December 2009 Headlines

Preemptive Move? Israel's Missile Shield

As the international community waits on diplomatic efforts, Israel is working on a sophisticated way to protect itself.

Ancient House Could Shed Light on Jesus' Era

Days before Christmas, archeologists unveiled what they said were the remains of the first dwelling in Nazareth that can be dated back to the time of Jesus.

Gaza Christians Face Hamas Threats

The tiny Palestinian Christian community in the Gaza Strip remains under intense persecution, according to a Canadian human rights group.

Israel May Reward Christian Zionists for Faithfulness

Some senior Israeli officials want to reward Christian Zionists for their faithfulness to the State, but others are fighting the move.

Terror Attacks Reduced in 2009

Palestinian terror attacks were significantly reduced in 2009, thanks in large part to the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet reported.

2009 Bonus Year for Israeli Immigration

In 2009, a total of 16,244 Jews immigrated to Israel, a 17 percent increase over last year, which saw 13,859 new arrivals.

Gov't. to Vote on Remaining Ethiopian Jews

The fate of 8,700 Ethiopian Jews waiting to be approved for aliyah will be decided by the Knesset within the next three months.

Emergency Preparedness Drill at Ben Gurion

The IDF Home Front Command is holding a wide-scale emergency preparedness exercise on Tuesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Israel Defends Jerusalem Construction

Israel is defending its decision to build some 700 new apartments in the eastern sector of the city.

Israeli President Hosts Christian Leaders

Israeli President Shimon Peres hosted Christian leaders at his Jerusalem residence on Monday.

Hamas Marks One Year since Gaza Operation

Fewer than 3,000 Palestinians showed up at a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of Israel's military incursion in the Gaza Strip.

Tough Week for Border Police

This has not been a good week for Israeli Border Police.

20,000 Expected for Christmas Mass in Bethlehem

Twenty thousand people are expected to fill Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity plaza for midnight mass.

Border Guards Order Children Off School Bus

Israeli border guards ordered children off their school bus on Tuesday, telling them to walk the rest of the way home in the rain.

Negotiations for Prisoner Swap Continue

Israel sent its response to Hamas, via the German mediator, on negotiations for a prisoner swap for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

ADL: Jews Suffer Backlash from Israeli Gaza Operation

The Anti-Defamation League said Jews worldwide suffered backlash from Israel's military incursion into the Gaza Strip a year ago.

Fmr Israeli PM Denies Corruption Charges

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's attorney released a statement denying all charges against his client.

New Law Would Raise Drinking Age to 21

Israeli cabinet ministers backed legislation that would raise the legal drinking age to 21.

IDF 'Internal Memo' Leaked to Media on Sunday

The IDF leaked an 'internal' memo to Israeli media on Sunday, describing how it will deal with violations of the construction freeze.

Analysis: Prospects for Middle East Peace in 2010

PA President Mahmoud Abbas' preconditions for resuming talks with Israel make prospects for an agreement in 2010 as elusive as in past years.

Palestinian Clerics Exploit Christmas with Boycott

A handful of anti-Israel Palestinian Christian leaders are exploiting the Christmas holiday with anti-Israel propaganda.

Israel: Enough Gestures to the Palestinians

Israel is ready to revive negotiations with the Palestinians but without any more gestures or preconditions.

IDF Awards Medals of Honor for Gaza Op

Eight IDF soldiers received medals of honor Wednesday evening for their exceptional bravery in Operation Cast Lead.

Knesset Member: Boycott British Goods

Israeli MKs signed a petition against the British government's recommendation to label goods from Judea, Samaria and the Golan.

Bethlehem Holds Tree Lighting Ceremony

With Christmas only nine days away, the town of Bethlehem, Israel held its annual tree lighting ceremony Tuesday evening.

Hannukah: 'A Great Miracle Happened Here'

Hannukah celebrates the victory of a small, vastly outnumbered Jewish fighting over the Syrian army, and the subsequent rededication of the Temple.

Gov't. Forces Confiscate Bulldozer in Tzofim

Civil Administration inspectors and Border Police arrived in Tzofim on Tuesday to confiscate a bulldozer being used in a sewage project.

Warrant Could Harm Israeli-U.K. Relations

The Foreign Ministry warned that the arrest warrant issued against Opposition leader Tzipi Livni could harm Israeli-U.K. relations.

Israeli Leaders Condemn Mosque Attack

Israeli leaders are denouncing what appears to be a Jewish attack on a West Bank mosque. The incident could further raise already high tensions in the area.

Livni Denies Arrest Report in Arab Paper

Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni's office denied a report that fear of arrest prompted her cancellation of a trip to London.

Knesset Votes Biometric Database into Law

The Knesset passed the controversial biometric database law by a vote of 40-11, with three abstensions, in its second and third readings.

E.U. Endorses Jerusalem as a 'Two-State' Capital

The European Union has endorsed a watered-down foreign policy declaration calling for Jerusalem to become the capital of two states.

Settlement Freeze Sparks Massive Protests in Israel

Israelis gathered in a massive demonstration on Wednesday to protest the recent government freeze on building in Judea and Samaria (The West Bank.)

Jerusalem Rally Stirs Israelis

We arrived early for the rally at Jerusalem's Paris Square, just down the street from the prime minister's residence.

Israel Transfers Flu Vaccine to Gaza

Israel transferred 10,000 doses of swine flu vaccine to the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu: Settlement Halt Proves Israel Wants Peace

Israeli police scuffled with settlers Sunday as they tried to enforce a settlement freeze in the West Bank.

First Swine Flu Breakout in Gaza

Five Palestinians were diagnosed with swine flu on Sunday, in what Gaza health officials are calling the area's first cases.

Ultra-Orthodox Allegedly Torch Messianic Jew's Car

Two ultra-Orthodox men were arrested for allegedly torching the car of a Messianic Jew in the Israeli town of Beit Shean.

Study: Israelis Love their National Anthem

Study reveals that Israel's national anthem, Hatikva, evokes strong patriotic responses in the vast majority of Israelis.

Possible EU Call for Divided Jerusalem Angers Israel

The EU draft resolution calls for Jerusalem to be divided, with part becoming the capital of a Palestinian state.

Confrontations Continue in Judea and Samaria

Confrontations between government inspectors and residents of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria continued on Wednesday morning.

Knesset Debates Construction Freeze

Israeli MKs began debating the pros and cons of the government's 10-month construction freeze in Judea and Samaria.