Hadassah congratulates Israeli President-elect Reuven Rivlin on his election as the 10th President of Israel. Rivlin, a member of the Likud party, has been a Member of the Knesset (MK) since 1988 and served twice as Speaker of the Knesset. He also served as the Minister of Communications from 2001-2003. Rivlin, a lawyer by training, was also director and chairman of the Beitar Jerusalem Sports Association and chairman of the Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene.
President-elect Rivlin is a longtime supporter of Hadassah Hospital and recently visited with patients at Hadassah Ein Kerem. We look forward to the opportunity to continue working with him throughout his presidency.
Prior to the election, Rivlin wrote an article for the Israel Democracy Institute discussing his vision for the presidency:
We do not know what trials the coming years will bring. The president, with his or her nonpartisanship, must be someone who can rise above conflict, even in times of crisis, and act to prevent crises and rifts. In a society torn by such deep disagreements there must be at least one institution and one person who is trusted and accepted by all parties to the dispute. The president cannot resolve the arguments, but he must do everything in his power to enable all of us to live with these divisions and must groom the public not only to agree but also to agree to disagree.Click here to read the full article.
Israeli presidential elections take place every seven years. Members of the Knesset cast their votes by secret ballot and the winner must receive a majority of votes (61 out of 120 MKs). If a majority is not reached after the first round of voting, a runoff is held between the top two candidates. Rivlin received the most votes (44) in the first round voting, and won the runoff 63 to 53 against MK Meir Sheetrit, a member of the centrist Hatnuah party established by Tzipi Livni. Rivlin will be sworn in on July 24, replacing Shimon Peres who has been the Israeli President since July 2007.