’s religious Zionist class.

Soldiers serving in Hebron took this photo, part of Breaking the Silence’s first exhibit. Courtesy of Breaking the Silence

‘We Insist On Equality’

Reform and Conservative leaders press Israeli president on rights for non-Orthodox.

12/15/2015 (All day)

It was all hugs and smiles when Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met last Friday with leaders of America’s three main Jewish denominations at an event hosted by UJA-Federation of New York.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and URJ head Rabbi Rick Jacobs at last week’s event here. JTA

Signs Of Hope

07/28/2015 - 20:00

At a time of so much worrisome news, from the prospect of an enriched and emboldened Iran to the deepening Washington-Jerusalem rift, allow us to note two positive events this week: the opening of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, and what the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel called “a small but hopeful moment in Israeli society” that took place in Jerusalem.

Rivlin Cuts Short N.Y. Visit After Hezbollah Attack

01/28/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Reuven Rivlin, who cut short his first visit to New York City as president of Israel this week after the northern part of the country came under rocket fire from Hezbollah terrorists in southern Lebanon, met with a variety of political and ethnic leaders during his four days here.

Druze Student Beaten In Jerusalem

01/25/2015 - 19:00

Tel Aviv — A Druze student in Jerusalem was beaten with glass bottles by a gang.

Lawyers, Lobbyists Battle In Diplomatic Intifada

The next stage in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the diplomatic intifada.  Both sides are mobilizing their lawyers and lobbyists to do battle on several fronts, but primarily in The Hague and in Washington, D.C.

Since neither side has shown much interest in sitting down at the peace table for serious negotiations, they've opted for the battle of the briefcases.

More Jewish Families Move Into Eastern Jerusalem’s Silwan Neighborhood

10/19/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Nine Jewish families moved into the eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan.

An Open Letter To President-elect Rivlin

06/23/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I congratulate Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin on his election to the presidency of our beloved State of Israel. He is now president-elect of the only Jewish nation in the world, and the symbolic leader of the world’s most diverse Jewish community. The State of Israel was founded to build a creative and inspiring Jewish and democratic homeland that offers its people a bright, welcoming and inclusive future. He follows a particularly strong predecessor, President Shimon Peres, whose inspired statesmanship brought together divergent streams of people for the good of Israel.

Aaron Pankin

Israel’s New President, Playing Catch-Up

06/10/2014 - 20:00

The office of the president of the State of Israel is largely symbolic, intended to unify the country and bring it enhanced stature. But from the outset the definition of the role, to “stand at the head of the state,” has been vague, leading critics to call for its abolishment on the grounds that it is unnecessary and costly.

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