Best Quotes from Reuven Rivlin

By | January 24, 2020

A multicultural society does not reject the culture of the other but is prepared to listen, to see, to dialogue and, in the final analysis, to possibly accept the other’s culture without compromising its own.

Reuven Rivlin

I believe that our democratic values are also born out of our Jewish faith, a ‘love for the stranger,’ and equality before the law – these are not foreign values: this is Judaism.

Reuven Rivlin

We demand that people don’t deny the Holocaust, and we can’t ignore the tragedy of another nation.

Reuven Rivlin

Multiculturalism is a bed of beautiful roses that has some thorns, so we just have to be careful not to get pricked or to prick one another.

Reuven Rivlin

There will never be peace unless we have open borders. But that does not mean open on our side and you continue to hit me on the other.

Reuven Rivlin

We are living in a multicultural society. Our role as leaders is to enable grappling with this situation, even when multiculturalism is difficult.

Reuven Rivlin

We are one family, and the connection between all Jews, all over the world, is very important to the State of Israel.

Reuven Rivlin

We must stay focused on the bilateral negotiations between the Palestinians and us.

Reuven Rivlin

I pray that we learn to live together. That Jerusalem is one, with law and order.

Reuven Rivlin

Arik is suffused with a mystical belief about Jerusalem.

Reuven Rivlin

There is no, and cannot be, any situation in which we don’t respect the law and the judiciary. It is unacceptable to attack the courts; criticism is allowed, but attacks are not. It shakes the basis of our democracy.

Reuven Rivlin

Everyone needs to understand that we were meant to live together in this country. We have to get to know one another; even if we don’t agree, we have to enable each side to express itself.

Reuven Rivlin

Learning the core curriculum cannot come through coercion. It must come through a recognition of the need to integrate with economic life.

Reuven Rivlin

What happens in one region affects people across the world.

Reuven Rivlin

Our ideals are under the constant threat of extremism, whether in the form of radical Muslim groups or the emergence of other elements seeking to deny the rights and freedoms of others.

Reuven Rivlin

One cannot tell the High Court what to adjudicate. They must judge, and then the legislature must act accordingly.

Reuven Rivlin

We have many candidates, like in reality television, but we don’t really have a leader.

Reuven Rivlin

United Jerusalem has been and will forever be the capital of the Jewish People.

Reuven Rivlin

No nation is immune to anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

Reuven Rivlin

All over the Middle East, we face difficult challenges: the ongoing tragedy in Syria, the instability in Iraq, and the jihadist terrorism which dares to speak in the name of Islam, brings so many to seek refuge. The Hashemite Kingdom is facing all these challenges with honor, with dignity, and with great national and human solidarity.

Reuven Rivlin

Peres came with a worldview. I also came with a worldview that I have not abandoned and that guides me still.

Reuven Rivlin

The Jewish journey started in the land of Israel, and it always strove to return there against all odds and all limitations.

Reuven Rivlin

Direct talks is the only possible way to build trust and to resolve the conditions for a peace perspective between Palestinians and Israelis.

Reuven Rivlin

As a rule, whenever I hear about a demographic threat, it comes first of all from a type of thinking that says the Arabs are a threat. And this leads to thinking of transfer or that they should be killed. I am appalled by this kind of talk.

Reuven Rivlin

It seems to me that many of the belligerent Jewish movements that were built upon hatred of Arabs – and I’m not only talking about Lieberman, but within the Likud as well – grew out of the patronizing socialist attitude that said, ‘They’ll be there, and we’ll be here.’

Reuven Rivlin

There is a conflict in the Middle East between two entities, and they’re both right, each in their own way.

Reuven Rivlin

One could establish a system in one state in which Judea and Samaria are jointly held. The Jews would vote for a Jewish parliament and the Palestinians for an Arab parliament, and we would create a system in which life is shared.

Reuven Rivlin

I’m a utopianist.

Reuven Rivlin

I won’t intervene in Knesset decisions.

Reuven Rivlin

It’s not for the president to determine the arrangements between Israel and the Palestinians, and the Arab world, but to be the bridge between opinions and to facilitate dialogue and understanding.

Reuven Rivlin

Israel’s foreign policy has three points: the relationship with the U.S., the relationship with the U.S., and the relationship with the U.S.

Reuven Rivlin

There’s no doubt we’d be very angry if the American president had come to the Knesset and argued against the government of Israel.

Reuven Rivlin

I want to thank the American people – on both sides of the aisle – for years of financial, diplomatic, and military support, and for helping us carry the burden of defense.

Reuven Rivlin

Jerusalem should not tolerate any religious war.

Reuven Rivlin

Jerusalem is the united capital of Israel. Since 1967, anyone can practice his religion according to his own conscience and complete free will.

Reuven Rivlin

We have always realized, as Israelis and as Jews, that we are not fighting Islam and thus avoided turning the Temple Mount issue into a war of Jews against Muslims.

Reuven Rivlin

Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem are interlaced one with the other.

Reuven Rivlin

Disagreements will always occur between us, but we all approach them wanting the best for each and every one of us, for the whole people.

Reuven Rivlin

I am not someone who will cancel plans because of personal danger, because I’m really not afraid.

Reuven Rivlin

Terror is terror is terror, and it doesn’t matter what nationality that terror belongs to.

Reuven Rivlin

There is a difficulty in combating the type of terror that is perpetrated by groups of radical Jews. It’s terror from within, and it is difficult to bring these perpetrators to justice; we need to create tools in order to combat this style of terrorism.

Reuven Rivlin

There are many Palestinians, to be diplomatic, who believe there is no way to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, first of all, and there are a lot of people that believe there is no way to recognize Israel at all.

Reuven Rivlin

We cannot keep the Jewish state without being a democratic state.

Reuven Rivlin

The ayatollahs are trying to unite the whole Arab world against Israel by saying that Israel is something that should be brought to an end.

Reuven Rivlin

Germany remains among the few countries in Europe to acknowledge, officially and nationally, its responsibility for the crimes it led against our people.

Reuven Rivlin

I was born to a Likud which had light; there were no shadows.

Reuven Rivlin

The establishment of Israel was accompanied by much pain and suffering and a real trauma for the Palestinians.

Reuven Rivlin

Many of Israel’s Arabs, which see themselves as part of the Palestinian population, feel the pain of their brothers across the green line – a pain they feel the state of Israel is responsible for.

Reuven Rivlin

There’s no doubt that our hearts are with the residents of Gaza. We and the whole world are unable to get to a situation in which Gaza can be rehabilitated. There needs to be an international initiative with Israel’s participation, in order to bring an end to the enmity against us.

Reuven Rivlin

I’m not opposed to talking with anyone who is willing to talk.

Reuven Rivlin

We must remember that Islam is not an enemy, and we have no war with Islam.

Reuven Rivlin

Our enemy is hatred – the hatred inherent in fundamentalism.

Reuven Rivlin

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