A technicality led to the appointment of Israel’s first non-Jewish president. Majali Wahabe of the governing Kadima Party has temporarily taken over presidential duties this week due to the fact that Acting President Dalia Itzik is on a visit to the United States. Itzik is standing in for Moshe Katsav, who was suspended after prosecutors drafted an indictment against him in a sex scandal. In Washington, Itzik is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
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