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President Elect Reuven Rivlin to have quiet swearing in ceremony in honor of Operation Protective Edge

By Mason White 2:37 PM July 21, 2014
Yuli Edelstein (left) and Reuven Rivlin 

By: Aryeh Savir
In Israel, the swearing in ceremony of its presidents are usually a festive event.

However, due to Operation Protective Edge, President Elect Reuven Rivlin will have a quiet swearing in ceremony, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Rivlin will be sworn in on Thursday, as Israel’s 10th president.

Following a meeting with Knesset Chairman Yuli Edelstein, it was decided to hold the ceremony in a reduced and downscaled fashion.

In a joint statement they said: “The inauguration ceremony will take place as planned on the official date, during which the president will swear allegiance to the State of Israel. However, at a time when IDF soldiers are engaged in fighting and the citizens of Israel are under a threat of rocket fire, we believe that the ceremony should be held in a reduced and modest fashion. We strengthen the hands of the IDF in its holy mission to bring peace and quiet to all of Israel’s citizens, hopefully very soon.”

The welcoming ceremony at the entrance to the Knesset, will be downscaled. After that, the swearing in ceremony at the Knesset plenum will be held as usual. The cocktail reception at the Shagal Hall was canceled.