July 2009 Headlines

Israel Discovers Second Temple Quarry

Archaelogists in Israel have found an ancient quarry which they believe was mined by King Herod 2,000 years ago.

Hamas Rebuilding Gaza's Smuggling Tunnels

Fighting in the Gaza Strip may be over for now, but CBN News has learned that smuggling into the area is still going strong.

Still No U.S. Anti-Semitism Envoy

In the six months since President Barack Obama assumed office, he has not appointed an envoy to monitor anti-Semitism worldwide.

UN Sponsors Kite Flying for Gaza Kids

Six thousand Palestinian kids participated in a kite-flying contest organized by UN workers in the Gaza Strip.

U.S. Extends Sanctions against Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama extended sanctions against Syria, originally imposed by former President George W. Bush on August 1, 2007.

Hamas Issues Dress Code for Women

Hamas has issued a dress code for women, moving another step forward toward imposing Sharia (Islamic) law on residents.

Gush Katif Families Revive Aging Survivors

Former residents of the Gush Katif Settlement Bloc in the Gaza Strip have brought 'new life' to elderly Holocaust survivors.

Construction to Start on New Jlem Mall

Residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah will be able to shop in a new mall on Saleh a-Din Street.

Netanyahu Orders Swine Flu Vaccine

PM Binyamin Netanyahu approved the purchase of vaccine to immunize Israelis against the H1N1 virus, when it becomes available.

PM: Gaza Blockade Remains Until Shalit Freed

Israeli PM told U.S. National Security Adviser Jim Jones that Gaza blockade will remain until Hamas releases IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

Bolton: Israel Could Strike Iran Before Year's End

Israel's window for a military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities is narrowing considerably.

Government Tears Down West Bank Outpost

Some Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) plan to rebuild an outpost near the city of Hebron which was dismantled by Israeli security forces Tuesday night.

Iran Still a Concern Amid U.S., Israel Meetings

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said all options to deal with Iran's nuclear program remain viable.

Lone Soldier Center Dedicated

A ceremony on Monday dedicated the new Center for Lone Soldiers in Jerusalem.

Israeli Youth Set Up 11 New Outposts

Settler youth set up 11 new outposts in Judea and Samaria to protest the Obama administration's call for a construction freeze.

Egypt Indicts 26 Hezbollah Suspects

Egyptian Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud indicted 26 members of a Hezbollah-led terror cell on Sunday.

Lebanon: Weapons Warehouse Was Israel's

In a letter to the UN, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry said the weapons warehouse that exploded on July 14 belonged to the IDF.

Report: British Anti-Semitism Rising

In the first half of 2009, anti-Semitic attacks in Britain have risen at an unprecedented rate, the Community Security Trust reported on Friday.

IDF Arrests Wanted Terrorist

IDF Special Forces arrested a senior al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade terrorist in Askar near Nablus overnight Thursday.

UN Official: Hezbollah Violating Truce

A senior UN official said Hezbollah's breach of Resolution 1701 is behind increased tension along the border with Israel.

Fatah: No Recognition of Israel

A former senior official in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority said Fatah would never recognize Israel's right to exist.

U.S. Halts Arrow Launch Test

U.S. defense officials aborted a test launch of Israel's Arrow II anti-ballistic missile defense system Thursday morning.

Netanyahu Says Security Fence to Stay

Netanyahu rejected demands to tear down the security fence separating Israel and Palestinian population centers in Judea and Samaria.

Ed Minister to Pull 'Catastrophe' from Textbooks

Many Arabs refer to the declaration of Israeli statehood in May 1948 as a catastrophe.

Forty Injured at Gaza Wedding

A wedding in the Gaza Strip ended in chaos Tuesday evening, when an explosive device injured at least 40 guests, 14 of them seriously.

Amman Stripping Citizenship of 'Palestinians'

The Jordanian government has begun revoking the citizenship of its Palestinian residents.

Lebanese Army Uncovers Terror Cell

The Lebanese Army detained 10 members of a terror cell planning attacks on its forces and on UNIFIL troops in southern Lebanon.

IDF Transfer Equipment to Gaza

Israel delivered 17 tractor trailer loads of equipment and construction material to the Gaza Strip on Monday.

Israeli Health Care: A Model for the U.S.?

As a close friend and ally of the United States, Israel may have a few tips to offer the U.S. in the ongoing debate over health care.

Shiloh Center: Restoring Innocence after Terror

Israelis living in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) face a daily threat of terror attacks.

Israel Rejects U.S. Demand to Stop Building

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the Obama Administration's demand that the Jewish state suspend building twenty new apartments.

PMO Criticizes PA, Iran Meeting

Israeli officials criticized the meeting last week between PA negotiator Saeb Erekat and Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki.

War Hero's Family May Lose Home

The widow and two young children of Roi Klein, an Israeli war hero, may be evicted from their home in the outpost of Hayovel.

Olmert's Attorneys Waive Hearing

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's legal team waived their right to a preliminary hearing in the Rishon Tours case.

Ten Hurt in Haredi Riots

Ten people were hurt on Thursday in a third day of rioting by Haredi Jews in Jerusalem.

Knesset Approves Economic Arrangements Bill

Following an 18-hour filibuster by the opposition, the Knesset passed the government's Economic Arrangements bill.

Israel: Lebanon Violating U.N. Res. 1701

Israeli officials accused Lebanon of violating the terms of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.

Golfing From Darkness into Light

Wounded soldiers suffer many traumas, both physical and emotional. But blindness is different. Zohar Sharon found a way to golf his way to back to life.

Opening Ceremonies Held for Maccabiah Games

Some 7,000 Jewish athletes from 51 countries participated in opening ceremonies for the 18th Maccabiah, often referred to as the Jewish Olympics.

Saudi Police Blamed for Sisters' Murder

The deaths of two sisters, shot by their brother as they left a women's shelter, are being blamed on Saudi Arabia's religious police.

Israeli Gov't. Committed to the Negev

Netanyahu held Sunday's Cabinet meeting in the city referred to as "the capital of the Negev" to underscore the his commitment to developing the South.

Poll: Gap between Media and Public on Netanyahu

A poll shows that the public thinks more highly of the Netanyahu government than Israel's mainstream media would have people believe.

Netanyahu: No 'Right of Return'

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu advised the Palestinian Authority to drop its demand for the "right of return" for descendants of Arab refugees.

Britain Imposes Arms Embargo on Israel

British government has mposed a partial arms embargo on Israel as retribution for their three-week military operation against Hamas last January.

IDF Appoints New Deputy Chief of Staff

Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi announced the appointment of Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz as deputy chief of staff.

Abbas Rejects Netanyahu's Offer to Meet

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "unless all Jewish West Bank construction is halted."

Hamas Denies Mubarak's Report

A senior Hamas official denied that a prisoner exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was nearing fruition.

Hamas TV Lauds Suicide Bombers

Hamas continues to educate its children in the fine art of suicide bombing.

EU Backs Off Harsh Settlement Comments

The European Commission made an unusual retraction of comments severely criticizing Israel's settlement policy.

Egypt Foils Suez Terror Plot

Egyptian security forces arrested 24 suspected terrorists, part of a Palestinian-led cell that was plotting to strike oil pipelines and ships entering the Suez canal.

Israeli Company Develops Solar Power Flower

For years, Israel has made the desert bloom. But now a new tulip has appeared on the horizon.

IDF Marks Third Anniversary of Lebanon War

Families who lost loved ones in the Second Lebanon War gathered on Mount Adir in the Upper Galilee to mark the war's third anniversary.

Hamas Publishes Shalit Cartoon

Hamas featured a cartoon on its satellite television station depicting kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in his prison cell.

Netanyahu Nixes Produce Tax

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu shelved the much-disputed VAT (Value Added Tax) on fresh fruits and vegetables.

U.S., Israel Send Warning Signals to Iran

Vice-President Joe Biden suggested the U.S. would not stop Israel from a military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Israel's Water Company Adds 'Drought Tax'

Mekerot, Israel's national water authority, hopes a new tax on surplus water use will make Israelis think twice about wasting water.

Arson Feared in Northern Israel Fires

Firefighters battled dozens of blazes in northern Israel Wednesday night, and authorities suspect arson is behind many of them.

U.S., Israel Still at Odds over Settlements

Israel and the U.S. remained at odds on settlement construction after meetings on Tuesday.

Court Overrules Kashrut Revocation

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Messianic Jewish baker whose kashrut certificate had been revoked by the Chief Rabbinate.