As a young man Reuven Rivlin was opposed to diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany. Today, as Israel’s 75-year-old president, Rivlin sees the benefit of this relationship through the sharing of common values and Germany’s support of Israel in international forums.
On his first visit to Germany as president of the State of Israel, Rivlin on Monday received a warm, red carpet welcome replete with military honor guard from German President Joachim Gauck.
Rivlin is in Germany to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties. He is the fourth of Israel’s 10 presidents, and the second native Israeli president, to visit the country that was once led by a fiend who wanted to annihilate the Jewish people.