While leading the country through tumultuous political times, Rivlin also granted more pardons and quashed more criminal records than any of his predecessors, the statement said.
Rivlin, 81, was elected on July 24, 2014 and is expected to end his term on Wednesday.
In those seven years, the president oversaw one election in 2015, two in 2019, one more in 2020, and another in 2021.
He has spent 47 hours negotiating with lawmakers over establishing a government and on eight occasions he has given an MP the task of forming a coalition, most recently appealing to the current foreign minister Yair Lapid in May.
Rivlin also launched several programs to pardon prisoners or cancel criminal records.
One of these programs was to erase the records of soldiers or those doing national service who had been sentenced prior to entering service. As a result, the criminal records of 350 soldiers were canceled.
Israel’s 70th Independence Day was celebrated in 2017, and Rivlin marked the occasion with a special forgiveness program. Pardons were granted to elderly prisoners, those with serious health problems, those whose children were not cared for by their parents due to imprisonment and those who were themselves victims of crimes, among others.
Those convicted of murder, manslaughter, security crimes, sex crimes or crimes under the authority of military courts were not included in the program.
According to the statement, the program saw the president reduce sentences at a rate more than ten times his usual rate.
Over the past seven years, Rivlin has also introduced programs to clear the criminal records of some offenders in the Ethiopian community. He has also started a similar program for those leaving prostitution.
In total, Rivlin has granted 1,830 pardons.
Here is his presidency in figures.
- 35 state visits, 879 meetings with leaders, religious leaders and diplomats at the presidential residence
- 785 video message for events and leaders
- 932 visits to locations across the country
- 62 appeals of condolence to the families of victims of terrorism and 190 appeals of condolence to the families of fallen soldiers
- 33 swearing-in ceremonies, which installed 454 senior judges and clerks
- 36 diplomatic accreditation ceremonies to welcome 168 ambassadors
- 1,830 pardons granted and 1,365 criminal cases canceled, including 350 soldiers
Rivlin, the tenth president of Israel, will be replaced by Isaac Herzog, the grandson of the sixth president of Israel, Chaim Herzog.