February 2011 Headlines

Archaeologists Discover 1,500-Year-Old Church

Archaeologists in Israel say they have uncovered the remains of a 1,500-year-old church building.

Israel's 'Save a Child's Heart' Builds Bridges

One little girl from Africa joined the 2,500 Christian, Muslim and other children helped by the Save a Child's Heart organization.

Bomb Thrown at Christian Doctor's Car in Gaza

A prominent Christian surgeon in the Gaza Strip was not injured when a bomb was thrown at his car, though the vehicle sustained damage.

Chilean Miners Pray at Israel's Western Wall

Twenty-four of the Chilean miners rescued after more than two months trapped under ground began their eight-day tour of Israel with a visit to Jerusalem's Old City.

U.S., Palestinian Relations: Honeymoon Over?

President Barack Obama has put extraordinary effort into currying favor in the Arab and Muslim world.

Huckabee: Obama Policies Not Good for Israel

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says the problem in the Middle East is deeper than the unrest and anti-government protests taking place in the region.

Rockets from Gaza Strip Hit Beer Sheva

Palestinians in Gaza launched long-range rockets on Be'er Sheva hours after Israel Defense Forces fired at a terror cell that detonated a bomb and fired a mortar at IDF patrol along the border.

Palestinian Councils Call for U.S. Boycott

Palestinian councils intend to boycott the U.S. over the Obama administration's veto of the U.N. resolution labeling Jewish "settlements" illegal.

Chilean Miners Respond to Invite, Visit Israel

After the 24-hour trip from Chile, the miners celebrated their arrival in the Holy Land.

Netanyahu: Iran 'Preventing Democratic Reform'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran on Tuesday for escalating tensions in the Middle East.

Ahmadinejad: Protests Will Reach Europe, U.S.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said anti-government protests sweeping the Middle East would soon spread to Europe and America.

Palestinians Detonate Bomb, Fire Mortars

Al-Quds Brigades detonated a bomb and fired a mortar shell at IDF troops patrolling the border with the Gaza Strip.

Iranian Warships Enter Suez Canal

Iran has taken advantage of the recent Mideast upheaval and sent two warships into the Suez Canal Tuesday for the first time in 30 years.

Suez Canal Officials Reschedule Iranian Ships

Suez Canal officials now say the Iranian warships will begin their passage through the canal early Tuesday morning.

Fayyad Reaches Out to Hamas

P.A. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad reached out to his Hamas, saying the two factions should look to the formation of a unity coalition.

Sunni Cleric Prays for Conquest of al-Aksa

Egyptian-born Sheikh Yusef al-Qaradawi is praying for 'the conquest of the al-Aksa mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

Provoking Israel? Egypt to let Iran's Ships Pass Suez

Israel said that such a move by Iran would be a "provocation" and that the Islamic republic was seeking to take advantage of the current Mideast upheaval. 


U.S. Vetoes Resolution Condemning 'Settlements'

The U.S. has vetoed a U.N. resolution condemning so-called Israeli settlements and demanding a halt to construction.

Iran Vessels Drop Request to Pass Suez Canal

Thursday's decision came one day after Israeli officials expressed concerns that actions of the vessels were intended as an act of provocation.

Palestinian Authority: No Elections Without Gaza

The on again, off again Palestinian Authority elections appear to be off again -- at least for now.

Iranian Lawmakers: Execute Opposition Leaders

Iranian lawmakers called for opposition leaders to be tried and executed as punishment for the protests that took place in Tehran.

Israel Watching, Waiting for Egypt's Next Move

As Egypt's revolution enters its next phase, Israel is watching anxiously to see what impact the new political reality in Egypt will have on the Jewish state.

Tribal Leaders Blast Jordanian Queen

Thirty-six tribal leaders in Jordan published a scathing letter denouncing the wife of King Abdullah II.

Ex-IDF Chief: Moderate Arab Regimes Weakening

In his first day out of uniform, former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said that moderate Arab regimes in the region are weakening.

Palestinian Authority Settles U.S. Lawsuit

The PA settled a 15-year-old federal lawsuit over the shooting deaths of a couple driving home from a wedding in Israel.

Palestine PM Disbands Cabinet, Erekat Resigns

It has been a busy weekend for the Ramallah-based Palestine Liberation Organization.

Benny Gantz Takes over as IDF Chief of Staff

Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz was sworn in on Monday as the 20th chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

Netanyahu Welcomes Egypt's Peace Pledge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Egypt's ruling military's statement to uphold its "commitment to all international treaties."

Ahmadinejad: No Israel, U.S. in New Mideast

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the U.S. should not interfere in events taking place in the Middle East.

Netanyahu Issues Price 'Easements'

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a package of easements that address price increases of fuel, water and basic foodstuffs.

Turkel Committee Approves New IDF Chief

The Turkel Committee approved Major-Gen. Benny Gantz as the 20th chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

Israeli Minister: Stop U.S. Military Aid to Egypt

Former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. (ret.) Shaul Mofaz called on the U.S. administration to halt all military aid to Egypt.

Deputy FM Meets with U.N. Human Rights Official

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met with U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Dr. Navanethem Pillay in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Israel Faces Challenges in Rise of Haredim

Israeli demographers now estimate about a third of last year's Jewish babies were born into the ultra-Orthodox community

Palestinian Authority Sets Elections for July

For the first time since January 2006, the Palestinian Authority announced Tuesday it will hold elections on July 9.

New Israeli Recruits Want Combat Duty

Eight out of 10 new recruits who will begin the enlistment process in March want to serve in combat units.

Terrorists Fire Mortars into Southern Israel

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired four mortar shells into southern Israel on Tuesday.

Palestinians Seek U.N. Nod for Church of the Nativity

The Palestinian Authority has asked UNESCO to designate the Church of the Nativity as a world heritage site.

Al Jazeera: Muslim Brotherhood's Secret Weapon?

A former Israeli ambassador to Egypt says al Jazeera isn't just reporting the possible overthrow of Mubarak, they've encouraged his overthrow to aid the brotherhood.

Iran, Turkey Boost Bilateral Trade

Iran and Turkey announced plans on Monday to boost bilateral trade to $30 billion over the next five years.

Saudi Scholar: Sharia the Only Path for Arabs

The denial of sharia (Islamic law) in Egypt and other Arab countries is at the root of the unrest in the region, Ayed bin Abdullah al-Qarni said.

PM Postpones Vote on Interim Chief of Staff

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu postponed Thursday's cabinet vote to approve Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh as acting chief of staff for 60 days.

Netanyahu Cancels Chief of Staff App't.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant as the next IDF chief of general staff.

AG Won't Support Incoming IDF Chief

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein won't support the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant as the next IDF chief of staff.

Palestinians Fire More Rockets from Gaza

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip targeted two southern Israeli cities with longer-range Grad-type rockets on Monday night.