August 2010 Headlines

Skeptics: Prospects Dim for Mideast Peace Talks

President Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas at the White House Thursday for their first face-to-face talks in 20 months.

Palestinian Gunman Kills 4 Israelis

Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group, is claiming responsibility for a shooting Tuesday that left four Israelis dead.

Syria, Hezbollah Sign Defense Pact

Syria and the Hezbollah Shiite group have signed a defense pact that includes broad-based "field understandings."

Gush Katif: Could a Land-for-Peace Deal Ever Work?

Five years years ago, the Israeli government uprooted Jewish construction in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for the sake of peace.

Poll: Arabs View All Israel as Palestine

Results of the latest AWRAD poll showed an overwhelming majority of Palestinians believe Israel will cease to exist.

Israeli Ministers Renounce Boycott

The last thing Israel needs is a boycott from within, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Egyptian Police Raid Sinai Weapons Depots

Egyptian police uncovered several weapons caches in the Sinai Peninsula over the weekend.

Palestinians Attack Israelis in PA Town

Palestinian residents of Kalandiya attacked two Jewish families who entered the town accidentally.

Israel: Iran's Nuclear Progress a Global Threat

Iran is flexing its military muscle for the second time this week after the regime said it successfully test fired a short-range, guided missile called "The Conqueror."

Netanyahu Proposes Bi-Weekly Mtgs. with Abbas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for bi-weekly meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Turkey: Flotilla Incident ‘Between Friends’

Turkey appears to have heeded U.S. calls to back off its anti-Israel rhetoric.

Arab Youth Riot in East Jerusalem

Israeli border police were called to the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan to quell a riot that began around 5:00 a.m. Thursday.

At Least Three Dead in Beirut Clashes

Clashes erupted between Shiite and Sunni groups on the streets of Beirut Tuesday, killing at least three people and wounding 10.

Israeli Policemen to Help U.N. Forces in Haiti

A 14-member task force of Israeli policemen leaves for Haiti Saturday evening.

U.N.: 'Proof' on Hariri's Death 'Incomplete'

U.N. prosecutor said evidence against Israel in the Hariri assassination is 'incomplete.'

Hagee Ministries May Drop Funds for Pro-Israel Group

John Hagee Ministries will no longer donate funds to the Israeli student organization Im Tirtzu.

Abbas Infuriated by Clinton's Statement

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's invitation to Washington reportedly angered PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Barak Announces Next IDF Chief of Staff

Defense Minister Ehud Barak chose OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant as the next IDF chief of general staff.

Israel Welcomes Start of Direct Palestinian Talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he welcomed the U.S. invitation to start direct talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Young Muslims Visit Yad Vashem

Holocaust denial is common among Arabs.

Israelis, Palestinians Set to Resume Peace Talks

Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume next month, marking the first attempt at such negotiations in nearly two years.

Israel Hosts Top-Grade Olive Oil Competition

While the production of olive oil in the Middle East dates back thousands of years, a first-of-its-kind olive oil competition was held recently in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prof. Wins Prestigious Fields Medal

Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss became the first Israeli to receive the coveted Fields Medal, awarded once every four years.

UN Releases Responses to Goldstone Report

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released the Israeli and Palestinian Authority's responses to the Goldstone Report.

PA Resident Seeks Asylum in Turkish Embassy

An Arab resident of Ramallah was turned over to Israeli officials after briefly holding two hostages inside the Turkish Embassy.

IDF Removes Protective Wall in Israeli Town

The security barrier that has protected Israeli Jews from Palestinian gunfire is being torn down.

Bolton: Israel Running Out of Time on Iran

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says Israel is running out of time to stop an Iranian nuclear power plant.

Israeli Economy Shows 2nd Quarter Growth Spurt

The Israeli economy grew by 4.5 percent in the second quarter of 2010.

Two Soldiers Injured by Mortar Fire

Two IDF soldiers were lightly injured by mortar shells Monday morning.

Hamas Supports 'Ground Zero' Mosque

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said Sunday that Muslims "have to build" a mosque near ground zero.

Netanyahu: No Preconditions for Peace Talks

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has not changed his stance on the PA's list of preconditions for entering into direct talks.

Rare 2,200-Year-Old Coin Found in Israel

The coin, which dates back nearly 2,200 years, was recently found near the Lebanese border.

Israel PM Addresses Muslims Amid Ramadan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Muslims around the world an "easy" month of Ramadan, as he continues efforts for peace talks with the Palestinians.

Jerusalem Police Prepared for Ramadan

Israeli police deployed around the Temple Mount to help Muslims planning to worship there on the first Friday of Ramadan.

Lebanese PM Supports Hezbollah's Claims

Lebanese PM Sa'ad Hariri called on the UN to conduct a serious investigation into Hezbollah claims that Israel assassinated his father.

U.S. State Dept. Corrects Israel Travel Advisory

Responding to complaints by Israel's Tourism Ministry, the U.S. State Department revised a travel advisory issued five days ago.

Newly Released Video Belies Arab MK's Story

Video footage released by Army Radio on Wednesday contradicts statements by Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi.

IDF Chief Testifies to Flotilla Commission

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi testified before the Turkel Commission on Wednesday.

Lebanon, Hezbollah Ties Threaten Mideast Peace

Although it's been relatively quiet near the border between Israel and Lebanon since the end of the Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006, some fear that could change in a hurry.

U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Lebanon

The U.S. Congress has frozen $100 million in aid to the Lebanese military over concern about its ties to the terrorist group Hezbollah.

Barak to Commission: 'I Bear Full Responsibility'

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak testified before the Turkel Commission on Tuesday.

Mitchell Arrives for One-Day Visit

Obama administration Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrived on Monday evening for a one-day visit to the region.

Nasrallah: 'Proof' Israel Killed Hariri

Hezbollah chief Nasrallah presented "proof" that Israel assassinated Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Netanyahu Testifies in Turkish Flotilla Inquiry

Netanyahu testified before the Turkel Commission on Monday about the confrontation aboard the Turkish flagship that tried to break the Gaza blockade.

Libya Releases Israeli Detainee

Libyan authorities released Rafael (Rafram) Hadad, 34, after months of backdoor diplomacy.

Egypt Deploys Security Forces to Border

Egypt beefed up its security forces along the northern Sinai border on Thursday, declaring the area "under extreme emergency."

Teheran Defiant in Latest Letters

Letters by Teheran's envoys suggest major progress is unlikely, with Teheran combative and unlikely to offer any concessions.

Israel Releases Turkish Flotilla Ships

Israel released the three Turkish flotilla ships to return to Ankara on Thursday.

Journalists Document Gaza's Prosperity

Recent reports of life in the Gaza Strip reveal that the coastal enclave is definitely not "under siege."

Netanyahu: Lebanon Ambush a 'Violent Provocation'

The Israel-Lebanon border was quiet Wednesday after deadly clashes between the Israeli and Lebanese armies Tuesday.

Assad, Nasrallah Defend Lebanese Army

When the facts emerged from Tuesday's clash on the northern border, the Lebanese Army admitted they opened fire on IDF troops.

Lebanese Christian Leader Takes on Hezbollah

President Obama's top counterterrorism advisor created a stir recently when he talked of building up the "more moderate elements" of the terrorist group Hezbollah.

Turkey on U.N. Probe: 'Israel Has Folded'

Headlines in Turkey proclaimed that Israel had "waved a white flag" and "folded" to international pressure.

Deadly Clashes Heat Up on Lebanese-Israeli Border

Lt. Col. Dov Harari, 45, was killed in Tuesday's border clashes with the Lebanese army.

Israel Will Cooperate with U.N. Probe of Flotilla Raid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday Israel will take part in a U.N.-led investigation into a deadly flotilla raid in May.

Analysis: Hamas Rockets Meant to Torpedo Talks

Increasing rocket attacks by Hamas terror cells in Gaza may be meant to torpedo direct talks between Israel and the PA.

Israel Museum Brings Biblical Artifacts to Life

A museum that houses many ancient objects from biblical times has been re-opened to the public.

Hamas Blames Israel for Explosion

Hamas blamed Israel for an explosion in the home of senior commander Ala Adnaf that caused the building to collapse.

Terror Cell Targets Eilat, Aqaba, Killing Jordanian

The IDF suspects a terror cell in the Egyptian Sinai fired the Katyusha rockets that hit Eilat and Aqaba early Monday morning.