On April 1, I had the privilege of attending a luncheon at the Shaw Centre hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who was on an official state visit to Canada. The visit commemorated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Canada, as well as the two countries’ shared values of democracy and freedom.
Rivlin was born in Jerusalem in 1939 during the era of the British Mandate. He is a seventh-generation Jerusalemite and the 10th president of Israel, currently in the fifth year of a non-renewable seven-year term. According to Israeli opinion polls, he is the most popular Israeli leader. This is perhaps due to the mostly non-political nature of his office. Additionally, having had the opportunity to hear him speak, I think that some of his popularity comes from his very sincere and personable nature. [Read more…]