April 2008 Headlines

Israeli Cabinet Objects to 'Truce'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - At Wednesday's Security Cabinet meeting, the majority of ministers said a six-month cease-fire with Hamas would give Palestinian terror groups time to rearm and regroup.

Groups Planning Independence Day Attack

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of Military Intelligence Major General Amos Yadlin said Palestinian terror groups are planning a major terror attack on Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israel's Independence Day), which begins at sundown Tuesday evening, May 7, and ends at sundown Wednesday, May 8.

Hamas: 200,000 Suicide Bombers

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Senior Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar said 200,000 Palestinian suicide bombers are waiting to "martyr" themselves inside Israel.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah in Hebrew) begins Wednesday evening in Israel, with the annual state ceremony at Jerusalem's Yad VaShem Memorial Museum.

UNIFIL Misrepresenting the Facts

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Senior Israeli Defense Ministry and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officials accuse UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) of intentionally misrepresenting information on Hezbollah to the UN Security Council.

PA to Execute Man for Helping Israel

CBNNews.com- RAMALLAH, West Bank - On Monday, a Palestinian Authority (PA) court handed down a death sentence to a man for helping track down four wanted terrorists.

'Land for Peace' Means Iran in the Golan

CBNNews.com - Washington, DC - Israeli Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said ceding the Golan Heights to Syria means putting Iran there.

PA Announces New Boycott

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and his government announced a temporary boycott of officials from abroad who participate in Israel's 60th Anniversary celebrations, to be held in May.

DM: Hamas Responsible for Civilian Deaths

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak held Hamas responsible for civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip Monday.

Hamas Propaganda Harming Gazans

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Efforts by the Hamas terror organization, aimed at demonizing Israel, are backfiring.

Abbas Hails Gaza 'Truce' Efforts

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Following a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm el-Sheikh, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said he supports a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

IDF: 'Difficult Trials' Lie Ahead in Gaza

CBNNews.com - At a ceremony honoring Golani Brigade soldiers for exemplary action in counter-terror operations in the Gaza Strip, Major General Yaov Galant said the work isn't over.

Kassam Rocket Barrage Damages Property

CBNNews.com - WESTERN NEGEV, Israel - A rocket salvo launched by Palestinians in Gaza Sunday set a house on fire, but no one was injured.

Amos 3 Launched from Kazakhstan

CBNNews.com - Baikonur, KAZAKHSTAN - The Amos 3 communications satellite was successfully launched Monday morning from Kazakhstan, following a four-day delay.

Mofaz Leads Israeli Delegation to States

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Transportation Shaul Mofaz and a delegation of Israeli defense officials left for a series of meetings with their US counterparts in the the States.

Palestinian Terrorists Kill Two Israelis

CBNNews.com - NITZANEI OZ, Israel - Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli security guards at an industrial park Friday morning.

Jordan Valley Security Beefed Up

CBNNews.com - JORDAN VALLEY, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has beefed up security for Israeli farmers in the Jordan Valley working near the border with Jordan.

Hamas Offers Six-Month 'Truce'

CBNNews.com - CAIRO - Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said the group is prepared to offer Israel six months of quiet.

Israeli U.N. Ambassador: Carter's 'a bigot'

CBNNews.com - NEW YORK CITY - Israeli United Nations Ambassador Dan Gillerman called former US President Jimmy Carter a "bigot."

University Students Elect Hamas

CBNNews.com - HEBRON - Hamas won a mock student election at the al-Khalil Polytechnic University in Hebron Wednesday.

Israeli MKs Criticize Olmert

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Members of Knesset (MKs) responded harshly to Arab media reports that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to cede sovereignty of the Golan Heights to Syria.

Hamas vs. Jews, Christians

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - For Hamas and other jihadist groups, the Islamic faith is the driving force behind their movement.

Nahal Oz Fuel Depot Reopened

CBNNews.com - Two weeks after Hamas terrorists gunned down two Israelis in the Nahal Oz Fuel Depot at Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, the terminal reopened Wednesday morning.

Syria: Olmert Will Cede Golan Heights

CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS - On Wednesday, Champress, an "independent" Syrian Web site, reported that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has agreed to cede sovereignty of the Golan Heights to Syria.

Hezbollah Threatens UNIFIL Inspectors

CBNNews.com - SOUTHERN LEBANON - In his biannual report, United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon reported that Hezbollah gunmen threatened UNIFIL troops trying to inspect a truck carrying weapons.

Hamas 'Peace Deal' in Question

JERUSALEM, Israel - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter angered leaders in both the U.S. and Israel when he met this week with members of the terrorist group Hamas.

Sufa Crossing Reopened Despite Attacks

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel reopened the Sufa crossing at the border with the Gaza Strip Tuesday, despite several recent attacks by Hamas-affiliated terrorists.

Gaza Doctors Forge Medical Records

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) said Palestinian doctors in Gaza are being paid to falsify medical records to Gazans to enter Israel for treatment.

IDF Chief of Staff Demotes Commander

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gabi Ashkenazi demoted the battalion commander for failure to engage the terrorists in the attack on the Nahal Oz Fuel Depot near the border with Gaza.

Air Strike Targets Terror Cell at Border

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Monday night, an Israel Air Force (IAF) strike on a Palestinian terror cell killed one gunman. Givati Brigade infantrymen entered the Strip following the air strike, killing two other cell members.

Carter: Hamas Willing to Accept Israel

Hamas is prepared to accept the right of Israel to "live as a neighbor next door in peace," former President Jimmy Carter said Monday.

Hamas Attack Injures 13 Soldiers

CBNNews.com - KEREM SHALOM, Israel - A large-scale Palestinian terror attack Saturday at the Kerem Shalom border crossing with the Gaza Strip injured 13 Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers.

Poll: More Palestinians Favor Terror

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Results of a poll by the Jerusalem Media & Communications Center confirmed that the percentage of Palestinians favoring terror attacks on Israelis continues to rise.

Hamas: Cancel Ramallah Dance Festival

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Hamas officials called on their Palestinian Authority (PA ) counterparts to cancel a dance festival to be held this week in PA-controlled city of Ramallah.

Nasrallah: Bush a 'Terrorist Leader'

CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS - Hezollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said his group welcomed the criticism of US President George W. Bush, calling him a "terrorist leader."

The Feast of Unleavened Bread

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - For thousands of years, Jews have celebrated Passover (Pesach) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, according to the Torah (the first five books of Moses).

Netanyahu: Let the Third Reich be a Lesson

JERUSALEM, Israel - What's the greatest danger to world stability? Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu believes it's the possibility of a nuclear Iran.

Netanyahu: No Olmert-Abbas Peace Deal

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Likud chairman and opposition leader Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu said if he's elected prime minister, he won't carry out the Olmert-Abbas peace deal.

Clinton Warns Iran, Don't Attack Israel

CBNNews.com - New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the US would respond in kind if Iran attacked Israel.

Mastermind of Poison Plot Killed

CBNNews.com - NABLUS (SHECHEM) - An elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) unit tracked down and killed the mastermind of a plot to poison Israeli clientele at a Ramat Gan restaurant outside Tel Aviv.

Iran Smuggling Arms into Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - According to senior Israeli defense officials, Iran has increased efforts recently to smuggle weaponry into the Gaza Strip from the sea.

Dialoguing with the Enemy

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - There seems to be two opposing approaches on the most productive way to deal with governments that either openly or secretly align themselves with terror groups -- one says sit down and talk and the other says "maybe not."

Gaza Fighting Intensifies

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The fighting in the Gaza Strip intensified Wednesday, following an early morning ambush by Hamas terrorists that killed three Givati Brigade soldiers and wounded several more.

Highest State of Alert before Passover

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli police nationwide have been placed on the highest state of alert as the Passover holiday approaches.

al-Zahar Compares Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar compared Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to Jewish residents of the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi reign.

Abbas Changes Plan to Honor Terrorists

CBNNews.com - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reversed the decision to bestow the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) highest honor on two female terrorists.

Three Israeli Soldiers Killed in Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Three Givati Brigade soldiers were killed Wednesday morning in heavy fighting with Palestinian terrorists in central Gaza.

Abbas Honors Two Terrorists

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas approved the highest honor to two terrorists who helped murder Israelis before leaving on a trip to Russia.

Security Council Committed to Res. 1701

CBNNews.com - On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council restated its commitment to Resolution 1701, issued with the UN-brokered cease-fire that ended the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.

Hamas Denies Border Breach Plans

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - On Tuesday, Hamas officials denied a report -- published Monday in an Egyptian daily -- of plans to blow up the wall at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Planning to Breach Border, Again

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The Hamas terror organization, the Palestinian faction that controls the Gaza Strip, is planning another assault at the Rafah border crossing with the Egyptian Sinai.

Israeli Air Strike Kills Terrorist Leader

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - An Israeli air strike Monday night killed 42-year-old Ibrahim Abu Olba, senior commander of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).

Tibi Registers as Palestinian at Doha Forum

CBNNews.com - DOHA, Qatar - Israeli Arab Member of Knesset (MK) Ahmed Tibi and Palestinian Authority (PA) officials accompanying him signed in as representatives of "Palestine" at the Eighth Annual Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade in Qatar.

Anti-Israel Protester Disrupts Concert

CBNNews.com - TULSA, Spain - Israeli singer Achinoam Nini, performing in Spain over the weekend, was interrupted on stage by a protester waving a Palestinian flag and shouting anti-Israel epithets.

Netanyahu: Gov't. 'Detached from Reality'

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Likud chairman and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu called the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "detached from reality."

Israel Leery of Sales to Saudi Arabia

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) concern about the sale of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia prompted two high-ranking Israeli defense officials to meet with Pentagon officials in the past two weeks.

PLO Rep: 'We will drive Israel out of Palestine'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In an interview on Lebanese television, Palestinian Authority (PA) official Abbas Zaki said the PLO phased plan will culminate by driving Israelis out of all of "Palestine."

Islamic University Suspends Classes

CBNNews.com - For the second time in recent months, fighting erupted between students affiliated with rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, at the Islamic University in Hebron. Classes were suspended until further notice.

Israel Mixed over Carter's Visit

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former US President Jimmy Carter's upcoming visit with Hamas terror chief Khaled Mashaal received mixed reviews among government officials.

Evangelicals Bring a Smile to Kassam Victim

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - Eight-year-old Osher Twito, who lost his left leg in a Kassam rocket attack in Sderot two months ago, received an electric all terrain vehicle (ATV) from caring American Christians.

Sister of Slain Israeli Blames Olmert

CBNNews.com - BEERSHEBA, Israel - The sister of 37-year-old Oleg Lipson, killed by Palestinian terrorists at the Nahal Oz fuel depot near the Gaza border Wednesday, blamed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for the attack.

Shin Bet Foils Palestinians' Poison Plot

CBNNews.com - RAMAT GAN, Israel - The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) foiled a plot by two Palestinians from Nablus to poison food at a restaurant in Ramat Gan.

McCain: 'Hands Off' Mideast Peace

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - According to a recent survey conducted by the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Los Angeles branch, Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain would opt for a hands-off policy in the Middle East peace process.

Five-year Projection for Gas Masks

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) head of the Home Front Command Major General Yair Golan said it could take up to five years to provide refurbished gas masks to all Israelis.

U.N. Ambassador Submits Complaint

CBNNews.com - Israeli United Nations Ambassador Dan Gillerman submitted an official letter of complaint to UN officials concerning the terror attack at the Nahal Oz fuel depot, which took the lives of two Israelis.

Fuel Depot Closed Following Attack

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following Wednesday's terror attack on the Nahal Oz fuel depot, the terminal remained closed Thursday morning and likely will not reopen for several more days.

Israel Holds Its Largest Emergency Drill

After battles in recent years with Hamas and Hezbollah, Israel is getting ready in case there's another war in its future.

Former Israeli President Pleads Not Guilty

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Tuesday, former Israeli President Moshe Katsav reversed his June 28 decision to accept a plea bargain on charges of sexual misconduct, preferring a chance to clear his name by standing trial.

Turkish Delegation Greeted by Kassam

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - A delegation of eight Turkish Foreign Affairs Committee members experienced a Kassam rocket attack during a visit to Sderot Tuesday.

IDF Soldier Killed in Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - An elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier was killed early Wednesday morning during a routine counter-terror operation near the Kissufim border crossing in southern Gaza.

Police Holding On to Weapon

CBNNews.com - ITAMAR, Israel - Police have yet to return Rabbi Erez Bar-On's personal weapon, confiscated after last week's attempted stabbing at a hitchhiking post in Samaria.

Study: Widening Rift between Jews and Arabs

CBNNews.com - HAIFA, Israel - Results of the 2007 Arab-Jewish Relations Index indicates that the comfort zone between Israeli Jews and Arabs is deteriorating.

Olmert, Abbas: 'Deal' by Year's End

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to strike a deal by the end of year regardless of what's occurring on the ground.

IDF Collecting Residents' Weapons

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been collecting military-issue weapons from Jewish communities in the Binyamin area in Samaria over the past several weeks.

Iran Installing 6,000 New Centrifuges

CBNNews.com - NATANZ, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tuesday that 6,000 new centrifuges are being installed at the Natanz nuclear facility.

Know Thy Enemy - The Battle against Islam

JERUSALEM, Israel - Princeton scholar and best-selling author Bernard Lewis is considered by many to be the foremost authority on Islam in the world.

Olmert, Abbas Resume Meetings

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met Monday, after a nearly two-month hiatus.

Nationwide Emergency Drills Underway

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Day one of the five-day countrywide emergency drill began Sunday, with simulated Katyusha rocket attacks on northern Israel by the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group, followed by simulated missile attacks from Syria and Gaza.

Cabinet Responds to Threats to Kill Shalit

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - At Sunday's Cabinet meeting, ministers responded to threats by Hamas to kill captured Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Iran Links Up More Centrifuges

CBNNews.com - Three unnamed diplomats, who follow Iran's nuclear program closely, said Iran linked up 300 advanced centrifuges in two separate underground units at the Natanz nuclear facility.

Ten Checkpoints Removed

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces  (IDF) troops removed 10 checkpoints Thursday near the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled cities of Ramallah, Nablus (biblical Shechem), Tulkarem and Kalkiya.

Palestinians Blow Up British Monument

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Palestinian gunmen blew up a monument to foreign soldiers in a British-run cemetery in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Qaeda: 'We'll Strike Jews Everywhere'

CBNNews.com - In an hour-and-a-half long audio-taped message Wednesday night, Al-Qaeda Deputy Commander Ayman al-Zawahri vowed that with Allah's help, they would target Jews worldwide.

Gov't. to Redistribute Gas Masks

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Wednesday, the Israeli Cabinet announced it will distribute refurbished gas masks to residents of Israel in early 2009.

PA Policeman Convicted of Murder

CBNNews.com - Following sentencing for the murder of an Israeli border guard in 2000, a Palestinian Authority (PA) police officer said when he's freed in a future prisoner exchange, he'll kill again.

Arab MK Defies Ban

CBNNews.com - After speaking at the Land Day conference in Yemen, Member of Knesset (MK) Ahmed Tibi arrived in Beirut Wednesday night.

Israeli Lobby to Save the Dead Sea

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Tuesday, the Lobby to Save the Dead Sea met to continue its efforts to rehabilitate the Dead Sea, whose water level has dropped by one-third over a 40-year period.

Terror Attack near Dismantled Checkpoint

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On the same day that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops dismantled a checkpoint near the Jewish community of Kochav Hashahar in Samaria, an Arab university student attacked two Israelis at a hitchhiking post 10 miles away.

Syria Deploys Troops to Border

CBNNews.com - According to the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, Syrian troops are on high alert against an Israeli invasion.

Prof. Traces British Anti-Semitism

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A leading expert documenting anti-Semitism says anti-Semitic strains throughout British history have helped make the United Kingdom Europe's leading proponent of policies against Israel.

Hamas TV: Child Puppet 'Murders' Bush

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) posted a video clip from Hamas TV depicting an Arab child stabbing President George W. Bush to death.

Terror Stabbing Thwarted near Shiloh

CBNNews.com - Shiloh, Israel - Quick thinking by a resident of Ofra in Samaria prevented a potential double stabbing of Israelis at a hitchhiking post near Shiloh.

Police Volunteer Will Fight Dismissal

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A volunteer policeman was dismissed after issuing a ticket to Israeli Finance Minister Roni Bar-On's driver, but police cite his talking to the press as the reason for dismissal.