Hair force

Disguised President Rivlin strolled among public

Shin Bet security service publishes photo of head of state wearing false beard and a wig as he walked with the citizenry

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Undated photo of President Reuven Rivlin wearing a disguise. (Shin Bet)
Undated photo of President Reuven Rivlin wearing a disguise. (Shin Bet)

President Reuven Rivlin was set to end his term in office Wednesday but it seems he had already sampled life as a regular citizen during his seven years in office.

To mark the handing over of the position to his successor Isaac Herzog, the Shin Bet security service published a photo of Rivlin heavily disguised and walking around in public.

The usually cleanshaven Rivlin who, at 81, has a receding white hairline, was shown with a thick dark wig and hiding behind a bushy beard.

In the background could be seen people in plain clothes, their faces blurred to prevent identification, who were apparently part of a Shin Bet undercover unit.

“For several hours, the president enjoyed complete anonymity alongside Shin Bet operatives who are well trained in covert work as an ‘unseen defense,'” the security service said.

The Shin Bet did not say when or where the photo was taken.

Rivlin made a point of keeping his presidency down to earth. He famously would sit among other passengers on commercial airline flights when traveling abroad.

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin seen on the train from New York to Washington DC, on December 08, 2015. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

On his first visit to Washington as president in 2015, he took the train from New York to Washington where he met with then-US president Barack Obama.

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