U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012.
U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reffered on Tuesday to the visit to Israel by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney as "kissing the foot" of the Jewish state to boost his bid for the White House. Although the Iranian president did not mention Romney by name, his comments, made during a speech broadcasted on state TV, were an unmistakably aimed at the Republican governor.

China criticized Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying that the presidential candidate's statement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel could worsen an already tense Middle East situation, or even re-ignite a war between Palestinians and Israelis.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed how they could work together to speed up political transition in Syria during a telephone call, Erdogan's office said.

A week following the leaving Kadima and re-joining the Likud, Tzachi Hanegbi's growing influence within the Likud is a matter of concern for party officials, sources told Haaretz Tuesday. Hanegbi left his political home of recent years and returned to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party.

Three Eritrean men were stabbed on Tuesday afternoon by an unidentified man walking into a store in southern Tel Aviv by. The three were lightly wounded and evacuated to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

The last surviving member of a group of prisoners that escaped the German Nazi concentration camp in 1942 had died, a spokesman for Auschwitz museum said Monday.

The planned raise of 1% in Israel's VAT will be postponed by one month, Finance Minister Yuval Steinetz decided Tuesday following a consultation with Knesset Finance Committee chairman, MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism). Gafni refused to convene the Knesset Finance Committee to discuss the tax increase, saying there is no hurry to raise the tax in this instant.

After rescheduling company bank debts totaling NIS 900 million, controlling shareholder and chairman Moti Zisser is taking full hold of the reins of Elbit Imaging, with his own appointment as CEO. Move is designed to help the company better the value of its real estate holdings, and to expand the number of project partners it has around the globe, with a particular emphasis on the United States, Europe and India.