Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says goodbye to Barack Obama

“May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the State of Israel, to extend to you our thanks and appreciation for your continuing concern over the last eight years, for Israel’s safety and our ability to carry the burden of security. You ensured that we could always feel confident that our needs in this area were a priority for your administration. While from time to time we may have had differences of opinion, you stood strong in the defence of the shared values of our two peoples and countries, and for this we are deeply appreciative. I know that both Israel and the United States will continue to be faithful to those shared values which underpin our two wonderful democracies.”

(Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a farewell letter to outgoing President Barack Obama, 17/01/1017)