Ariel Jerozolimski
Ariel Jerozolimski
Photographer and Tour Guide

Hugs, bridges, and coalitions

Candidate for President Miriam Peretz hugs elected President Isaac Herzog after knowing the results at the Knesset.
Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Candidate for President Miriam Peretz hugs elected President Isaac Herzog after knowing the results at the Knesset. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Candidate for President Miriam Peretz hugs elected President Isaac Herzog after knowing the results at the Knesset. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Candidate for President Miriam Peretz greets elected President Isaac Herzog after knowing the results at the Knesset. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Candidate for President Miriam Peretz (center) poses for a photograph with elected President Isaac Herzog (right) and his wife Michal after knowing the results at the Knesset. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Elected President Isaac Herzog after knowing the results of the election at the Knesset. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Isaac Herzog talks in his cellphone after being elected next President of the State. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
PM Biniamin Netanyahu greets Isaac Herzog for being elected new President of the State. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid (right) talks to Yemina leader Naftali Bennett at the Knesset. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Yemina Party leader Naftali Bennett talks to MK Ayelet Shaked at the Knesset plennum. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski

 

Yemina Party leader Naftali Bennett talks to MK Ayelet Shaked at the Knesset plennum. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid at the Knesset plennum. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid smiles at the Knesset. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
PM Biniamin Netanyahu attends the election of new President of the State at the Knesset plennum. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Yemina leader Naftali Bennett (second left) gestures during a conversation with Defense Minister Benny Gantz (left) as Culture Minister Hilly Tropper and MK Ayelet Shaked look on at the Knesset plennum. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Yemina leader Naftali Bennett (left) talks to Labor Party Chairwoman Merav Michaeli at the Knesset plennum. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Yemina leader Naftali Bennett (left) talks to Labor Party Chairwoman Merav Michaeli at the Knesset plennum. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski
Yemina leader Naftali Bennett (left) talks to Labor Party Chairwoman Merav Michaeli at the Knesset plennum. Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski

Especially these days, the Israeli society needs a big and warm hug, a hug to bring closer their differences.

A hug as was given by Miriam Peretz, the candidate for president to the winning candidate Isaac Herzog after loosing in the election by members of the Knesset and a hug as President Herzog gave back.

Her speech of unity, of bringing together all Israelis and getting them closer to each other despite different points of view, religious beliefs, political ideologies and social differences touched many Israeli hearts, mine included.

Being a bereaved mother who lost two sons in battle, she had a magnetism and charisma that went beyond her grief. We are drawn by her optimism, vitality, and perseverance. She is an inspiring role model. I hope she remains active in the public arena because she radiates what our society needs to bring us closer to each other – warmth, hugs, and empathy.

Isaac Herzog will make us proud. He’s well-suited for the office — personally astute, politically savvy, with excellent English-language skills. His will present Israel’s “good face” to the international community.

Yet, as an ordinary Israeli citizen who sees my society internally riven and bruised, I think Peretz – apolitical, indeed with no ideological baggage whatsoever – would have been more choices as a bridge in the society.

Let’s hope the politicians make an effort to build that bridge among us because we really need it.

About the Author
Born in Uruguay in 1965 and lives in Israel since 1984. Since 1990 he worked as a freelance photographer for Israeli and international media including AFP, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Stern Magazine, El Pais, and Xinhua. In 1999 Jerozolimski joined the leading Israeli business daily, Globes,as a staff photographer till 2009. He was the chief photographer for The Jerusalem Post between 1999 and 2010. His work has been exhibited at the Berlin Museum, "Israel Under Attack" about the First Gulf War. He's also participated in a number of group exhibitions. His photos have also been featured in such books as A Day in the Life of the IDF, 24 Hours at Prison, and Photographers in the Street. In addition to his photographic work, he is a licensed tour guide in English, Spanish and Portuguese and organizes photographic tours.
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