Yesterday President Reuven Rivlin reminded us to not take democracy for granted by urging Israeli’s to exercise their right to vote.

”Elections are a celebration of democracy This is the day of exercising our right to govern our fate, as citizens with equal rights and as partners in the political enterprise of the State of Israel.”

“Democracy is not self-evident, nor is a state’s ability to preserve its democratic character, the independence of its governing institutions, and its uncompromising commitment to civil equality and equality before the law,”

Rivlin concluded by saying “It is enough to look at our neighbors, as well as the situation of the citizens of many other countries around the world, in order to realize that the citizen’s right to shape his life, his fate and his future is obtained by hard work,” the president said.

President Reuven Rivlin cast his vote yesterday alone.

Last week shortened his trip Canadain trip to come back to Israel to be with his wife Nechama who was admitted to hospital after complications from lung surgery.

For the last 50 years, I’ve voted here with my wife andI’m optimistic and full of hope that next time we’ll vote here in our regular place,” he said with tears in his eyes.

Nechama, aged 73 suffers from pulmonary fibrosis. It’s a condition that makes her breathing difficult and requires her to carry a portable oxygen tank. Despite the disease, she always accompanies her husband at public events and ceremonies.

Her condition is improving