Rivlin plunges headfirst into presidential duties!!

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The president visits bereaved families of soldiers who fell in Gaza on his first day in new role.

“Am Yisrael Chai, Yeshua-Jesus Adonai”

President Reuven Rivlin did not give himself time to adjust to his new role, but instantly plunged into presidential duties taking over where his predecessor President Shimon Peres left off.

During his last days in office, Peres made a point of visiting bereaved families of soldiers who fell in battle in Gaza, and Rivlin began doing the same on Friday morning following his inauguration on Thursday night.

Rivlin who at the outset of his inauguration address had sent wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded and had identified with the grief of families and friends of those who lost their lives in defense of the nation, made it clear to Israel’s enemies that they had not broken Israel’s spirit. “By gathering here, today, we are declaring our determination to continue to defend the operation of our democratic institutions and the character of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, even in a period of emergency, war and terrorism,” he declared.

Rivlin traveled north from his home in Jerusalem to the family of  2nd Lt. Bar Rahav in Ramat Yishai.  From there he continued to the family of St.Sgt.Oren Simcha Noach in Hoshaya, then to  Sde Atzmon to the family of  St. Sgt.Oz Mendelovich and lastly for the day to Nahariya to the family of Sgt. Adar Barsano.

Rivlin is a much more emotionally expressive person than Peres and more visibly sensitive. Dealing with so much grief in such a short time was a massive toll on him.

It was not easy he said at the Rahav home to begin his new role going from place to place to offer his condolences, but, he added, “everything in Israel starts with difficulty.  Nothing comes easily.  This is the reality of the neighborhood in which Israel exists”.

Rivlin said after visiting the families that he could see the pain and the mourning that etched their faces and that he could understand their frustrations.  The son of every family is precious, he said, but to his parents he is the most outstanding soldier of all.

Nonetheless said Rivlin, all the families understood that their son had fallen on the altar of national security, because in the eyes of the enemy Israel is still not something that can be taken for granted., and for this Israel pays a heavy price.

Not surprisingly, according to people close to Peres, the ninth president kept working till almost the last minute in office, spending much of Thursday morning on his farewell address, attending a military briefing, meeting with various officials and receiving visitors who wanted to personally thank him for his service to the state.

He also spent time sending post cards to the thirteen agents in his security detail, who had received emergency call up notices from the army and were in Gaza..

He wrote to them saying that he was proud of them for the dedicated way in which they had protected him over the past seven years, and said that now they had been called not to protect him alone, but to defend the state.  All the members of his personal security detail are combat officers of elite units in the Israel Defense Forces. Read More at: The Jerusalem Post!!

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