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  11/4/2012, Cheshvan 19, 5773

Rivlin: I Have the Right to Oppose Oslo

Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin defended his public opposition to the Oslo Accords in an interview with Arutz Sheva. Rivlin was recently criticized for saying, on the anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin’s assassination, that the accords had been a mistake and that saying so does not dishonor Rabin’s memory.

Rivlin said those who have criticized him for making political statements despite his ostensibly neutral position are hypocrites. “What they see as fine for them, they forbid to others. A man with a public role like President can preach that we must implement Oslo… But when I oppose it, that’s forbidden,” he said, referring to President Peres’s open support for Oslo.

He said he raised the issue because “I wanted to imbue the day with some meaning.”