January 2009 Headlines

Obama's Impact on Israel's Future

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - During his first week in office, President Barack Obama said at least one thing Israelis wanted to hear.

Israeli FM Denies Making Concessions

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - With national elections 11 days away, Foreign Minister and Kadima party chairwoman Tzipi Livni continues trying to distance herself from outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Israel: Spain's Accusations 'Delusional'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israelis were appalled by a Spanish judge's decision to investigate seven Israelis for alleged "war crimes" in the 2002 targeted killing of senior Hamas terrorist Salah Shehadeh.

Iran Honors Lebanon's Kuntar

CBNNews.com - TEHERAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorist Samir Kuntar, who was held in an Israeli prison for almost 30 years, with an honorary award for his murder of several Israelis.

Hamas Made Us Human Shields

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - A Gaza farm family spoke out about the abuse they have suffered at the hands of Hamas, the ruling Palestinian faction in the Gaza Strip.

Cyprus Detains Iranian Arms Ship

CBNNews.com - LIMASSOL PORT, Cyprus - Cypriot officials have detained an Iranian arms ship at the behest of Israel and the United States.

Hamas Rejects Israeli Conditions

CBNNews.com - DOHA, Qatar - Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal rejected Israel's conditions for an extended cease-fire, calling them "unacceptable."

Intelligence Agencies Thwart Attack

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Channel 2 reported Wednesday evening that Israeli Intelligence agencies thwarted a major attack by Hezbollah terrorists in Europe.

Chief Rabbinate Severs Vatican Ties

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In response to a decision to reinstate a bishop who denies the Holocaust, Israel's Chief Rabbinate severed official ties with the Vatican and cancelled a March meeting in Rome with the Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.

1,800-Year-Old Figurine Uncovered

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists uncovered an 1,800-year-old marble bust in the City of David, just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls.

U.N. President Skips Holocaust Memorial

CBNNews.com - NEW YORK CITY - United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann chose not to attend the UN's International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday.

Israelis Host 48 Gaza Orphans

CBNNews.com - HAIFA, Israel - Organizers of an initiative to host 48 Palestinian orphans, whose parents were inadvertently killed in Operation Cast Lead, hope that Wednesday's border closure won't prevent the children from entering Israel.

Israeli Air Force Targets Smuggling Tunnels

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - In pre-dawn strikes Wednesday, Israeli aircraft targeted arms smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor, the narrow strip of land separating the Egyptian Sinai from the Gaza Strip.

Cairo Detains Iranian Arms Ship

CBNNews.com - SUEZ CANAL, Egypt - An Iranian freighter has not been allowed to cross through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean.

Hamas Leaders Denied Reinstatement

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit turned down a request by four senior Hamas members to reissue their Israeli identity cards.

PA Sentences 'Collaborator' to Death

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - A 28-year-old former member of the PA's elite presidential guard became the eighth Palestinian to be sentenced to death by firing squad for alleged collaboration with Israel.

Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism Abroad

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A recently released Jewish Agency report attributed a 300 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in January 2009, compared with January 2008, to Israel's three-week operation in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Makes an Offer

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A Hamas delegation in Cairo announced its terms for a one-year cease-fire with Israel.

Obama Pursues Mideast Peace 'Actively'

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's promise "to actively and aggressively" pursue a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came as no surprise to many Israelis.

Israeli NGO Launches Counter-Attack

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli NGO (non-governmental organization) launched a counter-attack against international calls to charge the nation's leaders with war crimes for Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Takes Control of All Tunnels

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The Hamas terror organization has taken over the smuggling tunnels that survived Operation Cast Lead, including those operated by local Palestinian clans.

Barcelona Cancels Holocaust Remembrance Day

CBNNews.com - BARCELONA, Spain - Overwhelming support for Palestinians by the Spanish public prompted the city government to cancel Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies, scheduled for January 27.

Israel's Olmert Updates Obama on Gaza

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert updated newly installed U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday on the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Terror Victims Launch PR Campaign

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli organization is launching a PR campaign aimed at giving Europeans and Americans an inside look at victims of Islamic terror groups.

Humanitarian Aid, Donations Flow into Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Israel continued to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, while a group of citizens in Tel Aviv collected food and clothing for Gaza residents.

Gaza Arms Smuggling Resumes

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Despite the IAF's (Israel Air Force) destruction of some 80 percent of the arms smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, the remaining tunnels are active again.

Israel, India Closing Radar Deal

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Indian navy plans to purchase two Israeli-manufactured radar systems, The Indian Express reported.

Last IDF Troops Leave Gaza Strip

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) pulled its remaining troops out of the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning, though a sizable number are deployed on the Israeli side of the border to respond to violations of the cease-fire.

Palestinian Gunmen Fire on IDF Troops

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - In the first violations since the cease-fire went into effect on Sunday, Hamas gunmen opened fire on IDF (Israel Defense Forces) troops in two separate incidences Tuesday.

Israeli Critically Wounded in Drive-by Shooting

CBNNews.com - KOCHAV HASHAHAR, Israel - An Arab gunman critically wounded an Israeli man in a drive-by shooting east of the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Ramallah.

Hamas: Arms Smuggling Will Continue

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas spokesman Abu Obaida told reporters on Monday that Hamas would resume arms smuggling as soon as possible.

Israelis Seek Solutions after War

CBNNews.com - ASHKELON, Israel - Extensive damage to infrastructure, along with loss of business before, during and after the Gaza op, prompted the Knesset Lobby for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses to meet with community leaders, owners of small businesses and other industry.

Nearly 850 Rockets during Gaza Op

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - During the three-week-long Operation Cast Lead, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired 849 rockets, Grad missiles and mortar shells on southern Israeli communities.

Gov't. Orders IDF to Leave Gaza

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak rescinded earlier statements that IDF (Israel Defense Forces) troops would remain in Gaza.

Home of Yeshiva Students' Killer Sealed

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The High Court cleared the way late last week to seal the home of Ala Abu Dheim with cement.

Israeli Withdrawal to End before Inaugural

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - After declaring a cease-fire in Gaza this weekend, Israel now says its forces will be out of Gaza in time for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration as U.S. President Tuesday.

Gaza Op Strengthens Likud in Polls

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Likud and the center-right parties strengthened their lead, following the government 's announcement of a unilateral cease-fire in the Gaza opeart.

Rocket Attacks Resume in Sderot

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - The government failed to meet one of its two stated goals for Operation Lead Shield in the Gaza Strip, namely to stop Palestinian rocket fire on southern Israeli communities.

MI Chief: Attacks Will Continue

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Military Intelligence chief Major-General Amos Yadlin said Israel can expect Hamas to continue carrying out terror attacks and firing rockets.

Israeli Forces Redeploy in Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - A report by The Associated Press that the Israeli army has begun withdrawing its troops from the Gaza Strip was not confirmed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Prime Minister's Office said.

Hamas Vows to Continue Attacks on Israel

CBNNews.com - One day after the demise of Hamas Interior Minister Said Siam, Hamas vowed to continue its attacks against Israel.

IAF Strike Kills Senior Hamas Minister

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas Interior Minister Said Siam (pronounced Sah-eed See-ahm) was killed Thursday evening in an Israeli air strike on his brother's home in Jabalya.

Ban: Cease-Fire Must Be Two-Sided

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon met with Israeli government officials to press for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Troops Receive Care Packages

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - An organization called "Thank Israeli Soldiers," formed two months ago, delivered 3,000 care packages to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops deployed just outside Gaza City.

'Iranian Unit' Destroyed in Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The 'Iranian Unit' of Hamas, whose members were trained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, has been destroyed, according to Palestinian sources.

Grad Missile Wounds Six in Beersheva

CBNNews.com - BEERSHEBA, Israel - A seven-year-old boy wounded by shrapnel that penetrated his skull is fighting for his life at Beersheva's Soroka University Medical Center.

Anti-Semitic Acts on the Rise in Germany

CBNNews.com - DUISBURG, Germany - During a massive anti-Israel demonstration last Saturday, German police confiscated Israeli flags from an apartment home.

Majority of Israelis Support Gaza Op

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Results of a Tel Aviv University survey revealed that 94 percent of Israelis strongly support Operation Cast Lead, while 92 percent believe it will benefit the nation's security.

IDF: Civilian Deaths Less than 25 Percent

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Colonel Moshe Levy, head of the Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA), said less than 25 percent of Palestinians killed in the Gaza op were civilians.

Gaza Cease-Fire Near - Maybe

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's 20-day military operation in Gaza may soon end. Hamas says it will accept Egypt's proposal for a cease-fire. But in the meantime, the fighting in Gaza is more intense than ever.

Jerusalemites React to Air Raid Siren

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A few minutes before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jerusalemites got a taste of what Israelis in the south and the north have experienced time and time again: an air raid siren.

More Katyushas Fired from Lebanon

CBNNews.com - KIRYAT SHMONA, Israel - For the second time this week, Lebanese terrorists fired Katyusha rockets on northern Israel.

Israel to Launch Tougher Attacks on Hamas?

JERUSALEM, Israel - A new audiotape - supposedly from Osama bin Laden - calls on Muslims to launch a jihad to stop Israel's military action in Gaza.

Jordanian Soldier Fires at Israeli Patrol

CBNNews.com - ARAVA BORDER CROSSING, Israel - A Jordanian soldier fired at an Israeli Border Police patrol early Tuesday morning.

U.N. Push for Gaza Cease-Fire Futile?

CBNNews.com - ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has left for a week-long visit to the Middle East. He'll try to impose a Gaza cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Palestinian Fires at IDF Patrol

CBNNews.com - KIRYAT ARBA, Israel - Palestinians from the village of Jabel Johar near Hebron opened fire at an IDF (Israel Defense Forces) patrol.

El Al Negotiating 'Mehadrin' Flights

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel's national El Al airlines is negotiating with representatives of the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox ) community to provide strictly kosher flights.

Hamas Raids Aid Trucks, Again

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas operatives stole contents from 100 humanitarian aid trucks Monday and resold the products to Gaza residents, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Gaza Op Halves Rocket Fire

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - Since the start of Operation Cast Lead 17 days ago, Palestinian rocket fire on southern Israeli towns has been reduced by nearly half.

IDF Scores High on YouTube

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) decision to launch a YouTube site to post videos of the operation in Gaza has done very well so far.

Judge Extends Remand of Arab Rioters

CBNNews.com - HAIFA, Israel - The Haifa Magistrate's Court extended the remand of three Israeli Arab teenagers who pelted police with stones during demonstrations against the Gaza operative.

Joe the Plumber Reports from Sderot

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - Joe Wurzelbacher, who became known as Joe the Plumber during the U.S. presidential campaign, is in Sderot reporting for PJTV.com.

Hamas Booby-Traps Homes, Schools

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops diffused a bomb, set with a timer, inside a school, with a fuse that ran to a nearby zoo.

MKs Oppose Postponing Election

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The majority of Israeli Knesset members (MKs) oppose postponing national elections because of the operation in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Forces Push toward Heart of Gaza

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER - Thousands of reservists joined Israel's Gaza force this weekend, as Israeli soldiers pushed toward the heart of Gaza City.

Israel Expands Gaza Op Despite Pressure

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Despite international pressure calling for a cease-fire, the Israeli government ordered the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) to expand Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Discovers Strategic Hamas Map

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Paratrooper's Brigade soldiers discovered a map detailing Hamas's strategy in the northern Gaza town of al-Atatra.

Obama's Advisors Urge Talks with Hamas

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - With Barack Obama just 10 days away from being installed as the next U.S. president, his advisors are urging him to open a dialogue with the Hamas terror organization, according to Britain's The Guardian.

UN Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire

CBNNews.com - NEW YORK CITY - The UN Security Council passed a resolution Thursday calling for an "immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire, leading to a full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza."

Palestinians Fire Rockets, Mortars

CBNNews.com - ASHKELON, Israel - By late morning on day 14 of Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians fired more than 30 rockets, missiles and mortar shells on southern Israeli cities and towns.

U.N. Call for Gaza Cease-Fire Ignored

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The U.N. Security Council has called for an immediate cease fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The vote was 14 to nothing, with the U.S. abstaining. But the vote has had little impact on the ground in Gaza. Click play for more analysis of the situation in Israel with CBN News' Gary Lane following this report.

PA President's Tenure Ends

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH - Hamas officials said as of Friday, they would no longer recognize Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA). His term, which began in January 2005, officially ended yesterday.

Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Two more Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were killed Thursday evening, following the earlier announcement of the death of 27-year-old Major Ro'i Rosner.

Rockets Fired at Northern Israel

CBNNews.com - NAHARIYA, Israel - Lebanese-based terrorists fired at least three Katyusha rockets on the northern coastal town of Nahariya at 8:00 a.m.Thursday morning, one scoring a direct hit on a nursing home.

Israel Air Force Targets Rafah

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) targeted arms smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor -- the narrow strip of land separating the Gaza Strip from the Egyptian Sinai.

Israeli Delegation to Cairo for Truce Talk

CBNNews.com - CAIRO, Egypt - An Israeli delegation, led by Major General Amos Gilad, will travel to Cairo Thursday to discuss the Egyptian-initiated plan for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

Larijani Meets with Hamas Leaders

CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS, Syria - Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, is in Syria to confer with Damascus-based Hamas leaders.

Terror on the Basketball Court

CBNNews.com - ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish basketball fans at the Eurocup playoffs in Ankara stormed the court, cursing the Israeli team for the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Sells Aid to Gazans

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - While the world blames Israel for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, reports coming from the Strip tell a different story.

Venezuela Expels Israeli Ambassador

CBNNews.com - CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela announced Tuesday that it is expelling the Israeli ambassador to protest Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip.

'Humanitarian Corridor' for Gazans

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops in the Gaza Strip will hold up operations for three hours Wednesday to allow residents time to restock essential provisions.

Gaza Op: Cease-fire or Engagement?

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The United Nations Security Council met Tuesday to discuss the ongoing war between Hamas and Israel.

IDF Death Toll Rises to Six

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The death toll of Israeli soldiers killed in Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip rose to six Tuesday.

Rabbis Lead Prayer for Gaza Op

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - At 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, a time of public prayer on behalf of the soldiers fighting in Gaza will be held at the Kotel -- the western wall of the Temple Mount.

Hamas Leader in Hiding Promises Victory

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar spurred on Hamas operatives "to crush" Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops who have entered the Gaza Strip.

Israelis Warm to Harlem Prayers

JERUSALEM, Israel - Christians at the Bethel Gospel Assembly in Harlem took part in a special prayer meeting in support of the Gaza operation.

Israel Advances Cautiously in Ground Op

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER - Israeli forces are moving cautiously in their war on Hamas, knowing that the casualties will grow in the dense northern Gaza neighborhoods.

Turkish PM: Allah Will Punish Israel

CBNNews.com - ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Allah would punish Israel for its "crimes against humanity" in the Gaza Strip.

Jordanian MPs: Sever Ties with Israel

CBNNews.com - AMMAN, Jordan - Jordanian Prime Minister Nader Dahabi said the Hashemite Kingdom is reevaluating its diplomatic ties with Israel in view of the Gaza operation.

Qatar: Israeli Gaza Operation a 'War Crime'

CBNNews.com - DOHA, Qatar - Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani joined the chorus of Arab voices against the Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Soldier Escapes Kidnapping

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - A Golani Brigades soldier escaped an attempted kidnapping by Hamas terrorists, Israel Radio reported Monday.

Israeli Soldier Laid to Rest

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Staff Sgt. Dvir Emanueloff, who died of injuries sustained from a mortar shell, was laid to rest Sunday evening at the Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.

28 Rockets Fired Monday

CBNNews.com - ASHKELON, Israel - By Monday afternoon, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired 28 rockets on southern Israeli cities.

Israeli Troops Defend Their Homeland

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - After more than a week of air strikes against Hamas, Israel launched a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip this weekend.

Israeli Troops Enter Northern Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - IDF (Israel Defense Forces) infantry, armored and artillery corps troops, accompanied by engineering and intelligence forces, entered the northern Gaza Strip Saturday evening for the first time since the start of Operation Cast Lead one week ago.

Gaza War May Go 'All the Way'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On day four of Operation Cast Lead, Israel is preparing to go 'all the way' to achieve fundamental changes for its citizens in the south.

Gaza War Boosts Likud, Labor

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Results of the latest political survey showed the Likud and Labor parties each gaining seats and Kadima losing ground.

Ashkelon Resident Injured in Missile Attack

CBNNews.com - ASHKELON, Israel - An Ashkelon resident suffered shrapnel injuries when a Grad missile scored a direct hit on his home.

More Hamas Leaders Targeted

CBNNews.com - Day seven of Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip began with a pre-dawn air strike on houses belong to Hamas terror leaders.

Arabs Demonstrate against Gaza Op

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli police in Jerusalem faced hostile demonstrators in several locations in the city.

'Painful Response' to Sheikh's Assassination

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip vowed to avenge the assassination of arch-terrorist Sheikh Nizar Rayyan.

Senior Hamas Leader Killed

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Sheikh Nizar Rayyan, a senior Hamas leader, was killed Thursday afternoon in an air strike on his home in Jabalya.

Pre-Dawn Strike on Hamas Bldgs.

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Israel Air Force (IAF) aircraft targeted three Hamas government buildings before dawn Thursday.

Gaza Crossings Remain Closed Thursday

CBNNews.com - KEREM SHALOM CROSSING, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the border crossings with the Gaza Strip to remain closed Thursday, with the exception of the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Israeli Forces Ready for Ground Incursion

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On day six of Operation Cast Lead, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) continues honing its preparations for a major ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.