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Israeli politicians’ first day of school

As kids enter the classrooms, some Knesset members offer a glimpse of their own student days

Marissa Newman is The Times of Israel political correspondent.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (front row, right) in elementary school. (photo credit: via Facebook)
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (front row, right) in elementary school. (photo credit: via Facebook)

As Israel’s schools launched the educational year to much fanfare Monday, some of the leading Knesset members waxed nostalgic, taking to social media to post baby-faced photos of their early years and offering wistful comments along with some advice.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni posted a picture of herself in a school play, alongside a message urging the students embarking on their first day to never give up.

“And in the most difficult moments — and there will be some — remember what my mother told my math teacher, who complained about my grades: ‘The most important thing is that she is a [decent] person.’ Remember that if someone, a teacher or anyone else, says you can’t — he’s wrong. The sky is the limit, if you will it,” she wrote.

שלום כיתה א׳. מגיע לכם שלום.מגיע לכם שיוויון הזדמנוית לחיים.מגיע לכם שיראו בכם את האדם שאתם, גם אם אתם עדיין קטנים; ו…

Posted by ‎Tzipi Livni – ציפי לבני‎ on Sunday, 31 August 2014

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. (photo credit: Flash90)
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. (photo credit: Flash90)

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) weighed in with a black-and-white photograph of his own, and wrote: “The boys and girls beginning the school year today are those who will inherit the state. For them we must build a just and equal society, to give hope for peace and a vision for a better future.”

הילדים והילדות שמתחילים היום את שנת הלימודים הם אלה שיירשו מאיתנו את המדינה. למענם עלינו לבנות חברה צודקת ושיוויונית, לת…

Posted by ‎יצחק (בוז'י) הרצוג – Isaac Herzog‎ on Sunday, 31 August 2014

Isaac Herzog speaks during a Labor Party meeting in the Knesset on July 28, 2014. (photo credit: Flash90)
Isaac Herzog speaks during a Labor Party meeting in the Knesset on July 28, 2014. (photo credit: Flash90)

Some, like Welfare Minister Meir Cohen, kept it short and sweet, pointing to the date and place where the picture was taken (Morocco, 1961), and stating: “Pleasant to remember.”

שלום כיתה א׳, נעים להיזכר ב 1961, מרוקו

Posted by ‎מאיר כהן – Meir Cohen‎ on Monday, 1 September 2014

Welfare Minister Meir Cohen (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Welfare Minister Meir Cohen (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Labor MK Hilik Bar posted a photo, noted it was from 33 years ago, and said: “How young and innocent we were then.”

גם אנחנו פעם עלינו לכיתה א׳… היום בדיוק לפני 33 שנים. אני עולה לכיתה א׳ , תיק גדול ביד ומלא גאווה והתרגשות. אני באמצע,…

Posted by ‎חיליק בר‎ on Monday, 1 September 2014

Labor MK Hilik Bar speaks in the Knesset (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90/File)
Labor MK Hilik Bar speaks in the Knesset (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90/File)

Yesh Atid’s Adi Kol and the Jewish Home’s Ayelet Shaked follow suit.

שירה בתי החלה היום ללמוד בכתה א׳!37 תלמידים בכיתה, לא קל.בהצלחה לה ולכל התלמידים היקרים שמתחילים שנת לימודים חדשה.בתמונה: אני בכיתה א׳ עם מורתי האהובה גיליה.

Posted by ‎איילת שקד‎ on Monday, 1 September 2014

Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked, March 11, 2013 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked, March 11, 2013 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

“Everyone talks about September 1st. I actually remember the night before. A night of tossing and turning. Of thoughts. Of questions. Of uncertainty,” Kol wrote.

כולם מדברים על ה 1.9. אני דוקא זוכרת תמיד את הלילה שלפני. לילה של נדודי שינה. של מחשבות. של שאלות. של אי וודאות. אז לכל …

Posted by ‎עדי קול‎ on Sunday, 31 August 2014

Adi Kol of the Yesh Atid party seen during a Finance Committee meeting in the Israeli parliament on April 29, 2013. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Adi Kol of the Yesh Atid party seen during a Finance Committee meeting in the Israeli parliament on April 29, 2013. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
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