U.S. President Barack Obama offered his congratulations to Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, after the Knesset elected him Israel's next president.
"The people of the United States join me in offering Reuven Rivlin congratulations on his election as the next President of the State of Israel," read Obama's statement, which extolled Rivlin's "long and dedicated record of public service."
"We look forward to continued strong ties, to the benefit of both our nations, under Mr. Rivlin’s presidency," it continued.
Reuven Rivlin was elected by the Knesset to serve as Israel's 10th president on Tuesday morning. The highly acrimonious race garnered a severe measure of public scorn after two of the seven candidates backed out due to scandals connected to their names. Rivlin's inauguration is scheduled for the end of July.
President Shimon Peres, whose seven-year tenure is drawing to a close, received warm words from Obama. Peres, Obama's statement read, "can look back on a remarkable legacy of courage, conviction, and compassion. He has dedicated his extraordinary life to the cause of peace, and I look forward to welcoming him in Washington later this month where he will receive the Congressional Gold Medal."
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