The United States will seek to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing its policy of shunning the group and prompting concern among some Jewish organizations.
Scoring a come-from-behind victory at the ballot box, Tzipi Livni edged Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been the front-runner for nearly the entire race. Now with a national mandate, the question Livni faces is whether she can leverage her new political standing to assemble a coalition government quickly.
During his stops in Jordan and Israel, presidential contender Barack Obama stressed both his backing for tough Israeli security measures and his commitment to advancing the peace process.
In a surprise move, the governments of Israel and Syria announced that they are resuming peace talks — prompting a tepid endorsement from the United States.
Exit polls showed Hillary Clinton taking the Jewish vote in winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Pennsylvania.