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Reuven Rivlin
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Date of birth 9 September 1939 (1939-09-09) (age 70)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Mandate Palestine
Knessets 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th,
17th, 18th
Party Likud
Ministerial posts
(current in bold)
Speaker of the Knesset

Minister of Communications

Reuven Rivlin (About this sound ראובן ריבלין , born 9 September 1939) is an Israeli lawyer, politician, currently serving as a speaker of the Knesset. He belongs to conservative Likud. A former Speaker of the Knesset, in 2007 he ran in the election for President as the Likud candidate. He withdrew after the first round of voting when it became clear that Kadima MK Shimon Peres had sufficiently broad support to inevitably win in a run-off.



Born in Jerusalem, he received an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked as a lawyer. He is a descendant of the students of the Vilna Gaon.

He was first elected to the 12th Knesset in 1988, and served as Likud chairman from 1988 to 1993. He lost his seat in the 1992 elections, but returned to the Knesset following the 1996 elections. Re-elected in 1999, he was appointed Minister of Communications in March 2001, serving until February 2003, when he was elected Knesset Speaker following the 2003 elections. During his term as speaker, he was criticized for breaking the tradition of political neutrality of the post; he was one of Ariel Sharon's harshest critics regarding the disengagement plan, and had a public confrontation with Aharon Barak, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, concerning the court's authority to declare legislation illegal.

Rivlin was re-elected in 2006 and 2009.

On March 30 2009 the Knesset voted Knesset Member Rivlin as speaker with a majority of 90 votes of the 120. [1]

Reuven is a direct decedent of the first Rebbe of Chabad, known as the "Alter Rebbe" or the "Rav". He is married and has four children. Ruby Rivlin, for his first official visit as Knesset Speaker, chose the Arab-Israeli town of Umm el-Fahm, just south of the Galilee. He was accompanied by MKs Uri Orbach (Jewish Home) and Afu Agbariyah (Hadash), a resident of the city.[2][3][4]

Citing Pope Benedict XVI's previous compulsory membership in the German military service, Rivlin berated the Pope over his address at Israel's Yad Vashem memorial.[1]

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  1. ^ Pope comes under criticism in Israel


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