''Freedom of the press is one of the cornerstones of the Government Press Office (GPO),’’ said its director, Nitzan Chen, as he explained his decision to not revoke the media credentials of the correspondent in Israel of the Qatari-funded Al Jazeera channel.
In the aftermath of the events in Charlotesville where neo-Nazis groups demonstrated, shouting anti-Semitic slogans and waving Nazi flags and symbols, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin conveyed his support and solidarity to the American Jewish community, in a letter sent to the leader of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjain Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would take all necessary actions to maintain security on the Temple Mount, without changing the status quo, in a phone call Friday with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Avi Gabbay, a former environment protection minister, won the race for the leadership of the Labor party which he joined only six months ago. In a runoff election, he beat the former Labor chairman Amir Peretz, a former Defence Minister.