News Archive

August 2006

Hizballah recruits children
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2006

In documents found during the recent war in Lebanon, Hizballah reveals how they garner support from the local Shiite population and especially how they recruit children to their case: quizzes, leaflets, and donations.

Five Kassams Fired on Sderot
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2006

After a long period of calm in the city of Sderot, five Kassam rockets fired by Palestinians in north Gaza hit the southern city early this morning lightly injuring one woman and damaging structures.

Annan: Israel responsible for most ceasefire violations
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2006

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday during his visit to Jerusalem, that Israel is responsible for most of the ceasefire violations in south Lebanon and demanded that Israel lift the sea and air blockade from Lebanon. “It is important to allow Beirut to return to normal economic activity and rebuild itself,” Annan said.

Yet more anti-Semitism in the Muslim world
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2006

Just when you thought you could no longer be surprised by what comes out of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s mouth, comes a disclosure of a letter sent by him to German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week saying that the Holocaust was being exploited by the Jews in order to embarrass Germany.

Olmert to appoint a Welfare Minister
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2006

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will appoint a Welfare Minister in the coming days in reaction to the severe poverty report published yesterday saying one of every three children in Israel lives under the poverty line.

US to freeze assets of Hizballah’s fundraising arm
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The U.S. government has decided to freeze all American assets belonging to the major fundraising arm of Hizballah, making it illegal for Americans to contribute funds to the organization.
Danish lawmaker calls for the arrest of FM Livni
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
A member of the Danish Parliament has called for the immediate arrest of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni upon her arrival in Denmark this week for her part in alleged war crimes in the recent war in Lebanon.
Annan meets with families of kidnapped soldiers
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan met in Jerusalem with the families of the three kidnapped soldiers Regev, Shalit and Goldwasser, and pledged his commitment to act towards their release.
CTB recommends Israelis leave Sinai
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
In reaction to the latest terror bombings in Turkey this week, the Israeli Counter Terrorism Bureau published a travel warning to all Israelis arriving in Turkey.
Wrangling between Olmert and Comptroller
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
An unprecedented argument took place yesterday between the Prime Minister’s Office and the office of the State Comptroller over the proposed appointment of the Comptroller to investigate the preparedness of the home front during the war in Lebanon.
Gaza will become strategic problem
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
In a security briefing before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee yesterday, Head of Israel’s General Security Services Yuval Diskin said that if the armament in Gaza will continue unabated, it will turn into a second Lebanon.
Tunnel for terror attack uncovered
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
On Sunday of this week, as a result of intelligence gathered by the Israel Defense Forces and ISA, security forces were able to uncover a tunnel that had been dug from within the Gaza Strip near the Karni crossing. According to intelligence information, the tunnel was intended to be used to carry out a large scale terror attack at the Karni crossing itself. The entrance to the tunnel was found inside a house in the residential area of Sajaiya, east of Gaza City. IDF forces are operating in order to collapse the tunnel.
MK Sharansky: Security assessment is frightening
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Knesset Member Natan Sharansky of the Likud said today in response to a security briefing by the General Security Services chief that the security situation in Gaza is unequivocal and frightening and calls for immediate action.
Fox News Crew Converts to Islam
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
A negotiator who was involved in the release of the two Fox News journalists from Gaza this week says that their conversion to Islam was an idea designed to expedite their release.
Sharon's condition improves
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, will be transferred today from the intensive care unit back to the respiratory rehabilitation unit at Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer after an improvement in his lung and kidney function.
Olmert: Three committees will investigate the war
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced yesterday in an address to municipality leaders in the north that he had decided to appoint three separate governmental inquiry committees to investigate the failures of the latest war in Lebanon. Labor ministers within the government have expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision and said they will vote against the move.
Livni: Talks with Syria will complicate the situation
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said yesterday that it wouldn’t be right to renew talks with Syria at this time as it will only make things more complicated.
Hamas spokesman: terrorist organizations are responsible
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006
In a rare showing of internal self-criticism, Hamas government spokesman Dr. Ghazi Hamad is blaming the armed terrorist groups for the anarchy, corruption, and failure that have turned into a way of life in Gaza since the Israeli withdrawal one year ago.
Nasrallah: “We didn’t expect a war”
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006
In an exclusive interview given yesterday to the Lebanese television station New-TV, Hizballah Chairman Hassan Nasrallah spoke for the first time since the ceasefire took effect and says that had he known what the Israeli response would be, he would have not kidnapped the Israeli soldiers.
Peretz: Hizballah gaining points in Lebanon
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006
Defense Minister Amir Peretz said yesterday that the inaction of the international community in Lebanon has caused Hizballah to enter the void and thus be seen as the savior, providing ordinary Lebanese with financial assistance to rebuild their lives, and garner much support in the eyes of the locals.
Olmert calls meeting regarding civil defense
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called a special meeting yesterday to discuss the government’s preparedness for emergencies, based on the lessons learned from the latest war in the north.
International Force to arrive in Lebanon within a week
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has notified Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the newly formed multinational force will arrive in Lebanon within a week and will be ready for deployment.
Olmert not decided on inquiry committee
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has not reached a decision as of yet whether to appoint a National Investigative Committee or a lower level Governmental Inquiry Committee to investigate the failures of the recent war in Lebanon.
Chavez suggests trying Israel for genocide
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006
During a visit to Beijing this week Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that Israel must be put on trial in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for genocide.
Fox news crew freed after two weeks in Gaza
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006
Fox News correspondent Steve Centanni and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were released today by their captors in Gaza and are said to be in good condition.
Breakthrough in efforts to build the international force
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced over the weekend, after meeting with European Foreign Ministers in Brussels, that Europe will send 7,000 troops to the international force to be deployed in south Lebanon.
Syrian Ambassador walks out on Israeli MK speakers
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006
Syrian Ambassador to Sweden stormed out of the lecture hall as Israeli Knesset Members Gideon Saar (Likud) and Avshalom Vilan (Meretz) were speaking in front of a prestigious institute in Stockholm.
Iran claims nuclear program does not threaten Israel
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006
Sources in Israel were quick to reject the claims of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this weekend saying that Iran’s nuclear program does not threaten any country, not even Israel.
Kofi Annan to meet families of kidnapped soldiers
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is planning to meet with the families of the three kidnapped soldiers Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev during his visit to Israel this week.
‘Beauty and the Geek’ finalist in Israel
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006
Israelis just finished viewing the first season of Ashton Kutcher’s reality show Beauty and the Geek, only to find that the program’s second-runner up, Richard Rubin, was spending three weeks studying in Jerusalem.
Lebanese family reunites after 6 years
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006
When Israeli troops withdrew from Lebanon six years ago, some 350 families from south Lebanon fled with them, choosing to live in Israel rather than face retribution from Hizballah for fighting against them.
Gilad Shalit – Two months and still no word
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006
Today marks two months since the attack on the Kerem Shalom outpost on the Gaza border and the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. In the attack, which sparked a renewed round of violence in Gaza, two soldiers were killed and several others were wounded.
Governing systems collapsed during the war
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Head of the Israeli General Security Services Yuval Diskin said in an internal GSS function that during the war, the governing systems in Israel had totally collapsed and that the public has realized that.
Norwegian Journalists favor Olmert as a Nazi
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006
The ethical board of the Norwegian Press Association has rejected a complaint by the Israeli Embassy in Oslo against anti-Semitic caricatures that were published in Norwegian newspapers depicting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as a Nazi officer and as the devil.
Chief of Staff Halutz: Battle is not over
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006
In a letter to all Israel Defense Forces soldiers, regular and reserve, IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. General Dan Halutz said that the threats have not passed, and that all deficiencies uncovered during the war will be investigated and repaired.
Olmert appoints Sheetrit as Acting Justice Minister
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appointed Housing and Construction Minister Meir Sheetrit as Acting Justice Minister in place of Haim Ramon who was indicted for sexual misconduct for allegedly trying to forcefully kiss a female soldier.
Annan to visit Jerusalem and Beirut next week
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will arrive in the region early next week and will visit Beirut and Jerusalem. He will discuss the implementation of resolution 1701 and the formation of the multinational force.
Olmert calls ministers to conquer the north
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert assembled the newly formed Northern Cabinet designated to strengthen Haifa and the north calling on the ministers to do all they can to lead reconstruction and development of the region both in terms of resources and of time.
Livni meets with European ministers
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met this week with foreign ministers of Belgium and France to discuss the implementation of UN resolution 1701, the inclusion of European troops in the multinational force, and the Iranian threat to the region.
IDF soldier killed, three injured in Lebanon
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
An Israel Defense Forces soldier was killed overnight and an officer and two other soldiers injured by the explosions of two landmines in southern Lebanon, close to the border.
Israeli Report: Iran will attempt to rebuild Hizballah
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
An internal Israeli Foreign Ministry report assesses that Iran will act to rebuild Hizballah even under the current limitations imposed by resolution 1701. The report says that Iran wants Hizballah to ignore the weapons ban south of the Litani and will simultaneously attempt to re-supply Hizballah with arms and missiles that could hit the Israeli population, even if they are fired from north of the Litani.
Peretz retracts: Conditions not ripe for talks with Syria
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Defense Minister Amir Peretz said yesterday in a meeting with UN envoy Terje Larsen that at the moment, the conditions are not yet ripe to renew talks with Syria, but he does see talks with Syria in the future.
Pollard: Obstacle to release of soldiers is failure of morality
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
In a personal letter written from his prison cell in the United States, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard wrote to the families of the three kidnapped Israeli soldiers that, “the only obstacle to the release of their loved ones is the failure of morality and the lack of mutual assurance in Israel.”
Larsen: Israel must lift blockade
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
UN Special envoy Terje Larsen said yesterday that the United Nations is calling on Israel to lift the blockade it has imposed on Lebanon after the Lebanese army has deployed in all border crossings, seaports, and airports.
MK Sheetrit volunteers to pick apples
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Housing Minister Meir Sheetrit and the management of his office gave a personal example and volunteered to pick apples and nectarines in Metula. During the war, the farmers of Metula were not allowed to go out and work their lands, and their foreign workers just got up and left in the middle of the picking season.
Call for preparation against Iranian missile attack
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Minister of Pensioners Affairs Rafi Eitan (Gil), and member of the Security Cabinet, is calling to prepare the civil defense systems against an Iranian missile attack.
Foreign Minister Livni on European tour
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has embarked on a short European trip visiting Paris, Brussels, and Rome where she will be discussing the international force that is due to arrive in southern Lebanon.
Shahak Commission – Out; National Inquiry – In
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
The special inquiry commission appointed by Defense Minster Amir Peretz to investigate the failures of the recent war in Lebanon has unexpectedly terminated it operations. The two reasons given are Prime Minister Olmert’s intention of appointing a National Inquiry Committee, and the legal difficulties of giving testimonial privilege to the committee such as the IDF had requested.
Is Ehud Barak on his way back to the government?
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Is former Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Barak on his way back to joining the government? Barak and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met over the weekend in the PM’s home in Jerusalem. In addition, Barak and Olmert have been in constant contact throughout the war.
Bush vows $230 million to Lebanon reconstruction
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
United States President George W. Bush announced yesterday that the US will give Lebanon emergency aid to the tune of $230 million for reconstructing homes damaged during the war. In addition the US will give Lebanon tens of thousands of tons of wheat.
El Salvador is staying in Jerusalem
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
El Salvador, the only country in the world who still has an embassy in Jerusalem, has notified the diplomatic establishment in Jerusalem that they have no intention of following Costa Rica in relocating their embassy to Tel Aviv.
Olmert: Don’t develop false hopes about Syria
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday in a tour of the north that Israel will not renew the negotiations with Syria until they stop supporting and sponsoring terrorist groups. Olmert warned not to develop false hopes in the matter.
Olmert to establish mechanism to investigate the war
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced yesterday during the weekly Cabinet meeting that he plans to establish an agreeable mechanism to investigate the failures during the recent war in Lebanon.
Gaza will become like Lebanon
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006
Head of the Israel’s General Security Services Yuval Diskin warned in the Cabinet meeting yesterday that if Israel does not take care of the strategic problem of the increase in terrorism in Gaza, she will face a situation similar to the one in Lebanon within three to five years.
Government to compensate reservists who fought in Lebanon
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006









The government decided yesterday to give special compensation to all reservists who fought in Lebanon during the war. These soldiers include all those who were drafted by the emergency draft and those who volunteered for service.
Chief of Staff: Israel won in points, not in a knockout
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. General Dan Halutz said yesterday that the war in Lebanon did not end in a knockout, but was won by Israel in points.
Turks intercept Iranian missile shipment to Hizballah
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006
The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet is reporting today that Turkish authorities intercepted five Iranian cargo aircraft and one Syrian aircraft carrying missiles to Hizballah.
Italy spearheads international force in Lebanon
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006
Italy will probably be the one to head the augmented international force to be deployed in southern Lebanon instead of France who decided to scale down the number of troops they are sending to only 400.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke on the matter with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.
Religious leaders make peace in Japan
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006
More than 500 religious leaders will meet this week in Kyoto, Japan for the international conference of the inter-religious organization “Religions for Peace” held once every five years. One of the goals of the conference is to draft a moral code of conduct to deal with violence and conflict around the world.
Israel rejects claim of ceasefire violation
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006
Defense Minister Amir Peretz said that the Israel Defense Forces’s commando operation in Baalbeck in Lebanon over the weekend does not deviate from the ceasefire agreement and that “the raid was necessary and was designed to prevent the rearmament of Hizballah.”
Reconstruction of Galilee a national priority
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006
The Cabinet will announce today that the reconstruction and strengthening of Haifa and the Galilee will be a national priority. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will announce the appointment of Maj. General (Ret) Amos Yaron to be the special coordinator who will oversee all government reconstruction and infrastructure activities in Haifa and the north.
Sinn Fein leader to visit Israel and PA
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006
Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish Republican Army will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority for the first time next month.
Peres celebrates 84th birthday
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006
Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres celebrated his 84th birthday this weekend while on a giant fundraising tour in the US for the reconstruction of the Galilee. Peres crisscrossed the US to raise $100 million in four days on a schedule more fit for a 20-year-old.
Peres asks Annan to help get release of soldiers
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006
Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres spoke on the phone with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday and asked him to increase his involvement in the efforts to release the kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldiers. Peres asked that Annan approach the Red Cross so they could visit the soldiers and report on their condition and wellbeing.
EU requests Israel lift air and sea blockade
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006
European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel who arrived in Israel yesterday asked Defense Minister Amir Peretz that Israel lift the naval and air blockade on Lebanon and allow the transfer of basic goods into Lebanon and prevent a worsening of the humanitarian situation in Lebanon.
Stop Palestinian inmate visits
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006
Government Minister Jacob Edery (Kadima) had approached Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with a proposal to halt all family visits to Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, until the Hamas government allows for a third party to see kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, as all attempts to get a sign of life from him had failed.
Hollywood Condemns Terrorism
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and executives – usually known for their support of leftwing causes - signed a joint declaration this week supporting Israel and condemning the terrorism of Hamas and Hizballah.
New immigrants flood Israel despite war
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006
Despite unrelenting rockets hitting northern Israel, a flood of new immigrants arrived in Israel from the United States, Canada and England.
Uri Grossman laid to rest on Mt. Herzl
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006
In a funeral that symbolized all funerals in Israel, the eloquence of prominent Israeli author David Grossman summed up the feelings of several families in Israel when he eulogized his own son, among 115 soldiers killed in battle.
Arafat’s widow Suha remarries
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006
Suha Arafat, widow of former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat, secretly married Lahasn al-Trabulsi, the brother-in-law of the Tunisian president, a number of days ago, according to a Tunisian website.
Costa Rica to move embassy to Tel Aviv
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006
Costa Rican President Oscar Sanchez Arias said at the end of his first 100 days in office, that he had decided to fix a historical injustice and relocate his country’s embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Peres: kidnapped soldiers are alive
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006
Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said that to the best of his knowledge, the two kidnapped soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser are alive, and the responsibility for their wellbeing is on the Lebanese government. “As far as I know the soldiers are alive and their health status is well. Several sources indicate they are healthy and sound,” said Peres in Washington.
Annan and Livni meet in New York
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006
In his meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan promised that 3,500 additional soldiers, mostly French, will arrive within the week to augment the UNIFIL force in southern Lebanon. A meeting is scheduled for today at the UN headquarters in New York for the representatives of all countries contributing soldiers to the international force.
Anti-Semitism up sharply around the world
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006
Anti-Semitic acts have increased sharply around the world since July 12, the first day of the war in Lebanon. Until today, 70 different instances of anti-Semitism were reported, 15 of them violent.
IDF ordered to strike weapons trucks in Lebanon
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006
The Israeli political leadership has instructed the Israel Defense Forces to hit and destroy any trucks who will attempt to deliver weapons from Syria to Lebanon for the purpose of rearming Hizballah.
Olmert and Peretz disagree on talks with Syria
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
A sharp dispute broke out between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz over the issue of renewing talks with Syria.
Livni to meet with Annan
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni left for New York yesterday where she will meet with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and will discuss with him the quick assembling of the international force to be deployed in southern Lebanon.
Government approves plan for Bedouin and Druze sectors
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The Cabinet’s Committee on the Non-Jewish Sectors headed by Minister Meir Shitrit has approved a multi-year plan for the development of the Druze, Circassian, and Bedouin sectors in the north to the sum of NIS 800 million.
Cabinet to approve plan for the north
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
By the end of this month, several major plans will be submitted to the Cabinet for reconstruction and strengthening of the Galilee. These plans include budgetary shifting and increasing of funds to government agencies on a scale of hundreds of millions of shekels. In addition the government has notified that it will relocate some of its activities and will operate from Jerusalem as well as from the north.
The world must not allow Iran to reconstruct Lebanon
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington and thanked her for her efforts and achievements in Security Council Resolution 1701.
Syria’s Assad: Israel is the enemy and we hate it
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
In his first public speech since the ceasefire in Lebanon, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad proclaimed victory to Hizballah today, and said that the US policy to reshape the Middle East has failed. He added that “Israel does not want peace. Israel is the enemy and we hate it. Resistance is the only way to go.”
Hizballah will hide not dismantle weapons
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The Arab language newspaper Al-Hayat, published in London, is reporting that a proposed compromise within Lebanon does not call for the disarming of Hizballah from its weapons south of the Litani River, but rather for the hiding of the weapons for a “long range solution,” which is a clear violation of UN resolution 1701.
Israel to withdraw from Lebanon on Wednesday
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The Israeli Army will begin its withdrawal from southern Lebanon on Wednesday and will transfer control of the area to UNIFIL forces. A day or two later, Lebanese army forces will enter the area and take control.
Peres to raise $100 million in four days
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres will leave for the United States on an official visit of diplomatic talks and a flash fundraising tour of United Jewish Communities and Jewish Federations of North America in six cities across the US for the purpose of raising money for the rehabilitation of the Galilee.
Bush stands behind Israel: Hizballah lost the war
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
In a statement issued yesterday, President George W. Bush has expressed his unequivocal support for Israel saying that Hizballah has lost the war.
Olmert appoints chief negotiator for return of soldiers
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appointed Ofer Dekel, formerly Deputy Director of the General Security Services (GSS), to head the diplomatic efforts for the return of the three kidnapped Israeli soldiers Gilad Shalit, Eldad Regev, and Ehud Goldwasser.
50,000 back-to-school kits donated for the north
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Sigalia Hefetz, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to Britain Zvi Hefetz has personally initiated a fundraising drive among Jewish organizations and business people to donate back-to-school kits for children of northern Israel and of Sderot who are due to return to school at the beginning of September.
Israel calls on Russia to honor embargo
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni are sending a high ranking diplomatic and security delegation to Moscow designed to help implement the arms embargo against Hizballah as it appears in the Security Council Resolution.
Likelihood is high for another clash with Hizballah
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006
The head of the Israel Defense Force’s Intelligence Division Maj. General Amos Yadlin said in an intelligence briefing in front of the Cabinet yesterday that there is high likelihood that Israel and Hizballah will clash in the future once again. He said that Iran will continue to arm Hizballah, rehabilitate it and prepare it for a future confrontation.
You win some, you lose some
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006
You win some, you lose some: Reporters find real reason for a bombed hospital in Lebanon, and Israel blunders proof of killed Hizballah terrorists.
Olmert: UN resolution is an accomplishment for Israel
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006
The Israeli Cabinet approved the adoption of UN Resolution 1701 for a ceasefire in Lebanon by a majority of 24 ministers in favor and one abstention (Minister Shaul Mofaz). The Cabinet decision said that the government will act based on its obligations in the resolution.
Soldier’s release could not be tied to agreement
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a meeting with the families of kidnapped soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser that there was no chance of tying the entire ceasefire agreement to the release of their sons.
Reservists suffered from budget cuts
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006
Israel Defense Force’s Chief of Staff, Lt. General Dan Halutz said that the IDF’s reservist corps, who fought effectively, bravely and decisively during the war, has suffered greatly over the past few years from budget cuts.
Cabinet approves UN resolution
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006
The Israeli Cabinet convened today to discuss the UN Security Council's resolution calling for a ceasefire in Southern Lebanon. There was an almost unanimous approval with Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz being the only minister to abstain.
GSS arrests Hizballah espionage suspect
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006
It has been cleared for publication that Israel's General Security Service and the Israeli Police have arrested a resident of Beit Zarzir, who confessed to giving a Lebanese drug dealer working for Hizballah, information about Israeli army maneuvers, military plans for action in Lebanon, and locations of missile hits in Israel.
Peres: the agreement is good for Israel
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006
Deputy Prime Minster Shimon Peres said yesterday that UN Security Council resolution 1701 was "very good for Israel and takes a firm stance against Hizballah’s terrorist aggression and gives Israel full support, including recognition of its force and military capabilities."
Hizballah uses mosques and churches as shields
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006
Reports arriving at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, say that Hizballah had built rooms for sheltering rockets and Katyushas underneath mosques in southern Lebanon, and that churches and Christians were used by Hizballah as human shields while firing rockets at Israel.
Olmert thanks Bush for keeping Israel's interests
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke to President George Bush yesterday and thanked him for the assistance of the US in keeping Israeli interests within the Security Council's resolution saying, "Your statements since the beginning of the war in the north have strengthened the people of Israel."
Israel not forced to withdraw from Shabaa
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006
In a last minute diplomatic maneuver, Israel was able to remove a demand by the Lebanese government to relinquish control of the Shabba farms and hand it over to the United Nations. Later it would be given to whoever the Secretary General decides: Syria or Lebanon.
Students of MASHAV Pray for Israel
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006
Many current and former students of the Foreign Ministry’s MASHAV (Israel’s Center for International Cooperation program) have been sending messages of solidarity and prayer since the beginning of the war, many of them expressing their desire to help Israel in its public diplomacy efforts around the world.
Two Canadian Jews Donate Ipods to IDF
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006
Two Canadian Jews donated 450 Ipods to Israeli soldiers fighting in Lebanon.
Peres Persuades Nicole Kidman to Visit Israel
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006












Photo: Yona Bartal

In what could be billed as high level diplomatic relations, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres met with Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman and persuaded her to visit Israel and to visit vacation sites in the north.
UN Human Rights Commission meets against Israel
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006
The United Nations Human Rights Commission met on Wednesday in a special session to discuss Israel’s actions in Lebanon, emphasizing the Qana incident and the destruction of civilian infrastructure in Lebanon.
Pat Robertson stands with Israel in solidarity visit
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006












Falling bombs, a war and tourists fleeing the country did not stop 76-year-old American Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson from giving his support to Israel on an unplanned solidarity visit.
Iranian Terrorists Involved in Fighting in Lebanon
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006
Israeli military officials say that Israel is holding 10 bodies of Iranian terrorists killed in clashes with the Israeli army in southern Lebanon yesterday. The officials say that the bodies are Iranians who serve in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and were found among the bodies of Hizballah terrorists.
Harsh confrontation between Peretz and Mofaz
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006
Defense Minister Amir Peretz and former Defense Minister and current Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz clashed during yesterday’s cabinet meeting dealing with the plans to expand the Israel Defense Force’s ground offensive in southern Lebanon.
We will fight with full force if no diplomatic solution
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006
During the Cabinet meeting held yesterday when it was agreed to expand the ground campaign in southern Lebanon, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that if there is no way to achieve the objectives we put forth in a diplomatic process, we need to act militarily with full force even if we have to pay the ultimate price in human lives.
Venezuela threatens to sever diplomatic relations with Israel
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said today that after recalling his ambassador to Israel for consultations, the next step will be to sever diplomatic relations with Israel in protest of the Israel Defense Force’s actions in Lebanon.
Raanan Dinur’s Tiger Squad
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006
“The Tiger Squad,” is what officials at the Prime Minister’s Office are calling the group of four former Directors General of the PM’s office and one former high ranking official who are helping to coordinate the government’s efforts in the north of Israel during the war.
Gillerman appeals to UN Security Council
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman pled Israel’s case before the Security Council yesterday. The UN is expected to pass a resolution in the coming days to end the fighting between Israel and Hizballah. The following is a transcript of his speech.
UN to consider condemnation of Israel
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
In a move initiated by Islamic countries, the new United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a special session this week to condemn Israel for its military offensive in Lebanon. In a session last month, the council voted 29–11 against Israel's military operations in the West Bank and Gaza. This meeting is separate from the Security Council.
Israeli casualties reported in Lebanon
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Israel is reported to have suffered “heavy” casualties in fighting today in south Lebanon. Israeli soldiers and Hizballah have been engaged in heavy battles all day, but the army has confirmed that two soldiers have died.
Red Cross chief: Beirut beaches packed
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
International Red Cross President Dr. Jakob Kellenberger said life was going on as normal in Beirut, while the effects of war were more apparent in northern Israel and southern Lebanon.
Cabinet approves extended ground operation
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Amidst attempts by the United States and France for a cease-fire in the region, Israel’s national security cabinet has approved an extended ground operation in Lebanon toward the Litani River.
Britain’s new ambassador arrives in Israel
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Tom Phillips, Britain’s new ambassador to Israel, arrived this weekend in Tel Aviv, his second stint in an official position in Israel. Phillips served as the Consul General and Deputy British Ambassador during the years 1990-1993.
Jerusalem police bar planned gay protest
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The Jerusalem police banned a planned gay protest, which was to take place in Jerusalem on Thursday out of concern it could result in violent clashes.
Cabinet to approve expansion of the ground offensive
Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Israel’s Security Cabinet will convene on Wednesday and will be asked to approve the Israel Defense Force’s recommendation, endorsed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz to expand and deepen the ground campaign in southern Lebanon all the way to the Litani River.
The Government to take northern residents on outings
Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Almost a month after the beginning of the war, the Israeli Government has decided to vacate 17,000 residents of the conflict zone in the north and send them on relief outings across the country.
Apprehension in Israel from Seniora’s plan
Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Officials in Israel fear that the Lebanese Government’s statement agreeing to deploy its armed forces in southern Lebanon and Hizballah’s consent to this move is a tactical trick aimed at foiling deliberations in the UN Security Council to stop the fighting and deploy a multinational force to the region.
Foreign Minister recalls ambassador to Venezuela
Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni decided to recall Israeli Ambassador Shlomo Cohen for consultations in Israel in protest of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s hostile behavior comparing the Israel Army’s actions in Lebanon and Gaza to Hitler and the Nazis.
Iran supplying weapons to Hizballah as humanitarian aid
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2006
In a briefing before the Cabinet yesterday, head of the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Division, Major General Amos Yadlin, said that Iran is supplying Hizballah with weapons under the guise of innocent humanitarian aid convoys.
IDF captures 20 Hizballah terrorists
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2006
Head of Israel Defense Force’s Operations Division Major General Gadi Eisenkot said in a briefing before the Cabinet that Israel had taken 20 Hizballah terrorists into custody since the beginning of the war. He also added that the IDF has increased its numbers close to the border in response to the heightened alert in Syria.
GSS Deputy Director pessimistic on deal for Shalit
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2006
Israel’s General Security Service’s deputy director said yesterday that the talks within the Palestinian arena on a settlement regarding stopping the firing of Kassam rockets and the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit have not been fruitful so far.
EU ambassador tours the north
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2006

European Union Ambassador to Israel Ramiro Cibrian-Uzal visited sites in the north hit by rockets in Nahariya and Carmiel and was amazed by the force of the hits, the damage done, and the suffering inflicted on the population.
Prime Minister calls for assertive public diplomacy
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2006
In a meeting held yesterday Prime Minister Ehud Olmert instructed Israel’s top spokespersons to take up an assertive line of public diplomacy and not be defensive in their message. This is the first time Olmert has met with this forum during the war.
Government spokespersons to improve Israel’s image abroad
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will gather, for the first time, a forum of all government spokespersons to brief them on how to improve Israel’s public diplomacy efforts during the war.
Satisfaction in Israel from draft ceasefire proposal
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006
Israel expressed its satisfaction from the joint US-French ceasefire draft proposal handed to the UN Security Council.
Olmert to Call on American Jews to Help Rebuild the North
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006
On Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will kick-start a campaign calling for American Jews to help rebuild the north of Israel after the war. The Prime Minister will appear live via satellite to 100 locations across the US in an attempt to raise $300 million.
Israel Looking Into Recalling Ambassador to Venezuela
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold consultations on Sunday to decide on an Israeli response to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s decision to temporarily recall his ambassador to Israel in protest of Israel’s actions in Lebanon.
Israel pummeled over the weekend
Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006
Ten Israelis were killed and four others were seriously wounded in the single worst Hizballah rocket attack since fighting began about a month ago.
Soldier loses legs but not upbeat attitude
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006

HAIFA – With his shaved head and handsome face, Or Baron, just 20-years-old, looked more like a young pop star than a heroic soldier as he sat on his bed in a cramped room at Rambam Hospital surrounded by friends and Israel supporters from overseas.
Hundreds of Finns Rally for Israel
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006

Despite intense criticism of Israel from Finland, the current president of the European Union, hundreds of Finnish citizens participated in a rally this week in central Helsinki in support of Israel and the country’s right to defend itself. Many Finnish celebrities chose to show their support along with people who drove hundreds of kilometers to participate in the rally.
Iranian president: Israel’s destruction solution to Mideast crisis
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006
Though not the first time, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the elimination of Israel, saying during an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Malaysia that the only solution to the Middle East crisis was the destruction of the Jewish state.
8 killed as rockets bombard northern Israel, 3 soldiers die
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006
Eight people were killed by Hizballah rocket attacks on northern Israel on Thursday and three soldiers were killed by an anti-tank missile fired at a tank in Lebanon.
Olmert: Nasrallah is a murderer and Assad is hasty and immature
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attacked the leaders of Syria and said they are hasty, immature and irresponsible. He also blamed the leaders of Syria in backing terrorism and said there is no use asking the Syrians to help settle the dispute in Lebanon.
Aliza Olmert Visits the North
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006
Aliza Olmert, the wife of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visited the north of Israel yesterday in support of the local residents under attack.
What does Brigitte Bardot want from Amir Peretz?
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006
Legendary movie actress Brigitte Bardot sent a personal letter to Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz yesterday calling on him to stop the bombing of the civilian population in Lebanon.
Wife of kidnapped soldier visits the US
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006
Karnit Goldwasser, the wife of kidnapped Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser, along with his parents Shlomo and Daniela have arrived in the United States in an attempt to raise awareness for their cause and help further his release, and the release of fellow soldier Eldad Regev, from the hands of Hizballah.
70 percent of Hizballah missiles destroyed
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006
In meeting with top US officials this week, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres who is visiting the United States said that Israel has destroyed 70 percent of Hizballah’s long and medium range missile capabilities and 20 percent of the short term missiles.
UJC Will Raise $300 Million to Rebuild the North
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006
The heads of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) announced that during 2006, they will transfer $300 million to Israel for the purpose of rebuilding the areas in the north hit by Katyushas.
Sources in Lebanon: Qana incident was staged by Hizballah
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
The French language publication Libanoscopie, published in Lebanon, is quoting an unnamed Hizballah official confirming that the Qana bombing was a premeditated sham staged by the Hizballah.
Shimon Peres: The Syrian Threat does not Bother Me
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
In a speech held at the Washington Institute yesterday, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said that the military threat coming from Syria does not bother him.
8127 new immigrants arrived in Israel since January
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
During the first six months of 2006, (January to June) 8,127 new immigrants arrived in Israel, similar to the same period during 2005 (when 8,121 new immigrants arrived). During the entire year of 2005 a total number of 21,180 new immigrants arrived in Israel, this according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.
Defense Minister Peretz: Israel is eradicating Hizballah
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Defense Minister Amir Peretz said yesterday that before the deployment of a multinational force, Israel is preparing the conditions where the Hizballah will cease to exist.
Cameroon newspaper calls to finish Hitler’sjob
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
A newspaper in Cameroon published an article yesterday calling to finish Hitler’s job and kill all Jews around the world.
European Foreign Ministers Call to End Hostilities
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Foreign Ministers of the European Union called yesterday for an immediate end to hostilities, followed by a general ceasefire.
Peres: Hizballah is holding “Pet Missiles”
Posted on Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who is on a visit to the United States, said that the people supportive of Hizballah are holding missiles in their homes as if they were pets.
Cabinet authorizes expansion of ground offensive
Posted on Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The Israeli Cabinet decided after four hours of deliberations to approve the expansion of ground activities in Lebanon. The decision was supported by all Cabinet members except Minister Eli Yishai of the Shas party who opposed the timing and said that the air strikes must be exhausted first.
Ceasefire possible with deployment of multinational force
Posted on Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke yesterday with British Prime Minister Tony Blair who called to get an update on the situation in Lebanon and the deployment of a multinational force there.
PM Olmert: there is no ceasefire
Posted on Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reiterated yesterday in a conference with municipality leaders that there is no ceasefire, and there will not be one in the next few days.
Israel has damaged two-thirds of Zilzal II missiles
Posted on Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Israeli intelligence has revealed today that over the first three weeks of the war in Lebanon, Israel was able to destroy two-thirds of the Iranian made Zilzal II missiles, capable of reaching a distance of 200 kilometers.

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