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Reuven Rivlin elected president of Israel

JERUSALEM — Reuven Rivlin, a former speaker of the Knesset and a member of the Likud party,will become Israel’s 10th president, succeeding Shimon Peres.

Considered a Likud elder statesman, Rivlin was one of five candidates running for the largely ceremonial post chosen by the parliament every seven years. He will be sworn in on July 24.

Rivlin was first elected to the Knesset in 1988 and twice served as its speaker. A self-identified disciple of Revisionist Zionism founder Zeev Jabotinsky, Rivlin opposes territorial concessions to the Palestinians and wants Israel to retain the West Bank. He has said that he supports giving Israeli citizenship to West Bank Palestinians.

Rivlin drew criticism from Reform and Conservative rabbis for past negative statements about Reform Judaism. He called Reform Judaism “idol worship” in 1989 and in 2007, in a run for president, would not say whether he would refer to Reform rabbis by their title if he were elected. “I respect any person chosen to lead his or her community, and God forbid I invalidate him because he is from one stream or another,” Rivlin told the Jerusalem Post in an interview published June 6. “The President’s Office represents all streams and denominations in society. The job of the president is to bridge conflicts, not create conflicts.”

Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt leaving to pursue NBA dreams

JERUSALEM – David Blatt, who guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague basketball championship, stepped down as the Israeli team’s coach to pursue opportunities in the NBA.

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have contacted Blatt for their vacant head coaching post. New York, Minnesota and Golden State reportedly are interested in Blatt, who holds U.S. and Israeli citizenship, to fill slots as an assistant coach.

Blatt, who led Maccabi Tel Aviv for four seasons, has turned down NBA assistant coaching jobs in the past.

Along with leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset victory in the Euroleague playoffs last month, Blatt coached Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Blatt, a Boston native, played for Princeton University from 1977 to 1981 and was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. men’s basketball team at the 1981 Maccabiah Games. Following the games, Blatt played for several Israeli teams until he was injured in 1993 and took up coaching.

Ex-bank of Israel governor Fischer confirmed as Federal vice chairman

NEW YORK – Stanley Fischer, a former Bank of Israel governor, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. Fischer, 70, succeeds Janet Yellen, who was elevated to Fed chairwoman in February to follow Ben Bernanke. All three are Jewish.

Last month, Fischer was confirmed as a member of the Federal Reserve board, but a separate vote was needed for the vice chairman’s post. Fischer, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, helmed Israel’s central bank from 2005 to 2013. He previously held senior positions at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.


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