Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backtracked on a request to make changes to his foreign and domestic investment portfolio, saying he wants to avoid fueling rumors about a potential strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
A special committee in the State Comptroller’s Office’s approved the prime minister’s request on August 15. In its decision, it stated that given the volatility of the global and Israeli economies, there was a need to allow additional instructions to be made to the trustee of Netanyahu’s blind trust. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu notified the State Comptroller several days later that he would not bring the matter to the current government for approval, in order to avoid a misinterpretation.
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday remanded the three teens suspected of firebombing a Palestinian taxi last week for an additional four days. Six Palestinians were injured in the incident. The three, ages 12 and 13, were arrested on Sunday. All three are residents of the Bat Ayin settlement in the West Bank.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met with a group of Jewish spiritual leaders prior to his trip to Iran for the Non-Aligned Movement meeting. The Rabbis came with a message of peace while Abbas reiterated that the only solution for peace in the middle east is a Palestinian state.
More than 2 million children returned to schools and kindergartens on Monday. Prime minister Netanyahu visited his elementary school in Jerusalem while President Shimon Peres visited the first rocket- protected school in the negev.