Reuven Rivlin begins his remarks by speaking about former Supreme Court justice Aharon Barak, before transitioning to the meat of his remarks.
“Your votes, you determine how the nation looks,” he says, addressing the nation.
He says 120 Knesset members cannot change the character of the state in a Jewish state, nor its democratic foundations, promising that Israelis know how to get together in the end despite their many arguments.
“The law obliges me to task a Knesset member who agrees to it,” he says.
“Unfortunately, no candidate has a real chance of forming a government,” he says, adding that he would have preferred to give the Knesset the task of picking a prime ministerial candidate.