August 4, 2013 10:40 AM
The Israeli Cabinet expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government subsidies, a decision that came just days after the resumption of long-frozen peace talks and drew quick Palestinian condemnation. Ahead of his inauguration, Iran's new president called Israel an "old wound" that should be removed, while tens of thousands of Iranians marched in support of Muslim claims to the holy city of Jerusalem. Iranian leaders have often called Israel a ?cancerous tumor? that ?should be wiped from the pages of time.? But on Friday, the country?s incoming president, Hassan Rouhani, struck a more moderate tone, by merely calling the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands ?a sore.?