Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday as part of U.S.-brokered peace efforts, but said it was pressing on with plans to build more homes for Jewish settlers, in an apparent move to appease hardliners.
Vadim Rabinovich has battled Ukrainian authorities, business rivals and Jewish community leaders, some of whom have expressed resentment about his ongoing efforts to challenge the old guard of European Jewish institutional life.
Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help U.S.-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides.
Omri Casspi was the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association. And with the new season tipping off this week, Gal Mekel will become the second.
A bill that would legalize civil marriages in Israel was submitted to the Knesset.