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Once a year, the residence of the President of Israel can be visited by Israelis
and tourists alike without the need for an appointment or an official
invitation. It has been a long held tradition for the presidents of Israel to
open the residence to the wider public during one of the intermediate days of
the Succot festival.
In previous years, the residence was open both in
the morning and the afternoon to accommodate the huge crowds but during the
tenure of President Shimon Peres, the time frame has been reduced to the morning
only, while the volume of exhibits and the number of activities have been
Bikers, rollerbladers to take ‘green’ ride through TA
This year, the President will open the residence on Monday,
October 17 from 8.30 a.m. to 12 noon. The focus of the morning's events will be quality of the environment.
inside the residence and in the grounds will highlight Israel's achievements in
the fields of agriculture, science, technology and welfare. A photo exhibit will
show the President with some of the international dignitaries he has received at
There will also be a variety of activities for both
parents and children.
Visitors who have only read about alternative
energy, or have heard about it on radio or television, will be able to see for
themselves what it's all about. They will also get a glimpse of Israel's latest
agricultural developments, and in the realm of science, will be able to view the
10 meter high Shavit satellite launcher.
Dancers, singers and musicians
will be performing throughout the morning to keep visitors
For security reasons, anyone planning to attend should make
sure in advance that they are carrying an ID card or passport. Visitors are also
asked to refrain from carrying weapons, large bags or parcels.
to the compound is through the main gate.
It is advisable to arrive early
as queues are usually long and the security check process very time