July 2012 Headlines

UN Nativity Decision Bid to Undermine Israel

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity was recently declared an endangered World Heritage Site in "Palestine," a move Israelis call a bid to de-legitamize Israel. 

Tal Law Set to Expire Wednesday

With the Tal Law set to expire on August 1, Haredi Jews theoretically may be drafted for compulsory military duty from Wednesday on.

Romney Affirms Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Against the backdrop of Jerusalem's Old City, Mitt Romney appeared to take a clear position on a longstanding international controversy, while also affirming Israel on Iran.

P.A. Rejects Romney's J'lem Declaration

P.A. chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Romney's statement that Jerusalem is Israel's capital is "harmful to U.S. interests."

Arab MK Blames Israel for Tour Bus Attack

An Israeli Arab Knesset member, Haneen Zoabi, is blaming her own country, Israel, for the terror attack in Bulgaria two weeks ago.

Munich Massacre Families Irate over IOC's Decision

Family members of those killed in the 1972 Munich Massacre are outraged over the International Olympic Committee's rejection of a moment of silence honoring their slain loved ones.

Mitt Romney and Tisha B’Av

Mitt Romney will arrive in Israel as the nation begins observing Tisha B’av, a somber day of fasting, mourning and repentance.

Palestinians Thank IOC for 'Moment of Silence' Decision

For the man representing Palestinian Olympic hopefuls, a moment of silence to honor their memory is cause for "divisiveness" and "racism."

Israeli DM: Nuclear Iran More Dangerous than Attack

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak alluded to a possible military strike on Iran if sanctions don't work.

Iran: Israel behind Burgas Attack

Iran says Israel carried out last week's suicide bombing in Burgas that killed five Israelis, the Bulgarian bus driver and injured 36 others.

EU Rejects 'Terror' Label for Hezbollah

The European Union says it will not label Hezbollah a terror group at this time due in part to its involvement in the political process.

Israeli FM: No Apologies for the Mavi Mamara

It has been a little over two years since the confrontation between Israeli naval commandos and pro-Palestinian Turkish activists aboard the ill-fated Mavi Mamara.

Swiss Hospitals 'Evaluating' Circumcision

Two hospitals in Switzerland have suspended infant male circumcision, following a ruling by a German court banning the procedure.

Israel Defends Report Legitimizing Jewish Communities

The U.S. State Department condemned new findings by an official Israeli committee, which determined it's legal to establish Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria under international law.

Egypt Opens Door to Palestinian Arabs

The new Egyptian government under Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is already making some dramatic changes.

Israeli Druze Ask for Safe Passage from Damascus

Families of Israeli Druze students studying in Damascus appealed to the International Red Cross to help their children leave the Syrian capital and return to Israel.

Israel Launches PR Initiative against Hezbollah

Last week's terror attack in Bulgaria, which killed five Israelis and injured 36, convinced the Israeli government to launch a counter-offensive against Hezbollah.

Israel Wary of Hezbollah Buildup in Lebanon

Hezbollah is building its forces in Lebanon and that's raising tension at the country's border with Israel.

Israel Brings Home its Dead and Wounded

Just after midnight Thursday, the last plane from Bulgaria brought the bodies of five Israeli tourists killed in Wednesday's terror attack.

Israel Points to Iran after Bulgaria Terror Attack

Israel is warning of a forceful response against Iranian terrorism after five Israelis on holiday were killed in a terrorist bomb attack in Bulgaria on Wednesday.

Netanyahu Thanks Christians at CUFI Summit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked thousands of Christians meeting in Washington, D.C., for supporting Israel.

Hezbollah Armed with Syrian Missiles

Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah praised the Syrian government in a speech marking the sixth anniversary of the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.

Israelis Wounded in Bulgaria Attack Land at Ben Gurion

Thirty-two Israelis injured in Wednesday's suicide bombing in Bulgaria landed at Ben Gurion International Airport Thursday afternoon.

Israel Blames Iran for Deadly Bulgaria Bus Attack

An explosion rocked a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 30.

Knesset Members Furious over New Testament Gift

Israeli Knesset members were shocked when they opened up a package in their mailboxes: the annotated Hebrew Bible, including the New Testament.

Kadima Party Votes to Quit Coalition Government

The Kadima Party voted to quit the government Tuesday, ending the nine-week-old unity coalition. Kadima will return to the opposition, leaving Likud with a slim majority.

Gaza Christians Protest Forced Conversions

Christians in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip are taking a public stand against forced conversion to Islam.

Clinton Hopes Cairo Stays Committed to Israel Treaty

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hopes that Cairo will be committed to the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

Pro-Israel Summit Highlights Need for Advocacy

Supporters of Israel continue to press U.S. leaders on standing with the Jewish state against Iran, rising anti-semitism, and other threats.

Palestinian Official Reportedly Jumps to His Death

A senior Palestinian Authority official arrested three weeks ago for collaborating with Israel died after falling from the third floor of a building in Ramallah.

Clinton Visits Israel ahead of Romney's Trip

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel late Sunday for a 24-hour visit, the first since September 2010.

Muslim Against Muslim: Syria's Secret Civil War

The conflict between Muslims in Syria is a civil war you aren't hearing about and the most brutal battle in the world right now.

US, Israel Convene Strategic Dialogue in Jerusalem

Israeli and U.S. officials convened the semi-annual Strategic Dialogue Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

Syria's Ambassador to Iraq Joins Opposition

Syria's ambassador to Iraq became the first diplomat to defect from President Bashar Assad's regime in the past two weeks.

Pentagon: Iranian Missiles More Deadly than Ever

Iran continues to develop its short-and long-range missiles -- now more accurate and deadly than ever, the Pentagon said in a report submitted to Congress.

Machine Gun Fire Hits Kibbutz

A Gaza-based terrorist opened fire with a heavy machine gun earlier this week, damaging two civilian cars parked outside a restaurant.

Court Acquits Olmert, Still Faces 'Holyland' Charges

In a first of its kind case, a former Israeli prime minister was found guilty of breach of trust on Tuesday but was acquitted in two other cases.

Obama Invites Egypt's Morsi to Meeting in US

Obama has invited Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi to meet with him, signaling a shift in support for the group once considered a terrorist organization by the U.S.

Egypt's Morsi Orders Parliament to Reconvene

Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi ordered parliament to reconvene, reversing last month's order to dissolve the legislature and hold new elections.

'Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy'

It's a commandment, as simple as that: 'Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.'

Pakistani Mob Kill Man for 'Desecrating the Koran'

Pakistanis stormed a police station in the city of Bahawalpur Tuesday, dragging a man outside where they beat him to death and burned his body.

Arafat's Widow Alleges 'Criminal Scheme' over Death

Suha Arafat, widow of former PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, is convinced her husband's death resulted from "a criminal scheme."

Student's Murder Stokes Fear of Egypt's Islamists

Concern about Islamic radicalism in Egypt surfaced with the stabbing death of a university student while his girlfriend looked on.

Army Chaplain Brings Life to Bible's Warriors

How do you connect the next generation with the scriptures? One Army chaplain believes bringing ancient Bible heroes to life with 21st century media can do the job.

Greeting by PM Netanyahu for the 4th of July

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked America's Independence day with a greeting to the nation.

Syrian Military Officers Defect to Turkey

Dozens of Syrian army officers and their families defected to Turkey Monday night.

Mitt Romney Planning Summer Visit to Israel

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney plans to visit Israel this summer, the New York Times reported Monday.

Palestinian Police Arrest 150 in Crackdown

More than 150 suspects are being held in the Palestinian Authority's Jericho prison in what's being reported as a government crackdown against crime and corruption.

Ancient Mosaic Floor in Galilee Synagogue Uncovered

A synagogue dating to the late Roman period is being uncovered in the Galilee a few miles west of Capernaum and Migdal.

Israeli, American Rescuers Running Drills Together

When disaster strikes, teamwork and training can mean the difference between life or death.

Iran Tests Surface-to-Air Missiles, Threatens Israel

Iran said it's working on missiles that can penetrate Israel's high-tech air defense systems.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shamir Dies

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir died over the weekend at the age of 96.