Israeli President Rivlin’s sister, Ester Herling Binyamin, dies aged 84

President Reuven Rivlin’s half-sister, Ester Herling Binyamin, died Monday, aged 84, a spokesman for the president announced.

“My big sister Eti was for me a mentor by my mother’s side throughout my childhood in Jerusalem,” the president said in a press release. “I will greatly miss her, and the memory of her strong personality will stay with me always.”

According to the spokesman, Herling Binyamin was born to Rivlin’s mother, Rachel Rivlin, and Yehoshua Binyamin, who passed away when she was a child. She fought in the Irgun, a pre-state underground militia led by Menachem Begin, and was devoted to Jerusalem, the city of her birth.

Herling Binyamin will be laid to rest on the Mount of Olives, alongside the president’s parents and brother. She leaves behind three children and many grandchildren.


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