March 2008 Headlines

Hamas: 'We'll Only Attack Military' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has offered Israel a "reciprocal" deal: to attack only military targets.

Bush Optimistic on Mideast Peace Deal - According to the German daily Die Welt, U.S. President George W. Bush is optimistic that Israel will sign an agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) before his term in office ends.

Barak Hints of Early Elections - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told bereaved families, who lost sons in the Second Lebanon War, that elections would be held "sooner than you think." Barak's Labor party is the one party with enough members in the Knesset (parliament) to bring down the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Haredi City Has Most Sexual Offenses - JERUSALEM, Israel - The city of Bnei Brak, populated primarily by Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews has the highest incidence of sexual offenses, according to Israeli police.

Rice Wins Concessions from Israel - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel agreed to a series of "concrete steps" to help the Palestinian Authority (PA), which include removing some 50 roadblocks in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Barak: Hamas May Take Over - JERUSALEM, Israel - After authorizing transfer of armored vehicles, weapons, ammunition and other military equipment to Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces this week, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said it may all be used against Israel.

Ben-Eliezer: Israel Wants Peace with Syria - JERUSALEM, Israel - National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) told Israel Radio that the government is actively working to restart negotiations with Syria.

Dutch MP Releases Anti-Koran Film -  Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders released his 15-minute documentary intended to show that Islam is incompatible with democracy.

Hurva Renovation Near Completion - JERUSALEM, Israel - Renovation is nearly complete on Jerusalem's historic Hurva Synagogue, destroyed by the Jordanians in 1948.

Israel Gives PA Forces Armored Vehicles - TEL AVIV, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced a transfer of armored vehicles and "equipment" to Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces Wednesday.

Olmert Hints at Talks with Syria - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke Wednesday of re-opening talks with Syria.

Fresh Barrage of Kassams Fired - SDEROT, Israel - Gaza-based Palestinians fired a new wave of Kassam rockets on southern Israel Wednesday, with eight landing in the rocket-battered southern Israeli city of Sderot and two south of the coastal city of Ashkelon.

Anti-Missionaries Suspect in Ariel Attack - ARIEL, Israel - The family of 15-year-old Amiel (Ami) Ortiz, critically wounded in a bomb attack Friday, said police suspect anti-missionaries may have been behind the attack.

Shalit's Dad: Olmert's the 'Ship's Captain' - RAMAT GAN, Israel - Norm Shalit, father of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit, said his son is paying the price for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's indecisiveness.

Russia, Egypt Sign Nuclear Cooperation Pact - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement inviting Russia to help develop Egypt's nuclear energy capabilities.

Russian Mideast Conf. 'Certain' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Last week's one-day visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was less than congenial, according to an unnamed government source quoted by The Jerusalem Post.

BBC Admits Falsifying Israeli News

After inaccurate reporting by the BBC of two recent events in Israel, the news agency admitted their errors and offered an apology.

Knesset Passes Organ Donation Bills - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Knesset (parliament) passed organ donation legislation Monday, which complies with Jewish law regarding time of death and provides compensation for Israelis wanting to donate an organ during their lifetimes.

Pilots Undergo Cancer Screening - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots flying F-161 fighter jets learned recently that some of them have been exposed to carcinogens.

Cheney: Hamas Wants to Torpedo Peace - JERUSALEM, Israel - On day two of his visit to Israel, US Vice President Dick Cheney told reporters that an Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hamas wants to torpedo the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Pope Baptizes Muslim Convert - Italian journalist Magdi Allam's conversion from Islam to Catholicism was a highlight of the Vatican's Easter service, with Pope Benedict XVI himself officiating in his baptism.

Zawahiri: Attack Israelis and Americans - An audiotaped message by Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's second in command, called on Muslims to attack Israelis and Americans in response to the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) counter-terror operations in the Gaza Strip.

More Tension, Talk of Dividing Jerusalem

While some parts of Israel are under the constant threat of attack, Jerusalem has enjoyed relative quiet in recent years. But that may be changing, as residents try to deal with renewed violence and talk of re-dividing the city.

Hamas' Haven for Terror

The terrorist group Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip for almost a year now. After the elections, supporters hoped Hamas would root out the Palestinian Authority's corruption and bring a cleaner, Islamic-style government.

Israel Braces for Revenge Attacks

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel is bracing for a new round of possible terror attacks from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group. Forty days of mourning for their slain terrorist leader will soon end, and Hezbollah has vowed to take revenge against Israel for his assassination.

Concealed Bomb Critically Wounds Teen - ARIEL, Israel - A bomb, concealed in a Purim holiday gift basket, exploded when the son of a Messianic couple opened the package.

Yemen Fails to Reunite Fatah and Hamas - JERUSALEM, Israel - The latest in a series of attempts to reunite rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, came to naught Thursday when Fatah reps walked out of the meeting.

McCain Visits Sderot - SDEROT, Israel - During a visit to the rocket-beleaguered city of Sderot in southern Israel, Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain told reporters, "this is no way to spend the Purim holiday."

Swiss Sign Multi-Billion Dollar Deal with Iran - JERUSALEM, Israel - Iranian President Mahmoud Abbas posed for the press with Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey after signing a multi-million dollar gas deal between the two countries.

IDF Officers Warn against Cease-Fire - JERUSALEM, Israel - Senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officers said talk of a cease-fire before the border with Egypt is sealed and arms smuggling ended is worthless.

Hamas: Egypt Torturing Prisoners - Senior Hamas official Said Siam accused Egypt of detaining and torturing Hamas-affiliated Palestinians who entered the country during January's border breach at the Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip.

Prisons Committee: Girls Treated Inhumanely - JERUSALEM, Israel - A report issued by the Israel Prisons Service Committee of the Israel Bar exposed the inhumane treatment of underage girls detained by Jerusalem police.

Egypt to Supply Gaza Electricity - On Wednesday, Israeli and Egyptian officials roughed out a deal that would transfer Gaza's electrical power supply from Israel to Egypt.

Ahmadinejad: 'Incitement to Genocide' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Canada's former justice minister Irwin Cotler said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is clearly guilty of "incitement to genocide."

Majority of Israelis Oppose Withdrawal - JERUSALEM, Israel - Nearly 65 percent of Israelis oppose any further withdrawals of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Meretz Party Elects New Head - JERUSALEM, Israel - The ultra-left-wing Meretz party elected Member of Knesset (MD) Chaim (Jumus) Oron to replace outgoing chairman Yossi Beilin.

PA Territories Closed Off at Midnight - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued an order for full closure of areas under Palestinian Authority (PA)control at midnight Tuesday.

Rabbi Assaulted near Damascus Gate - JERUSALEM, Israel - A rabbi walking with a student guard near the Damascus Gate was stabbed in the neck by an Arab assailant.

Security Beefed Up for Purim Holiday - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Shin Bet (General Security Services) has received seven warnings of possible terror attacks ahead of the Purim holiday, which begins Thursday evening and goes through Sunday evening.

Haniyeh Narrowly Beats Abbas in Poll - Gaza-based Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh came out a percentage point ahead of Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in a recent opinion poll.

Egypt's Suleiman Postpones Visit - JERUSALEM, Israel - Egyptian intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman will not visit Israel this week, marking the third scheduled visit to be canceled.

Israelis Advised Not to Visit Tibet - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Foreign Ministry advised Israelis to cancel all "non-essential" visits to Tibet.

Ben-Gurion Expanding Airspace - TEL AVIV, Israel - In a joint decision by the Defense and Transportation ministries, airspace around Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport will be expanded.

IAF Celebrates with Bar Mitzvah Boys - SDEROT, Israel - Hundreds of Israeli Air Force (IAF) officers and soldiers arrived in Sderot Sunday to help 50 boys celebrate their Bar Mitzvah.

Mega Emergency Exercise Planned - JERUSALEM, Israel - Plans are well underway for the largest emergency drill in Israel's history, slated for next month.

Israeli Ambassador to Italy Speaks Out - Gideon Meir, Israeli ambassador to Italy, minced no words in responding to Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema's call to open talks with Hamas.

al-Aksa: Dump Fayyad, Reunite with Hamas - On Thursday, the al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades,a terrorist brach of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Fatah party, called on Abbas to fire Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, cut all contact with Israel, and form a unity government with Hamas.

Sderot Mayor Visits U.K. - Following a four-day visit to the U.K., Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal concluded that Israel needs to beef up its public relations abroad.

A Rise in Global Anti-Semitism? - A report issued Thursday by the U.S. State Department concluded that global anti-Semitism has risen during the past decade.

Muslims Boycott Paris Book Fair - Seven Muslim countries boycotted this year's Paris Book Fair to protest choosing Israel as its "guest of honor."

IDF Recruits Choose Combat Units - JERUSALEM, Israel - In an undeniable statement of Israeli youth's love for their country, 70 percent of high school seniors requested to serve in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) combat units ahead of the March draft, which begins Sunday.

Police Chief Encourages Amputee - Southern District Police Chief Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev paid a very special visit to eight-year-old Osher Twito at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

Rock-Throwing Incidents on the Rise - JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian rock-throwing incidents are on the rise again, particularly in the north.

P.A. Forces Rescue Israeli in Ramallah - JERUSALEM, Israel - In an unconfirmed report, Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces said they rescued an Israeli who inadvertently entered Ramallah, where a mob surrounded him.

Memorial Services for Murdered Students - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Thursday, Jewish communities around the world will participate in ceremonies marking the end of the seven-day mourning period (Shiv'ah) for the eight students killed at Jerusalem's Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (religious seminary) last week.

Lull Ends, Rockets Fly, Terrorists Killed - JERUSALEM, Israel - The brief two-day respite in rocket attacks launched by Gaza-based Palestinians appears to have ended Thursday morning, with at least 15 rockets fired into southern Israel.

Knesset Addresses Western Immigration - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Tuesday, the Israeli Knesset announced the formation of a new committee to address the needs of Jews in Western countries considering immigration (aliyah) to Israel.

Olmert: We Can't Stop Rocket Fire - During a visit Tuesday to the coastal city of Ashkelon, the latest target of Palestinian rocket fire, the prime minister said Israel has no way of preventing rocket attacks from recurring.

Bill Protects Right of Self-Defense - JERUSALEM, Israel - A bill designed to protect Israelis from indictment for defending themselves against intruders is making its way through the legislative process.

Bill Protects Right of Self-Defense - JERUSALEM, Israel - A bill designed to protect Israelis from indictment for defending themselves against intruders is making its way through the legislative process.

Arab Woman Survives Brother's Bullets - In what can only be described as divine intervention, a 19-year old Israeli Arab woman survived two bullets to her head.

MK Orlev: Revenge Story 'Malicious Slander' - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Member of Knesset (MK) Zevulun Orlev wants an investigation of an Israeli television report alleging that Mercaz HaRav yeshiva students planned a revenge attack for last week's murders against a senior Arab official.

Kuwaiti Paper Slams Yeshiva Attack - In a rare expression of solidarity with Israel, a Kuwaiti newspaper condemned last week's attack on Jerusalem's Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (religious seminary).

Israel Faces Acute Water Shortage - JERUSALEM, Israel - The fourth winter with below-average rainfall has left Israel in the throes of a major water deficit. Water Authority officials say it's the most acute water crisis in a decade.

J'lem Schools Vulnerable to Major Quake - JERUSALEM, Israel - A municipality official said Monday that Jerusalem-area schools would not withstand a major earthquake.

Likud Minister Banned from U.K. - JERUSALEM, Israel - Member of Knesset (MK) Moshe Feiglin received an unsolicited letter from British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith informing him that he would not be allowed to enter the country.

Telltale Responses to Terror - JERUSALEM, Israel - It is instructive to analyze the reaction of the Palestinian populations in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza following Thursday night's terror attack on Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (religious seminary) in Jerusalem's Kiryat Moshe neighborhood, which killed eight students, seven of whom were teenagers.

Iran: Bounty on Israeli Security Heads - At a special ceremony in Teheran Sunday, a youth terror cell calling itself Islamic Student Justice Seekers put a bounty on the heads of three top Israeli security officials.

P.A. Negotiator Condemns Building Plans - JERUSALEM, Israel - Chief Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator Saeb Erekat said Israeli plans to continue construction in the Jerusalem area neighborhoods of Givat Zeev and Pisgat Zeev humiliate PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

IDF Nabs Truck with Explosives Material - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers impounded a truck transporting quantities of sulfuric and nitric acid near the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Kalkilya.

IDF Soldier Killed near Gaza Border - Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for detonating a bomb Thursday that killed an Israel Defense Forces iIDF) soldier and wounded three others, one seriously.

Arab Violence in Jerusalem - JERUSALEM, Israel - Arab protests against Israel's counter-terror operations in Gaza continued for a second day in Jerusalem.

Gazans Jubilant over Terror Attack - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following Thursday night's terror attack on Jerusalem's Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (religious seminary) that claimed the lives of eight students, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip celebrated.

Libya Blocks UNSC Condemnation - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Libyan delegation managed to block the UN Security Council from publishing a condemnation of Thursday night's terror attack in Jerusalem.

Police Restrict Access to Temple Mount - JERUSALEM, Israel - Late Thursday evening, Jerusalem police announced restrictions on Muslim men planning to worship at the Temple Mount Friday.

Jerusalem Seminary Attacked; Eight Dead

JERUSALEM, Israel - Two Arab terrorists infiltrated a Jewish yeshiva (religious seminary) in Jerusalem Thursday night and opened fire in the library, killing eight people and wounding nine.

DM Denies Military Exemptions to Yeshivot - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak refused to grant military exemptions to 61 new yeshivot (religious seminaries), which applied for Torato omanuto ("Torah is his profession," i.e., studying the Law of Moses).

Israeli Ambassador Welcomes Resolution - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli ambassador to the United States Salai Meridor welcomed the U.S. Congress' decision to withhold a $150 million aid package to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until the State Department clarifies how the money will be spent.

Israeli Army Prepares for Urban Warfare

If Hamas doesn't stop firing rockets into Israel, the Israeli government has threatened it might take over the Gaza Strip.

Rice: PA Will Resume Talks - JERUSALEM, Israel - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday that Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas agreed to resume negotiations with Israel.

FM Blasts al-Jazeera's Bias - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's assessment of the al-Jazeera satellite network has prompted Foreign Ministry spokespersons to shun the Arabic television network.

Drug Bust in the South - After nearly a year of undercover work, Israeli agents arrested some 50 drug dealers in southern Israel Monday night.

Police Halt Temple Mt. Work - JERUSALEM, Israel - Jerusalem police have stopped a project being conducted by the Muslim religious trust (Wakf), which oversees the Old City's Temple Mount until archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) can examine the unauthorized construction.

Israel: U.N.'s New Iranian Sanctions Fall Short - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni priased the newest round of U.N. sanctions against Iran, the prevailing sentiment among Israeli officials is that they don't go far enough.

Rice Seeks Resumption of Mideast Talks - JERUSALEM, Israel - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Israel Tuesday following a five-hour visit to Egypt.

IDF Pulls Out, Hamas Claims 'Victory' - As Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops began pulling out of their positions in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday, Hamas declared itself the victor of the weekend's intensive fighting.

Gaza Children Admire Hamas Fighters - According to one resident of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian children admire Hamas fighters and want to emulate them.

Israeli Troops Withdraw from Gaza

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's military has pulled out of the northern Gaza Strip after a three-day campaign to stop terrorist rocket attacks by Hamas. Although the Israeli raids took a heavy toll, Hamas was claiming victory in the end.

Israeli Paramedics Treat Palestinians - When it comes to helping people, Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics respond "as if there is no war."

Lebanese Protest at Border - An estimated 1,000 Lebanese supporters of the Hezbollah terror group staged a rally Sunday to protest Israel's operations in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Op 'Warm Winter' Continues - The latest Israel Defense Forces (IDF) counter-terror operations in Gaza concluded its first stage over the weekend.

Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza - JERUSALEM, Israel - Two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were killed in the counter-terror operations in northern Gaza early Saturday morning.

Haniyeh's Office Bldg. Razed - In the early hours of Sunday morning, an Israeli air strike razed the building housing Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh's offices.

Female Suicide Bomber, 17, Arrested - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) arrested a 17-year-old resident of the village of Abu Tor, who confessed to preparing for a suicide bombing in Jerusalem.

Rockets Fall, Palestinians Demonstrate - JERUSALEM, Israel - Arab residents of Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled cities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and in Jerusalem rallied against Israel's counter-terror operations in the Gaza Strip.

'Peace where there is no peace' - JERUSALEM, Israel - According to Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, if the Bush administration doesn't make good on its promise to broker a Mideast peace agreement, the opportunity will be lost forever.