With the changing of the guard at the President’s Residence, the switch from exiting President Shimon Peres to the newly elected Reuven Rivlin will be a dramatic one.

If Peres is a man of the world, a frequent guest at the tables of kings and presidents across the globe, Rivlin is more of a “common man,” a regular at local Jerusalem gatherings or at the stadium watching a soccer match. Not that Rivlin is unlikely to receive invitations to represent Israel at official ceremonies abroad – nor that he is likely to refuse – but the new president’s tenure will take a very different tone than Peres’s.

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