While visiting prisons in northern Israel, President Rivlin announced he is examining a move that would grant pardon to a number of prisoners ahead of Israel’s 70th Independence Day.

President Rivlin

President Rivlin Photo credit: Hadas Porush, Flash 90/Channel 2 News

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin is examining the possibility of granting pardon to several prisoners ahead of Israel’s 70th anniversary, he said Thursday during a visit to the Tzalmon prison in northern Israel.

“I receive quite a lot of requests for pardon and erasing criminal records,” Rivlin said. “Some of them describe truly impressive recoveries, which began with a meaningful in-jail treatment process.”

Granting pardon, he added, is “a great privilege, but also a great responsibility.”

While visiting the prison, Rivlin saw the Beit Tikvah recovery center, in which prisoners convicted of domestic violence are being treated.

“This time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the best time to meet with you,” he told the prison staff members. “You, who remember to view every prisoner as a human being, and remember that mistakes can be made, and wrong can be done, but that everyone deserves a second, or third, chance.”