When Melania Met Nechama: Touching First Ladies Photos Moved Israelis

The photos of Rivlin and Trump were shared across social media, with commentators lauding the two women for their demeanor

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and Nechama Rivlin, wife of President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.
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This story was published May 22, 2017. Nechama Rivlin died June 4, 2019, at the age of 73

Nechama Rivlin, the wife of President Reuven Rivlin, and American first lady Melania Trump stirred emotions in Israel as photos of them holding hands emerged on Monday.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump holds the hand of Nechama Rivlin.
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The two first ladies were arriving for a press conference at the President's Residence in Jerusalem in honor of U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Rivlin.

The photos of Rivlin, who uses an oxygen concentrator, and Trump were shared across social media, with commentators lauding the two women for their demeanor.