Israel’s president reportedly says outpost law makes country look like ‘apartheid state’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the regularization law that retroactively legalizes settler homes build on private Palestinian land. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the regularization law that retroactively legalizes settler homes build on private Palestinian land. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin reportedly said that a new law that retroactively legalizes settler homes built on private Palestinian land could make Israel look like an “apartheid state.”

Rivlin made the comments during a closed door meeting last week, two days after the “regulation law” was passed by the Knesset, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Sunday. [Read more…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Jewish community condemns attack on Quebec City mosque

(JTA) – The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and other groups condemned the attack on a Quebec City-area mosque during a prayer service that left six dead and eight wounded.

“The Jewish community is horrified by the murderous shooting at the Sainte-Foy mosque. Nothing justifies the murder of innocent civilians assembled in a place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives, as well as all our fellow Muslim citizens,” said Rabbi Reuben Poupko, co-chair of CIJA-Quebec in a statement. [Read more…]

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to receive pacemaker

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the regularization law that retroactively legalizes settler homes build on private Palestinian land. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during a meeting with NYPD Comissioner William Bratton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Park Lane Hotel in New York City, Jan. 28, 2015. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during a meeting with NYPD Comissioner William Bratton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Park Lane Hotel in New York City, Jan. 28, 2015. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will be admitted to hospital to be fitted with a pacemaker.

Rivlin, 77, will enter hospital over the weekend for about 24 hours, according to a statement issued by his office. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu: Pardon soldier who shot downed Palestinian

Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference of Israeli ambassadors at the foreign ministry office in Jerusalem, Jan. 3, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference of Israeli ambassadors at the foreign ministry office in Jerusalem, Jan. 3, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference of Israeli ambassadors at the foreign ministry office in Jerusalem, Jan. 3, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a pardon for the Israeli soldier who shot a downed Palestinian terrorist.

Elor Azaria was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in a military court. [Read more…]

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Israel thanks Guatemala for pivotal role in creation of the Jewish state

(JTA) — The head of the Knesset thanked Guatemala for its critical role in helping establish the State of Israel as the Central American nation’s president wrapped up a four-day visit there.

President Jimmy Morales ended his visit to Israel on the day 69 years ago that the United Nations (UN) voted in favour of the Partition Plan for Palestine at the end of the British Mandate recommending Jewish and Arab states. [Read more…]

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