Casting a ballot for the Knesset for the 18th time, President Reuven Rivlin called on all Israelis on Tuesday morning to vote and “decide the state’s future each according to one’s world view.”
Entering the gymnasium of Jerusalem’s Yefe Nof Elementary School a few blocks from where he and his wife Nechama have lived for decades, the president said voting was really “mandatory” and that the citizenry should “take your fate in your hands.” Arriving at 8 a.m., they were among the first residents of the neighborhood to vote.
As some two dozen journalists and photographers -- most of their representing the foreign media -- listened and snapped their cameras, Rivlin said he remembered accompanying his father to the ballot for the first time at the age of 10. “He dressed up as if it were a holiday,” said the president.
He called on citizens living in the area near the Gaza Strip and up until the northern border to vote on defense, economic, social and other issues.