January 2011 Headlines

What is the Muslim Brotherhood?

Very few people have ever heard of the Muslim Brotherhood and yet it is considered to be the most influential Islamic movement in the United States and the world.

U.S., Europe Urged to Ease Rhetoric With Egypt

Israel has reportedly urged the U.S. and European countries to tone down their rhetoric against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in order to stabilize the region.

Egypt Shuts Down al-Jazeera

Egyptian authorities ordered the Qatar-based pan-Arab al-Jazeera network to close its Cairo bureau.

Netanyahu: We're 'Closely Monitoring' Egypt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government is 'closely monitoring' the crisis in Egypt.

Mubarak's Hold on Power Slipping

The 30-year tenure of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may be nearing an end.

Mubarak Names VP, Death Toll Rises in Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak named a vice president Saturday for the first time since coming to power nearly 30 years ago.

Israel's Precarious Position Beyond Mubarak

The possibility that President Hosni Mubarak could be deposed in Egypt is being hailed by the Islamist regime in Iran and studied with solemnity in Washington and Jerusalem.

Israeli Minister: Hezbollah Has Infiltrated Gaza

Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that Hezbollah agents have infiltrated the Gaza Strip.

Four Charged in Murder of U.S. Tourist in Israel

The four members of an eight-man cell appeared before a Jerusalem court and were charged with the murder of Kristine Luken in December.

Arab World in State of 'Semi-Revolution'

The Arab world is in a state of "semi-revolution" following the overthrow of the regime of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ali.

Anti-Government Riots Spread across the Mideast

Massive protests continue to rock the Middle East Thursday as anti-government rallies from Yemen to Egypt have grown with each day.

Calm Returns to Lebanon after Two-Day Protests

Lebanon's new Hezbollah-backed prime minister began the process of forming a new cabinet as calm returned to the region after two days of protests.

Relative Calm Follows 'Day of Rage' in Lebanon

Supporters of ousted Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri took to the streets by the tens of thousands on Tuesday.

Palestinians: 'Settlers' Can Live in our State

Former PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei offered to allow Israelis the chance to live under Palestinian rule in a future Palestinian state.

Freedom Flotilla 2 Planned for May

Pro-Palestinian groups are planning another attempt to breach Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza Strip on the anniversary of the Turkish flotilla fiasco.

Farsi Channel Aims to Educate Iran on Holocaust

Israel's Holocaust memorial has launched a Farsi-language version of its YouTube channel in an effort to educate the Iranian people about the holocaust.

Lebanese Parliamentarians Chose Next PM

Lebanese parliamentarians Monday voted in Hezbollah's candidate for prime minister.

'Palileaks' Case of Sabotage, Expert Says

They're calling it 'Palileaks' - the latest revelations of secret diplomatic documents - this time about the Israeli-Palestinian negotiating process.

Jordanian Protesters Take to the Streets

The government of the pro-Western Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan became the latest Middle Eastern leaders to deal with major demonstrations against them.

Israel's Turkel Commission Findings No Surprise

The Turkel Commission concluded that Israel acted within the boundaries of international law when it stopped the Gaza-bound Turkish-owned flagship on May 31, 2010.

Palestinians Block French FM's Motorcade

A Palestinian mob surrounded French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie's motorcade as it attempted to enter the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Israeli President's Wife, Sonia, Dies at 87

The wife of Israeli President Shimon Peres, Sonia, died Thursday afternoon at her Tel Aviv apartment. She was 87.

IDF: Overdose Killed Bil'in Woman

The Israel Defense Forces released its findings into the cause of death of Bil'in resident Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, in late December.

Stuxnet Worm Delayed Iran's Nuclear Bomb

The idea that Israel texted the Stuxnet computer worm at its own nuclear complex in Dimona is "plausible," an Israeli expert said Tuesday.

PLO Flag Raised in Washington, D.C.

The PLO raised its official flag outside its Dupont Circle offices in Washington, D.C.

U.N. Tribunal Issues Indictment in Hariri Murder

The U.N. tribunal issued a draft indictment on Monday in the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Israeli Defense Minister Leaves Labor Party

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and four other Labor party Knesset members quit their party to form a new political faction on Monday.

Jerusalem's Shepherd Hotel Demolition Completed

Bulldozers completed the demolition of the old Shepherd Hotel in the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem's eastern sector.

Hezbollah Rejects Hariri as Interim PM

Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said his group would not support Sa'ad Hariri as interim prime minister while a new government is being formed.

Israel Closely Watching Lebanon Gov't Collapse

Israel is closely monitoring the government collapse in Lebanon, which some fear could lead to more violence.

Grenades Thrown at Hezbollah-allied Office

Two hand grenades were thrown Thursday night at the office of Michel Aoun - a Hezbollah-allied politician.

Hariri to Oversee Transitory Lebanese Gov't.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri are determined to stay the course until a new government is formed.

Hezbollah Causes Collapse of Lebanese Gov't

Hezbollah and its allies have pulled out of Lebanon's unity government.

Israeli Ministry Posts 2011 Excavation List

Israel's Foreign Ministry posted a preliminary list of archaeological excavations scheduled for 2011.

Israel to Join U.N. Women's Group

Israeli cabinet ministers are expected to allocate 3 million shekels for membership in the U.N. Women's executive committee.

Lebanon Gov't Collapses as Hezbollah Walks Out

Lebanon's year-old unity government collapsed Wednesday after Hezbollah walked out over a U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of former prime minister Hariri.

Israel PM Questions Iran Report, Palestinian Sincerity

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Iran and advancing the peace process at the annual press conference for foreign journalists.

Israeli FM: Deploy Int'l. Force at Gaza Border

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for deployment of an international force along Gaza's border with Egypt.

Clinton Condemns Jerusalem Construction

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined international criticism against the Israeli demolition on Sunday of a historic but derelict hotel in eastern Jerusalem.

Iran Claims Mossad Agents Arrested

Iran announced the arrest of a "network of spies and terrorists" on Tuesday.

Fishermen Cry Foul over Sea of Galilee Ban

Fishing in the Sea of Galilee is a tradition that dates back to the time of the Bible. But all that could soon come to an end.

Disney Park Coming to Israel?

A Disney theme park may be coming to Israel's northern port city of Haifa in the near future, media reports said this week.

IDF Chief Talks to Parents of New Recruits

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi addressed parents of youth nearing recruitment into the Israel Defense Forces.

U.S. Nearing Closure on Saudi Arms Deal

The biggest U.S. arms sale in history is nearing completion, the Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.

Netanyahu Formally Requests Pollard's Release

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week became the nation's first premier to issue a formal request for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

U.S. Homeland Security Chief Tours Israeli Airport

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Israel's airport security methodology would not necessarily work in America.

Saudi Arabia Busts 'Israeli Spy' Vulture

Saudi Arabia officials have accused the Israeli Mossad, the Jewish state's intelligence agency, of spying on them with a vulture.

Netanyahu: Obama Admin. Halted Building Freeze

Israel's prime minister said his government agreed to a three-month extension on the West Bank settlement freeze, but the U.S. later retracted the offer.