Israeli officials are meeting with American counterparts to urge them not to let Iran benefit from the battlefield successes of an al-Qaeda offshoot in Iraq, an aide in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.
Lawmakers Reuven Rivlin and Meir Sheetrit will compete to be elected president of Israel in a second round of parliamentary voting today, after none of the candidates won a majority in the first round.
Israel has found it’s no easy task to find a successor to President Shimon Peres, the 90-year-old Nobel peace laureate and statesman who imbued his largely ceremonial office with a prestige far beyond its powers.
An Israeli government panel recommended setting a “windfall tax” of 42 percent on natural resources, saying it would add 500 million shekels ($144.5 million) annually to government coffers. Shares in Israel Chemicals Ltd. fell.
As Munib R. Masri leads visitors around his domed palace, gray-uniformed servants tend the manicured grounds, a Roman-style amphitheater and a glassed-in winter garden perched atop Mount Gerizim, the biblical Mount of Blessings.