Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks at a conference initiated by the Israel Democracy Institute.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
“I will not be seduced by flattery or be intimidated,” said President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday in relation to his decision on who to entrust with forming the government after the April 9 elections.
“Recently there has been a discussion about my personal views, who... I will task with forming the government,” Rivlin said. “I will act according to law as I did in the previous election campaign, and like my predecessors, all the former Israeli presidents, did in the past.”
Rivlin spoke at a conference called Other Thinkers, initiated by the Israel Democracy Institute and held at Tel Aviv University.
“Elections are an opportunity to talk, listen and decide,” the president said. “The elections indeed confront us with our most complex challenges and issues, with positions that are sometimes unpleasant to hear and unpleasant to say, with all the rocks of controversy around which our democratic system is formed. But these are important discussions because they are the ones that enable the core existence of our democracy, an existence that allows for a multiplicity of voices, which sanctifies a variety of ideas, and which respects every man and woman wherever they may be - despite and because their opinions are different from mine.”
“In recent years, the distinction between Right and Left, both politically and militarily, has been blurred,” Rivlin continued. “There are still ideological camps, but at the center of the political map are new questions: economics, health, religion and state, equality of burden, the rule of law and the status of the court, liberal democracy, the law of nationality, and even – to my amazement – the legalization of cannabis.”
Rivlin stressed: “One has to remember: No single election system exists.”
“Only the ability to talk and to create a genuine dialogue will enable us to ensure a fundamentally democratic election campaign, one that gives room for all groups in Israel – religious, secular and ultra-Orthodox, Arabs and Jews – to the same extent.”
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