September 2008 Headlines

Israel Prepares for Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday evening marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Olmert: We Must Leave W. Bank, Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Israel - Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Israel must pull out of nearly all the territories it won in the 1967 Six Day War in order to have peace with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu: I'll Build in Settlements

JERUSALEM, Israel - Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu claims that if he is elected prime minister, he will commence building in the Jewish communities in the Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Israel Blasts Arabs' IAEA Moves

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli leaders are protesting a move by Iran and Arab League states to isolate Israel in the International Atomic Energy Agency, a United Nations watchdog commission.

Shalit's Parents Cannot Celebrate - JERUSALEM, Israel - Parents of Gilad Shalit, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) corporal who remains in Gaza in the hands of his terrorist captors, face a third Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) holiday without their son.

Kadima, Labor Talk of Elections - JERUSALEM, Israel - Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Kadima party members Sunday that they must prepare for general elections in the event she is unable to form a coalition.

IDF Beefs Up Security for Rosh Hashanah - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following 10 specific terror warnings, Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered a full closure of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), beginning Monday morning, as Israel police went on high alert, Army Radio reported.

Hamas, Fatah Rivalry Continues - GAZA STRIP - On January 9, when Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas's term ends, Hamas will no longer recognize him as president.

Bomber Targets Soldiers in N. Lebanon - TRIPOLI, Lebanon - A car bomb, detonated by remote control, killed at least five people and wounded at least 21 in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Israel's Latest Terror Threat? - JERUSALEM, Israel - Monday night's terror attack near Jerusalem's Old City, which injured 17 Israelis, mostly soldiers, portends a new challenge for security officials.

ICEJ Rejects 'Dialogue' with Ahmadinejad - JERUSALEM, Israel - International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) director said Christians who hosted the 'dialogue dinner' with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have identified themselves as appeasers of the wicked.

Palin: Longtime Friend of Israel - NEW YORK CITY - In an impromptu meeting in New York Thursday, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin spoke briefly.

Pentagon Reps in Israel for F-35 Talks - JERUSALEM, Israel - A team from the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program (JFS) met with Israeli Air Force (IAF) officials in Israel this week.

Shin Bet: Curbing East J'lem Terrorism - JERUSALEM, Israel - In view of increasing terrorism emanating from Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, the Shin Bet (General Security Agency) made several recommendations Wednesday to deter future attacks.

Honey in Short Supply for New Year - JERUSALEM, Israel - The traditional Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) practice of dipping apples in honey may be slightly more difficult this year because drought and disease affected honey production worldwide.

Checkpoint Terror Attacks Thwarted - An Arab youth approaching the Hawara checkpoint Wednesday afternoon threatening an IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldier with a knife cowered quickly when the soldier cocked his rifle.

Spielberg's Holocaust Archive Makes 'Aliyah' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Some 52,000 interviews with Holocaust survivors, housed at the Shoah Foundation Institute, founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg at the University of Southern California, have been shipped to Israel.

Netanyahu: Elections 'Responsible, Decent, Democratic' Choice - JERUSALEM, Israel - Likud party chairman and opposition leader Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu said new elections should be 'a given' when a prime minister resigns.

Gov't. Rethinks Stance on 'Free Gaza' Boats - JERUSALEM, Israel - The organizers of the Free Gaza movement plan to set sail from Cyprus Thursday en route to the Gaza Strip for the second time.

PA Dumping Raw Sewage into Streams - JERUSALEM, Israel - A report published earlier this week stated that raw sewage dumped from cities under Palestinian Authority (PA) control has polluted most of the streams in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Palestinians Dying in Smuggling Tunnels - GAZA STRIP - Five Palestinian workers died and four others were wounded when Egyptian forces detonated explosives inside two smuggling tunnels Tuesday, causing them to collapse, Palestinian medical workers and eyewitnesses reported.

Ahmadinejad Sounds Off at U.N. - NEW YORK CITY - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday that Israel won't be around much longer.

Eyewitness to Jerusalem Terror Attack - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Artillery Corps deputy commander said he did what any officer would do to neutralize a terrorist.

Israel's Likud Party Rejects Livni's Unity Gov't. - JERUSALEM, Israel - Members of the opposition Likud party rejected Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's call for a unity government as disingenuous.

Doctors Work to Save Soldier's Sight - JERUSALEM, Israel - A Golani Brigades soldier remains hospitalized after being doused with acid at a checkpoint Monday.

Shas: Finance Minister Has to Go - JERUSALEM, Israel - The ultra-Orthodox Shas party has made its demands clear before meeting for coalition talks with newly elected Kadima party chairwoman Tzipi Livni.

It's Official: Olmert Resigns - JERUSALEM, Israel - After 33 months in office, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert submitted his resignation Sunday evening to President Shimon Peres.

Israeli Doctors, Nurses in Sharp Decline - JERUSALEM, Israel - The number of Israeli doctors and nurses continues to decline, according to the Israel Medical Association's annual report.

MI Chief: Iran 'Galloping' to Nuclear Bomb - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Military Intelligence chief, Brig. General Yossi Baidatz, told Cabinet ministers Sunday that Iran is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear bomb.

Palestinians Edging Closer to Civil War - JERUSALEM, Israel - Despite the best efforts by leaders of neighboring Arab countries, the hostility between rival Palestinian factions -- Fatah and Hamas - continues to simmer.

Livni to Barak: 'Full Partnership' in Gov't. - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a late meeting Sunday evening, newly elected head of the Kadima party, Tzipi Livni and Labor chairman Ehud Barak agreed to work together to form a new government.

Olmert Steps Down - Now What?

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert formally resigned Sunday in the wake of corruption charges against him. Now, Israel must choose a new leader. And it may not be easy.

Livni: Olmert Must Keep Resignation Promise

PETAH TIKVA, Israel - In her first address as leader of the Kadima party, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert must make good on his pledge to resign. Kadima members elected Livni to replace Olmert as party leader after Olmert announced his intention to step down as prime minister.

Netanyahu: Time for Elections

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Opposition leader and Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Kadima Party's new leader, Tzipi Livni, to set a date for elections in Israel.

Mofaz Quits Politics

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Just one day after losing a razor-thin contest to succeed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as Kadima party leader, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz shocked Israel's political establishment by announcing that he will quit and take a "time out" from political life.

Syrian FM: Israel Wants to Delay Talks - JERUSALEM, Israel - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Israel postponed the next round of third-party talks between the two countries, which would have taken place today and Friday.

Palestinians Happy with Livni - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) officials were very pleased with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's win over Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz in the Kadima party primaries.

Evangelicals Ask U.N. to Indict Ahmadinejad - JERUSALEM, Israel - A petition, initiated by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), will be presented to United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon this week.

Mickey Mouse 'a Soldier of Satan' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Saudi imam (Islamic cleric) Sheikh Muhammad al-Munajid says that according to Islam's sharia law, Mickey Mouse should be killed.

J'lem Mukhtar to Run for City Council - JERUSALEM, Israel - For the first time in the city's history, an Arab mukhtar (village leader) from an east Jerusalem neighborhood will run for a spot on the city council.

Anti-Missile Tank System Postponed - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli defense officials said the installation of anti-missile shields on IDF tanks has been postponed due to budgetary constraints.

Kadima Party Primaries Underway - JERUSALEM, Israel - The long-awaited primaries to elect a new chairman for the ruling Kadima party are underway.

Bank of Israel Chief Convenes Emergency Mtg. - JERUSALEM, Israel - Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer called the heads of the nation's banks to an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to discuss Israel's response to the financial crisis rocking world markets.

PA Wants Own Security Forces in Hebron - JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian Authority (PA ) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad wants Israel to turn over jurisdiction of Hebron to PA security forces.

Former IDF Chief on the 2nd Lebanon War - LATRUN, Israel - Former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Lt. General (res.) Moshe Ya'alon criticized the performance of the nation's air force during the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.

Jewish Groups Bemoan Clinton's Cancellation - NEW YORK CITY- Former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton canceled her appearance at an anti-Iran rally slated for September 22 in front of the U.N. building.

Hezbollah Takes Credit for Olmert's Israel Remarks - BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah was happy with outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's assessment that the vision of a "greater Israel" has ended.

Soldier Stabbed in the Back - JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian terrorists stabbed an IDF soldier in the back Monday, grabbed his rife and ran.

Terrorists Hatching Kidnapping Plot - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued another warning Monday to Israelis thinking of traveling to Egypt's Sinai beaches.

Exiled Hamas Chief's Deputy Killed - HOMS, Syria - Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal's deputy, Hisham al-Labadan, was murdered last week in Syria, according to a report by the Reform Party of Syria, a group that opposes President Bashar Assad's regime.

Iraqi MP Punished for Visiting Israel - BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi parliamentarian has been severely chastised for a recent trip to Israel, where he attended a counter-terrorism conference.

IsraAID Brings Help to Gori - GORI, Georgia - IsraAID, an umbrella organization for several Israeli relief groups, is bringing much-needed aid to residents of Gori, following Russia's mid-August military offensive in Georgia.

Twelve Dead in Gaza City Shootout - GAZA CITY - Hamas security police raided a neighborhood of the Palestinian Doghmush clan before dawn Tuesday to arrest a man they said killed a policeman during an attempted arrest Monday.

Gaza's Unseen Highway to Terror

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally aired September 16, 2008.

Olmert: 'Greater Israel is no more' - JERUSALEM, Israel - In Sunday's weekly Cabinet meeting, the last one before Kadima party primaries on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said only "delusional" people believe in a "greater Israel."

McCartney Won't Cancel Israeli Concert - TEL AVIV, Israel - Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney said he will not cancel his Tel Aviv concert marking Israel's 60th anniversary, despite Islamic threats against him.

Dept. of Defense Approves Sale of 'Bunker Busters' - JERUSALEM, Israel - The U.S. Department of Defense approved the sale of some 1,000 GBU-39 bunker-buster missiles to Israel.

MK Steinitz: 'Two-state solution should be dead' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Likud MK (member of Knesset) Yuval Steinitz said a "two-state solution [between Israel and the Palestinians] should be dead."

Gov't. Changes Ban on Ethiopian 'Aliyah' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Interior Ministry has reversed an earlier decision to close further aliyah (immigration to Israel under the Law of Return) to Falash Mura, Ethiopians of Jewish descent.

Olmert Offers 98 Percent of Judea and Samaria - JERUSALEM, Israel - A report on Israel's Channel 2 claimed that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered to cede 98.1 percent of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) to the Palestinians.

Olmert Says He'll Resign, again - JERUSALEM, Israel - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's promise Thursday to resign following Kadima party primaries next week is neither new nor does it mean he'll be leaving office anytime soon.

Abbas: Peace Deal Unlikely this Year - RAMALLAH - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, whose term in office ends January 9, 2009, said a peace deal with Israel by the end of 2008 is highly unlikely.

No Peace if Israel Exists - BEIRUT - Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah announced Thursday that as long as Israel exists, there will be no peace in the Middle East.

Native Americans Enjoy the Galilee - TIBERIAS, Israel - A group of North American natives surprised Israelis at the Kinneret -- Sea of Galilee -- when they paddled by in a canoe.

Two Airmen Killed in Helicopter Crash - JERUSALEM, Israel - Two Israel Air Force (IAF) airmen, a pilot and a navigator, were killed when their Cobra helicopter crashed Wednesday night.

Deri Mulling Options to Run - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former Shas party chairman Arieh Deri, a leading figure in Israel's ultra-Orthodox community, is mulling his options after the Central Elections Committee chairman refused to rule on his eligibility to run in Jerusalem's mayoral race November 11.

J'lem Light Rail Construction Delayed - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Jerusalem Municipality recently admitted what the city's residents have known for months -- that construction of the light rail systems is moving at a snail's pace.

Shalit Talks Still Stalled - JERUSALEM, Israel - Major General Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic Military Bureau, said the release of captured Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit is still a long ways off.

IDF Tries New Car ID System at Checkpoints - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Central Command is trying out a new system to allow Israelis traveling from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) to pass through checkpoints quickly.

Tax Cuts Aimed at Boosting Immigration - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Knesset (parliament) passed new tax legislation Tuesday aimed at bolstering the North American aliyah (immigration to Israel).

Residents of Judea, Samaria Won't Evacuate - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli citizens living in Samaria (the West Bank) are preparing to fight government efforts to evict them from their homes and communities.

More Warnings against Hezbollah's Plans - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel is continuing its efforts to thwart Hezbollah's plan to kidnap Israelis working or traveling abroad.

Pipes Made from Recycled Paper, Plastic - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli company has come up with a new product made of recycled paper fibers and plastic -- pipes that rival steel in strength.

IDF Report: Barghouti Won't Unite Palestinians - JERUSALEM, Israel - A report by a team of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officers submitted to Defense Minister Ehud Barak refutes the claim that releasing Palestinian activist Marwan Barghouti will unite rival Palestinian factions.

Livni: I'll Strike a Deal with PA - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a letter to 70,000 members of the Kadima party, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni promised to strike a deal with the Palestinian Authority if she is elected party chairman.

Deri to Enter J'lem Mayoral Race - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former chairman of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Arieh Deri, has announced his intention to run in Jerusalem's mayoral race.

Light Rail Construction Problematic - TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel's Agriculture Ministry warns that the construction of a light rail route between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem could pose serious problems on several fronts.

Israel Completes List for Prisoner Swap - JERUSALEM, Israel - A ministerial committee chaired by Vice Premier Haim Ramon submitted a draft list of 450 Palestinian prisoners to be released in exchange for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Israel Readying 'Pilgrim's Route' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Christian tourists visiting Israel in 2009 will be able to see some newly refurbished sites along the "Pilgrim's Route" between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

Israel: PA Economy on the Upswing - JERUSALEM, Israel - According to the Israeli Civil Administration, the Palestinian Authority (PA) economy has shown some significant improvement since the beginning of the year.

Russia: Iran Nuclear Plant Ready - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Russian company building Iran's first nuclear plant said the final stage before launching the Bushehr reactor has begun.

Police Recommend Indicting Olmert - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Police National Fraud Unit announced Sunday their recommendation to indict Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for fraud, bribery, breach of public trust, and several related charges.

Iran Tightens Control over Hezbollah Proxy - JERUSALEM, Israel - Senior Israeli defense officials say Iran is tightening the grip on Hezbollah, its Lebanese-based proxy.

Takeover of Fannie, Freddie Boosts Israeli Banks - JERUSALEM, Israel - The U.S. government takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was welcomed by Israeli banks.

Cabinet Okays Bill to Diminish Court's Authority - JERUSALEM, Israel - At Sunday's Cabinet meeting, ministers passed a proposal that would allow the Knesset to re-legislate a bill the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional, thereby limiting the court's authority.

Hopes High for Israel in Paralympics - BEIJING - Israeli Olympians participating in the Beijing Paralympics have high hopes of bringing home medals.

Indictment Likely in 'Olmerttours' Case - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following some four hours of discussion Thursday, Israel police say they have sufficient proof in the 'Olmerttours' case, also known as the Rishon Tours case, to recommend an indictment of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Education Ministry to Ban Bible Booklet - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Education Ministry plans to ban booklets that simplify original Hebrew texts to help elementary and junior high school students study the Bible.

Rabbi: Palin a Staunch Friend of Jews - JERUSALEM, Israel - According to Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is a staunch ally of the Jewish people.

Counter-Terrorism Bureau Reissues Warning - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Counterterrorism Bureau (CTB) reiterated a warning issued several weeks ago to Israelis traveling abroad, advising caution, particularly in the Egyptian Sinai, Thailand, Turkey, the Philippines, and Uzbekistan.

Assad: Syria Will Not Recognize Israel - DAMASCUS - In an interview on Hezbollah's al-Manar satellite television, Syrian President Bashar Assad said his country would not recognize Israel until a peace deal is reached.

Barak Okays Weapons, Ammunition for PA - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the transfer of 1,000 automatic rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition from Jordan to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Southern Wall of Ancient J'lem Discovered - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists announced the discovery of a wall at the southern end of ancient Jerusalem, built during Second Temple times (2 BC to 70 AD).

Police Wrapping Up Olmert Investigations - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police are close to consolidating their findings on six investigations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Syria Calls Off Next Round of Talks - DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar Assad called off the next round of third-party talks with Israel due to "the domestic situation in Israel" and the "resignation of the Israeli emissary."

Israeli Fireman Rescue 10 Year Old in France - A team of Israeli firemen, in France to practice rescue drills, wound up saving the life of a 10-year-old girl whose kayak overturned in the river's strong current.

Moscow Plans Dead Sea Hotel - DEAD SEA, Israel - The Moscow Municipality plans to build a hotel on 10 acres recently purchased in Ein Bokek on the shores of the Dead Sea.

GOP: Move Embassy to Jerusalem - St. Paul, Minn. - The Republican Party platform adopted at this week's national convention calls for the United States to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The document also reaffirms the U.S. commitment to Israel's security and calls for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, with the proviso that Palestinians "support leaders who reject terror, embrace the institutions and ethos of democracy, and respect the rule of law."

Palin to AIPAC: Deeper Ties with Israel - JERUSALEM, Israel - Alaska Governor and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin told AIPAC that she wants to strengthen ties between Israel and the U.S.

MDA Hosts 'Lifesaving Olympics' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's national emergency rescue service, will host its second Lifesaving Olympics next week in southern Israel.

Anti-Jihad Conference in December - JERUSALEM, Israel - MK (member of Knesset) Arieh Eldad announced an anti-Jihad ("holy" war) conference to be held in Jerusalem in December.

Goldwasser to Run in Municipal Elections - NAHARIYA, Israel - Miki Goldwasser, whose son Ehud, was kidnapped and murdered by Hezbollah terrorists who returned his remains in a prisoner exchange with Israel, plans to run in municipal elections in the northern coastal city of Nahariya.

Israel Foils Kidnapping Attempts - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli security services, working with intelligence agencies abroad, recently thwarted at least two attempts to kidnap Israelis, the government revealed Monday.

Ayalon: Israeli Arab Secessionist Threat - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon believes Israeli Arabs living in the Galilee may one day declare their independence.

Israel Helps with Ramadan - JERUSALEM, Israel - During the Islamic holiday month of Ramadan, Israel's Civil Administration is trying to help Palestinian families living in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Palestinians to McCartney: Don't Come - JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian advocacy groups called on former Beatle Paul McCartney to cancel plans to perform in Israel later this month.

Christians in Israel Back McCain - JERUSALEM, Israel - Evangelical Christians in Israel nearly unanimously support presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the upcoming election.

Biden's Stance on Iran Worries Israel - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli security officials are concerned over Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden's position on Iran.

Muslim Ramadan Begins Tonight - RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Islamic observance of Ramadan begins tonight.

Israeli Hostage Released in Nigeria - JERUSALEM, Israel - Ehud Avni, an Israeli businessman kidnapped at gunpoint last week in Nigeria, has been freed.