Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin extended an invitation, Monday, to the family of the Bulgarian driver killed in this summer's attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas to visit Israel. The invitation came during a reception for Bulgarian President Rosen Asenov Plevneliev, who was making his first visit to Israel since being elected, accompanied by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov.
Rivlin thanked the people and government of Bulgaria for its relationship with the Israel and the people throughout history, including efforts to save the Jews during the Holocaust. President Plevneliev invited Rivlin to events marking the 70th anniversary of those efforts, acknowledging that they weren't 100-percent successful. He said Bulgarian authorities were continuing to work in an effort to bring the Burgas perpetrators to justice, and noted that one of the reasons for his visit was to promote cooperation in the fields of hi-tech, water and innovative industries.