Israeli President sends peaceful message ahead of school year, discusses religious education

Today, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin asked the different educational factions in Israel to be tolerant and open a dialogue with each other. Rivlin rejected claims of growing religious influence in the education system.
Rivlin Photo credit: Hadas Parush/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke at a panel that focused on education in Israel. When asked about the matter of religion’s growing influence on education and how he responds to some parents’ concerns, Rivlin explained the importance of the content in schools.

“I studied at the Gymnasia in Jerusalem,” he said. “We studied the Talmud and weren’t afraid of Judaism. We studied it become we understood that it’s one of the fundamentals of our origin and because we needed to understand and search for the sources that our forefathers used to lead the Jewish nation for thousands of years.”

Rivlin with panel members Photo credit: GPO/ Channel 2 News

Later, Rivlin discussed the growing tensions between the different educational factions. “We need to get to know one another,” he explained. “Unfortunately, we created a situation in which there is no dialogue between the different sides and I’m trying to do the best I can to fix that.”

Rivlin wished the students a successful year and asked all sides to stop inciting against the other. “Politics is important,” he said. “But not everything is politics. Let’s understand that we all live in this country not to hate one another.”



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