July 2008 Headlines

Police: Friday Session to Focus on 'Olmertours'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police National Fraud Unit detectives will hold a fourth session with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Friday morning at his Jerusalem residence.

Ministers: Suspend Talks, Hold Elections

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's resignation announcement Wednesday evening, members of Knesset (MKs, parliament) from across the political spectrum called for a suspension of all negotiations and new parliamentary elections.

Abbas Threatens to Call Off Talks

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to call off peace negotiations with Israel if a solution isn't reached by year's end.

Hamas Threatens PA Officials

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces are taking threats by Hamas against senior PA officials in the West Bank seriously.

Summer Camp Gaza Style

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Palestinian children attending summer camp in the Gaza Strip learn how to hold a Kassam rocket launcher, crawl under barbed wire, handle rifles and grenades and other appropriate militia training.

Olmert's 'Surprise' No Surprise

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's announcement Wednesday evening -- that he would not run in his party's primaries on September 17 -- took very few people by surprise.

PM Denies Talk of Ceding Golan

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office refuted an Army Radio report Wednesday that said Olmert agreed to cede the Golan Heights in order to open direct talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Israel Bemoans Germany's Deal with Iran

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A 100 million euro deal between Germany and Iran for liquefied natural gas flies in the face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's remarks to Israel's Knesset in March.

Olmert to Announce Re-election Plans

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to announce whether he will run again for the leadership of his Kadima Party, now that his party's election committee set an August 24 deadline for candidates vying for the chairmanship.

Six Wounded in Hamas Training Camp

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Six Hamas terrorists were wounded by a massive explosion in one of the group's training facilities in southern Gaza late Tuesday night.

IDF Investigating Palestinian Boy's Death

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An initial investigation into the death of an 11-year-old Palestinian boy, killed during an anti-fence protest rally near the Arab village of Naalin west of Ramallah, shows that soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) or Border Police fired at protesters.

Tensions Rising between Fatah and Hamas

CBNNews.com - Tensions between rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, continue rising, with Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces picking up dozens more Hamas-affiliated individuals in the West Bank Monday.

Palestinian Authority Is 'Broke'

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority (PA) says it is facing bankruptcy after nearly 90 donor countries and international organizations failed to fulfill pledges to fund Palestinians in the West Bank.

1/3 of UK's Muslim Students Support 'Jihad'

CBNNews.com - LONDON - A new study shows that one-third of Britain's Muslim students support jihad ("holy" war), want Sharia (Islamic) law merged with UK law, and believe in a worldwide caliphate based on Sharia law.

IDF Gets New Laser Defense System

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Defense Ministry's Research and Development Directorate is evaluating a new laser defense system that can intercept mortar shells and Kassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Barak on Iran: 'All Options on Table'

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Washington on Monday where the two discussed Iranian nuclear development and several other bilateral issues involving the defense establishments of both countries.

Security Problems Up in J'lem Arab Areas

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem are increasingly problematic, Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin told ministers at Sunday's Cabinet meeting.

Uzi Dayan to Join Likud

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Major General (res.) Uzi Dayan plans to announce that he's joining the Likud party.

Fatah Responds to Hamas's Arrests

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party plans to arrest 200 Hamas supporters in the West Bank, after Hamas detained 200 Fatah members in Gaza, following a bombing there.

McCain Promises to Move Embassy

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The United States Embassy in Israel would move to Jerusalem if John McCain is elected president, the Republican hopeful told CNN Friday. Jerusalem currently houses a US Consulate office, but the embassy is in Tel Aviv.

Olmert Consents to Further Interrogation

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's attorneys will allow their client to be interrogated for a fourth time next Friday.

Law Proposes Public Transport on Sabbath

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A new bill would allow public transportation to operate freely on Shabbat (the Sabbath), although bus lines would not enter religious neighborhoods.

'Mother of Martyrs' Suffers Heart Attack

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Miriam Farhat, affectionately known as the "Mother of Martyrs," was transferred from the Gaza Strip to an Egyptian hospital Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack.

Activists Hope to Breach Gaza Blockade

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Left-wing activists hope to breach the Gaza Naval blockade in two weeks.

Kuntar Ready to Kill Again

CBNNews.com - BEIRUT, Lebanon - Convicted murderer Samir Kuntar, released nearly two weeks ago in a prisoner exchange with the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group, continues to announce his desire to kill.

Hezbollah Recruits Sunnis near Shaba Farms

CBNNews.com - SHABA FARMS, Israel - Hezbollah is recruiting Sunni Muslims in southern Lebanon to join "resistance battalions," particularly in villages near the Israeli border at Shaba Farms (Mount Dov).

Iran's Cooperation with IAEA 'Not Over'

CBNNews.com - TEHRAN, Iran - On Thursday, Iranian Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said Iran will no longer cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) investigation of the country's nuclear weapons programs.

Diskin: Gaza Lull 'Lifeline' to Hamas

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Shin Bet (General Security Services) chief Yuval Diskin says the tahadiyeh (temporary calm) has given the Hamas terror organization a "lifeline."

Former Officer: PM's Lawyers behind Media Leaks

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A former senior police officer said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's legal team is behind the leaks to the Israeli press.

Security Tightened at Construction Sites

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli police have notched up security at Jerusalem construction sites following Wednesday's terror attack, the second in three weeks using a bulldozer to mow down civilians on city streets.

Border Guard, Soldier Injured by Stones

CBNNews.com - One hundred and fifty Palestinians, joined by left-wing activists, entered a closed Israel Defense Forces (IDF) military zone to hurl stones at soldiers during an anti-fence protest.

Families File Class Action Suit

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Two families who lost loved ones in separate terror attacks have filed a class action suit against Fatah chief Marwan Barghouti and seven other convicted terrorists.

Tel Aviv More Costly than New York

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Tel Aviv ranked 14th in a survey of the world's most expensive cities to live in.

Gush Katif Evacuees Still in Limbo

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Three years after the government's pullout from the Gaza Strip, the vast majority of evacuees remain in limbo.

Gov't. Mulls Response to 2nd Bulldozer Attack

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following Tuesday's terror attack in Jerusalem, security officials are mulling responses to protect the city's residents.

Olmert's Advisor Furious over Leaks

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's media advisor, Amir Dan,  wants an investigation opened into media leaks in the corruption case against the prime minister.

Border Policeman Succumbs to Injuries

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Border policeman David Shriki died from wounds sustained two weeks ago in a shooting attack in Jerusalem's Old City.

Commander Sustains Critical Injuries

CBNNews.com - MAGEN JUNCTION, Israel - Colonel Shlomi Dahan is on life support at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba after sustaining critical head injuries in a car accident Wednesday morning.

Israelis Extend Hand to Asian Evangelicals

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In an attempt to strengthen the Judeo-Christian alliance around the world, Israeli politicians and academics met with Christian evangelical leaders from Asia at the Jerusalem Summit Asia on Monday.

Bill to Temporarily Remove PM

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Wednesday, the Knesset (parliament) will vote on new legislation allowing a simple majority of parliamentarians to require a 150-day temporary leave of absence for a prime minister.

Kadima Primaries Slated for Mid-Sept.

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - It took 12 days of voting, but in the end, a majority of the Kadima party's 180-member council voted to change the constitution, paving the way for the party's first primaries in mid-September.

Shalit's Platoon Discharged Tuesday

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit would have been discharged with his platoon today, but he remains in the hands of his captors more than two years after his abduction.

Second Bulldozer Attack in Israel

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - For the second time in less than a month, an Israeli Arab drove a bulldozer on a terror rampage down crowded Jerusalem streets.

Olmert's Attorneys Accuse Witness, Police

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's attorneys accused American businessman Morris Talansky of lying and the state prosecutor's office of leaking information to the press.

Hamas Sentences 'Collaborator' to Death

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - For the first time since it took control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, a Hamas military court sentenced a Palestinian too death for collaborating with Israel.

Woman Can't Be Buried near Family

CBNNews.com - TIBERIAS, Israel - The body of a 90-year-old woman, who lived and died in Tiberias, will be buried in Carmiel near Haifa because the rabbinic authorities determined she was not Jewish.

Ben Gurion Airport Voted 'Best in Middle East'

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport was ranked best in the Middle East, with Bahrain coming in second.

Students Not Surprised by Arrests

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Students at Hebrew University's Givat Ram and Mt. Scopus campuses were not surprised by the arrest of six students suspected of ties to al-Qaeda.

DM Wants Media Ban on Shalit

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak wants to place a media ban on future negotiations with Hamas for the release IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

China's Jews Face Kosher Food Shortage

CBNNews.com - BEIJING - The Chinese Jewish community, which consists of a few thousand Jews living in Shanghai and Beijing, is facing a severe shortage of kosher food, ahead of temporary restrictions on imports before and during the Olympics.

British PM Backs Israel in Knesset Speech

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a first-ever address by a British prime minister to the Israeli Knesset (parliament), PM Gordon Brown condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for the destruction of the Jewish state.

Abbas Aligns Himself with Terror Regimes

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated the family of convicted murderer Samir Kuntar on his release Wednesday.

PM's Lawyers Question Talansky

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's legal team continued its cross examination of American financer Morris Talansky Friday.

American Jews Disinterested in Israel

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - A recent poll showed that Israel is no longer a priority for American Jews, especially during the election year.

Kuntar Recommits to Jihad

CBNNews.com - BEIRUT, Lebanon - At a ceremony at the graveside of assassinated arch-terrorist Imad Mugniyah, Samir Kuntar and the four other terrorists released in Wednesday's prisoner exchange swore they would liberate "Palestine."

Thousands Mourn Israeli Soldiers

Thousands attended Israeli funerals on Thursday for the two fallen soldiers returned in a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah. Their burials ended the two-year campaign for their homecoming.

Bodies of Israeli Soldiers Returned in Swap

CBNNews.com - ROSH HANIKRA, Israel - It's not the first time Israel has released Arab prisoners serving time for acts of terror in exchange for the bodies of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers killed by their captors.

Ariel to Build 27 New Factories

CBNNews.com - ARIEL, Israel - The Israeli city of Ariel, in the hills of Samaria, has been given the go-ahead to build 27 new factories in its industrial park.

From Synagogue to Terror Training Facility

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - New terrorist training videos show Palestinian gunmen conducting drills in synagogues left standing after the Israeli government's 2005 pullout from the Gush Katif Settlement Bloc in the Gaza Strip.

Blair Not Welcome in Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - A Palestinian group, calling itself "Soldiers of God," said criminals like Middle East envoy Tony Blair are not welcome in the Gaza Strip.

High Alert on the Northern Border

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, deployed along the northern border, have been put on high alert following Wednesday's prisoner swap with Hezbollah.

Vacationing Israelis Urged to Leave Sinai

CBNNews.com - SINAI PENINSULA, Egypt - Israelis vacationing in the northern Sinai were urged to leave immediately, following warnings of specific terror attacks.

IDF Prepares for Reservists' Funerals

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Assuming that kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were killed by Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorists, the IDF began making arrangements to bury their remains.

IDF Monitoring Mount Dov

CBNNews.com - MOUNT DOV, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is keeping close tabs on construction on the Lebanese side of the Mount Dov/Shaba Farms area.

Hezbollah Aims to Track IAF Planes

CBNNews.com - CENTRAL LEBANON - An Azerbaijan news agency reported early this week that Iran and Syria are assisting Hezbollah's ability to track jet aircraft.

Israeli Company Building Plant in China

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Sea Desalination Energy (SDE), an Israeli Company, won a government bid to build a hydraulic power plant in southern China.

Blair Cancels Trip to Gaza

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Middle East envoy and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was slated to visit the Gaza Strip this week. But he cancelled the visit after Israel's general security agency, the Shin Bet, warned of specific threats against him.

Palestinians Welcome Obama's Visit

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama plans to visit Ramallah next week, home of the Palestinian Authority (PA) government's headquarters, where PA President Mahmoud Abbas will brief him on the status of the peace talks with Israel.

Obama Backtracks on Jerusalem

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama retracted his statement at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) convention in early June that Jerusalem should remain the "undivided capital" of Israel.

Film Festival a Fun-filled Success

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Just five days into the 25th annual Jerusalem Film Festival, Israelis are labeling it a success.

Israel Readies for 'Prisoner Exchange'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Although Israel expects to receive only the remains of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser in exchange for five living Lebanese prisoners and the remains of some 200 Lebanese and Palestinians terrorists buried in Israel, preparations for Wednesday's exchange are underway.

Lebanese Attack Not Likely

CBNNews.com - SHABA FARMS - Israeli officials dismissed Lebanese threats of an attack on the northern border, even after a prisoner exchange with the terrorist group Hezbollah, slated for Wednesday.

Arab MK Tibi: Assad Shook my Hand

CBNNews.com - PARIS - Israeli Arab Member of Knesset Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List - Ta'al), who attended the Union of the Mediterranean conference, said Syria's president shook his hand.

Hamas Rejects Fayyad's Call for Unity

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Gaza-based Hamas group rejected the Palestinian Authority (PA) prime minister's call for the immediate establishment of a unity government.

Hamas: Israel Reneging on Prisoner Releases

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas officials said Israel is reneging on the release of Palestinian prisoners serving long prison sentences and those convicted of murder.

Syrian President Snubs Olmert at Summit

CBNNews.com - PARIS - In a public snub before leaders of 43 nations, Syrian President Bashar Assad walked out of the Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came forward to address a meeting of Mediterranean leaders.

Olmert Interrogated Again

JERUSALEM, Israel - Some analysts in Israel say it could soon be the end of the political road for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

IAF Flying over Iraq?

CBNNews.com - According to an Iraqi defense official, Israel Air Force (IAF) jets have been flying over Iraqi airspace for a month, landing at American bases there in training for a possible future operation against Iranian nuclear facilities.

Fayyad Calls on Palestinians to Defy IDF

CBNNews.com - NABLUS, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told Palestinian residents of Nablus to defy Israel Defense Forces 9IDF) orders to close their stores in the mall.

Israeli Ambushed in Drive-by Shooting

CBNNews.com - YAKIR JUNCTION, Israel - A Palestinian gunman ambushed an Israeli driver near the Yakir Junction in northern Samaria overnight Friday, firing several shots that shattered the windshield.

Hamas Arrests Rocket-Launching Cell

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas security forces arrested three members of the Fatah-affiliated al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades responsible for Thursday's Kassam rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Security Forces Detain Eight PFLP Members

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a joint operation by Israeli security forces, eight members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) were arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars in and around Jerusalem.

Israel Exhibits Eitam Airplane

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A day after Teheran test fired nine ballistic missiles, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) sponsored an in-house exhibit of its Eitam aircraft, equipped with state-of-the-art intelligence-gathering systems.

Israel Passes Anti-Terror Legislation

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Three new anti-terror bills passed their preliminary readings in the Israeli Knesset (parliament) Wednesday.

Hamas: IDF Crackdown 'Crime against Humanity'

CBNNews.com - GAZA CITY - Gaza-based Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operation against Hamas-affiliated civilian institutions in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) "an ugly crime against humanity."

PA Prosecutor Survives Assassination Attempt

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority's (PA) chief prosecutor escaped unharmed Tuesday when a bomb went off as he started his car.

IDF Kills Palestinian Approaching Fence

KISSUFIM CROSSING, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Givati Brigade soldiers shot and killed a suspected infiltrator approaching the security barrier near the Kissufim crossing at the border with Gaza.

U.N. Resolution 1701 'Completely Failed'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - United Nations Resolution 1701, which accompanied the UN-brokered cease-fire that ended the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, "has completely failed," Israeli defense officials said Tuesday night.

Court Rejects Barring Kuntar's Release

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's High Court of Justice refused to hear a petition from the siblings of the late Eliyahu Shahar, murdered by Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar in Netanya in 1979.

Religious Jews Favor McCain

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Results of a Gallup poll, published Tuesday, showed that religious Jews prefer Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain, while secular Jews support the Democrats' presumptive nominee, Barack Obama.

Israel Closes Hamas-linked Mall

CBNNews.com - NABLUS, West Bank - As part of a stepped-up initiative to thwart funding of the Gaza-based Hamas terror group, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ordered a shopping mall closed in the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Nablus (biblical Shechem).

Terrorist Bought Soda before Attack

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Arab Husam Dwayyat, 30, who ran down three Israeli civilians with a bulldozer in Jerusalem's city center last week, bought a soda from a shop on Jaffa Road an hour before the attack.

Iran Test Fires Long-range Missile

CBNNews.com - PERSIAN GULF - Iran's Revolutionary Guards test fired nine medium- and long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf and Straits of Hormuz Tuesday.

Olmert to be Interrogated Again

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police National Fraud investigators will question Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a third time Friday morning at Olmert's Jerusalem residence.

Water Crisis Worst in 80 Years

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel is facing its worst water crisis in 80 years, according to Uri Shani, head of Mekerot, Israel's national water authority.

Italian FM Arrives for Talks

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini is in Israel for talks aimed at "strategic dialogue," focusing on Iran, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the situation in the north.

Abbas Meets with Terror Chiefs in Syria

CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS, Syria - Palestinian Authority (PA ) President Mahmoud Abbas met with Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, head of the Islamic Jihad terror organization, in Damascus Monday.

Rabbis Measured for Priestly Robes

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a recent grand-opening celebration of the Bureau of Outfitting, the Temple Institute in Jerusalem invited rabbis to be measured for priestly garments in preparation for the Third Temple.

Iran Conducts War Games

CBNNews.com - PERSIAN GULF - Iran's Revolutionary Guards conducted a large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf Tuesday.

A New Day for Anglicanism

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Revival in the Anglican Church? The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), which met in Jerusalem last week, revealed that a new day has arisen for the global Anglican Communion.

Israel Exhuming Bodies for Exchange

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Under the supervision of the military rabbinate, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Engineering Corps soldiers will exhume nearly 200 bodies in preparation for a prisoner exchange with the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group.

IDF Targets Terror Group's Civilian Network

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is stepping up its counter-terror operations against the Hamas terror group's civilian infrastructure in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Iron Dome Missile Defense Passes Test

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Iron Dome missile defense system, slated to be operational within two years, successfully passed a series of tests affirming its effectiveness against Kassam and Katyusha rockets.

Abbas Meets with Assad in Damascus

CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS, Syria - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus to brief him on the status of peace talks with Israel.

Trigger-Happy in Teheran?

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - As Americans celebrate over the Fourth of July weekend, they can contemplate the largely underreported good news of increasing stability and reduced violence in Iraq, with gratitude to the servicemen and women who have labored long under dangerous conditions, often with meager support from their fellow citizens.

Israeli Role in Colombian Rescue

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt walks freely today, thanks in part to Israel.

Doll Therapy Helps Kids Cope

CBNNews.com - ASHKELON, Israel - A new therapy program designed to help Israeli children cope with post-traumatic stress will begin in the coastal city of Ashkelon in the coming school year.

No Barriers on Home Demolition

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said Thursday that no constitutional barriers prevent the demolition of a terrorist's home, according to rulings by the High Court of Justice.

Palestinian PM Favors Reconciliation

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad presented his own reconciliation plan to reunite rival Palestinian factions.

Hamas: No Further Word on Captured Soldier

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The Hamas terror organization warned that no further word would be forthcoming from captured Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Israeli Rabbi Invited to Interfaith Conf.

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Rabbi David Rosen received an invitation from Saudi Arabia's King Abudullah and the World Muslim League to attend an interfaith dialogue to be held in Madrid this month.

Peres: No Peace with the Palestinians

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli President Shimon Peres said there's no real chance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Terror Attack Victims Laid to Rest

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Bat Sheva Unterman, 33, and Elizabeth Goren-Friedman, 54, killed in Wednesday's terror attack in the heart of Jerusalem, were laid to rest late the same evening.

Killer's Family Say He Used Drugs

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The family of Hussam Dwayyat told Israeli security officials that he was addicted to drugs, but was not a terrorist.

Lebanese Threaten UNIFIL Forces

CBNNews.com - SOUTHERN LEBANON - Lebanese residents pelted UNIFIL (United Nations) forces in southern Lebanon with stones, according to the latest UN report of the implementation of Resolution 1701.

Arab Performers Boycott Festival

CBNNews.com - AMMAN, Jordan - Arab performers from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon have been forbidden to attend the 27th annual Jeresh Festival of Culture and Arts in Jordan to avoid "normalization with the enemy."

Historian Links Islamic and Nazi Propaganda

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The anti-Semitic rhetoric of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah spiritual leader Hassan Nasrallah, and the late Yasser Arafat, among many others, is evidence of the influence of Nazi ideology on Islam, according to a US historian.

Investigators Boost Case against Olmert

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A team of three Israeli investigators has been in the US tracking down information in the corruption case against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Hamas Gives Egypt Shalit Video

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip released another video of captive Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit, according to an Egyptian newspaper.

Israel Opens Gaza Crossings

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - After Tuesday's one-day closure following Kassam rocket attacks the previous evening, Israel again opened its border crossings with the Gaza Strip.

Poll: Arabs Believe Israel Weakening

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents in six Arab countries in the Middle East believe Israel's demise is a matter of time.

State Dep't.: Israel Unlikely to Attack Iran

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The U.S. State Department called predictions by an unnamed senior U.S. defense official of an imminent Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities "foolish."

Three Killed, 66 Injured in Jerusalem Attack

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Three people were killed and 66 wounded when an Israeli Arab trampled vehicles and pedestrians in Jerusalem's city center.

Gaza Crossings Closed Again

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - After reopening the crossings with the Gaza Strip Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered their closure again Tuesday, following more Kassam rocket attacks on western Negev communities Monday evening.

IDF Creates Security Zone at Gaza Border

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) designated a special security zone west of the border fence with the Gaza Strip, which is off limits to Palestinians.

Referendum Bill Passes First Reading

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A bill requiring a referendum before any part of Israeli land is ceded passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset Monday.

Israeli MKs Banned from Enemy States

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Knesset (parliament) passed a law Monday banning anyone visiting enemy states from serving as a legislator.

Police Consider Investigating Barak

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Police National Fraud Unit will decide in the next few days whether to open -- or reopen -- an investigation against Defense Minister and Labor Party chairman Ehud Barak.