October 2008 Headlines

Eight Missiles Discovered in Egyptian Sinai

SINAI, Egypt - Egyptian security forces found eight surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles in an underground bunker in the northern Sinai.

Rabin Assassin Put in Solitary over Interview

BEERSHEBA, Israel - Yigal Amir, serving a life sentence for assassinating former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, has been punished by the Israel Prison Service for giving telephone interviews to Israeli television.

Palestinians Fire Missiles at IDF Troops

GAZA BORDER, Israel - For the first time since the temporary truce began last June 19, Palestinian terrorists fired anti-tank missiles at Israel Defense Forces soldiers operating near the Kissufim crossing at the border with the Gaza Strip.

Iran Presses On with Nuclear Armament

TEHRAN, Iran - According to one member of the IAEA , Iran has stepped up tests for recovering highly enriched uranium from its nuclear reactor's spent fuel.

Olmert Intends to Resume Talks with Syria

JERUSALEM, Israel - Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to restart indirect negotiations with Syria, despite his status as the caretaker of a transitional government.

Olmert Reverses Decision on Protest Boat

JERUSALEM, Israel - Despite the government's announcement Tuesday that it would not allow the 'Free Gaza' movement's boat to traverse Israeli waters, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reversed the decision.

Ancient Water System Uncovered in City of David

A water tunnel under excavation at the City of David may be the one referred to by King David during the conquest of Jerusalem.

Kassam Fired on Sderot

CBNNews.com  - SDEROT, Israel - As talk of extending the nearly six-month-old tadhiyeh between Israel and Hamas continue, Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists fired a Kassam rocket at the southern Israeli community of Sderot.

Beilin Leaves Politics, Enters Business

JERUSALEM, Israel - Former chairman of the ultra left-wing Meretz party, Yossi Beilin, 60, announced his decision to retire from politics Tuesday evening.

Hamas Wants to Extend Cease-Fire

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli defense officials believe that Hamas, the Gaza-based Palestinian faction, would like to extend the six-month tadhiyeh (temporary calm) with Israel, through the spring.

'Vote for Obama a Vote for the Death of Israel'

JERUSALEM, Israel - Even Israelis know about 'Joe the plumber,' whose outspoken opposition to Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's ideology has gotten a good bit of press.

Anti-Israel Sentiment Grows in Germany

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Ministry officials are concerned about increasing anti-Israel sentiment in Germany.

Israeli Elections May be Set for February

JERUSALEM, Israel - February 10, 2009, seems the most likely date for Israel's general elections.

Israel to Stop Second 'Free Gaza' Boat

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli officials "at the highest government levels" have decided not to allow the second voyage of the Free Gaza ship free passage through Israeli waters.

Indictment against Olmert Pending

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police National Fraud Unit detectives said an indictment against outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the Rishon Tours case could be issued long before general elections.

Mideast: Putting the 'Peace Puzzle' Together

JERUSALEM, Israel - As U.S. presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama begin the last week of campaigning before next Tuesday's election, events shaping up in Israel, Syria and the Palestinian Authority will no doubt factor into the winning candidate's challenges in the White House.

King Solomon's Copper Mine Discovered

JERUSALEM, Israel - Archaeologists announced the discovery of copper mines south of the Dead Sea, dating to the 10th century B.C., during the reign of King Solomon.

Sarkozy Wary of Obama's Iranian Stance

JERUSALEM, Israel - French President Nicholas Sarkozy remains leery of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's stance on Iran, according to reports received by the Israeli government.

PA Negotiator Praises Livni

JERUSALEM, Israel - Former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia praised Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni for her willingness to negotiate Jerusalem's future.

Israeli Factions Call for Elections ASAP

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israelis legislators across the political spectrum agree that general elections must be held at the earliest possible date.

Arabs Torch Hesder Yeshiva in Akko

AKKO, Israel - Firefighters in the ancient northern coastal city of Akko believe Saturday night's fire in the hesder yeshiva was started by Arab residents of the city.

PA Forbids Arabs to Vote for J'lem Mayor

RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority's (PA) religious hierarchy has forbidden Jerusalem's Arab residents to vote in the upcoming mayoral race.

Israel Foils Hamas Abduction Plan

JERUSALEM, Israel - On Sunday, the Shin Bet disclosed details of a Hamas plot to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.

Military Rabbinate Criticized for Proselytizing

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Labor MK Ofer Pines-Paz asked Defense Minister Ehud Barak to investigate allegations that the military rabbinate has overstepped its bounds.

Livni: Go to Early Elections

JERUSALEM, Israel - Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will inform President Shimon Peres Sunday that she has been unable to form a coalition and recommends going to early elections.

Financial Crisis Sparks Anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM, Israel - Blaming Jews for economic woes is far from a new phenomenon, so it's not surprising that the recent global financial crisis has unleashed a fresh round of anti-Semitism, no less lethal than it's been in the past.

Livni Sets Sunday as 'D Day'

JERUSALEM, Israel - With the winter session of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) beginning next week, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni decided to forfeit the second half of her two-week extension to form a new government, saying instead she'll announce a decision Sunday.

Shas Rules Out Joining Gov't.

JERUSALEM, Israel - After Friday morning's meeting with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef at his Jerusalem residence, Shas chairman Eli Yishai announced that they would not join Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's government.

Family Says Stabbing Victim 'Salt of the Earth'

JERUSALEM, Israel - Friends and family of Avraham Ozeri, 86, who died after being stabbed yesterday in Jerusalem, described him as "the salt of the earth."

Jewish Graves Vandalized in Romanina

BUCHAREST, Romania - Romanian officials reported Thursday that 200 graves and 100 monuments were vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in southern Bucharest.

Iranian Officials Recommend Preemptive Strike

TEHERAN, Iran - Senior Iranian officials are recommending a preemptive strike against Israel, one member of the group told foreign diplomats in London two weeks ago.

Kuntar: Israel Must Disappear

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Convicted murderer Samir Kuntar, freed during Israel's prisoner exchange with the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror organization last July, said his group would continue seeking the destruction of the 'Zionist entity' (Israel).

Shas Still Holding Out

JERUSALEM, Israel - After consulting with Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, party chairman and Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai turned down Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's coalition deal Wednesday evening.

Nasrallah Survives Poisoning

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah survived a poisoning attempt, Almalaf, an Iraqi Web site, reported.

Peres Visits Mubarak in Cairo

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Thursday at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Ben Gurion Gears Up for High Holy Days

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport expects to service some 870,000 passengers over the fall holidays, a 10 percent increase over last year.

Kassam Attack Prompts Border Closings

HOF ASHKELON, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak closed border crossings with the Gaza Strip Wednesday in response to a Kassam rocket attack Tuesday evening.

Abbas Fires Security Commanders

JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to replace two top security commanders has been put on hold temporarily, according to PA sources in Ramallah.

J'lem Mayoral Candidate: 'We'll Build'

JERUSALEM, Israel - Jerusalem mayoral candidate Nir Barkat said if elected, the city would build a new Jewish neighborhood on state-owned lands adjacent to French Hill, to be called Sha'ar Hamizrach.

Orthodox Jews Assault Arab Cab Driver

JERUSALEM, Israel - Religious youth threw stones at cars, set dumpsters ablaze, and beat up Arab cab drivers in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim Tuesday night, Israel Radio reported.

Livni Angry Over Mofaz, Shas Meeting

JERUSALEM, Israel - Foreign Minister and Kadima party chairwoman Tzipi Livni planned to meet with Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz Wednesday.

Israeli Officials Deny Bush's Golan Offer

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli officials denied a Kuwaiti newspaper report alleging a secret offer by U.S. President George Bush that Israel would cede the Golan Heights to Syria if it severed ties with Iran.

Revived Saudi Peace Plan Rejected

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli officials said renewed interest in the Saudi peace initiative has more to do with transitional political periods in the U.S. and Israel and the stalled diplomatic process than with anything substantive.

Gas Mask Distribution Delayed Again

JERUSALEM, Israel - Distribution of refurbished gas masks, planned for January, may now be delayed another six months due to budgetary disputes.

Palestinians Destroy Their Own Olive Groves

JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian claims that Jewish neighbors in Judea and Samaria harass olive pickers and destroy their groves are libelous, said the former head of the Yesha Council.

China Blocks Iran Sanctions

JERUSALEM, Israel - China will not commit its backing of the fourth round of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran's nuclear armaments program.

Explosives, Weaponry in Hebron Tunnel

HEBRON, Israel - Initial reports that no weapons or explosives were found in the smuggling tunnel discovered in Hebron Monday have proven false.

Livni to Ask for Two More Weeks

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Minister and newly elected Kadima party chairwoman Tzipi Livni will likely ask President Shimon Peres for a two-week extension to form a coalition.

Hamas Wants to Extend Truce

JERUSALEM, Israel - Hamas will likely choose to extend the six-month tadhiyeh with Israel, which expires in December.

Air Force Improving Missile Defense

JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Air Force (IAF) hopes to have its newest computerized missile warning system up and running within a year and a half.

Arabs, Left-wing Jews Attack Jewish Home

CHURSHA, Israel - A group of Arabs and left-wing Israelis attacked a small Jewish outpost near the Samarian community of Adei Ad, torching living quarters, prayer books, and bludgeoning a family's puppy to death.

Four Islamic Jihad Terrorists Arrested

KABATIYA, West Bank - A joint counter-terror operation by the Shin Bet (General Security Agency) and Israel Defense Forces netted four members of an Islamic Jihad terror cell.

35,000 Participate in Jerusalem March

JERUSALEM, Israel - The 35,000 participants in Wednesday's Jerusalem March were reminiscent of the biblical account of the pilgrimage feasts, when Jerusalem swelled with Israelis from throughout the land.

ICEJ Seeks to Indict Iran President

JERUSALEM, Israel - The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) announced the expansion of a global Jewish-Christian alliance, which seeks to indict Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejdad for incitement to genocide.

Tensions Rise Despite Cairo 'Unity' Talks

JERUSALEM, Israel - Despite Egyptian-mediated talks between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party and Hamas, tension between the two rival Palestinian factions continues to rise.

Labor MK Bemoans Deal with Kadima

JERUSALEM, Israel - Labor MK (member of Knesset) Ofer Pines-Paz said Defense Minister and Labor party chairman Ehud Barak's deal with Kadima "lacked vision."

Kadima, Labor Deal Doesn't Fly with Shas

JERUSALEM, Israel - The coalition deal between Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima party and Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Labor party, signed just before the beginning of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), may keep the ultra-Orthodox Shas party from joining Livni's government.

Jackson: Obama Will End 'Zionist Control'

JERUSALEM, Israel - Rev. Jesse Jackson said an Obama administration would rid the United States of  "Zionist control," Tuesday's New York Post reported.

IDF Destroys Tunnel in Hebron

HEBRON, Israel - Palestinian Authority security forces discovered a smuggling tunnel beneath a shop in Hebron, which Israel Defense Forces soldiers destroyed.

Labor, Kadima Close to Closing 'Deal'

JERUSALEM, Israel - Late night negotiations between Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima party and Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Labor party are expected to yield an agreement before the Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) holiday begins Monday evening.

Bloggers: Israel Engineered Haider's Accident

JERUSALEM, Israel - A fatal car accident Saturday, which took the life of Future of Austria head Joerg Haider, has elicited accusations that Israeli agents engineered the incident.

Fatah, Hamas 'Ready for Reconciliation'

Following meetings with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters that Fatah and Hamas are ready to reconcile with one another.

Police Chief: Zero Tolerance to Violence

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police Chief David Cohen instructed his forces to clamp down on any display of violence from Akko residents, whether Jewish or Arab.

Israeli Doctors Treating Iranian Boy

TEL AVIV, Israel - Israeli doctors are continuing their efforts to save the life of a 12-year-old Iranian cancer patient, brought to Israel from a Turkish hospital.

Iran Chooses Mughniyeh's Successor

CBNNews.com - BEIRUT, Lebanon - Iran's appointment of a successor to Hezbollah deputy commander Imad Mughniyeh, assassinated by a car bomb in Damascus eight months ago, leaves little doubt as to Iran's role in the Lebanese-based terror group.

Police on High Alert after Akko Riots

AKKO, Israel - Israeli police are on high alert throughout the country following riots during Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) in the ancient northern port city of Akko.

German Party Head: Ban Hezbollah

JERUSALEM, Israel - The secretary general of Germany's third largest political party said the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group should be banned.

Israeli Arab Indicted for Planning Attack

JERUSALEM, Israel - The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court indicted a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber for planning to carry out terror attacks on Israelis.

Israel Air Force Deploys to North

Israel Air Force (IAF) jets were deployed to the northern border with Lebanon after radar detected an approaching unidentified aircraft.

Israeli Paramedics Busy during Yom Kippur

JERUSALEM, Israel - Magen David Adom, Israel's national emergency service, says paramedics were kept busy during the Yom Kippur fast.

Ethiopians Stage Holiday Demonstration

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A group of Ethiopian immigrants spent Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) outside the prime minister's office in Jerusalem to protest the conditions at the absorption center where the live.

Kadima, Labor Talks Stalled

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - While headlines in several Israeli papers state that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima party and Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Labor party are close to clinching an agreement, the two parties failed to meet a tentative Tuesday deadline. They plan to try again Friday to finalize a deal.

Bedouin Mayor Decries Palestinian Influx

CBNNews.com - RAHAT, Israel - The mayor of the Bedouin Negev city of Rahat is deeply concerned by the influx of some 4,000 Palestinians who have taken up illegal residence there.

Gov't. Allows Deployment Despite Dangers

CBNNews.com - HEBRON, Israel - Despite pleas from Jewish residents of Kiryat Arba and Gush Etzion in Judea (the West Bank), Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the deployment of additional Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in Hebron.

Captured Israeli Soldier Running Out of Time

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli security officials warned that time is running out to secure the release of captured Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Senior Hamas Officials in Cairo for Talks

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - A delegation of senior Hamas officials from Syria and the Gaza Strip arrived in Cairo Tuesday for talks with Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

Israeli Officials on Ad: 'Pure Deceit'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Three prominent Israeli security officials said the Jewish Council for Education and Research used them deceitfully for a campaign video supporting US presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Haifa's Chief Rabbi Addresses Vatican

CBNNews.com - ROME - Haifa Chief Rabbi She'ar Yishuv Cohen made history Monday as the first Jew to address the Vatican's Synod of Bishops.

Hamas Legislators Pass Resolution

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - A resolution passed by Hamas legislators in the Gaza Strip states that it will not recognize Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas after his four-year term ends on January 8.

Palestinian Troops to Deploy in Hebron

CBNNews.com - HEBRON, Israel - With Hamas edging ever closer to a takeover of the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Hebron, Israel backed a PA request to deploy its security forces to Hebron.

Radio Pulls Jews for Jesus Ad

CBNNews.com - GALILEE, Israel - A local Israeli radio station broadcasting in the north pulled a Jews for Jesus ad after scores of listeners called in to complain.

Saudi Cleric: Cover One Eye Outdoors

CBNNews.com - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - If Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan has his way, modesty laws for Saudi women will include covering one eye when outside the home.

Lockheed: No Stealth Fighters for Saudis

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A senior Lockheed Martin official said Israel is the only country in the Middle East in negotiations to purchase the F-35 Lightning II, the newest generation of stealth Joint Strike Fighters (JSF).

TA Stock Exchange Drops Sunday

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) experienced its sharpest decline in eight years Sunday -- 6.3 percent -- following the U.S. Congress' passage of a $700 billion bailout to rescue America's financial industry.

Islamic Funding via West Bank to Israel

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Documents seized in Israel Defense Forces (IDF)  counter-terrorism operations in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) indicate that funding from Islamic organizations abroad are funneled into Israel from the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Egypt to Host 'Annapolis Two'

CBNNews.com - CAIRO, Egypt - Egyptian plans to host an international Middle East peace summit in November, being billed as "Annapolis Two."

Syria Renews Nuclear Activities

CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS, Syria - In a briefing Wednesday, Israeli military officials said Syria is constructing nuclear facilities, with the help of North Korea, patterned after Iran's nuclear program.

Galilee Sea Down Two Meters

CBNNews.com - TIBERIAS, Israel - A two-meter (yard) drop in the water level of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) this past year is the steepest in recorded history, Mekerot, the national water authority, announced Thursday.

Tensions Mar Id al-Fitr in Iran, Egypt

CBNNews.com - Tensions rose between Muslim groups in Egypt and Iran during the three-day Id al-Fitr festival, marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Court Bars Deri from Mayoral Bid

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former Shas party leader Arieh Deri lost his bid for a political comeback when the Jerusalem District Court ruled him ineligible to run in the city's mayoral race.

Khamenei: Iran Will Never Abandon Hamas

CBNNews.com - TEHERAN - Sounding much like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic Republic's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Hamas will succeed in defeating the Zionist occupiers (Israel).

Arab Girl Held for Suicide Bombing Threat

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) detained a 16-year-old Arab girl in Netanya Wednesday after telling her family she planned to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel.

Fatah, Hamas Extend 'Goodwill Gestures'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, each released prisoners as a goodwill gesture to one another.

Top Livni Advisor Quits

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following a meeting with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Foreign Ministry Director General Aaron Abramovich announced his resignation from public office.

Critics Blast Olmert for Farewell Interview

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israelis from across the political spectrum denounced outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's "farewell interview" in the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, calling for Israel to cede Judea, Samaria (the West Bank), the Golan Heights and east Jerusalem, to achieve peace.

Police Question Olmert for Eighth Time

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Police detectives arrived at outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Jerusalem residence Thursday morning for the eighth round of questioning related to investigations on corruption charges.

Syria Claims Hezbollah Smuggling Unstoppable

JERUSALEM, Israel - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem says his country can't do anything about weapons smuggling to the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Israel to Buy Hi-Tech Fighter Jets

JERUSALEM, Israel - The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency has announced its approval of the sale of 25 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) to the Israeli Air Force (IAF).