May 2009 Headlines

Shavuot: Celebrating the Harvest

This year, Israel will begin celebrating Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, on Tuesday evening at sundown.

Ami's Miracle: Thriving after Holiday Bomb

One year ago, few people imagined that Ami Ortiz would one day be playing basketball.

Israel Rebuffs Clinton's Call

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev responded to Hillary Clinton's demand that Israel halt natural growth in its communities in Judea and Samaria.

Foreign Officials Flock to Preparedness Drill

Israel's Home Front Command will host some 70 senior military personnel and defense officials during next week's nationwide emergency preparedness drill.

Hamas: Avenge Commander's Death

Senior Hamas officials gave the green light to its operatives in Judea and Samaria to avenge the death of Abdel Majid Dudin.

U.S. Lawmakers in Damascus

U.S. lawmakers arrived in Damascus to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad and other government officials on Thursday morning.

Sr. Hamas Commander Killed in Firefight

Hamas commander Abdel Majid Dudin, on the IDF's (Israel Defense Forces) most-wanted list for the past 14 years, was killed by Israeli forces.

Netanyahu Welcomes 'Arab Participation'

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he would encourage Arab countries to get involved in the Middle East peace process.

Amnesty Int'l. Blasts Israel for Gaza Operation

Amnesty International's 2009 annual report condemned Israel's three-week military operation in the Gaza Strip in January.

Ya'alon: 'From the Ground Up'

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) believes the approach to Palestinian aspirations for independent statehood must be built from the foundation up.

Netanyahu Delays European Trip

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu postponed visits to Paris and Rome, originally scheduled for next week.

Jordan Slams Alternate Two-State Bill

Jordanian officials were furious with a bill submitted by Israeli MK (member of Knesset) Arieh Eldad.

Barak: Iran and Outposts Not Connected

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Labor) told the High Court that no connection exists between the Iranian nuclear arms program and dismantling Jewish outposts.

'Der Spiegel' Journalist Defends Article

Der Spiegel reporter said he stands behind his newspaper's article.

Internet Media Israel's Latest War Front

Israel's military campaign into the Gaza Strip proved that the new battlefield in the Middle East is not on the ground, but on the expanding new media social networks.

Deputy FM to Honduras Next Week

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon will travel to Honduras next week to attend a meeting of the Organization of American States.

India Receives First Israeli Phalcon

The first of three Israeli-made Phalcon aircraft touched down at Jamnagar Airbase in western India on Monday.

Nasrallah: Israel Behind Accusations

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah accused Israel of instigating a report in Germany's Der Spiegel newspaper.

Livni Forms 'Shadow Cabinet'

Kadima party chairwoman and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced the formation of a 'shadow cabinet' to more actively oppose the work of the Netanyahu government.

Netanyahu: Israel Will Not Stop Settlements

In defiance of the Obama administration's desire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will continue building existing settlements.

Israel Honors the Philippines

Israel will honor the Philippines and its people for sheltering some 1,200 Jews who fled the Nazi regime in the Second World War.

Two Gaza Terrorists Killed in Gun Battle

IDF troops along the border with the Gaza Strip killed two armed Palestinians approaching the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Air Force Drills for Regional War

The Israel Air Force (IAF) held a four-day exercise this week, simulating a full-scale attack on the country.

PM: No to a Divided Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, fresh from his visit to Washington, vowed that the capital of the Jewish nation would never again be divided.

Israel Marks J'lem Capture amid Division Reports

Reports indicate President Obama wants to divide Jerusalem and give half to the Palestinians.

PA Police Wound Two IDF Soldiers

Palestinian Authority policemen opened fire on an Israel Defense Forces unit, which had entered the city to arrest suspected terrorists.

U.S. Agrees to Fund Israel's Missile Defense

The U.S. has decided to fully back the development of the Arrow 3 missile defense system and production in Israel.

Soldiers Thwart Two Stabbing Attempts

Israel Defense Forces prevented two stabbing attacks, one at a checkpoint near Ramallah and another at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron.

Israeli FM: Settlements Not the Problem

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman does not believe Jewish communities are the crux of the problem between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Obama Calls for Halt of Jewish Settlements

After meeting with Netanyahu on Monday, Obama called for a halt to Jewish settlement activity in the West Bank.

Shalom: Jerusalem Will Remain Undivided

Acting Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said Jersusalem would forever remain the eternal capital of the State of Israel.

Abbas Swears in New Government

Abbas made good on his promise to swear in a new government, headed by his Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, on Tuesday.

Hamas, Fatah Unhappy with Obama

Hamas and Fatah expressed disappointment with Obama following Monday's meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israelis Respond to the Pope's Visit

Given the painful history and rocky relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, the attention given these papal visits is somewhat surprising.

Pope's Visit Boosts Holy Land Tourism

The Israeli Tourism Ministry has launched a comprehensive marketing campaign to promote Christian tourism following last week's visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

Terror Groups Recruiting Online

The Shin Bet cautioned Israeli users on Monday that terror groups have begun using social networking Web sites to gather information and recruit members.

Iran: More Long-Range Missiles

Israeli Defense officials said Iran plans to beef up its long-range missile cache by an estimated 1,000 ballistic missiles over the next six years.

Arab MK Submits Bill to Divide Jerusalem

Israeli Arab member of Knesset, Ahmed Tibi, submitted a bill to the Knesset on Monday that would pave the way to divide Jerusalem between Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Fatah, Hamas Meet in Cairo, Again

Delegations from Fatah and Hamas were back in Cairo on Monday to continue negotiations aimed at reconciling the two rival Palestinian factions.

Poll: Israeli Arab Holocaust Deniers Rising

A recent poll revealed that 40 percent of Israeli Arabs believe the Holocaust was fabricated.

Abbas Postpones New Gov't.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas recanted an announcement earlier this week of the formation of a new government.

Opinion: Does the PA Really Want Peace?

Palestinian Authority's Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi unleashed a six-minute condemnation of Israel at an interfaith gathering of religious leaders meeting with the Pope.

Settlers Demonstrate Near Netanyahu's Residence

Residents of Judea and Samaria demonstrated across from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem residence on Thursday evening.

Egypt Uncovers Weapons Cache

An Egyptian security patrol uncovered a huge weapons cache near the border with Israel

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Pope's Political Views Eclipse Christian Agenda

At a gathering in Bethlehem's Manger Square, the pope made his most explicit call yet for a Palestinian state.

PM Meets with Jordanian King

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met privately with Jordan's King Abdullah II at midday on Thursday in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba.

Former President's Trial Begins

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav's long-awaited trial got underway on Thursday in Tel Aviv District Court.

Ministers Urge PM: Stand Firm in U.S.

Israeli Knesset members urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to resist U.S. President Obama's pressure for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Pope Urges Family Values on Last Day in Israel

Pope Benedict held his final Middle East mass in Nazareth Thursday, as he prepares to conclude his 5-day trip to Israel and the West Bank. 

Hezbollah: 'We Actively Support Hamas'

Sheikh Naim Qassem said his group has provided hands-on help to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Pope Joins Call for Palestinian State

Pope Benedict XVI joined the nations of the world in calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Cabinet Approves 2009-2010 Budget

Following late-night discussions on Tuesday, the Cabinet passed the proposed budget by a near majority - 26 in favor, with the four Shas party ministers the only opposition.

IDF Builds Fence at Egyptian Border

Israel is erecting a security fence along a section of its porous southern border with the Egyptian Sinai.

Israeli PM: PA Talks to Resume Soon

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday that he hopes to resume talks with the Palestinians soon.

Iranian Missiles in Persian Gulf

Iran has deployed a battery of ballistic missiles in the Strait of Hormuz, as well as other parts of the Persian Gulf, according to a report in the Saudi-based al-Watan newspaper on Tuesday.

PA Sheikh Interrupts Pope

Palestinian Authority Taysir al-Tamimi, head of the PA's Sharia (Islamic) Courts, interrupted the Pope on Monday evening during a meeting of religious leaders at the Notre Dame Hotel in east Jerusalem.

Pope's Speech 'Devoid of Compassion'

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, chief rabbi of Tel Aviv and chairman of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, said Pope Benedict XVI's speech on Monday was devoid of compassion.

Benedict First Pope to Visit Temple Mount

Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff to visit Jerusalem's Temple Mount on Tuesday, as he prayed at the Western Wall and met with Muslim leaders. 

Poll: Obama More Popular in Mideast

A new survey shows that President Obama is more popular in Mideast countries, than the country he represents.

Jordan's Abdullah: Peace Now or War

Jordanian King Abdullah is putting the onus for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict squarely on the shoulders of U.S. President Barack Obama

Egypt and Israel: 30 Years of Peace

Independence Day is a major event for any country. For Israelis--many of whom escaped persecution in other nations--it means even more.

Soldier Killed during Scuffle

IDF officials concluded that a soldier's rifle discharged during a scuffle with Palestinians, resulting in a mortal gunshot wound to his head.

Gov't. Notes Declining U.S. Coordination

Israeli government officials are concerned about the deterioration in cooperation between the Jewish state and the Obama administration.

Chief Rabbinate: No Land to Vatican

Israel's Chief Rabbinate spoke out against turning over properties in Israel to the Vatican.

Deputy FM: 'Iran Atomic Clock' Ticking

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said there is no connection whatsoever between addressing the Iranian nuclear arms race and the Palestinian issue.

Mayor Unveils Jerusalem 'Master Plan'

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat unveiled the final draft of a master plan to develop Israel's capital over the next two decades.

Peres to Obama: Nazi Comparison Unavoidable

President Shimon Peres said Israel backed America's diplomatic track with Iran, yet the comparison with the Nazi regime should not be ignored.

Abbas 'Gives Up' on Hamas

Palestinian Authority PA President Mahmoud Abbas is giving up on forming a unity government with Hamas.

Palestinians Caught Selling Scroll

Two Palestinians were arrested on Tuesday trying to sell a rare and valuable 2,000-year-old Hebrew scroll.

IDF Soldier Killed near Ramallah

An IDF soldier died from gunshot wounds to the head during a pre-dawn reconnaissance operation.