Israeli president to Mexican counterpart: Wall comparisons are ‘misunderstanding’

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told his counterpart from Mexico that Israel had “no intention” of comparing its border wall with Egypt to the one proposed by President Donald Trump between Mexico and the United States.

Rivlin spoke by phone to Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday evening in Israel amid the diplomatic uproar between Israel and Mexico since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a tweet Saturday in which he was seen as supporting Trump’s plan to keep out illegal immigrants. [Read more…]

Comment

Ehud Olmert requests pardon

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Dec. 29, 2015. (Gil Yohanan/Flash 90)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Dec. 29, 2015. (Gil Yohanan/Flash 90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, currently serving a 27-month prison sentence for corruption, has requested a pardon from the country’s president.

President Reuven Rivlin’s office confirmed that a pardon request had been received from Olmert and that it would be sent to the Justice Ministry for consideration, as are all pardon requests. [Read more…]

Comment