December 2012 Headlines

Jerusalem Court Accepts Plea Bargain for Activists

The Jerusalem District Court approved a plea bargain for five right-wing activists accused of illegally monitoring the activities of Israel Defense Forces troops in Judea and Samaria.

Egypt's Constitution Further Threatens Tourism

At Egypt's Pyramids, the desperation of vendors to sell can be a little frightening for some tourists.

Hamas Rocket Barrage 'Breached Int'l. Laws'

Gaza-based Palestinians committed war crimes and violated international law by firing hundreds of rockets, missiles and mortars at Israeli towns and cities last month.

Global Alliance Pushes for 'Undivided Jerusalem'

Israel often finds itself alone in a crowd when it comes to the international arena. One group of international lawmakers hopes to change that.

Israel Welcomes Christmas Holiday Tourists

Of the estimated 75,000 tourists expected to arrive in Israel during Christmas week, about a third are Christian pilgrims coming to celebrate Jesus' birth where it all took place.

Bethlehem Christians Put Jesus Back in Christmas

Bethlehem-born Pastor Steven Khoury has mounted a campaign to put Christ back in Christmas.

Committee Disqualifies Arab MK from Elections

The Central Elections Committee voted Wednesday to ban Arab Knesset member Hanin Zoabi from running in the Jan. 22 elections.

Google Launches Dead Sea Scrolls Library

Internet giant Google has partnered with the Israel Antiquities Authority to put 5,000 fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls online.

Islamists Claim Victory on Egypt Constitution Vote

Islamists appear to have won a narrow victory in the first round of voting on Egypt's constitution.

FM Lieberman Steps Down to Clear his Name

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stepped down from his position Friday, following the attorney general's long-awaited decision to indict him for breach of trust.

Bird Watchers Flock to Israel's Hula Valley

Every fall, some 300 species of migrating birds stop in Israel's Hula Valley to rest and regroup before continuing their long flight south to Africa and Asia.

Pre-Construction Dig Yields Ancient Treasures

An Israel Antiquities Authority pre-construction excavation in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Hayovel yielded 2,200-year-old artifacts.

Israeli FM: World Leaders Ignoring Threats to Israel

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed his anger over the lack of support for the his country's right to build on contested land in the West Bank.

Israeli Students Finish Seventh in Math

Hebrew-speaking Israeli students ranked in the top 10 in all subjects among Western nations, with an impressive seventh place in international math tests.

Hanukkah -- A Great Miracle Happened Here!

On the same day Israelis began celebrating Hanukkah this year, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal vowed to destroy the Jewish state.

Hamas: We'll Never Surrender 'Palestine'

Since the dawn of the so-called Arab spring nearly two years ago, the Muslim Brotherhood has made significant advancements both in Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Tanks Deployed to Cairo after Mass Anti-Morsi Protests

The Egyptian army deployed tanks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday.

'Little' Can Be Done if Syria Green Lights Bombs

U.S. officials have been quoted saying there is "little the outside world can do" if Syrian President Bashar Assad gives the green light to drop chemical bombs.

Israel Moves Forward with Contested Building Plans

Israel is moving forward with construction projects on contested land after a U.N. vote last week upgraded Palestinians to state status within the world body.

Battle for Jerusalem Continues

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement on developing the E1 area connecting Maale Adumim with Jerusalem is not new.

Mass Protests in Cairo as Concern Mounts over Syria

Turmoil continues to build in Egypt and Syria as mass protests forced Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to leave his palace in Cairo.

UN Calls Israel to Open Nuke Program for Inspection

After last week's vote granting the P.A. statehood status, the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday calling Israel to open its nuclear program for inspection.

Egypt in Crisis: Foes Protest Morsi, Brotherhood

Opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are planning a huge march and general strike to protest the leader's power grab and the drafting of a new constitution.

'Nothing New under the Sun'

What did Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas really accomplish last week at the United Nations?

Britain, France Threaten to Recall Israel Ambassadors

Britain and France threatened to recall their ambassadors after Israel announced plans to build on land Palestinian Arabs claim as part of a future Palestinian state.