October 2012 Headlines

Christians, Israeli Jews Fight Persecution Together

Christians and Jews in Israel are banding together to stamp out what they say could become a trend of Christian persecution in the Holy Land.

Netanyahu: Iran Not Popular in Arab World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for a two-day state visit to France Wednesday, his first since French President Francois Hollande took office five months ago.

Likud to Merge with Second Party for Elections

Likud Central Committee members voted overwhelmingly Monday evening to run under a joint Knesset list with Yisrael Beitenu.

Palestinian Rocket Fire Continues in the South

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip picked up the pace of rocket fire again Sunday evening, firing more than 20 potentially deadly projectiles on Israel through midday Monday.

Largest US-Israeli Joint Military Exercise Begins

The Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. military began the largest-ever joint anti-missile exercise this week as Hamas launched one of the biggest missile barrages of the year at southern Israel

Egypt, Hamas Blast 'Israeli Agression' against Sudan

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi called his Sudanese counterpart Thursday to condemn Tuesday's airstrike on a weapons factory in Khartoum, which is being blamed on Israel.

Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu Merge for Election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties will run as a joint list in the January election.

Egypt Mediates 'Ceasefire' between Israel and Hamas

Palestinian rocket and mortar fire on southern Israel never stopped Wednesday, climbing to more than 80 attacks by the end of the day.

Palestinian Rocket Fire Pummels Israel

By midmorning Wednesday, Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip fired more than 60 rocket and mortar shells on southern Israel, injuring three foreign workers, two seriously.

Hamas, Egypt Use Social Aid to Promote Jihad

Like most people, Israelis want to live normal lives, working, marrying, raising their families.

Israeli Soldier Injured by Roadside Bomb

A Givati Brigade commander suffered serious injuries when a bomb planted along the security fence near the Kissufim crossing exploded.

Israel, PA Question Qatar Emir's Gaza Visit

Tuesday's visit by Qatar Emir al-Thani has "great political significance," Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said. And few would disagree.

Netanyahu: No Knowledge of US-Iran Direct Talks

A New York Times report has emerged claiming the United States and Iran are engaged in direct negotiations.

Israeli Naval Vessels Take Control of Gaza Boat

Israeli Navy commandoes boarded a Swedish-owned vessel after it refused to divert it course to the port of Ashdod.

Hamas Marks Shalit-Prisoner Exchange Anniversary

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the "military wing" of the Hamas terror organization, marked the one-year anniversary of the prisoner exchange for Gilad Shalit with a parade in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt: Two Girls Punished for Not 'Veiling'

A teacher in southern Egypt punished two 12-year-old girls for coming to school unveiled by cutting their hair.

US Military in Israel for Largest Joint Exercise Ever

Some 1,000 U.S. military personnel have begun arriving in Israel for what is being described as the largest joint missile defense exercise in the history of U.S.-Israel relations.

Palestinian Rockets Explode, Israeli Air Force Responds

Though it rarely makes headlines anymore, Israel continues to be pummeled with Palestinian rocket fire on an average of one a day.

Netanyahu Mulls Possible Military Strike on Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would consider responding militarily to prevent Syria's chemical and biological weapons cache from falling into terrorist hands.

Knesset Votes to Dissolve, Preps for Election

In its third and final reading late Monday evening, Israeli parliamentarians voted to dissolve the 18th Knesset, paving the way for early elections on Jan. 22.

U.S. Exports to Iran Increase by One-Third

With the U.S. leading the call for sanctions against Iran in hopes of impacting its nuclear weapons program, American grain and medical exports to Iran rose by one-third in 2012.

Egyptian Sheikh: Take Jerusalem by 'Holy Jihad'

Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheikh Mohammed Badie called on Islamists worldwide to take Jerusalem by "holy jihad."

Israel Says Jewish Residents Can Return to Disputed Home

It's a familiar scenario -- one that uncomfortably pits Israelis against Israelis.

Israel Building 'Digital Iron Dome'

Israel is working to build a "digital Iron Dome" to defend against increasing cyber-attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Palestinian Arabs Granted Egyptian Citizenship

In an extremely rare move, Egypt has granted citizenship to tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs, mostly from the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu: Hezbollah Drone Spy a 'Failed Mission'

Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah announced his group sent an Iranian-made drone to spy on Israel last weekend. But Israel dismissed it as a "failed mission."

Israel's Western Wall Packed for Aaronic Blessing

Thousands of Israelis and Jews from around the world packed the Western Wall Plaza during the Sukkot holiday to participate in an ancient biblical tradition.

Israel's Netanyahu Announces Early Elections

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the end of his government and called for early elections, meaning elections could take place early next year.

Largest Ever Joint US-Israel Air Defense Drill Scheduled

The largest joint U.S.-Israeli air defense drill to date, the Austere Challenge 12, is due to take place later this month.

New Activist Ship from Sweden Sets Sail for Gaza

The Swedish ship, Estelle, left the Gulf of Naples Saturday in the latest attempt by pro-Palestinian activists to breach Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Pummels Israel with Rockets, Mortars

Palestinian Arabs pummeled Israel with more than 30 rockets and mortar shells early Monday, the last day of the Sukkot holiday.

Thousands in Israel 'Pray for 'Peace of Jerusalem'

As they have for the past 10 years, Christians around the world will gather Sunday to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as instructed in Psalm 122.

Jordan's King Abdullah Dissolves Parliament

King Abdullah II paved the way for early elections Thursday when he issued a royal decree dissolving Jordan's parliament.

Israeli Archaeologists Unearth Solomon-Era Reservoir

Archaeologists digging beneath Jerusalem's Old City have discovered a huge reservoir near the Temple Mount dating back to the time of King Solomon.

Police Arrest Six over Temple Mount Confrontation

Jews visiting the Temple Mount the week of Sukkot have been greeted several times by hostile crowds of Muslims chanting Allahu Akbar.

Turkish Artillary Kills Syrian Soldiers

Turkey continued firing heavy artillery into Syria Wednesday, killing several Syrian soldiers at a military outpost.

Israeli Elections May Follow US

Despite its size, Israeli politics are often every bit as tumultuous as they are in other countries.

Iraq on Iran: 'We Cannot Inspect All Aircraft'

An Iraqi government spokesman said it's not possible to inspect every aircraft traversing its airspace.

Israeli F-16s Back in Service

The Israel Air Force fleet of F-16 fighter jets, the backbone of its force, have been returned to service, the IAF stated on its website.