Commenting on his father's work in bringing different cultures together, Rivlin,75, spoke personally with the participants about building bridges during his visit to the Arab village made up of Druze, Muslims, and Christians.
Earlier this week, news broke of the latest celebrity engagement: Hollywood actor and self-proclaimed perpetual bachelor, George Clooney, proposed to Amal Alamuddin. Frantic Google searches began as everyone wanted to know who this 'exotic beauty' was.
Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. This recent development shows the misery of Lebanon, which has continued for more than 50 years, enters a new and dangerous phase.
The story of Emek Medical Center in Afula is little known within the international community but Emek Medical Center's Director of Development and Public Relations, Larry Rich, is on a mission to change that.
The issues surrounding political change in Syria are multifaceted and much more intricate than is being reported in the western media, yet the conflict continues to be painted in simplistic black and white terms.
The battle for Syria demonstrates that what started as a peaceful call for change can lead to the disintegration of an entire country, and creation of a new geopolitical reality. If it can happen in Syria, it can and will certainly happen elsewhere.
She did not feel she should hate the Druze for their tradition or put them in "The Other Box." She just wanted to understand better where and why the tradition existed -- and how it might be put to an end. Her pull to the topic was undeniably related to her own life experience.
It is simply correct to refer to the uprising as being that of the Sunni majority against a regime based on the support, either active or passive, of non-Sunni minorities. One of the latter are the Druze.
This week, the relationship between the Golan Druze and Israel took a turn for the worst. On Sunday, Majdal Shames resident, musician Fada Sha'ar, was arrested when he landed in Ben-Gurion International Airport.
The survival of the Druze will largely depend on the young Druze educated professional class, and their ability to establish an international committee to reform the tenets of the Druze faith that are in conflict with modern times.
The Sunni, Druze and Christian coalition that first took the reins of power in July 2005 was dealt what may end up being a lethal blow this past week when the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt formerly left the March 14 Secretariat.