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Outlast Bitter Rival Netanyahu or Taint the Israeli Presidency: Rivlin's Post-election Dilemma

President Rivlin wants to leave office in July without sullying the institution he's headed for seven years. He also wants to leave politics after Benjamin Netanyahu. But can he achieve both?

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Reuven Rivlin is frustrated. With less than four months to go until his seven-year presidential term ends, he knows by now he will not have the legacy he desired. Rivlin set out to create an “Israeli dialogue” that could be shared by what he has called “the tribes” into which Israeli society is divided. Instead, he will leave the President’s Residence in central Jerusalem with Israel more divided and polarized than ever.

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