October 2009 Headlines

Agricultural Charity Gives Aid to Israel's Poor

Almost two million Israelis live below the poverty level. However, one charity is using a biblical principle to fill in the gaps.

CMJ Takes Up Call to Take Gospel to Jewish People

The state of Israel is under fire from all sides, but evangelical Christians are one group that's standing beside the Jewish people.

Israel Marks Anniversary of Rabin Assassination

Israel is marking the 14th anniversary of the assassination of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the first Israeli leader to sign an agreement with then PLO Leader Yasser Arafat.

Katyushas Dismantled Near Lebanon Attack Site

Lebanese Army and United Nations Peacekeeping forces discovered and dismantled four Katyusha rockets at a southern Lebanon location where a rocket was fired into Israel Tuesday. 

Abbas Defies Opposition: Will Hold Elections

Mahmoud Abbas is pressing ahead with his plan to hold January elections in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, despite strong opposition.

Rioters Battle Israeli Police at Jerusalem Holy Site

Israeli security forces and Muslim rioters clashed near Jerusalem's Temple Mount, Sunday.

Israel Rejects Criticism Over Press Freedoms

Israel's media restrictions during its military operation in the Gaza Strip earlier this year drew black marks from a watchdog group monitoring press freedoms worldwide.

U.S., Israel Begin Joint Military Exercise

The Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. military launched a major joint air defense exercise on Wednesday that the IDF said was not related to the regional situation.

Tried by Fire: Bethlehem's Remnant

One of the untold stories of the Middle East is what is happening to the Christian population in Bethlehem.

Israel May Battle Hamas in Courts

Some Israeli defense officials are urging the government to consider seeking indictments in courts around the world against terrorist leaders from Hamas. 

'West Bank' Stamp Upsets American-Israeli Jews

The politics of Middle East peace is affecting thousands of American-Israeli Jews living in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.

Israel to Fight Goldstone Report on War Crimes

Israel's Security Cabinet has rejected a demand from the United Nations Human Rights Council that Israel start its own investigation into a U.N. report.

Planned 'J Street' Meeting Stirs Controversy

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren will not accept an invitation from the leftist Jewish lobbying group J Street

Israelis Warned of Water Shortage

Israeli water experts say that the country's water reserves will be depleted by 2010 if it receives the same amount of rainfall as last winter.  

Palestinian Children: English the 'Enemy's Language'

On a recent episode of the Hamas' children's program "Tomorrow's Pioneers," a child says he wants to "to teach children the language of their enemy."

UN Body Approves Anti-Israel Report

The United Nations Human Rights Council approved the controversial Goldstone Report that accuses Israel of war crimes during its three week military operation against Gaza weapons smuggling in 2006.

Police Find Rocket Lab Near Jerusalem

Israeli border police and Shin Bet arrested three Palestinians for gathering materials to assemble rockets.

Expert: Turkey Moving Closer to Islamic World

The sudden downturn in Israeli-Turkish relations is a sign that Turkey is moving closer to the Islamic world, an Israeli expert said here on Thursday.

Report: Syria Puts Long-Range Missiles in Lebanon

Syria has sent nearly 25 percent of its long- and medium-range missile arsenal to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon - missiles that have the capability to reach all parts of Israel.

Liberal Group Claims Slight from Israeli Ambassador

An American Jewish lobby group is claiming that Israel's ambassador to the U.S. is avoiding an invitation to address its conference due to the group's liberal political leanings.

Israel Preps for Palestinian U.N. Offensive

Israel's diplomats are preparing for a propaganda war at the United Nations in the next few days, instigated by the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu: No Israelis Will be Tried for War Crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday that he would never allow any of the country's leaders or soldiers to be put on trial for war crimes.

Past Failures a 'Reality Check' on Peace Deal

After four failed experiences with Israeli-Palestinian peace-making Israelis will not be easily swayed by more unfulfilled promises, Israeli government minister Benny Begin said on Tuesday.

Israel: Investigate Lebanon Explosion

Israel is calling for a United Nations investigation into an explosion at a home of a Hezbollah member in the southern Lebanese village of Tayr Filsi Monday.

Israel-Turkey Relations Strained by Military Rebuff

Israel is reassessing its relationship with Turkey after the Turks cancelled a high level military exercise last week.

PM to Arabs: Don't Buy Temple Mount 'Lies'

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cautioning Arabs not to believe 'lies' circulating on the steet and in the Arab press that Israel is digging under the Temple Mount, which Muslims fear could undermine the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Iran Threatens to 'Blow Up the Heart' of Israel

A senior Iranian official threatened to "blow up the heart" of Israel if the Jewish State or the United States attacks Iran.

Israeli Official: Obama's Nobel 'Very Strange'

The announcement on Friday of the decision to award the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama is "very, very strange," Israeli Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said.

Israeli Medical Team Joins in Philippine Relief

An Israeli medical team flew to Manila Friday to help the Filipino people devastated by the typhoons.

The Joy of Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles

Israeli families are preparing to celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, according to the commandment in the Book of Leviticus.

Christians Stand For a United Jerusalem

Some 4,000 Christians from more than 70 countries came for the weeklong event to express their support and love for the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Israeli FM: Don't Rush to Peace Deal

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says trying to maintain the illusion that a peace agreement will solve anything now could lead to unfulfilled expectations and more violence.

Israel Arrests Muslim Cleric for Incitement

Thousands of Israeli security forces remain on guard in Jerusalem, as Muslim protestors continue their efforts to disrupt the Jewish celebration of Succot.

Palestinian Warns of 'Battle for Jerusalem'

Thousands of policemen have been deployed to prevent more outbursts by Muslim rioters near the Old City's Temple Mount. 

Nobel Chem. Prize Goes to Israeli Woman

Israeli scientist Ada Yonath has become the fourth woman in history and the first since 1964 to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Families of Terror Victims Dedicate Torah

Families who lost loved ones in the March 2002 suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in Netanya will dedicate a Torah scroll in their memory.

Thousands Flock to Jerusalem's Western Wall

An estimated 7,000 Jews flooded the Western Wall plaza Monday morning to take part in the priestly blessing for Sukkot.

A Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

This Sunday, millions of Christians in thousands of churches around the world will be observing the scriptural mandate to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem."

Prisoners Released after Proof of Shalit Alive

Israel began releasing female Palestinian prisoners Friday morning after Israeli officials reviewed the video of kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

PA Sends Mixed Messages

Senior PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said the PA had not changed its position on endorsing the Goldstone Report.

Two New Submarines Arrive

The Israeli Navy acquired two new Dolphin-class U212s, bringing the number of the German-manufactured submarine fleet to five.