Israeli President's Wife Assigned Bodyguard in Wake of Terror Wave

Officials perceived need because Nehama Rivlin known to go off on her own, be it shopping at the market, visiting museums, or going to the doctor, says Army Radio.

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Reuven Rivlin, left, with his wife, Nehama Rivlin, after he learned of his election to the presidency in June 2014.Credit: Emil Salman

Israel's first lady Nehama Rivlin has been assigned a body guard the past two weeks due to the security situation, Israel Army Radio reported Thursday.

Officials made the decision during consultations at the President's Residence in Jerusalem because she is known to manage her own calendar independent of her husband, President Reuven Rivlin, and Jerusalem had been the site of several terror attacks in early October.

Since moving to the President's Residence over a year ago, Nehama Rivlin has continued her routines in the capital of shopping at the market, visiting museums and making appointments at the doctor's office, according to Army Radio.

Likewise, President Rivlin has received threats from Jewish rightwing extremists on social networks. Hagai Amir, the brother of Yitzhak Rabin's killer, was arrested last week for allegedly threatening Rivlin

"Neither my wife nor I am afraid on a personal level," President Rivlin told Army Radio. "There is no fear in our hearts. Rather we are anxious and worried about Israeli democracy."

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