August 2009 Headlines

Four Years after Gaza Pullout

Many Israelis say the pullout from the Gaza Strip four years ago proves that destroying settlements won't produce peace.

Israeli Leader: Time Winding Down for Iran

Recent unrest in Iran has sparked speculation that Israel could be ready to take military action against the regime's nuclear program.

Dore Gold: The Rise of Nuclear Iran

For years, Iran has used deception to hide its nuclear weapons program.

PA: No Talks without Israeli Building Halt

Without a total Israeli building freeze, the PA would reject President Barack Obama's efforts to restart peace talks.

Analysis: The Writing on the Wall

Israelis are less confident of the prime minister's ability to stand up against the dictates of the U.S. government and its allies worldwide.

Hezbollah Recruit Indicted for Spying

An Israeli Arab has been indicted for his part in a plot by Hezbollah to assassinate IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.

Sa'ar Removes 'Nakba' from Textbooks

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar announced his decision to drop the term 'Nakba' from Israeli Arab textbooks.

Ex-Israeli PM Indicted in Three Cases

Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz filed criminal charges on Sunday against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Siemens Invests in Israeli Solar Power

A $15 million investment bought Siemens a 40 percent interest in the Arava Power Company.

Israeli Economy on the Mend

Moody's Investor Service determined that the Jewish state had weathered the global economic meltdown.

UNIFIL Troops Will Remain in South Lebanon

The U.N. Security Council extended the mandate for UNIFIL (U.N. Peacekeeping forces) in southern Lebanon for another year.

PA Judge: No Jewish Ties to Jerusalem

The PA's chief Islamic judge said no historical evidence exists proving Jewish claims to Jerusalem or that a Jewish temple ever existed.

Hariri: Hezbollah Will Be in Gov't.

Lebanese Prime Minister designate Sa'ad Hariri said Hezbollah will be part of the new government 'whether Israel likes it or not.'

Israel to Receive Auschwitz Concentration Camp Blueprints

A German newspaper will present original architectural plans of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to PM Binyamin Netanyahu in Berlin.

U.S. Funds 'Earthquake' in Israeli Desert

The U.S. Defense Department funded a huge experimental explosion in the Israeli Negev Desert on Wednesday.

Netanyahu, Mitchell Report 'Good' Meeting

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell described their four-hour meeting in London on Monday as "good."

Is Israel Ready to Take Military Action Against Iran?

Recent unrest in Iran has sparked speculation that Israel could be ready to take military action against the Islamic regime's nuclear program.

IDF Targets Gaza Smuggling Tunnel

IAF pilots targeted a Hamas smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip in response to mortar shells fired by Palestinian terrorists.

PA Prime Minister: De Facto State in Two Years

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said his government plans to declare a de facto Palestinian state within two years.

Israeli Minister: 'We Won't Return to '67 Lines'

Israeli Intelligence Affairs Minister Dan Meridor said Israel will never return to the pre-1967 armistice lines.

Hamas: Girls Must Wear Muslim Dress

Hamas announced that school girls not wearing Muslim dress at government schools would be sent home.

J'lem Mayor Launches Blog

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat launched a blog meant "to increase transparency and dialogue" with residents and visitors.

Israelis Boycott Swedish Companies

Israelis signed an Internet petition calling for a consumer boycott of Swedish-owned companies in Israel.

Netanyahu Leaves for London, Berlin

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left for a four-day visit to Europe on Monday afternoon.

Sudanese Teen Gets Life-saving Heart Surgery

An 18-year old refugee from Darfur has a new lease on life after undergoing heart surgery at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel.

PA Lecturer: No Jewish Ties to Western Wall

A lecturer at a university in the Palestinian Authority said Jews have no historical ties to the Western Wall.

U.S. Criticizes Israel's Visa Policy

The U.S. State Department issued a stinging criticism of a Israeli policy concerning visitors to the Palestinian Authority.

Huckabee Questions Obama's Israel Policy

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has completed his three-day tour of Israel, where he voiced his support of the Jewish state.

IDF to Participate in NATO Exercise

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved IDF participation in a NATO exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.

Israeli Official: Swedish Report 'Outright Blood Libel'

Israeli's Deputy FM Danny Ayalon said a Swedish newspaper article accusing IDF soldiers of killing Palestinians to sell their organs is 'blood libel.'

Gaza Evacuees Pioneer New Farms

Turn left at the end of the world and you'll come to Halutziot, say residents of this farming community established by Gush Katif evacuees.

PM Halts W. Bank, E. Jerusalem Building Projects

Three top leaders in Israel's government have reportedly decided to stop new building projects in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and East Jerusalem until early in 2010.

Huckabee: Palestinian State in Holy Land 'Unrealistic'

While visiting Jerusalem Tuesday, former US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told reporters that it isn't feasible to consider creating a Palestinian state on the land that historically belongs to the Jews.

Mubarak: No Israel Recognition Before Peace

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, visiting Washington D.C. for the first time in five years, said Arab recognition of Israel will come only after a peace agreement with the Palestinians is achieved.

Barak Delays Cement Delivery to Gaza

Defense Minister Ehud Barak delayed a cement delivery to the Gaza Strip because Hamas confiscated part of the previous delivery.

Roman Dwelling Uncovered in the City of David

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists uncovered a third-century Roman building in the City of David excavation.

NGO Monitor Examines 'White Flags' Report

A Jerusalem-based research group found many fundamental deficiencies and unverifiable conclusions in the HRW report.

Jewish Remnant Preparing to Flee Yemen

Persecution, harassment and violent attacks have convinced most of the last vestige of Yemeni Jews to flee the country.

Fatah Infighting on the Increase

Fatah leaders in the Gaza Strip resigned en masse on Thursday, protesting last weekend's election at the faction's General Assembly.

World Archaeological Congress Snubs Israel

The IAA expressed its deep concern over the World Archaeological Congress behavior at its Inter-Congress in Ramallah.

Health Ministry: Swine Flu Spreading

A Health Ministry report released Wednesday cited a 3.6 percent rise in swine flu cases in the past two weeks.

Huckabee to Visit Israel Next Week

Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee arrives in Israel on Monday for a solidarity visit.

Israel Welcomes 107 British 'Olim'

One hundred and seven new immigrants from Great Britain landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday.

PM: No 'Winds of War' on Lebanon Border

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that war is not imminent on Israel's northern border.

Fatah Election Could Make Peace Talks Tougher

A younger generation of leaders will replace the so-called old guard, following the Fatah movement's first Central Committee elections in 20 years.

Israeli Travelers Get Terror Warning

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued an updated travel advisory for the Israelis traveling abroad.

Boy Gives Bar Mitzvah Money to Sderot

A 13-year-old boy from New York donated his parents' Bar Mitzvah gift to build a playground for the children of Sderot.

PM Issues Warning to Lebanon

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Lebanon will be held accountable for any aggressive act by Hezbollah.

IAF Targets Gaza Smuggling Tunnel

The Israel Air Force targeted a smuggling tunnel near the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip overnight.

Fatah: Jerusalem Awaits 'Our Sacrifices'

The Palestinian Authority's Fatah faction's General Assembly issued a resolution over the weekend.

J'lem Haredim Attack Mayor's Car

A mob of Haredi Jews surrounded Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's car on Sunday evening, throwing rocks and cursing him.

Iran Executes Seven Lawyers

Seven lawyers representing Iranians being held for protesting the recent presidential elections have been killed, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Tank Defense System Tests Out

A new defense system designed for Merkava Mark IV tanks will be installed on a full battalion of tanks by 2010.

Second IDF Training Fatality in Two Days

IDF Sgt. Or Haddad, 20, died on the operating table Thursday night, after being shot in the back during a training exercise.

Abdullah: Infighting Worse than Israeli 'Enemy'

Saudi King Abdullah said infighting is more damaging to the cause of a Palestinian state than the Israeli enemy.

Third Swine Flu Death Suspected

Doctors suspect that a 12-year-old girl who died Wednesday evening may be the country's third victim of the Swine Flu virus.

Soldier Killed in Training Accident

An IDF soldier was killed on Wednesday when the tank he was in flipped over during a training exercise.

Haredi Mother Indicted for Child Abuse

The State Prosecutor's Office issued an indictment charging a Haredi mother from Jerusalem with child abuse.

PM Welcomes North American Immigrants

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed 238 new N. American immigrants to Israel on Tuesday morning.

Knesset Passes PM's Two Bills

The Knesset passed two controversial bills, which have been promoted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, by comfortable margins.

Abbas Opens Fatah Assembly

PA President Mahmoud Abbas opened the sixth Fatah General Assembly on Tuesday morning in Bethlehem.

Police Carry Out High Court Evictions

The eviction of two Arab families last week in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah was ordered by Israel's High Court.

FM: I'll Resign if Indicted

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he will resign if Attorney General Menachem Mazuz issues an indictment against him.

Iran Can Build Nuclear Bomb in One Year

Iran has the technology to build a nuclear bomb, which could take up to one year after the country's top ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gives the order, the Times of London reported.