Speaking at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session, President Reuven Rivlin calls on the government to swiftly pass a budget and appoint a new commander of the Israel Police, which has been without a permanent commissioner since December 2018.
He also addresses the rising social tensions in the country.
“Friends, I feel the air is full of gunpowder. I feel the fury that is flooding the streets. But it is unacceptable that night after night, protesters beat protesters, police beat protesters, protesters throw rocks at police,” he says.
He adds: “Israeli tribalism is bursting through the cracks… Only by recognizing and listening to each other can we deal with the crisis upon us.”