In first, Israel’s first lady assigned bodyguard

Israel’s first lady has been assigned a personal security detail for the first time since her husband, President Reuven Rivlin, took office last year, Army Radio reported Thursday.

The decision to provide Nehama Rivlin with a bodyguard was made following a security assessment in response to the recent wave of Arab terror across Israel.

Rivlin was known to wander around Jerusalem alone, doing her own grocery shopping, visiting museums and walking to the medical clinic where she is treated regularly.

However, in light of the increased violence which has frequently struck the capital, a personal security guard will now accompany Rivlin.

President Rivlin has also been the subject of several controversial comments on social networks, which may have also contributed to the increased security for his wife.

Recent Head of Public Diplomacy and Media appointee, Dr. Ran Baratz, come under fire this week for mocking Rivlin, while last week Hagai Amir – the brother of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir – was  arrested for threatening the President on Facebook.

The President’s Residence confirmed the details.