Rivlin to Return as Knesset Speaker

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Likud party nominated MK (member of Knesset) Reuven Rivlin for Knesset speaker, subject to parliamentary vote.

If approved, Reuven would return to the position he held in the 16th Knesset.

"I am enthusiastically looking forward to this position, and I hope that the entire Knesset, including all the MKs, will put their trust in me," Rivlin said on Monday.

"If I am elected, my first and most important mission will be to restore the Knesset and its members' former status in the eye of the public," he said.

Rivlin also said he would reverse former speaker Dalia Itzik's ban on wearing blue jeans in the Knesset.

"If the public wears jeans, we will allow it too, as long as it is respectable," Rivlin said.

"I happened to watch an item on fashion trends on Saturday night, which showed that jeans, in all styles, colors and kinds, are a primary fashion item. I don't plan to forbid jeans in the public's House," he said.

"Jeans, yes; torn jeans, no," he added. "There is a limit to every tear, which sometimes reveals too much, and doesn't show proper respect for the place where it is worn," he said.

Rivlin didn't mention sandals, also banned by Itzik, along with sleeveless shirts and shorts, but an aide said that while the restrictions would be eased, there would still be a dress code in keeping with appropriate standards for the nation's parliament.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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