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Daniel Gordis

Israel's Overdue Reckoning With Its Arab Citizens

President Reuven Rivlin has made healing in Israel a priority.
It's a start.
It's a start.

Few outside Israel may recognize the name Reuven Rivlin, who at one time was known as a decent person without much pizzazz. When he was elected to succeed the wildly popular President Shimon Peres in June, many anticipated that Rivlin would be nothing more than a placeholder.

Sunday, though, Rivlin provided at least part of the answer to why he is much more: He is making healing the rift between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens a top priority.