JERUSALEM (AP) — Nechama Rivlin, the wife of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, has died. She was 73.
The president's office announced Tuesday she had passed away of lung failure, three months...
BERLIN (AP) — Israel's president said Sunday he is shocked by a German official's comment that he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, which is drawing mixed reactions...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has granted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a two-week extension to form a government, as negotiations continued among various political...
Israel swears in new parliament amid call for unity
JERUSALEM (AP) — Members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, were sworn in on Tuesday, three weeks after a tumultuous national election.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin delivered a message...
Israeli leaders mourn death of Holocaust survivor rabbi
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders are mourning the death of a prominent Hassidic rabbi who survived Auschwitz and championed Holocaust remembrance among ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Israel’s president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has begun consultations with representatives of the new parliament's factions ahead of tapping the country's next prime minister.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military expanded its massive manhunt for a Palestinian assailant on Monday as authorities announced that a second Israeli died of wounds sustained in a West Bank...
Israel: ‘Much safer’ Mediterranean with Cyprus teamwork
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Israel's president on Tuesday hailed his country's flourishing ties with Cyprus, saying that cooperation between the two neighbors on intelligence, security and terror prevention has made the eastern Mediterranean "much, much safer."
"Security ties between our two countries have never been better," Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said after talks with Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades during a visit to the island nation.
Netanyahu hails Italy’s Salvini as ‘great friend of Israel’
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as a "great friend of Israel," despite the Italian Jewish community's outcry over his far-right policies and anti-migration views.
Salvini met with Netanyahu on Wednesday in Jerusalem before visiting Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, as part of his two-day trip to Israel.
Chinese VP Wang meets Israeli, Palestinian officials
JERUSALEM (AP) — China's vice president has met with Israeli and Palestinian officials as part of a three-day trip to the region.
Wang Qishan visited the West Bank on Tuesday, where he met Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, laid a wreath on the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and toured Bethlehem's Nativity Church.
Later, he met Israel's largely ceremonial president, Reuven Rivlin, in Jerusalem. Rivlin said relations between the two countries were "excellent."
Denmark, Israel mark rescue of Danish Jews from Holocaust
HELSINKI (AP) — Israeli and Danish dignitaries on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the daring rescue of more than 7,000 Jews from Denmark by boat to neighboring Sweden during World War II.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen paid tribute to the events in 1943 in ceremonies at the small fishing town of Gilleleje, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Copenhagen.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Israel's president has praised Serbia for passing a law that allows for the restitution to the Jewish community of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust.
Reuven Rivlin said Thursday after talks with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic that the 2016 bill should serve as a model for other countries.
Thousands of Serbian Jews perished during Nazi occupation of the Balkan country during World War II.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Prince William's visit to Israel (all times local):
Prince William says he hopes to learn more about the Middle East during his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, William said he is looking forward "to really absorbing and understanding the different issues, the different cultures, the different religions."
Israel: 9 teenagers die in flash floods; 1 still missing
JERUSALEM (AP) — Flash floods killed nine Israeli teenagers who were hiking south of the Dead Sea on Thursday, Israel's rescue service said.
The casualties were all 18 years old. Israeli media said eight of the fatalities were female and one was male. Police said another hiker is still missing.
Earlier, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 25 students in a pre-army course were "caught off guard" and some were "washed away" by heavy rains while they were hiking in the area.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish nationalist group asked prosecutors Tuesday to investigate whether Israel's president broke a law that criminalizes falsely blaming Poland for the Holocaust crimes of Nazi Germany.
The National Movement said it thinks Israeli President Reuven Rivlin might have violated the new Holocaust speech law during a visit to Auschwitz last week.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The presidents of Israel and Poland joined thousands of others Thursday for a Holocaust remembrance event at the former Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, hoping to put recent tensions behind them.
Presidents Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland lit candles, bowed their heads and pressed their hands on the Death Wall, a site at Auschwitz where inmates, chiefly Polish resistance fighters, were executed by Nazi German forces during World War II.
Reports: Gouri, Israeli poet of founding generation, dies
JERUSALEM (AP) — Haim Gouri, a leading Israeli poet of the state's founding generation, died Wednesday, according to media reports. He was 94.
President Reuven Rivlin in a statement mourned his passing as "the national poet of our time" and a "life teacher."
Gouri was born in Tel Aviv and fought in the Palmach, the elite force of the pre-state militia later serving in Israel's army, reports said.
Israel president attends Holocaust museum ceremony in Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Israel's president and Greece's prime minister attended a foundation ceremony on Tuesday for a Holocaust memorial museum in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, which lost 97 percent of its Jewish community in German World War II death camps.
Reuven Rivlin and Alexis Tsipras symbolically planted two olive trees on the plot.
Israeli president to attend Greek holocaust museum ceremony
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Israel's president has met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a visit to Athens that will include a foundation stone-laying ceremony for a Holocaust museum.
Reuven Rivlin also met with his Greek counterpart, Procopis Pavlopoulos, in the capital on Monday.
On Tuesday, Rivlin and Tsipras will travel to the northern city of Thessaloniki for the museum ceremony.
Pence Visits Jerusalem’s Western Wall
Israel denies pardon for soldier who killed wounded attacker
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has denied a request for pardon by an imprisoned soldier who was convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker.
A statement from President Reuven Rivlin's office Sunday says he rejected the request by Elor Azaria because it would harm the "resilience" of Israel's military. Rivlin said a chief value of the military was the "purity of arms," or the use of weapons with only necessary force.
After speech, Israeli president termed ‘Nazi’ in graffiti
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they are investigating graffiti found in central Israel containing hate speech against the country's president.
Overnight on Wednesday, vandals sprayed graffiti against President Reuven Rivlin in the mostly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak calling him an "apostate and a Nazi."
Israeli president attacks government assault on state bodies
JERUSALEM (AP) — In an unusually blunt address to parliament, Israel's president accused the government Monday of delegitimizing vital democratic institutions as part of a campaign of stifling opposition.
President Reuven Rivlin opened the winter session of parliament with a scathing critique of his former political home — the Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. To them, he said, "everything is political."
Germany opens memorial to Israelis killed at 1972 Olympics
BERLIN (AP) — The presidents of Germany and Israel on Wednesday inaugurated a memorial to 11 Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer killed 45 years ago during an attack by a Palestinian militant group at the Munich Olympics.
Presidents Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Reuven Rivlin were joined at the new memorial in the city's Olympic Park by relatives of the victims.
"We've come here today to close a circle, a circle that can never really be closed," Rivlin told a somber crowd.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has condemned Israeli security precautions at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site saying the Islamic world would not remain silent.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed reporters Sunday in Istanbul before departing on a visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
He says: "No one can expect the Islamic world to remain unresponsive after the humiliation Muslims suffered with the restrictions at the Noble Sanctuary."
JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of athletes from around the world are parading in Jerusalem at the opening ceremony of the 20th Maccabiah Games, known as the "Jewish Olympics."
Organizers said the 2017 games are the largest ever, with some 10,000 athletes from 80 countries taking part. The games are an international competition for Jewish and Israeli athletes held every four years. Israel had the largest delegation this year, with 2,400 athletes.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has lifted parole restrictions imposed on former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert when he was released from prison this week.
Reuven Rivlin's office said on Tuesday that Olmert will no longer be bound by the terms of his early release. Those restrictions included a ban on leaving the country or speaking to the media.
The president's office says Olmert is still barred from running for office for several years.
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday the U.S. will not allow the U.N. to "bully" Israel anymore.
Nikki Haley spoke Wednesday in Jerusalem a day after she berated the U.N.'s top human rights body for ignoring countries with horrendous human rights records while focusing obsessively on Israel.
Israel stops to honor fallen soldiers and terror victims
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel paused to honor its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism Sunday evening as it began commemorating its annual Memorial Day.
Sirens wailed across the country at 8 p.m. prompting Israelis to stop in their tracks and stand silently with heads bowed for a minute to remember the dead.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Monday denounced French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's recent comments denying France's role in the Holocaust as "uniquely disturbing" and urged his country not to make "unholy alliances" with rising nationalist parties in Europe.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local):
Israel's president is denouncing French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's recent comments denying France's role in the Holocaust as "uniquely disturbing."
Speaking Monday on Israel's Holocaust memorial day, President Reuven Rivlin said Israel should avoid "unholy alliances" with parties like hers. He called for a "war" against the "dangerous wave of Holocaust denial" in Europe.
Famed church in Israel reopens 2 years after arson attack
JERUSALEM (AP) — One of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land has reopened with a special mass two years after an arson attack blamed on Jewish extremists.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attended the reopening ceremony at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish on Sunday, saying he wanted "to say loud and clearly, that hate cannot win."
Israel apologizes to Mexico for Netanyahu’s tweet on US wall
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has apologized to Mexico for a tweet by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that appeared to endorse U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.
A statement on Tuesday from President Reuven Rivlin's office says he told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in a phone call that there has been a misunderstanding.
It says Pena Nieto said the tweet hurt Israel-Mexico ties.
Israeli president opposes contacts with Europe’s far-right
VIENNA (AP) — Indirectly rejecting overtures by Austria's right-wing party toward Israel, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has told Jewish officials that he strongly opposes contacts between European parties with a history of anti-Semitism and his country's officials.
Turkish ambassador takes up post in Israel after 5-year spat
JERUSALEM (AP) — Turkey's ambassador to Israel has submitted his credentials as part of reconciliation efforts following a five-year spat.
Mekin Mustafa Kemal Okem met President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Monday, where both spoke of opportunities ahead.
Israel appointed an ambassador to Turkey last month.
Senior Israeli, Palestinian clergy denounce violence
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli president held a meeting on Thursday with senior Israeli and Palestinian clergy who came together to denounce religiously-inspired violence, a year after the current wave of violence erupted.
An Israeli chief rabbi, some West Bank settler rabbis, the Palestinian president's Islamic affairs advisor and the head of the Muslim religious court in the West Bank were among those who attended the meeting, according to a statement from President Reuven Rivlin's office.
Israel: Palestinian shooter in Jerusalem kills 2, wounds 5
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian militant carried out a drive-by shooting near the national headquarters of the Israeli police in Jerusalem Sunday, killing two people and wounding five others before being shot dead following a frenzied chase through the streets of the holy city, Israeli police and emergency services said.