Ahead of the end of his term on July 9, outgoing President Reuven Rivlin is travelling to the United States on Saturday evening to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden.
Rivlin is slated to be the first Israeli leader to meet with Biden since his inauguration in January.
Israel's deep apartheid is here to stay: LISTEN to Gideon Levy
During his visit to Israel last month, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken invited Rivlin to Washington, on Biden's behalf.
Rivlin's trip to the United States is slated to last three days. Unlike Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Rivlin flew on a commercial El-Al flight and did not rent a private plane for the trip.
- Outgoing Israeli President Rivlin to meet with Biden at White House
- It took Biden a month to call Netanyahu, two hours to call Bennett
- Not just a mensch: Herzog is the right person at the right time
Rivlin is scheduled to meet with Biden at the White House on Monday afternoon. Later that day, he is expected to continue to the U.S. Capitol to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a slue of Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. Congress.
On Monday night, Rivlin is expected to speak with the heads of the Jewish communities in the United States.
On Tuesday, Rivlin will meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York City and later on will meet with foreign ambassadors of nations considered to be friends of Israel.
Since taking office about seven years ago, Rivlin has met with every U.S. president. In 2015, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle hosted the Rivlin and his late wife, Nechama, at a Hanukkah party at the White House; Donald Trump and his wife visited with the Rivlins at their official residence in Jerusalem.
Biden previously thanked Rivlin for his many years of service in a statement following the election of Isaac Herzog as Israel's 11th president, saying that he looks forward to "honoring his dedication to the enduring partnership and the close friendship between our two nations."
Herzog will officially succeed Rivlin as president on July 9.