Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and President-elect Reuven Rivlin agreed on Sunday to significantly limit Thursday`s ceremony in which Rivlin will be sworn in as the State of Israel`s 10th president.

The two decided that a more modest ceremony was in order in light of Operation Protective Shield in Gaza.

In a joint statement, Edelstein and Rivlin said ”while IDF soldiers are fighting and citizens of Israel are under threat from rockets, we think the ceremony should take place in a more modest and limited format.”

”We support the IDF in its holy mission to bring quiet and calm to all residents of Israel, as soon as possible,” they said.

According to the decision, the honor guard ceremony for Rivlin at the square in front of the Knesset will be limited. Later, Rivlin will take the oath of office in the Knesset plenum – as scheduled. The final part of the ceremony, a cocktail party in the Knesset`s Chagall Hall, has been canceled.

The Knesset`s Spokesperson`s Unit will publish an updated schedule for President-elect Rivlin`s swearing-in ceremony.

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