President Reuven Rivlin cancels his appearance at a reopening ceremony for the Khan Theater in Jerusalem after learning that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be there.
The theater is holding its first show tonight for the vaccinated, after a five-month closure.
This is the third time in several days that Rivlin has canceled appearances over Netanyahu’s last-minute participation at those events.
His office says, “Unfortunately, the president cannot partake in the ceremony… after it became clear that it would take on a political tone, in the spirit of the election campaign.”
Israel is holding its fourth election in two years on March 23. Rivlin and Netanyahu, both longtime Likud members, have a famously acrimonious personal relationship.