Rivlin to receive ‘Senior Citizens’ card

The late MK Uri Orbach thought that it would be appropriate for the No. 1 citizen to receive a Senior Citizen’s Card to indicate that the State of Israel has reached that milestone age.

April 19, 2015 05:41
1 minute read.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives a folder from President Reuven Rivlin during a ceremony in Jerusalem March 25. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

President Reuven Rivlin, 75, who has officially been a senior citizen for the past eight years, will on Sunday receive a Senior Citizens Card not for himself but on behalf of the state that is this week celebrating its 67th anniversary.

The official retirement age for men is 67, and 62 for women. The late MK Uri Orbach, who was the senior citizens minister, thought that it would be appropriate for the No. 1 citizen – namely the president – to receive a Senior Citizen’s Card to indicate that the State of Israel has reached that milestone age.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Although the word medina – the Hebrew for “state” falls into the category of female gender, Hebrew grammar dictates that when one male is in a room full of females the grammar used for the crowd is masculine.

Thus because Rivlin is receiving the card, the presentation automatically becomes a man thing, validating entitlement on the state’s 67th anniversary.

Orbach had hoped to make the presentation himself, but fell ill with a blood disease to which he succumbed in mid-February, aged 54.

The presentation of the Senior Citizens Card will be made by Orbach’s widow, Michal, together with Gilad Semama, the director-general of the Senior Citizens Ministry, in the presence of a group of senior citizens who are all aged 67.

In common with government ministers and members of Knesset, the State of Israel will not be forced to retire for reasons of age.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be eligible for a Senior Citizens Card in October 2016. Labor MK Nahman Shai, at 68, is already a senior citizen, as are Yesh Atid MKs Yael German, 67, and Yaakov Peri, 71, Yisrael Beytenu’s MK Sofa Landver 64, and United Torah Judaism MK Menachem Eliezer Moses, 68. At 72, the Likud's Bennie Begin is the oldest serving Knesset member.

Several lawmakers are in their early to mid-sixties, but most are younger.

Related Content

The temple mount on the Ninth of Av, July 22, 2018.
August 18, 2018
Mayor of Arab city in Israel condemns police shooting terrorist