Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was finally able to secure coalition agreements to cobble together a government. The big news there is the ultra-Orthodox parties didn’t make it into the coalition as in the past. Two of the parties that did make it in are determined to scale back the benefits the ultra-Orthodox have built up for themselves for years (see AP’s Israel’s ultra-Orthodox suddenly are outsiders).
The government was formed just in time for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel mid-next week.
Also, the conclave of cardinals selected the first pontiff from the Western Hemisphere, Jorge Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis. While some critics raise issues with some of Bergoglio’s past actions in Argentina, there are encouraging reports about his relationship with evangelical Protestants as well as his desire shun ostentatiousness. Jews are encouraged that Francis had good relations with the Jewish community while archbishop in Argentina.
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