As Mideast peace talks teeter again on the brink of collapse, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are emerging largely unscathed in the eyes of their constituents.
Israel is weighing a deal suggested by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to rescue stalled peace talks with the Palestinians, which includes as a bargaining chip the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.
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.
Cultural concerns don’t necessarily stop Israel’s Arab women from working, the lack of affordable day care does. Longer maternity leave for Austrian women might keep them in the labor force longer. And girls in areas of India with more sex-selection abortions are less likely to be malnourished.
Israelis turned out in unprecedented numbers to mourn the death last week of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder of the Shas party. His successors are unlikely to be able to maintain the group’s political clout.
Israel has the right to revise its tax policies, said the economist leading a review of the country’s natural resources royalties and tax structure, parrying allegations that a changing regulatory environment would drive away investment.