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Israel elects a new president: Rivlin

Israel elects a new president: Rivlin

JERUSALEM — Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.

Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, June 10, defeating Meir Sheetrit of Hatnua in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker becomes Israel’s 10th president and succeeds Shimon Peres.

Considered a Likud elder statesman, Rivlin was one of five candidates running for the largely ceremonial post chosen by the parliament every seven years. He will be sworn in on July 24.

Eliminated in the first round of voting were former Supreme Court judge Dalia Dorner, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dan Shechtman and ex-Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:27 )

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International

Pope, Peres and Abbas in the Vatican

Pope, Peres and Abbas in the VaticanJERUSALEM — PA President Mahmoud Abbas called for “freedom in our sovereign and independent state” during a prayer for peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Pope Francis. Vatican officials had called the service on Sunday, June 8, at the Vatican a “pause in politics” with no political intentions. Abbas, Peres and the pope planted an olive tree in Vatican Garden following prayers by Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders and invocations by the three leaders. They then entered th...
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With new Indian leader, Israel sees brighter horizon in the east

With new Indian leader, Israel sees brighter horizon in the eastWITH a focus on Hindu nationalism and pro-market policies, newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises to propel the country in a new direction. India and Israel have enjoyed increasingly close military and economic cooperation over the past two decades, and Modi also brings strong personal and business ties with Israel dating to his time as chief minister of one of India’s most wealthy and industrialized states. While traditional Israeli allies in Europe remain in economic st...
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US, Israel react to Fatah-Hamas unity government

US, Israel react to Fatah-Hamas unity governmentUS reacts The US plans to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the PA, the State Department said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday, June 2, that the US “will be watching closely to ensure that [the Hamas-Fatah government] upholds principles that President [Mahmoud] Abbas reiterated today,” according to Haaretz. The principles include recognizing Israel, rejecting terror and honoring agreements. The new government was sworn ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 June 2014 11:02 )

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International

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party wins big

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party wins bigATHENS — The picture of Golden Dawn leaders being led away in shackles by masked policemen last September was supposed to be a defining image: Greek authorities cracking down on the country’s neo-Nazi party as a harbinger of its demise. Instead, soon there will be a new iconic image: three members of the party taking their seats in the European Parliament. Golden Dawn — supposedly persecuted, prosecuted and in tatters — made substantial gains last weekend in European elections, capturi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:15 )

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Kerry: Israel may continue tunnel demolition during cease-fire

Ron Kampeas Israel will continue its work to destroy tunnels during the Gaza Strip cease-fire, and Hamas is attending truce talks in Cairo, according to statements from U.S. and Turkish officials. ... [Link]

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire, with Israeli troops in place

Ron Kampeas Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour unconditional cease-fire. ... [Link]

Protesters threaten British cosmetics store that sells Israeli products

Marcy Oster A cosmetics store in Manchester, England, that sells Israeli cosmetics has been victimized by callers threatening to kill the staff and burn down the store. ... [Link]

NYT on why it hasn’t shown photos of Hamas fighters: We don’t have any

Uriel Heilman The New York Times says it eagerly pursues photos from both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict, but so far their photographer in Gaza hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun. ... [Link]

Israeli tourists evacuated from Maldives

Marcy Oster Israeli tourists in the Maldives had to be evacuated from the island nation after an Israeli surfer removed an anti-Israel sign from outside a guest house. ... [Link]

Obama spokesmen urge Israel to exercise greater caution with civilians

Ron Kampeas An array of Obama administration spokesmen said Israel had to exercise greater caution in avoiding civilian casualties during the current Gaza conflict, citing shelling on a shelter that killed at lea... [Link]

Detroit-area USPS clarifies position after local branch refuses mail to Israel

Ron Kampeas The metropolitan Detroit regional office of the U.S. Postal Service issued a clarification to its branches after a local post office said it could not accept mail sent to Israel. ... [Link]

U.S. sells munitions to Israel from its surplus stockpile

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile. ... [Link]

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