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, defeating Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker becomes Israel’s 10th president and succeeds Shimon Peres.
Joshua Mitnick |
Tel Aviv — A day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new cabinet backed by Hamas, both Israel and the Palestinians opened a diplomatic public relations battle over how the new unity government would be received by the international community.
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