May 2008 Headlines

Shas Party May Leave Gov't. - JERUSALEM, Israel - The ultra-Orthodox Shas party may decide to leave the coalition next week, which would leave the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert without a majority in the Knesset (parliament).

Netanyahu: 'The Golan Will Stay Israeli' - GOLAN HEIGHTS, Israel - Likud chairman and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that the Golan Heights was and will remain Israeli.

Arabs: Israelis Hold Leaders Accountable - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel has gained new respect in the eyes of Arabs in its handling of the corruption case against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Kadima Leaders Consider Party Primaries - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that the ruling Kadima party must "prepare for any scenario," including early elections.

Israel's Water Crisis Deepening - JERUSALEM, Israel - Mekerot, Israel's Water Authority, recently announced its intent to decrease potable water allocated for agriculture by 40 percent.

Elections 'in the Air' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli politicians left, right and center, believe that early elections will take place before the end of the year. If Prime Minister Ehud Olmert were to serve his full term, elections would not be held until November 2010.

Olmert Vows Not to Resign - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed Wednesday evening not to step down from office despite a call to do so from Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Scientists to Restudy Desert Shroud - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israel Museum conservator says restudying a 6,000-year-old shroud from the Judean Desert may shed new light on the Shroud of Turin.

Grad Student Faces Deportation - RAMLE, Israel - The Israel Interior Ministry has ordered the deportation of a German graduate student for alleged proselytizing.

Will Olmert's Legal Woes Be His Undoing?

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert refuses to resign his post despite calls from his own defense minister to step down. But his days in office may be numbered.

26 Women Begin Pilot Course - JERUSALEM, Israel - Twenty-six women, the largest class in the history of the Israel Air Force (IAF) are enrolled in the preliminary pilot training course.

Hamas Revising Prisoner List - GAZA STRIP - Hamas began revising the list of prisoners it wants released in exchange for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in a cross-border attack on June 25, 2006.

Soldier Wounded by Palestinian Sniper - GAZA STRIP - A Palestinian sniper shot an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the hand during a counter-terror operation early Wednesday morning in the Gaza Strip. The soldier was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

Iran Won't Cooperate with IAEA - TEHERAN, Iran - Former nuclear negotiator and newly elected parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Iran may not cooperate further with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Israeli DM: Olmert Must Step Down - JERUSALEM, Israel - At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Israeli Defense Minister and Labor party chairman Ehud Barak said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert cannot run the government and his personal affairs at this time.

61 MKs Sign Anti-Golan Withdrawal Bill - JERUSALEM, Israel - Sixty-one members of Knesset (MKs) from across the political spectrum signed a bill requiring a two-thirds parliamentary majority to improve ceding any part of the Golan Heights.

Egypt Still Negotiating Temporary Truce - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman's efforts to secure a truce in the Gaza Strip is increasingly less likely, Israel supports his continuing efforts.

Iron Dome Will Be Tested in June - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Defense Ministry Director General Pinchas Buchris said initial testing of the Iron Dome rocket defense system will begin next month.

Carter: Israel Has 150 Nuclear Weapons - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former US President Jimmy Carter made Israeli headlines again with excerpts from articles in Britain's London Times and The Guardian.

Article: Holocaust 'scientifically impossible' - TEHRAN, Iran - Press TV, a 24-hour Iranian news channel, published an article on their Web site claiming that the Holocaust was "scientifically impossible."

P.A. Says No to 91.5 Percent of West Bank - RAMALLAH - The Israeli government's behind-the-scenes offer to cede 91.5 percent of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is unacceptable, according to PA officials.

Shin Bet Chief: Ashdod in Rocket Range - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a briefing at Sunday morning's Cabinet meeting, Yuval Diskin, head of the Shin Bet (General Security Agency) said delaying military action in the Gaza Strip will prove disastrous for Israel.

Israeli Charged as Iranian Spy - TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian-born Israeli was charged Sunday for passing sensitive information to Iran. Due to a court-imposed gag order, he remains unnamed.

Obama Supports Israeli-Syria Talks - JERUSALEM, Israel - Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama supports Israel's current indirect negotiations with Syria, according to a statement sent via e-mail to The Jerusalem Post.

IDF Continues Operations after Erez Attack - GAZA STRIP - An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) counter-terror operation in southern Gaza Friday left at least five suspected terrorists dead Friday.

Police Question Olmert Friday - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police National Fraud Unit detectives arrived at Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Jerusalem residence Friday morning to interrogate him for the second time in their investigation into suspicions that he took bribes.

Guard Shoots Driver at School Entrance - JERUSALEM, Israel - A security guard shot and seriously wounded a taxi driver who tried to ram the gate of a girl's high school.

Hamas Angry at Egypt over Talks - JERUSALEM, Israel - A senior Hamas member said its delegation returned from Cairo disappointed by the way Egyptian officials responded to them concerning negotiations for a truce between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas Declares 'Truce' Failed - CAIRO, Egypt - A senior delegation of Hamas officials declared Wednesday that the Egyptian-brokered tadhiyah [temporary calm] failed because of "obstacles" Israel placed in the road.

Suicide Bomber at Erez Crossing - EREZ CROSSING, Israel - A suicide bomber blew up himself and his pickup truck early Thursday on the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Abbas: 'East Jerusalem is Ours' - BETHLEHEM - In his opening remarks at the Palestine Investment Conference, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said east Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinian people.

Court Delays Talansky's Departure - JERUSALEM, Israel - The High Court extended the order preventing American millionaire Morris Talansky from leaving Israel until midday Monday.

PM Touts Peace; IDF Prepares for War - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Israeli Prime Minister speaks of peace negotiations with Syria and "real progress" with the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is preparing for war.

Scripture Comes Alive in the City of David - JERUSALEM, Israel - Within the ancient walls of the City of David, King David penned the Psalms. Here, the prophecies of Jeremiah and Isaiah first thundered, and Nehemiah returned from Babylon to rebuild the walls of this beloved city. Some 2,000 years ago, Jesus walked these very streets.

Olmert Foes Charge Syria Ploy - JERUSALEM, Israel - With Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert facing the most serious of a long string of criminal investigations, his office announced Wednesday that Israel and Syria have been holding direct negotiations mediated by Turkey.

Livni: 2008 Deal Unlikely - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said chances for reaching an agreement with the Palestinians by the end of the year are slim.

Yeshiva Students Burn New Testaments - OR YEHUDA, Israel - The deputy mayor of Or Yehuda, Uzi Aharon, called on residents last Thursday to turn over any New Testaments in their possession to yeshiva (religious seminary) students.

IDF Rabbi Defends Shabbat Op - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky deflected criticism for accompanying soldiers on a counter-terror operation in the Gaza Strip on Shabbat (the Sabbath).

It's Called 'Posturing' - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Monday, senior members of the Hamas terror organization traveled to Cairo to meet with Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

IDF Thwarts Terror Attack - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber attempting to cross into Israel.

Another Second Temple Quarry Found - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists discovered another quarry from the Second Jewish Temple period during a routine pre-construction salvage excavation.

Police Schedule Second Session with PM - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Police National Fraud Unit will interrogate Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Friday for a second time during its most recent investigations, on suspicions of bribery and money laundering.

Gaza Expellees Protest at Knesset - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Monday, some 200 former residents of the Gush Katif Settlement Bloc in the Gaza Strip demonstrated in front of the Knesset.

Israeli Musicians Reach Out to Refugees - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli performing artist Tomer Yosef called on fellow entertainers to join a fundraiser for teenage African refugees living in Israel.

All Should Be Able to Marry - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann says all Israeli citizens should be able to marry and that it is the responsibility of the state to allow them to do so.

Driving 'Green' for Tel Aviv - TEL AVIV, Israel - The Tel Aviv Municipality and the Israel Taxi Drivers Association are approving plans that will make taxi driving more environmentally friendly, which they claim will benefit both taxi drivers and Tel Aviv residents. The plan involves converting 5,000 taxis in the Tel Aviv Municipality to hybrid vehicles within the next few years.

P.A. Demands Regular Army - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief negotiator Ahmed Qureia has called for the establishment of a regular army for a future Palestinian state, despite all previous accords between Israel and the Palestinians, which stipulate that a Palestinian state would be demilitarized.

Barak Travels to Sharm el-Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak left for the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik Monday, where he will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

Pelosi: Stop Iran's Move to Nuclear Arms - JERUSALEM, Israel - U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi led a delegation of 13 congressmen to a weekend gathering celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary.

Barak: Elections by Year's End - JERUSALEM, Israel - At a Labor Party get together Sunday evening, Defense Minister and party leader Ehud Barak predicted that Israel's next elections, now scheduled for November 2010, would be held earlier, but he added that "there's no reason to rush."

Defense Official Opposes Egypt's Cease-fire - JERUSALEM, Israel - A senior Israeli Defense official told foreign journalists Wednesday that accepting Egypt's draft cease-fire "would be a victory for Hamas."

U.N. Sparks 'Nakba' Controversy

JERUSALEM, Israel - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sparked controversy Thursday after suggesting empathy for Palestinians on what they call Nakba Day.

Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal Gets Boost

JERUSALEM, Israel - An estimated $3 billion canal project between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea called the Valley of Peace initiative was unveiled during Thursday's President's Conference in Jerusalem.

Israel's Missile Attack Victims Recovering

JERUSALEM, Israel- Ashkelon residents are finding it difficult to return to normal after a grad-model Katyusha rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a shopping mall in the Israeli coastal city Wednesday evening.

Bin Laden Releases New Message

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Osama bin Laden released a new audio message coinciding with Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations.

Israel Rejects Dayton's Request - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel rejected a request by US Lt. General Keith Dayton to provide body armor, night-vision goggles, and electronic communication systems to Palestinian security forces.

Abbas Will Fight for 'Right of Return' - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to fight for the return of Palestinian "refugees" to Israel.

DM Promises Israelis Protection - ASHKELON, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak cut short his visit with US President George Bush to survey the damage from a Grad-type Katytusha missile, which struck the Ashkelon mall.

President Bush Addresses the Knesset - JERUSALEM, Israel - In his address to the Israeli Knesset (parliament) Thursday afternoon, US President George W. Bush spoke out sharply against Islamic terrorism, citing "the injustice of their cause" in seeking Israel's demise.

Grad Missile Wounds 15 at Mall - ASHKELON, Israel - Two Palestinian terror groups claimed joint responsibility for a Grad missile attack that scored a direct hit on a mall in the coastal city of Ashkelon.

U.N. Ambassador: Iran at Israel's Borders - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli United Nations Ambassador Dan Gillerman said Wednesday that Iran is positioning itself on Israel's northern and southern borders.

Hamas: Shalit's Release Not Included - GAZA STRIP - Hamas has rejected Israel's condition that the release of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit must be part of any truce agreement.

Olmert: 'Real Progress' with P.A. - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said "real progress" has been made with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

President Bush Arrives in Israel - TEL AVIV, Israel - President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were warmly welcomed upon arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport Wednesday.

Police May Have 'Second' Bribery Case - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert may be facing a second bribery case from evidence gathered in the most recent investigation.

Global Day of Prayer Unites Millions - JERUSALEM, Israel - On May 11, 2008, millions of Christians from 214 nations joined together to worship the Lord during TheCall and the Global Day of Prayer.

Global Day of Prayer Unites Millions - JERUSALEM, Israel - On May 11, 2008, millions of Christians from 214 nations joined together to worship the Lord during TheCall and the Global Day of Prayer.

Jerusalem Police Prepare for Dignitaries - JERUSALEM, Israel - Fourteen thousand policemen have been deployed in Jerusalem to protect visiting dignitaries this week, including President and Mrs. George W. Bush, slated to arrive Wednesday.

Nat'l. Fraud Unit Confiscates Documents - JERUSALEM, Israel - As police continue their investigation of bribery allegations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, two National Fraud Unit detectives, armed with a search warrant, arrived at City Hall Monday afternoon to examine documentation from Olmert's tenure as Jerusalem mayor from 1993-2003.

Israelis Introduced to Electric Car - TEL AVIV, Israel - Israelis got their first good look at an electric car Sunday in Tel Aviv, which its developers hope will dramatically change the nation's environment and dependence on foreign oil.

Kassam Fatality Monday Evening - JERUSALEM, Israel - A Kassam rocket attack Monday evening killed 70-year-old Shlomit Katz, a resident of Kibbutz Gvar'am near Ashkelon, the second Kassam fatality in four days.

Olmert's Benefactor Gives Deposition - JERUSALEM, Israel - American businessman Morris Talansky began his pre-trial deposition Tuesday morning at the Jerusalem District Court.

Rice: Secret Talks Must Show Progress - JERUSALEM, Israel - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Israelis and Palestinians need to show that secret negotiations are progressing.

Suleiman in Israel for Talks - TEL AVIV, Israel - Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman arrived in Israel Monday morning to present the cease-fire plan he brokered with Hamas and 12 smaller Palestinian terror groups.

Rocket Lands near School - ASHKELON, Israel - Two rockets landed in the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon early Monday, one near an elementary school, damaging several buildings and sending one woman into shock, and the second in Ashkelon National Park.

Former Olmert Aide Chief Off House Arrest - JERUSALEM, Israel - Shula Zaken, former bureau chief of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was released from house arrest Friday, but she is still forbidden to talk with Olmert after police began investigating bribery allegations against the prime minister.

Lost Diary Tells of Teenage Holocaust Victim

Many people worldwide know the story of Anne Frank -- and now the discovery of a long lost diary is causing a sensation about another teenage Holocaust victim.

Jordan Bans 'Nakba' Observance

AMMAN, Jordan - The Jordanian government banned the Islamic Labor Front from a Nakba (catastrophe) rally on Friday in Amman.

Olmert Diverting Attention from Himself - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) officials in Ramallah said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's claims of "significant progress" in the negotiations are aimed at diverting attention from his legal problems.

Ahmadinejad: Israel is a 'stinking corpse' - TEHERAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked Israel's 60th anniversary by calling the Jewish state a "stinking corpse" that will soon disappear.

Olmert: 'I'll resign if indicted' - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a nationally televised address late Thursday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he will resign if indicted for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit contributions.

Israel Is Turning 60

Israel is turning 60, and soon Gan Sacher will be covered with wall-to-wall people. Celebration in this country means barbecues and people eating in clumps by the thousands, bringing Israelis together as family.

Bush's Mideast Visit 'Ceremonial' - JERUSALEM, Israel - U.S. President George W. Bush's upcoming five-day visit to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the same countries he visited in January, has been billed as ceremonial rather than substantive.

Israel's Population Approaches 7.3 Million - JERUSALEM, Israel - As Israel celebrates its 60th year as a modern, independent nation, its population has grown to nearly 7.3 million, a nine-fold increase since 1948.

Specific Terror Threats Rise - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) and the Israel Defense Force (IDF) notched up security as threats rose of specific terror attacks on Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Independence Day).

Israel Delays Suleiman's Visit - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman wants to deliver the cease-fire he brokered with Palestinian terror groups to Israel early this week, officials in Jerusalem say the visit will be postponed.

Chief Rabbis Join Call to Cancel Bible Quiz - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's chief rabbis, Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar, called for cancellation of the International Bible Quiz because a Messianic Jewish believer made the finals.

Israel Sending Aid to Myanmar - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Foreign Ministry is sending an initial $100,000 of medicine and medical equipment for victims of the Myanmar cyclone, with more help on the way.

P.A. Needs More Police in Jenin - JENIN, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority (PA) said there still are not enough security forces in Jenin to combat Islamic Jihad and other terror cells in the 50 villages that comprise the city.

Hamas Teaches Kids to Aim for Tel Aviv - GAZA STRIP - Hamas continues instructing its youngsters to set their sites on taking Israeli cities "to defeat the enemies of Allah."

Court Orders in Olmert Case - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Jerusalem District Court announced Tuesday that the Police National Fraud Unit submitted a petition to depose a foreign national in the investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Full Closure ahead of Memorial Day - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) placed full closure on the West Bank ahead of Memorial and Independence Day celebrations.

Gaza Family Killed by Terrorist's Explosives - GAZA STRIP - A video released Friday by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that the family in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip was killed by explosives carried by a Palestinian terrorist.

Rice Demands 'Memo of Understanding' - JERUSALEM, Israel - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wants Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to produce a "memorandum of understanding" before President George W. Bush's visit next week.

400 New Immigrants Arrive - TEL AVIV, Israel - Just in time to celebrate the nation's 60th anniversary, 400 olim chadashim arrived in Israel Monday.

Week Begins with Rocket Attacks - WESTERN NEGEV, Israel - On Monday morning, residents of Israeli towns in the western Negev awoke to a series of Color Red sirens, warning of incoming Kassam rockets.

Former Finance Minister Indicted - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Attorney General Menachem (Meni) Mazuz issued a formal indictment Sunday against former finance minister Avraham Hirchson.

Palestinian Police Deploy in Jenin - JENIN, West Bank - Over the weekend, some 480 Palestinian Authority (PA) policemen deployed to the PA-controlled city of Jenin. The newly deployed forces join 150 PA policemen already working the streets of Jenin.

Olmert, Abbas Meet Despite Uncertainty - JERUSALEM, Israel - Despite the cloud of political uncertainty hovering over Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met with Olmert at his Jerusalem residence Monday afternoon.

Rice: Deal Attainable in 2008 - JERUSALEM, Israel - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice believes a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians can still be reached by the end of 2008.

Palestinian Cells Unite under Egyptian Plan - CAIRO - Representatives of 12 Palestinian terror cells have accepted Egypt's plan for a tahadiyeh (temporary calm) with Israel.

Gaza Dumping Untreated Sewage in the Sea - GAZA STRIP - In a report released Wednesday, the United Nations blamed Israel for the Gaza Water Authority dumping untreated sewage into the Mediterranean.

Police Interrogate Olmert Friday - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Attorney General Menachem (Meni) Mazuz issued a permit allowing police a 48-hour window in which to question Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

P.A. Organizing March in Lebanon - Palestinian Authority (PA) ambassador to Beirut Zaki Abbas has been busy recruiting so-called Palestinian refugees for a mass march on Israel's northern border on May 14.

Rabbis Boycott Annual Bible Quiz - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli rabbis, appalled that a Messianic Jewish teenager is among the four finalists in the annual International Bible Quiz, have called for a boycott.

Israel Remembers the Holocaust - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Jews worldwide remember the Nazi atrocities on Yom HaShoah [Holocaust Rembrance Day), in Israel it's a national memorial observed in every Jewish household.

Hamas: Jews Planned the Holocaust - GAZA STRIP - A Hamas documentary teaches that the Jews planned the Nazi Holocaust to dispense of "disabled and handicapped" Jews.

British Jews Denounce Israel - LONDON - In a letter published in Britain's Guardian newspaper Wednesday, 100 British academics, writers and actors announced they will not celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary.