June 2008 Headlines

Labor MK Resigns from Knesset

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Labor MK (member of Knesset) Danny Yatom resigned from the Knesset (parliament) Monday, saying he could no longer be part of a government that "has made political survival its only goal."

Israel, Hezbollah Set Up Prisoner Swap

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A prisoner swap with the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror organization, approved by the Israeli Cabinet Sunday, involves four stages.

Hamas: Prisoner Swap Victory for Hezbollah

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum lauded the prisoner exchange deal with Israel a "victory" for the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group.

Hamas Arrests Fatah Spokesman

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas police arrested Muhammad Abu Armaneh Sunday, spokesman for the Fatah-affiliated al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades.

Hanegbi Questioned for Political Appts.

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Member of Knesset (MK) Tzachi Hanegbi is on trial in Jerusalem's Magistrate Court for fraud, breach of trust, election bribery, false testimony and lying under oath.

Iranian Sentenced to Death for Spying

CBNNews.com - TEHERAN - An Iranian court sentenced one of its citizens to death Monday for allegedly spying for Israel.

Gas Masks to be Distributed in January

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i said Sunday that the government will distribute refurbished gas mask kits to the public in January.

Israeli Cabinet Approves Prisoner Swap

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Cabinet approved a prisoner exchange with Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorists by a vote of 22 to 3.

Palestinians Fire Mortars Despite 'Truce'

CBNNews.com - KIBBUTZ KFAR AZA, Israel - Palestinian terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip fired two mortar shells at southern Israel Friday, further compromising the tahdayeh (temporary calm), which went into effect nine days ago.

80 Percent Rise in HIV-Positive Gays

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Health Ministry was presented with new data this week concerning the dramatic rise in the number of HIV-positive homosexuals in Israel.

Gov't. Accused of Funding Hamas

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli government has allegedly admitted to allowing hundred of millions of dollars to be transferred to Hamas inside the Gaza Strip, according to Shurat Hadin, a watchdog organization.

Germany Ups Trade with Iran

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - German exports to Iran increased by 18 percent in the first four months of 2008, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.

2,000 Police Deployed for 'Gay' Parade

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Two thousand city policemen and Border Guards will man Jerusalem's streets Thursday afternoon and evening to deter any violence to the homosexual "pride" parade in the heart of the city.

Israeli Negotiator Off to Cairo, Again

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Ofer Dekel, Israel's designated negotiator for captured Israeli soldiers, left for Cairo Thursday to meet with Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman concerning the release of Israel Defense Forces Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Mass Drill at Ben Gurion Int'l. Airport

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Authorities at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport staged a real-life aviation drill, complete with emergency landing and live fire.

53 Percent of Israelis Believe the Bible

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A survey conducted by YNet news and Gesher, an educational organization, revealed that 53 percent of Israelis believe the Bible provides an accurate history of the Jewish people.

Egypt Uncovers Seven Tunnels

CBNNews.com - EGYPTIAN SINAI - Egyptian officials announced the discovery of seven smuggling tunnels north of the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip.

300 American Messianic Jews Arrive

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) brought a group of 300 American Messianic Jews to a three-day conference in Jerusalem.

Kadima, Labor Unite to Preserve Gov't.

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Kadima and Labor party heads reached an agreement late Tuesday evening at the Tel Aviv home of Defense Minister and Labor Party chairman Ehud Barak.

Prof. Nominated for U.N. Ambassador

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni nominated Professor Gabriela Shalev, 67, to serve as Israel's next UN ambassador.

IDF Closes Crossings after Kassam Attacks

CBNNews.com - GAZA BORDER, Israel - In response to Monday evening's mortar shell attack and Tuesday's Kassam rocket attacks, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) closed border crossings with the Gaza Strip.

Coup Attempt Splits Hamas 'Military' Wing

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - While rockets pounded southern Israel Tuesday, the Hamas terror organization's military wing, Iz al-Din al-Qassam, split into two camps after a failed attempt to depose its commander.

Sarkozy Departure Marred by Tragedy

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - A tragedy marred the departure of French President Nicholas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Tuesday, when an on-duty Border Guard deployed at the perimeter of the farewell ceremony died from a gunshot wound and fall.

Palestinians Breach Gaza Truce

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired four Kassam rockets on Sderot Tuesday, one scoring a direct hit on a house, two landing elsewhere in the city, and a fourth exploding in an open field. Two people were injured and two others treated for shock.

Israel Readies 38 Olympic Athletes

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel is hoping to send 38 athletes to compete in the Olympic Games this summer in Beijing.

Israel Will Strike Iran after Election

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speculated that a victory by Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama will prompt Israel to attack's Iran's nuclear facilities.

Chiefs' Chairman in Israel at Week's End

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will meet with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Lt. General Gabi Ashkenazi at the end of the week, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Sarkozy Addresses the Knesset

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - French President Nicholas Sarkozy addressed the Knesset (parliament) Monday on the second of a three-day visit to Israel.

Abbas, Mashaal to Meet in Syria

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - According to senior Fatah officials, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Damascus-based Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal early next month when he visits Syria.

French Teen Assaulted in Paris

CBNNews.com - PARIS, France - A few hours after French President Nicholas Sarkozy departed for Israel Sunday, a 17-year-old Jew was attacked and severely beaten up by a gang.

Water Company Plans New Dam

CBNNews.com - TIBERIAS, Israel - In view of the alarmingly low water level of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), Israel's national water company, Mekerot, announced plans to build a new dam where the Jordan River flows from the lake.

Anglican Bishops Meet in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Israel - Three hundred Anglican bishops arrived in Israel to attend the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) this week.

New Power Plant Planned for Ashkelon

CBNNews.com - ASHKELON, Israel - Israel's National Infrastructure Committee said a new carbon power plant will be built in the coastal city of Ashkelon, despite opposition by the health and environmental protection ministries and city residents.

Rabbis Ask to Cancel 'Gay Pride' Parade

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A week before the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem is slated to take place, rabbis and religious members of Knesset (MKs) called for its cancellation or relocation to an enclosed area on the outskirts of the city.

Jewish Innovators Convene in Jerusalem

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Some 120 young Jewish leaders, from 28 countries, spent a week in Israel at the 2008 ROI Global Summit for Jewish Innovators.

IDF Trains for War

CBNNews.com - BEERSHEBA, Israel - In a simulated Arab town, designed to train combat units for urban warfare, Israel Defense Forces soldiers learn how ferret out a terror cell in a dangerous maze of winding streets and narrow alleyways.

Jordan Bans Israeli Delegation

CBNNews.com - AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan refused entry to an Israeli delegation slated to attend a two-day economic cooperation conference with representatives from Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

Sderot Children Say 'Truce' Won't Last

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - Sderot fifth and sixth graders don't believe the truce with Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip is destined to last.

Netanyahu Slams Cease-Fire

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Opposition leader and Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the government's decision to accept a cease-fire agreement with the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip.

Fatah, Hamas Happy Terrorist Dead

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Members of both Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, are pleased that Israel assassinated Army of Islam commander Mu'taz Dughmush in a targeted air strike Tuesday.

Soldier's Father May Petition Court

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Norm Shalit, father of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit, threatened to petition the High Court over the "government's deception."

Israeli Drivers Protest Fuel Prices

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Israeli bus, truck, and taxi drivers from around the country converged on Tel Aviv Thursday afternoon to protest the ever-increasing price of diesel fuel.

Israel-Hamas 'Truce' in Effect

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - At 6:00 a.m. Thursday, the Egyptian-brokered tahadiyeh (temporary calm) between Israel and the Gaza-based Hamas terror organization went into effect.

Army Offers to Remove Roadblocks

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel has offered to remove dirt roadblocks near two Palestinian Authority-controlled villages in exchange for a cessation of terror-related activities, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Gaza Vicinity Residents Call Tax Strike

SDEROT, Israel - Israeli residents of southern communities in range of Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip have launched a tax strike against the government.

Kassams Fly Ahead of Israel-Hamas 'Truce'

WESTERN NEGEV, Israel - Less than a day before the Egyptian-brokered tahadiyeh (temporary calm) is scheduled to begin, Palestinian terrorists fired five Kassam rockets on Israel's western Negev.

Abbas Plans Visit to Gaza Strip

RAMALLAH - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas intends to visit the Gaza Strip for the first time since a bloody Hamas coup ousted Abbas's Fatah leadership last June.

Olmert, Assad to Sit Together in Paris

JERUSALEM, Israel - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad will attend a July 13 conference in France, where he'll be seated at the same table with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Israel Okays Cease-Fire

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel officially accepted the Egyptian-brokered tadahiyeh , slated to begin at 6:00 a.m. Thursday.

Rice Bolsters Lebanon's New Gov't.

CBNNews.com - BEIRUT, Lebanon - In a surprise visit to Lebanon Monday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lavished praise on newly elected Lebanese President Michel Suleiman.

Olmert Says He's Staying

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a meeting with Kadima party faction members Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is under investigation for possible bribery and money laundering, said he'll run in his party's primaries.

Israeli Parkinson's Drug Effective

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Results of an 18-month study show that an Israeli-developed drug slows the progression of Parkinson's Disease.

Israeli Parkinson's Drug Effective

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Results of an 18-month study show that an Israeli-developed drug slows the progression of Parkinson's Disease.

Rice Makes 'Surprise' Visit to Lebanon

CBNNews.com - BEIRUT - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paid an unannounced visit to Beirut Monday to congratulate newly elected Lebanese President Michel Suleiman.

Palestinians in Gaza Favor Hamas

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - One year after a military coup by Hamas, 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza favor Hamas rule over Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party.

Sderot Marks Seven Years of Kassams

CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - On Tuesday, residents of the southern Israeli city of Sderot will mark seven years of living under the daily threat of Kassam rocket attacks.

IDF Kills Three Islamic Jihad Terrorists

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers killed three Islamic Jihad terrorists planting bombs along the security fence.

Rice Arrives for Mideast Peace Talks

CBNNew.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Israel Saturday evening for her sixth visit to the region this year.

Explosion Destroys Bomb-Maker's House

GAZA STRIP - An explosion ripped through a bomb-maker's house in the northern Gaza Strip Thursday, killing seven people and wounding up to 40 others.

Quakes Felt in Northern Israel

JERUSALEM, Israel - At least seven mild to moderate earthquakes rattled residents of northern Israel Thursday and Friday, as several months of increased seismic activity in the region continues.

Palestinians Fire 50 Kassams on Israel

WESTERN NEGEV - Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip pummeled Israeli communities in the western Negev Thursday afternoon and Friday morning with a massive Kassam rocket and mortar shell barrage.

Poll: Israelis Oppose Hamas Truce

JERUSALEM, Israel - While Israeli leaders continue to pursue a cease-fire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a poll released Thursday shows a large majority in Israel is opposed to such a truce if an agreement doesn't include the release of the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Ancient Seed Sprouts to Life

Jerusalem, Israel - Israeli scientists have confirmed that a date palm seed found in the Judean Desert in the ancient ruins of Masada is 2,000 years old and is the oldest seed ever to germinate.

Knesset Votes May Topple Gov't.

CBNNew.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Likud Member of Knesset (MK) Silvan Shalom's bill to dissolve the present parliament has garnered enough votes to pass its preliminary reading on June 18.

Rice: Hamas 'Incapable of Governing'

CBNNew.com - In a recent article in the Foreign Affairs journal, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Hamas "has demonstrated that it is wholly incapable of governing."

Radar that Sees through Walls

CBNNew.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli start-up company developed a radar system capable of seeing through walls.

'Bishara Law' Passes First Reading

CBNNew.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Knesset passed the preliminary reading of the 'Bishara Law' by a 63 to 16 vote Tuesday.

Two Injured in Mortar Shell Attack

CBNNew.com - KIBBUTZ NIR, Israel - Gaza-based Palestinians scored a direct hit on a factory in Kibbutz Nir, injuring two employees.

Palestinian Girl Killed by Tank Fire

CBNNew.com - GAZA STRIP - A nine-year-old girl was killed when an Israeli tank opened fire on Palestinian terrorists launching rockets into Israel from an Arab village east of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip.

Shalit's Parents Receive Son's Letter

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The parents of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit received a handwritten letter from their son Monday.

18 Mortar Shells, Four Kassams Fired

CBNNews.com - WESTERN NEGEV, Israel - Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades fired 18 mortar shells at Israel's western Negev today, following four Kassam rockets launched earlier Tuesday.

Cabinet Ministers Favor Gaza Operation

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Cabinet is nearly unanimous on the need for a large-scale military incursion in the Gaza Strip.

Majority Want Olmert to Resign

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The June survey by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research revealed that 61 percent of Israelis want to see Prime Minister Olmert resign from office before a final decision on an indictment by the State Prosecutor's office.

IDF Stops Palestinian with Pipe Bombs

NABLUS - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers arrested an 18-year-old Palestinian armed with six pipe bombs and other paraphernalia at the Hawara checkpoint near the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Nablus (biblical Shechem) Sunday.

Abbas Meets Mubarak in Cairo

CBNNews.com - CAIRO, Egypt - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Cairo Monday to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Israel Deducts P.A. Debt from Tax Funds

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Finance Ministry will transfer delayed Palestinian Authority (PA) tax revenues, minus $75 million to cover PA debts to Israeli utilities.

Israeli Students: Remove PM's Portrait

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A group of Israeli high school students sent a letter to principals nationwide asking them to remove Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's photograph from their schools.

PM: Kadima Will Rule the Country

CBNNews.com - TIRAT CARMEL, Israel - Speaking by phone from Washington to a Kadima Party rally in Tirat Carmel in the north, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said "We will rule the country for a very, very long time."

University Develops Mini-Robots

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Bar Ilan University researchers are perfecting mini-robots that would protect Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops patrolling enemy borders.

Palestinians: Air Strike Injures 10

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Palestinian sources reported that 10 people were injured by an IAF (Israel Air Force) air strike, following Thursday's mortar shell attack on a western Negev kibbutz that killed one man and injured five others.

Gaza Op 'Closer than Ever'

CBNNews.com - KIBBUTZ NIR OZ, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said a broad counter-terror operation in the Gaza Strip is "closer than ever."

Abbas Calls for Palestinian Unity

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - After nearly a year of publicly distancing himself from Hamas, Palestinian Authority (PA) President and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbas called for renewing dialogue between the two rival Palestinian factions.

Mortar Shell Kills One, Injures Several

CBNNews.com - KIBBUTZ NIR OZ, Israel - Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for firing three mortar shells on the western Negev, which killed one man and wounded several others.

Al-Qaeda Deputy Calls for Jihad on Gaza

CBNNews.com - CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahri, issued a call for jihad ('holy' war) to break Israel's economic blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Shin Bet: Former MK Recruits for Hezbollah

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) suspects former Arab member of Knesset (MK) Azmi Bishara of actively recruiting for the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group.

Abbas Calls for Dialogue with Hamas

CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Speaking on the anniversary of the Six Day War, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas called for renewing dialogue with Hamas.

Labor to Back Bill Dissolving Knesset

CBNNews.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - On Thursday, Labor ministers said they will support a bill calling for the dissolution of the Knesset (parliament).

Iran Tops Bush, Olmert Agenda

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - Iran's nuclear program and the Israeli government's attempts to negotiate peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Syria will top the agenda when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets with President Bush Wednesday.

Kadima Presses toward Primary

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is in Washington this week, his colleagues in Kadima are talking about the party's first primaries, ostensibly to choose his replacement.

Ahmadinejad: Israel Will Disappear

CBNNews.com - ROME, Italy - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues his call for Israel's end, labeling the Jewish state a "fabricated regime" that will disappear.

New P.A. Police Stations Opened

CBNNews.com - WEST BANK - Three new Palestinian Authority (PA) police stations opened Tuesday, part of an agreement between Israel and the PA.

P.A. Textbooks Vilify Jews

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A report on the content of Palestinian textbooks published between 2000 and 2006 shows little change in the way Jews are vilified.

Hamas: Truce Dependent on Lifting 'Siege'

CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said despite Israel's lack of clarity on the Egyptian-brokered truce initiative, Hamas has made its position clear.

Turning Up the 'Heat' on Messianic Jews

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In the latest in a growing number of incidents against Israeli Messianic Jewish believers -- Jews who believe that Yeshua (Jesus, in Hebrew) is the Messiah -- a group of ultra-Orthodox youth set fire to New Testaments collected from the town's residents.

McCain Speaks at AIPAC Mtg.

CBNNew.com - WASHINGTON, DC - Republican presidential candidate John McCain took a bold pro-Israel, anti-terrorist stance at the AIPAC meeting Monday.

Assad: Israel Didn't Pledge to Cede Golan

CBNNew.com - DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad admitted Monday that no agreement exists on an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.

Remains of Five Soldiers Identified

CBNNew.com - TEL AVIV, Israel - Pathologists at Abu Kabir Forensic Institute identified the remains of five Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers killed during the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.

Palestinian Sniper Wounds IDF Soldier

CBNNew.com - GAZA STRIP - A Palestinian sniper wounded an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier working along the security fence at the Gaza border.

Egypt: Sabotage Israeli Ties to Europe

CBNNew.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Ministry officials learned that Egypt instructed its ambassadors in major European capitals to recommend rejecting a new Israeli proposal involving trade and technology exchange.

Israeli Arabs Indicted for Murder Plot

CBNNew.com - LOD, Israel - The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) lifted a gag order Monday on a kidnapping/murder plot by Arabs from the Israeli city of Lod, near Tel Aviv.

Hezbollah Returns Body Parts

CBNNews.com - ROSH HANIKRA, Israel - On Sunday, Hezbollah transferred the remains of several Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers killed in the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.

Shekel Fares Better than Major Currencies

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Since the beginning of the year, the Israeli shekel has shown significant gains against the world's major currencies.

Cabinet Adopts Emergency Water Plan

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Cabinet voted unanimously Sunday to adopt a national emergency water plan, following the country's fourth consecutive winter of below average rainfall.

Olmert Leaves for Washington

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert leaves for a week in Washington Monday night under the cloud of criminal investigations in what some analysts are calling the swan song of his political career.

Jerusalem Tourism Up, Population Down

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A Central Bureau of Statistics' (CBC) report released Monday revealed that more Jerusalemites left the city than moved to the nation's capital in 2007.

Israel's Olmert Calls 'Time Out'

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert departs Monday evening for a week in the United States in what some analysts are calling a "time out" for the beleaguered head of state under criminal investigation.