Jerusalem, Israel – A delegation representing American for Peace Now (APN) met yesterday with Israel’s President
Reuven Rivlin at the President’s residence in Jerusalem.
The delegation, headed by APN’s Chair of the Board James Klutznick (pictured with the
President), congratulated Rivlin for his recent election to be Israel’s tenth president.
Rivlin expressed appreciation for APN’s support of the state of Israel and for caring about its future as a Jewish
state and a democracy.
Klutznick pointed out that unlike APN and its Israeli sister organization, Shalom Achshav (Peace Now), President
Rivlin does not support the two-state solution. President Rivlin replied that if the Israeli Knesset adopts a
two-state solution he will not oppose it. “We should live here with open borders, whether in one state or in two
states,” he said.
Asked how he planned to use the office of the President to advance efforts for peace between Israelis and
Palestinians, Rivlin replied that in his opinion, peace ought to start with improving relations between Israel’s
Jewish majority and its Arab minority. He said that he hopes to use the office of the President to turn conflicts
into constructive debates.