President-elect Reuven Rivlin has opted to scale down his induction ceremony in light of the continued IDF operation in the Gaza Strip and the threat of rocket attacks on Israeli territory, the Knesset spokesman said Sunday.
Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein decided that the swearing-in ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, will still take place — but on a smaller scale than initially planned.
“While IDF soldiers are fighting and the citizens of Israel are under threat of rocket fire, we decided that the event should be held on a smaller and more modest scale,” Rivlin and Edelstein said in a joint statement. “We stand by the IDF in its sacred task of ensuring peace and quiet for all residents of Israel.”
While Rivlin will be sworn in in front of the Knesset plenum as planned, other changes were made to the program. The ceremony that was to be held in Rivlin’s honor by the Knesset Guard prior to his induction was scaled down, and the cocktail party that was to have taken place in the Knesset’s Chagall State Hall following the induction was canceled.