December 2013 Headlines

'Inside Israel' Changing to 'Jerusalem Dateline'

It's a new year and a new name. Our popular "Inside Israel" page will be changing its name to "Jerusalem Dateline."

Potential Economic Sanctions Really Anti-Semitism

On January 1, the European Union could punish a Middle East country with sanctions. No, it's not over nuclear weapons in Iran; the E.U.'s target is Israel.

Iran Rising? US Influence Wanes in the Mideast

President Barack Obama's foreign policy is coming under fire after signing the Geneva Accords with Iran last month.

Israeli Lawmakers: Allow Jews to Pray on Temple Mt.

Israeli lawmakers are making a push to allow Jews to pray at a key holy site in Jerusalem's Old City.

Church of the Nativity Getting a Face Lift

The 600-year-old Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem -- the traditional site of the birth of Jesus -- is getting a much-needed face lift.

Child Soldiers: Syria Conflict 'Beyond Imagination'

United Nation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the Syrian conflict has deteriorated "beyond all imagination" this year.

Israel Holds Lebanon Responsible for Soldier's Murder

The Lebanese government is responsible for Sunday's murder of an Israeli soldier by a Lebanese Army sniper, Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said.

Jerusalem Still Buried in 'Treasuries of Snow'

The Middle East was still recovering Monday from a monster storm that blanketed much of the region in snow.

Water Leak Threatens Church of the Nativity Mosaics

Those visiting Jesus' birth place this Christmas season will notice some renovation work at the historical site.

Kerry Thanks Israelis for Homey 'New England' Snow Storm

Despite the stormy weather, Kerry returned to the region for another round of shuttle diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians.

'Silence the Biggest Help' to Anti-Christian, Anti-Semitism

As Jews and Christians worldwide face a growing wave of persecution, one Jewish leader is saying the two groups must stand together to confront increasing violence.

Jerusalem Covered in Snow

Jerusalemites were in treated to a rare early snow on Thursday.

Israel, Palestinians, Jordanians Sign Red-Dead Sea Pipeline Deal

U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may be faltering but Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan just signed a major economic pact.

Jerusalemites Hoping for Snow

After a very dry and summer-like November, winter is hitting Israel with a passion.

Christian Arabs Persecuted for Joining IDF

The 17-year-old son of a Greek Orthodox priest who encourages Christian Arab youth to integrate into Israeli society and join the Israel Defense Forces was brutally beaten in Nazareth over the weekend.

Diplomat Warns of Dangerous Holes in Iran Deal

Iran could get a nuclear bomb because of loopholes in the translation of an official agreement, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Dore Gold warned.

Online University Confronts Anti-Israel Bias

A new online university hopes to provide both Jewish and Christian students with a better understanding of the Jewish state.

Kerry Stresses US-Israel Bond amid Mideast Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry says if an Israeli-Palestinian agreement doesn't improve Israel's security, there shouldn't be a deal.

Norwegian Christians Ask Forgiveness from Israel

More than 20 Christian leaders from Norway presented a statement to the Israeli Knesset this week asking the Jewish state to forgive them.

Israelis Celebrate Hanukkah's Cont'd Light of Victory

For eight days at this time of year, Jewish people around the world celebrate Hanukkah, a holiday marking a great victory won 2,000 years ago.

Archaeologists Uncover First-Ever Find in Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a first-ever find in Jerusalem: an impressive building dating to the second century B.C., the time period of the famous Maccabee family.

Muslim Incitement: The 'Al-Aksa in Danger' Lie

For decades, Islamic leaders have incited Muslims by telling them the al-Aksa Mosque is in danger. It's a dishonest tactic aimed to undermine Israel and Judeo-Christian values.

Netanyahu Invites Pope Francis to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has invited Pope Francis to visit Israel.

 

Netanyahu: Iran Sanctions Already Deteriorating

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says relaxed Western sanctions against Iran is already falling apart.

Bethlehem Starts Christmas Season Early

The Christmas season is underway early in Bethlehem, as the town of Jesus' birth kicked off its celebration with a tree lighting ceremony Sunday.

Fmr. Israeli PM Accuses Netanyahu of 'Making War'

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is giving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a hard time.