|Date of birth||9 September 1939|
|Place of birth||Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine|
|Knessets||12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19|
|Party represented in Knesset|
|2001–2003||Minister of Communications|
|2003–2006||Speaker of the Knesset|
|2009–2013||Speaker of the Knesset|
Reuven "Rubi" Rivlin (Hebrew: ראובן ריבלין, [ʁeʔuˈven ʁivˈlin] ( ); born 9 September 1939) is an Israeli lawyer and politician currently serving as a member of the Knesset. He belongs to the Likud party. A former Chairman of the Knesset, he ran in the 2007 election for President as the Likud candidate. He withdrew after the first round of voting when it became clear that Kadima MK Shimon Peres had sufficiently broad support to inevitably win in a run-off.
Reuven Rivlin was born in Jerusalem. He received an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked as a lawyer. He is a descendant of the students of the Vilna Gaon, the son of Yosef Yoel Rivlin and a member of the Rivlin family. He is married to Nechama (born June 5, 1945) and has four children. He has been a vegetarian since the late 1960s. Rivlin is well known as a supporter of Beitar Jerusalem, sometimes described as "The-Most-Seasoned-Beitar-fan", ever since he first saw a game of Beitar in 1946 when he was 7 years old.
He was first elected to the 12th Knesset in 1988, and served as Likud chairman from 1988 to 1993. He lost his seat in the 1992 elections, but returned to the Knesset following the 1996 elections. Reelected in 1999, he was appointed Minister of Communications in March 2001, serving until February 2003, when he was elected Knesset Speaker following the 2003 elections. During his term as speaker, he was criticized for breaking the tradition of political neutrality of the post; he was one of Ariel Sharon's harshest critics regarding the disengagement plan, and had a public confrontation with Aharon Barak, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, concerning the court's authority to declare legislation illegal.
In June 2010, Rivlin found himself in the center of a controversy after ignoring the advice of a committee that recommended the removal of Balad MK Haneen Zoabi for having participated in the Gaza flotilla earlier that year. His actions were criticized by many MKs and the Israeli right, but Israeli and foreign liberals praised Rivlin for his courage in defending Israeli democracy.
For his first official visit as Knesset Speaker, he chose the Arab-Israeli town of Umm el-Fahm, just south of the Galilee. He was accompanied by MKs Uri Orbach (Jewish Home) and Afu Agbariyah (Hadash), a resident of the city.
On 29 April 2010, he said that he "would rather accept Palestinians as Israeli citizens than divide Israel and the West Bank in a future two-state peace solution".
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- Fendel, Hillel (April 19, 2009). "Likud and Jewish Home MKs Visit Umm el-Fahm".
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- Zrahiya, Zvi (2010). "Israel official: Accepting Palestinians into Israel better than two states". Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- Reuven Rivlin on the Knesset website
- Reuven Rivlin on the official Rivlin family website (in English)
- Interview and discussion on YouTube with Leon Charney and Prof Muhammad Muslih on The Leon Charney Report