February 2008 Headlines

As Hezbollah Rearms; Israel Stands Ready

ISRAELI/LEBANESE BORDER -- This week, Israel's Defense Force gave a demonstration of its Merkeva tank, considered by many the best battle tank in the world.

Israelis Pressure Gov't. for Kassam Response

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israelis across the political spectrum are growing increasingly discontent with the government's failure to take effective action in stopping the daily Kassam rocket attacks by Gaza-based Palestinians.

Abbas: PLO Taught Everyone How to Resist

CBNNNews.com - AMMAN, Jordan - In an interview with Jordan's al-Dustur newspaper, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said he's proud to have fired "the first bullet of the resistance" back in 1965.

Web Site Bill Passes First Reading

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A controversial bill sponsored by the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, requiring Internet providers to block Web sites featuring pornography, extreme violence and gambling, passed its first reading in the Knesset (parliament).

Ben Gurion Int'l. Ranks Best in Region

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a survey conducted by the Airports Council International (ACI), Ben Gurion International Airport's passenger terminal was rated the best in the Middle East.

Road Fatalities Prompt Meeting

CBNNews.com - Israeli Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz called an emergency session of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) to address the high number of road fatalities.

Docs Try Saving Boy's Hand After Rocket Hit

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Surgeons worked for three hours Monday to save 10-year-old Yossi Haimov arm and shoulder.

Hamas Active in West Bank

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - During a tour of the OC Central Command's Jerusalem headquarters Tuesday, Major General Gadi Shamni told Israeli President Shimon Peres that Hamas is working toward a West Bank takeover.

Saudis Finance P.A. Power Hookup to Egypt

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Saudi Arabia's Islamic Development Bank agreed to finance a project to connect the Gaza Strip to Egypt's electricity grid.

Obama Steps 'Inside' Israeli Politics

CBNNews.com - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama shared his personal views on Israeli politics in a "closed" meeting with Jewish community leaders at a Cleveland, Ohio synagogue.

Israel Outlaws Neo-Nazism

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Monday, the Israeli Knesset (parliament) passed legislation outlawing Nazi or racist activities in the Jewish state.

Mughniyeh's Widow Blames Syria

CBNNews.com - The widow of arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, assassinated on February 12, holds Syria responsible for her husband's death.

Costa Rica Recognizes Palestinian State

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Costa Rica's decision to formally recognize a Palestinian state was a great disappointment to Israel.

New Security on Tel Aviv Flights

CBNNews.com - Passengers on inbound flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport will be asked to remain seated once the aircraft is within 180 miles of the airport.

PM: Deport African Refugees

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - At Sunday's Cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said thousands of African refugees would be deported from Israel by the end of the week.

Iranian Citizens Clash with Police

CBNNews.com - When Iranian Chastity Police bloodied the face of a young woman they deemed "inappropriately dressed" and beat a bystander who came to her aid Saturday, dozens of citizens began rioting.

Israel Shuns Durban II

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Israel will not attend the Durban II conference in 2009.

Olmert Off to Japan

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, accompanied by 20 of the nation's leading businessmen, left for Japan Sunday afternoon under tight security.

IAEA Confirms Israeli Concerns

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Over the weekend, Israel's Foreign Ministry responded to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) report, released Friday, on Iran's nuclear program.

Israeli Troops Deploy to Border

CBNNews.com - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) deployed additional troops to Israel's border with the Gaza Strip should Hamas send thousands of unarmed civilians to attempt a takeover of border crossings.

Olmert: We'll Protect Sderot by 2010

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - At Sunday's weekly Cabinet Meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised that by 2010, the government would provide "an appropriate answer…against Kassam rockets."

Israeli Ambassador Meets with Secretary General

CBNNews.com - Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, met with UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon Wednesday to discuss recent remarks by Iranian government officials.

Top Israel Official Warns of Impending War

JERUSALEM, Israel - Speaking at the graduation ceremony of ground forces officers, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said war may be just "on the horizon."

Comptroller to Audit President's Office

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli state comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss said he will conduct an administrative investigation of the president's residence.

Netanyahu: Gov't Planning to Cede Capital

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Wednesday, Likud chairman and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu said there's no doubt that the Olmert government is planning to divide Jerusalem.

IDF Launches Broadcast Studio

CBNNews.com - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Home Front Command launched a broadcast studio Wednesday.

Opposition Group: Iran Stepping Up Nukes

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An exiled Iranian opposition group claims Teheran is making rapid progress in its nuclear weapons program.

'Nothing but the Truth'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following Tuesday's meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the two sides issued diametrically opposed statements.

Defense Ministry Halts Gas Mask Collection

CBNNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Channel 2 television announced the Defense Department's decision to stop collecting nearly seven million gas masks that need refurbishing.

Kadima Officials Want Unity Gov't.

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Member of Knesset (MK) Tzahi Hanegbi (Kadima) echoed Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik's call for a national unity government under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Abbas Aide: PA Should Declare Independence

CBNNews.com - Senior Abbas aide and member of the Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiating team said the PA should declare independence in light of stalled peace talks.

NATO Forces Deployed to West Bank?

CBNNews.com - According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, U.S. and Israeli officials are discussing the pros and cons of deploying NATO forces in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) to pave the way for an Israeli withdrawal.

Israel Objects to U.N. Official's Remarks

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel rejected United Nation's Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes' assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a "vicious cycle of violence."

Patriot Missiles Deployed near Haifa

CBNNews.com - For the first time since the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, Israel has deployed Patriot missile defense systems near the northern port city of Haifa.

Devalued Dollar Could Cost IDF $500 Million

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could come up $500 million short of its 2008 budget due to the devalued dollar.

IDF Building Mideast's Longest Landing Strip

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Air Force (IAF) is upgrading its Nevatim base, which will include a 2.5-mile landing strip, the largest in the Middle East.

Pines-Paz Sponsors Kinneret Bill

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Member of Knesset (MK)Ofer Pines-Paz (Labor) initiated a bill that would bring the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) under Israel's Beach Protection Law.

Olmert Not Optimistic about Shalit

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Speaking at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Sunday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he was not optimistic about the fate of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Gov't Approves Fortification Plan

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A ministerial committee chaired by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert allocated a $97-million package to fortify 3,600 homes within a three-mile range of the Gaza Strip.

IDF Soldier Wounded by Sniper

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - During gun battles Sunday between Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops and Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip, an Israeli soldier was seriously injured by sniper fire.

Islamists Blame Israel for Quake Damage

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Islamic Movement blamed Israel for damage at the Temple Mount caused by Friday's earthquake.

Blast Kills Terrorist Commander

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - A massive explosion Saturday leveled the three-story home of Ayman Atallah Fayyed, a senior member of Islamic Jihad. Six other houses were damaged by the blast.

Gaza City YMCA Library Destroyed

CBNNews.com - Citing the republication of cartoons of Islam's prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, as-yet unidentified gunmen blew up the library at the YMCA in Gaza.

Hezbollah Ratchets Up Alert

CBNNews.com - Following last week's assassination of Hezbollah chief Imad Mugniyeh, the terror group has put its membership on high alert, according to a report Saturday in the Lebanese paper as-Safir.

Hamas: Another Assassination Attempt

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - At a press conference in Gaza City Saturday, Hamas broadcast videotaped confessions of alleged suicide bombers who planned to assassinate Ismail Haniyeh.

Israeli Embassies Raise Security Alert

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following the assassination of terrorist mastermind Imad Mugniyeh Tuesday night, the Shin Bet (Israel's General Security Agency) instructed Israeli embassies, Jewish Agency branches and El Al airlines to heighten their alert level.

Bush Wants New Syrian Sanctions

CBNNews.com - U.S. President George W. Bush issued an executive order Wednesday calling for new sanctions against Syria.

Iranians Processing Uranium Gas

CBNNews.com - Iranian centrifuges set up in January have begun producing small amounts of the gas needed to manufacture the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

Foreign Minister: Hamas Rearming

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Wednesday, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni briefed 70 foreign ambassadors during a tour of the border with the Gaza Strip.

Jerusalem Takes Priority for Security Fence

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Defense Ministry will resume construction of the security fence around Jerusalem within the next few weeks.

Bomb Kills Top Hezbollah Terror Chief

CBNNews.com - A car bombing late Tuesday night in an upscale residential neighborhood in Damascus targeted arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, 45, Hezbollah's al-Manar satellite television reported.

German Chancellor Offers 'Deepest Sympathy

CBNNews.com - In a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered her "deepest sympathy" for victims of last week's suicide bombing in Dimona, which killed one woman and injured 11 others.

Knesset Considers Bill on Civil Marriage

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Wednesday, the Knesset (Israeli parliament) will vote on a bill legalizing civil marriages in the Jewish state.

Soldier Stabbed near Jenin

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A Palestinian stabbed an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the back of the neck near the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Jenin in Samaria Tuesday afternoon.

Sheetrit Plans New Arab City

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Tuesday, Israeli Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) announced his intentions to build a new Arab city in the Galilee.

IDF Ready for Gaza Operation

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Lt. General Gabi Ashkenazi said when the government gives the order, the military is ready to launch a large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip.

Minister: 'We're Building in Jerusalem'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Tuesday, Housing Minister Ze'ev Boim (Kadima) denied remarks by Jerusalem city manager Yair Maayan that the government was delaying construction of hundreds of apartments in Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

$845,000 to Fund Terror Confiscated

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a joint operation, Israeli security forces confiscated cash from Palestinian money changers in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Egypt Wants to Seal Smuggling Tunnels

CBNNews.com - According to the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat daily, the Egyptian government has ordered its security forces to search out and seal smuggling tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip.

Tony Blair Says Agreement 'Doable'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a weekend interview with Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief David Horovitz, former British prime minister and EU envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair said the Arab's view of peace is "very close to what Israel is wanting."

JPost Leaks Plans to Divide Capital

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Sunday, quoting senior Palestinian officials in Ramallah, The Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia have been "secretly" negotiating Jerusalem's future.

Amnesty for 32 al-Aksa Members

CBNNews.com - Israel granted amnesty to 32 members of al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction.

Sderot Residents Launch Protests

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - After Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists launched four dozen Kassam rockets on southern Israeli communities over the weekend, Sderot residents came to Jerusalem to protest the government's inaction.

Fayyad: 2008 Settlement Unlikely

CBNNNews.com - In an interview with the Reuters news agency in Austin, Texas, Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said a final peace accord with Israel is unlikely in 2008.

Boy, 8, Loses Leg in Kassam Attack

CBNNews.com - A Kassam rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip severed the leg of an eight-year-old boy in Sderot, wounded his 19-year-old brother and sent several others into shock.

Dichter: Harsher Response to Rockets

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following a visit to the rocket-beleaguered city of Sderot Saturday, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter said Israel must increase its operations against Kassam rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Mofaz Eyeing Kadima Chairmanship

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Speaking on Channel 2's Meet the Press, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said he would consider running against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for chairmanship of the Kadima party.

Can Israel Survive a War with Iran?

TEL AVIV - The New Year brings new worry to the Middle East. In the past few weeks, Russia has delivered several more shipments of nuclear fuel to Iran.

IDF Mulls Corridor Takeover

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will be ready to resume control of the Philadelphi Corridor, the narrow strip of land separating the Gaza Strip from Egypt, should that become necessary.

Weakening Dollar 'National Disaster'

CBNNews.com - The weakened American dollar may force Israeli industries to size down by letting thousands of employees go.

Iran-Hamas: New Wave of Terror

CBNNews.com - The Hamas terror organization's representative in Iran warned that a new wave of suicide bombers would soon be dispatched inside Israel.

IDF Raids Suicide Bomber's Home

CBNNews.com - On Wednesday, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers returned to the home of Muhammad al-Harbawi, one of the two Palestinian suicide bombers in Monday's attack in Dimona.

Three Kassam Rockets Strike Israel

CBNNews.com - Three Kassam rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip landed in a national park near Ashkelon's southern industrial zone Tuesday night.

Arab Lecturer Should Apologize

CBNNews.com - Arab filmmaker and lecturer Nizar Hassan has been asked to apologize to the Israeli soldier who came to a Sapir College classroom in his uniform.

Religious Soldiers Reject Female Instructors

CBNNews.com - Three hesder yeshiva (religiously observant) Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers refused to participate in a course taught by female soldiers.

Pope Changes Prayer for Jews

CBNNews.com - Following protests by several Jewish organizations, Pope Benedict XVI approved changes to a prayer on Good Friday referring to Jews.

Israel Bombing Leaves One Dead

JERUSALEM, Israel - A suicide bombing attack in Israel has left one woman dead and at least ten wounded.

Israeli Prof. withdraws from Panel Discussion

CBNNews.com - Israeli Professor David Newman of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev withdrew from a panel discussion at the Imperial College slated for Tuesday.

Fatah Leadership Defends Abbas

CBNNews.com - Senior officials in Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's government closed ranks behind their leader following criticism by one Fatah official.

What Winograd Means for Olmert

Retired Judge Eliyahu Winograd first delivered his report personally to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Then Winograd and his panel released it to the press.