Rivlin says goodbye to the presidential residence: “The State of Israel will never be taken for granted”

At the end of a seven-year term, Reuven Rivlin left the presidential residence today (Wednesday), after Yitzhak Herzog was sworn in as the 11th president of the State of Israel. “Seven years is a long time and in particular, the last seven years, which can be folded into the content of an entire history. At the beginning of my tenure, I delivered a speech, entitled ‘Tribal Speech,'” Rivlin said in his opening remarks, adding, “He got his name because of his first part, in which I reflected The changing demographic and cultural reality in which we live, however, if the speech were named after the second part, this speech would be entitled, ‘The Speech of the Partnership’, or the Speech of Hope – Israeli Hope. For, in the second part of the speech, I sought to offer pragmatic foundations “In the Jewish and democratic state.”

My seven years as the tenth president were in a meeting with the majority, sometimes silent, of Israeli society. Across the length and breadth of the land, from all the tribes, from all the rainbow of opinions. At the end of seven years, I can tell you, the elected representatives of the public and its servants, with certainty: there is one Israeli company, and most of them want and are committed to making the vision of partnership within us a reality. At this time, more than ever, Israeli statehood is an Israeli partnership. And this partnership is our backbone. Our social, economic and value-based resilience, “the outgoing president added.

Later, Rivlin addressed his speech to the people of Israel and said: “We’re not done! Do not rest and do not be silent. Only the ability to change and correct, To adapt our education system to the 21st century, to rethink the relationship between central and local government, to rethink our political system, our integration process in space, only the ability to reinvent ourselves and do it together – is what will keep us going. The ability to turn challenges into opportunities is – the qualitative advantage of the State of Israel. The State of Israel – Jewish and democratic, democratic and Jewish, is still and always will be a growing country. Initiative – or does not exist“.

Rivlin, Herzog, Levy (Photo: Mark Israel Salem)

The outgoing president also addressed the younger generation: “Keep initiating if something does not work – change it. Do not take things for granted, for the simple reason that the State of Israel is not a matter of course. It is a miracle – and this miracle must be guarded against. It is a miracle – also because every challenge we have taken care to turn into an opportunity. And I also want to tell you: a Jewish state – is not a matter of course. A democratic state – is not a matter of course. And there will be no Israel – if it is. The next generation of the State of Israel, keep initiating if something does not work – change it. “Do not take things for granted, for the simple reason that the State of Israel is not a matter of course.”

The State of Israel is a miracle and this miracle must be guarded. It is a miracle, also because every challenge we took care to turn into an opportunity. And I also want to tell you: a Jewish state – is not a matter of course. A democratic state is not a matter of course. And there will be no Israel – if it is not democratic and Jewish, Jewish and democratic, in one speech. The internal tension that bubbles in us, between the wholeness of the people, the wholeness of society, the wholeness of the land, is a controversy that will end, only if we do not deny it. We will succeed, only if we know how to hold on to complexity – and reject simplicity, which is always so tempting. “We will succeed, only if we know how to hold on to this tension, to find the balances and compromises within it, only then, will we be able to maintain this miracle, which is our home,” he said.

Rivlin added that “we live in an era of turning in the Middle East. This is the space in which we live, in which the State of Israel is rooted. We must strengthen this process by deepening our familiarity and understanding with the language, history and culture around us. It is an important and vital process. “Israel plays a key role in shaping the regional order, both in the security and political aspects, but also in the economic and social aspects in finding solutions to deal with the water, food and health problems.”

The 11th President's swearing-in ceremony (Photo: Noam Moskowitz, Knesset Spokeswoman)The 11th President’s swearing-in ceremony (Photo: Noam Moskowitz, Knesset Spokeswoman)

Referring to coexistence and the relationship between Jews and Arabs, Rivlin asked: “If we can live here together, Jews and Arabs, we will find the way to live together, between the sea and the Jordan River and in the entire region. We must increase trust, to allow our children a different future. step by step. Not in utopia, not against history. ”

The State of Israel has been and will continue to be the proof to its neighbors that existential security challenges can be faced – and still be a democracy. “It is possible to hold the sword with one hand and still, to see the supreme Jewish and democratic principle of all: human dignity and liberty – a sacred value,” said Rivlin.

Rivlin said to Herzog: “I entrust to your good hands this dear people. The people of Israel, the whole. Who will give and have a shepherd with love, understanding and wisdom. I wish for you too. The Talmud describes the change of shifts that would take place in the Temple, between the outgoing guard and the incoming guard. Sages have made a special blessing for this event, and it is not appropriate for the change of shifts of the presidents of Israel. This one will establish between you love and brotherhood and peace and evil. ”

At the end, the outgoing President said: “Citizens and citizens of Israel, you are the surplus soul of the State of Israel. Thank you for the privilege you have given me, to serve you as the tenth President of the State of Israel. Thank you for countless moments of great excitement. Of laughter and crying. Of love. “Vision and hope. Thank you for my comfort. What I miss every day. Thank you to my daughters and sons. Thank you to my grandchildren. Now I am back to being, just your father and grandfather, with great pride.”

“I was nine years old when the State of Israel was established. Then, I saw the Israeli flag, blue and white, hoisted at the top of the mast. For me, the State of Israel, there will never be anything obvious,” Rivlin concluded.


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