A bill passed by the Knesset weakens the chief rabbinate’s grip on marriage registration; it was thought politically impossible only a year ago—and the reforms are just beginning.
A Quiet Revolution
Don’t Expect the Jerusalem Summit to Drive a Wedge between Russia and Iran
Later this month, an unprecedented meeting will take place in Jerusalem among the top national-security officials of the U.S., Israel, and Russia to discuss the situation in Syria. Moscow is likely to seek financial aid for the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country, or at the very least an easing of sanctions on Bashar al-Assad. Washington and Jerusalem are likely to pressure the Russian government to reduce the presence of Iranian forces and Iran-backed militias in Syria, or at the very least to keep them away from the Israeli border. But to Anna Borshchevskaya, any promises made by Vladimir Putin’s representatives are not to be trusted:
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