Reuven Rivlin Biography

Reuven Rivlin, the 10th and current President of Israel, has held his position since June 2014. With a background in law and politics, Rivlin has served in various roles including Minister of Communication, Speaker of the Knesset, and Member of the Knesset. He is a member of the Likud party and is known for his advocacy for the rights of minority groups, particularly Arab-Israelis. Rivlin strongly opposes the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and instead supports a one-state solution.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Ruvi Rivlin, Rubi Rivlin
  • Age: 84 Years, 84 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Nechama Rivlin
    • Father: Yosef Yoel Rivlin
    • Mother: Rachel Rivlin, Ray Rivlin
    • Children: Yoel Rivlin
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  • Political Leaders
  • Notable Alumni: Hebrew University Of Jerusalem
  • City: Jerusalem, Israel
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  • Education: Hebrew University Of Jerusalem

Childhood & Early Life

Reuven Rivlin was born on September 9, 1939 in ‘Mandatory Palestine’ to Yosef Yoel Rivlin and Rachel “Ray” Rivlin. His family, who settled in Jerusalem in 1809, were descendants of the pupils of Vilna Gaon. His father, a scholar of Semitic languages, created the Hebrew version of the ‘Koran’ and also ‘One Thousand and One Nights’. Yosef Yoel Rivlin was also a presidential candidate for the third President of Israel. Reuven Rivlin attended the ‘Gymnasia Rehavia High School’ and joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in 1957, serving as an intelligence officer. He studied law at the ‘Hebrew University’ of Jerusalem and worked as a legal professional. He was also a supporter of the ‘Beitar Jerusalem Football Club’ and served as its Legal Advisor, Chairman, and Team Manager. From 1978 to 1983, he was a member of the ‘Jerusalem Municipal Council’ and from 1981 to 1986, he was a member of the ‘El Al Executive Council’. From 1986 to 1993, he chaired the Jerusalem Branch of the Herut Movement.

Career

Reuven Rivlin served as the Chairman of the ‘Likud Party’ from 1988 to 1993. He became an elected member of the ‘Knesset’ in 1988, representing the ‘Likud’ party. After a setback in the 1992 elections, he made a comeback in the 1996 elections and was re-elected in 1999. From 2001 to 2003, he served as the ‘Minister of Communication’ and then became the ‘Speaker of the Knesset’ until 2006. He won elections in 2006 and 2009 and represented the ‘Likud’ party as its presidential candidate in 2007. He was elected as ‘Speaker of the Knesset’ for the second time in 2009 and held the position until 2013. He is known for advocating for the rights of minorities, especially Arab-Israelis. He has been a strong opponent of racism and has shown support for democracy in Israel.

Views and Controversies

Reuven Rivlin is known for his disapproval of the ‘two-state solution’ for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and instead advocates for a ‘one-state solution’. He has faced criticism for his stance on various issues, including his refusal to remove a Balad ‘Mk’ from the ‘Knesset’ and his opposition to the division of Israel and the West Bank. He has also been vocal against racism and has condemned anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiments.

Presidency and Personal Life

Reuven Rivlin was elected as the 10th president of Israel on June 10, 2014. He served as the president until 2021. During his presidency, he faced controversy for canceling a program by a singer following the release of an anti-Arab song and for expressing dissent on a firebombing attack conducted by Jewish extremists. He received death threats for his stance on the attack. Reuven Rivlin is married to Nechama Shulman and they have four children.

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