September 2006

Labor leadership race should begin
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006
Defense Minister Amir Peretz prefers to start the leadership race for the Israeli Labor party to begin immediately. With this he gave his approval for primaries in May 2007, though he could be ousted in the process.
Abbas to meet Khaled Mashaal
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006
Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, who is currently visiting Qatar, will hold talks with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal on a proposed Hamas-Fatah unity government.
Israel not to take part in Snooker World Championship
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006
Pascal Guillaume, International Billiards and Snooker Federation chairman, sent a letter to his Israeli counterpart saying that it would not be reasonable to have Israeli champion Roei Fernandez taking part in the championships going to take place in November in Amman, Jordan.
Shabbat-Reading and Commentary
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006
This week’s portion is the last before the yearly reading cycle of the five books of Moses, the Torah, begins again. It is a one-chapter portion that speaks of the “Song of Moses.” The first Song of Moses was the “Song of the Sea” when the people of Israel miraculously crossed the Reed Sea.
Britain, Germany - Israel's best friends
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006
According to a poll recently published by the British Embassy in Israel, some 43 percent of Israelis believe Britain is the friendliest European country to Israel. The poll found that 63 percent of Israelis think that British Prime Minister Tony Blair is a true friend of Israel.
Bashar Assad hosting a known terrorist in his home
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006
Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres (photo) said that Syrian President Bashar Assad is hosting a known terrorist, Khaled Mashaal, in his home thereby preventing any diplomatic progress between Israel and the Palestinians and that is blocking the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, which even the Hamas government has agreed to.
PM: Israeli Army does not need rehabilitation
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006
"The Israeli Army is not a course and does not need rehabilitation. There are revelations of things that are not in working order, whether it is equipment or the activation of troops. It will all be examined. Everything that needs to be examined will be examined without exception, but from here there is no need to speak about rehabilitation. The Israeli Army does not need rehabilitation.”
IDF targets weapons smuggling tunnel
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006
The Israel Defense Forces carried out an aerial attack in the Gaza Strip targeting a building in the city of Rafah, near the Philadelphi corridor, which was hiding the entrance to a weapons smuggling tunnel. The attack was based on specific intelligence information.
Finding stolen vehicles and fighting the desert
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006
Whoever said Israelis and Palestinians cannot cooperate has truly been mistaken. No, we are not talking about fighting terrorism or returning Gilad Shalit. This time we are talking about a massive joint effort to find a stolen UN vehicle which was taken by Palestinian militants in Gaza. This time, it was an Israeli vehicle recovery company that did the job together with the Palestinian security forces.
Israel ranked 15th in world economies
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Israel is ranked in 15th place in the world in the list of competitive economies published yesterday by the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. With this ranking, Israel has jumped eight spots ahead after being 23rd place last year.
Peretz: IDF withdrawal from Lebanon by next week
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
In a briefing before members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said that the last of Israeli forces in Lebanon will leave by the beginning of next week. He added that there are no armed Hizballah fighters on the fence endangering Israel Defense Forces and Israeli citizens.
Olmert: Zionism should redefine itself
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert participated in a symposium dealing with the subject of the Jewish identity of the State of Israel – religious Zionism as a major force in the national debate.
Abu Mazen blames Mashaal for railroading Shalit talks
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
In a meeting with Israeli officials, Palestinian President Abu Mazen blamed Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal (photo) for sabotaging the talks to release kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit and assembling a new unity government.
Israel backs ambassador to Norway after criticizing royals
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is backing Israeli Ambassador to Norway after she criticized the Norwegian Royal Family and the leadership for not criticizing the shooting of Oslo’s Central Synagogue last week.
Suicide bombing thwarted
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
In a joint Israel Defense Forces and Israel Security Agency operation overnight in Nablus, forces uncovered a 10kg explosive belt which was intended for use in a suicide bombing in the coming days.
Hundreds turn out to oppose Jerusalem building plan
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
If anyone buys one of the 20,000 proposed housing units in the Jerusalem hills, they’d be stabbing the eternal city in the back, said lawyer Shraga Biran, one of the opponents of a controversial development plan.
Israel joins European region of Interpol
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Achievement for Israel: After five years of diplomatic efforts, Israel has succeeded to persuade Interpol to accept Israel as a full member of their European region.
Talks to release kidnapped soldier hit stalemate
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The negotiations for the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit have been experiencing difficulties because of internal power struggles within the Palestinian Authority on the issue of a unity government.
New campaign to return Israelis home
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption has launched a new campaign encouraging Israelis who emigrated from Israel to US and Canada to return home.
PM Olmert interrogated by Comptroller’s office
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was interrogated for 45 minutes by representatives of the State Comptroller’s office yesterday in regard to the real estate deal of the house on Cremieux Street in the German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Israel to bring members of remote Indian tribe
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The Jewish Agency will help bring 216 members of the Menashe tribe from India to Israel. They will undergo a conversion process by Israel’s Rabbinate authority.
Brother against brother
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006
The insulated ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, which protects itself from worldly, outside influences, is now protesting the opening of an Orthodox yeshiva (seminary) in its midst.
Olmert opposed to negotiations with Syria
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he opposes negotiating with Syria because the Islamic nation is the main operator of terror in the region.
Livni meets with Oman FM and with Afghani president
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with the foreign minister of Oman Yousef Bin Alawi Bin Abdulla at the United Nations in New York.

The two discussed how to promote the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Livni updated Alawi on her meeting with Palestinian Authority leader Abu Mazen.

Sabbath siren reminds northerners of war
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006
Jerusalem replaced its sirens that announce the beginning of the Sabbath with Jewish religious songs after Israelis from the north who sought refuge in the capital during the Lebanon war panicked when they heard them.
Closure on Judea, Samaria and Gaza Strip lifted
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006
Israel lifted a three-day closure that was imposed on Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
Happy New Year! Rosh Hashanah begins tonight
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2006
Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. This day is also known as Yom Tru’ah or the day of the sounding of trumpets. Shofars (rams horns) are blown just as in biblical times. This two-day holiday is preceded by a month of repentance so that the New Year begins with a clean slate.

Israel to bring the remains of Herzl’s children to Jerusalem
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2006
Theodor Herzl was buried in Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem 57 years ago, but the State of Israel is just now fulfilling his last wishes to bring the remains of his children – Paulina and Hans buried in Bordeaux, France – to be interred in Jerusalem.

Their bones were buried this week near their father’s tomb in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, and other dignitaries.

Mayor of Entebbe: Old Terminal will not be demolished
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2006
The Mayor of the Ugandan capital of Entebbe Stephen Kabuye promised not to destroy the control tower and airport hall and where Israeli hostages were held during the 1976 hijacking.

Shabbat Commentary
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2006
Special reading for the Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShanah) 5767
Genesis 21:1-34; Numbers 29:1-6; 1 Samuel 1:1- 2:10

This Shabbat marks the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah and the celebration of the beginning of mankind.

“Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.” (Numbers 29:1)

So, why is it that the Jewish New Year is celebrated in the seventh month?

Author Amos Oz at Moscow book fair
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006
The central theme of this year’s Moscow International Book Fair, which opened a few days ago, is the launching of an international writing project of a Bible by prominent authors and artists from all over the world, where every author contributes one verse in his own language.
Israeli expert gets highest Chinese Honor
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006
Pride for Israel: The leadership of Shinjiang Province in western China has decided to bestow the “Mountain of the Sky” award upon an Israeli agriculture expert.
Israel sends emergency aid to Ivory Coast
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006
Israel launched emergency humanitarian aid to the African country of the Ivory Coast in response to requests due to an ecological and public health crisis which was caused by spillage of toxic waste into the waters of the lagoon in the heart of its capital Abidjan.
Livni: What has to happen for the world to take the Iranian threat seriously?
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006
In her address before the UN General Assembly yesterday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that history will judge the international community and its decisiveness in dealing with Iran, which is not only threatening Israel, but the entire world.
Ahmadinejad speaks to UN; Fox News airs campaign
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006
While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was speaking in front of the UN General Assembly, a new TV advertising campaign was launched on Fox News Channel calling the American People to stand behind Israel. The campaign is funded by the “Friendship Fund” headed by Rabbi Yehiel Eckstein.
Foreign Ministry cancels travel warning
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006
The Foreign Ministry has decided to cancel the recommendation for Israelis who are planning to visit Thailand to reconsider the necessity of their travel. In addition, the recommendation for Israelis in Thailand to remain close to their residence has also been canceled.
FM recommends Israelis not travel to Thailand
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
In light of the military coup in Thailand, the Foreign Ministry has published a recommendation that Israelis who are planning to visit Thailand get updated frequently from the media and reconsider the necessity of their travel to that country.
Livni: Inconceivable that UN invites Iranian leader to speak
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has decided to boycott the speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and leave the assembly hall when he speaks. During the time the Iranian President is due to address the UN General Assembly, Livni will attend a reception held by US President George Bush at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Millions of Shekels seized in West Bank raid
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
In an early morning raid on several money changing locations in the West Bank, Israeli security forces seized millions of Shekels and Jordanian Dinars suspected of funding terror activities against Israel. Three Palestinians were also arrested in the raid.
Will Mubarak save Israel’s Lulav shortage?
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon (photo) wrote a letter to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asking his personal intervention to expedite the import of 300,000 Lulavs to Israel for the Sukkot holiday.
Gov't to invest NIS 1 billion in northern villages
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Director General of the Prime Minister’s office Raanan Dinur met with the board of local Arab municipalities of the north and presented them with the Arab sector’s share of the plan to rebuild the north.
Thai mobile phone with Nazi symbols
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I-Mobile, a wireless communications company in Thailand has launched two mobile phones with Nazi symbols and insignias printed on them.

Lebanon refuses Israeli Knesset member
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
A delegation from the European Union, which was due to arrive in Beirut to assess the damages from the war, has cancelled its visit because Lebanon refused the entry of an Israeli Knesset Member into the country. The refused MK is Deputy Knesset Chair Majalli Whbee (Kadima).
Buffett: World must know about Israeli wonder
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
In a meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Monday evening, American business mogul Warren Buffett expressed his amazement with the Israeli economy and its people, saying the entire world must know about the wonder which is in Israel.
Vinograd committee starts working
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The Vinograd committee for the investigation into the performance of the military and political echelons regarding the war in Lebanon has convened its first meeting which was dedicated mainly to technical issues: work procedures, appointing a secretary, a spokesperson, and researchers.
Cautious optimism for release of Shalit
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
From the moment Israel received the handwritten letter from Gilad Shalit saying he is in good condition and he hopes to return in time for his next birthday, the efforts to seal a deal for his release were accelerated. The letter is the first sign of life from the kidnapped soldier, who has been in captivity for almost three months.
Rice: No linkage between Iranian and Palestinian routes
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during their meeting Monday night, that there is no shift in the American position that the three kidnapped soldiers must be released unconditionally. Rice denied the statements of her senior advisor Philip Zelikow, and said that there is no linkage between how the Iranian threat is treated and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Olmert slams Yaalon for Spin comment
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert criticized the words of former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe “Bogey” Yaalon yesterday after claiming that the military operation in the last two days of the war was motivated by a political spin.

Shots fired at Oslo’s Central Synagogue
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006
The Oslo police have tightened the security around Jewish institutions and the Israeli Embassy building in Oslo, Norway, in response to the Sunday morning shooting attack on the Central Synagogue in the city.
Peres to meet Musharraf and kings of Jordan, Morocco
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006

Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres will be the most senior Israeli official to participate in the Second International Conference of state and economic leaders organized by former US President Bill Clinton in New York this week.

Most Israelis support Palestinian Unity Government
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006
A poll fielded last week by the “Geneva Initiative” group found that most Israelis support negotiations with a Palestinian unity government which is being assembled these days by the Fatah and Hamas factions. The results of the poll will be presented today at a conference organized by the Geneva Initiative group.
Vinograd committee approved by Cabinet
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006
The Israeli Cabinet has approved this morning the formation of a Governmental Inquiry Committee to investigate the performance of the political and military echelons during the war in Lebanon. The committee will be chaired by retired former Chief Justice of the Tel-Aviv District Court Judge Dr. Eliyahu Vinograd.
Cabinet approves plan to strengthen north
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006
The special cabinet formed for the strengthening of Haifa and the north has unanimously approved a detailed plan to strengthen the north, brought by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Reports of signs of life from Gilad Shalit
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006
Sources within the Palestinian Authority have reported over the weekend that a first sign of life from Gilad Shalit, in the form of a letter, was delivered to Israel. The Arab media has also reported progress in the negotiations for his release.
Churches attacked in protest of Pope’s statements
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006
Churches in the West Bank and Gaza were damaged in several shooting and fire bomb attacks over the weekend, in response to the words of Pope Benedict XVI criticizing the Muslim religion. Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Gaza to protest.
Syrian Authorities declare war on the Israeli mango
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2006
According to the report, Syrian customs officials “ambushed” the refrigerated truck that carried large amounts of fruits and vegetables from Jordan. The forbidden fruit was found concealed inside the truck. The mangoes were removed from the truck and sent to be destroyed .
Four Israelis on “Forbes” list of most powerful women
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2006
Four Israeli women have been ranked in the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Ranked 21st, Oracle President and Chief Financial Officer Safra Catz heads the list of Israelis and is described as the most powerful woman in Silicon Valley.
Elie Wiesel joins call to expel Iran from the UN
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006
Nobel Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel has joined a group of prominent Israelis calling for the expulsion of Iran from the United Nations.
Former Iran president attacks Ahmadinejad
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006
Former President of Iran Mohammed Khatami attacked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said that he has caused formidable damage to Iran in the international arena.
Bush meets with Livni in a surprise visit at the White House
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006
US President George W. Bush met Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at the White House in a surprise visit on Wednesday, joining the meeting between Livni and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.
Israel Welcomes Mrs. President
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006
Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik has assumed the position of acting President of Israel while President Moshe Katzav takes temporary leave during a police investigation into sexual harassment charges.
IDF uncovers terrorist tunnel
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
An Israel Defense Forces tracker was killed yesterday during an operation to detect tunnel digging around the Kissufim crossing in Gaza. A tunnel was discovered in the area and is currently being investigated by engineering forces.
All Labor ministers support budget except Peretz
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
The 2007 budget was approved by the cabinet yesterday after a ten hour deliberation. 19 ministers supported the proposed budget, including all Labor ministers. The only one not to vote in favor was Labor Chairman and Defense Minister Amir Peretz who abstained after his demands for an increase for defense and welfare were not granted fully.
Top commander of the Lebanon war quits the IDF
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Chief of the Israel Defense Forces Northern Command Maj. General Udi Adam, who was the top commander of the Lebanon war, has announced today that he will be resigning from the IDF. Chief of Staff Dan Halutz accepted Adam’s resignation, which will take effect in one week.
Abbas in Jordan to advance the release of Shalit
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas left for Amman today for a flash visit in hopes of advancing a solution to the issue of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. Sources say that Abbas will probably meet with a top Israeli security official and discuss further action for the release of the soldier.
Livni proposes Danish election system for Israel
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni proposed yesterday during a meeting of Kadima’s ministers to change the Israeli election system to the Danish method, where the voter has more influence on the order and list of the candidates during general elections to the Knesset.
Sports Roundup: Israeli teams got hurt by the war
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The war in Lebanon did more damage than one can expect. It was not only to lives, homes, and businesses. Israel’s representative sports teams also suffered greatly during and after the war, including not being allowed to host international matches in Israel, foreign players fleeing, and general hostile treatment.
Hamas and Fatah to share government powers
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Hamas and Fatah have agreed to create a National Unity Government which will adopt the principles of the “Prisoners Document” and could jumpstart the talks with Israel. The move could also lift international sanctions imposed by the international community and help the Palestinians rebuild themselves economically.
US will act to prevent Iranian nuclear nightmare
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
In a ceremony commemorating five years to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones (photo)spoke about the Iranian nuclear program, the Iranian-Syrian involvement in supporting terrorism, and the importance of implementing resolution 1701.
Israel to re-brand itself in the world
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is currently working on a multi-year plan to re-brand Israel and to improve its image around the world. Livni is currently in contact with the Treasury Ministry to try and obtain a $20 million budget allocation for the project.
Olmert folds again: Appoints judge to head inquiry committee
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
After weeks of public pressure and repeated criticism from all sides of the political map, including from within his own government, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert finally agreed to appoint a retired judge to head the Governmental Inquiry Committee who will investigate the failures of the war in Lebanon.
Israel investigates Arab Knesset members’ visit to Syria
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2006
Attorney General Meni Mazuz ordered criminal investigations into the visit to Syria by three Arab members of Parliament. The three visited Syria this weekend to show support for Bashar Assad regime. The head of the General Security Services said that their speeches will be examined for signs of criminal incitement.
Blair Meets with Families of the Kidnapped Soldiers
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2006
British Prime Minister Tony Blair met yesterday with the families of the three kidnapped soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit and promised to do everything in his power, in Gaza as well as in Lebanon, to bring a sign of life from their sons. “There will be no progress in the peace process without the release of the soldiers,” Blair said.
Iran to give Hizballah $180 million to rebuild
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2006
Head of Military Intelligence Maj. General Amos Yadlin told the Israeli cabinet that Iran is expected to give between $150 million to $180 million to Hizballah to rebuild Lebanese homes bombed by Israel during the war. He also said that Syria is looking into creating a Hizballah-like guerilla organization to fight Israel on the Golan Heights.
Olmert: Israel wants to restart talks with Palestinians
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday that Israel will look for a way to restart talks with the Palestinians in order to create a new political horizon. Olmert said that Israel will not retreat from the roadmap and the steps stipulated in the plan.
Jordan postpones ceremony for Israeli ambassador
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2006
The Jordanian administration has postponed the ceremony for the incoming Israeli Ambassador to Jordan for two months out of fear that a picture of the King with an Israeli official at this time will cause unrest in the kingdom.
Olmert willing to meet with Abu Mazen
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2006
In an intense weekend of official visits to Israel, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that he is willing to meet with the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
In a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Olmert said that he is willing to meet with Abbas unconditionally even before the release of Gilad Shalit from captivity.
Olmert meets with families of kidnapped soldiers
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2006
In an emotional and tearful meeting, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the families of the three kidnapped soldiers that he is doing his utmost to bring the release of their sons, and he will not forget or give up on them.
“I will be the second happiest person in the country after you when your sons return home. I do not intend to hold back in the efforts to bring them back,” Olmert said.
Government investment in the North could reach $1 billion
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2006
A government official said that the total investment in rebuilding Israel’s northern region since the war could reach almost $1 billion, not including money to be paid by the Property Tax Authority and the expected investment in infrastructure.
Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office Raanan Dinur surveyed investments in the north based on fundraising projections that were presented during the Northern Cabinet meeting.
Relocation of embassies to save half million shekels
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2006
The decision of Costa Rica and El Salvador to relocate both their embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv will save the Israeli taxpayer half million shekels a year in rent money previously paid by the Israeli government. After the two countries chose to relocate their embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv last month, leaving no embassies in Jerusalem, the Israeli government decided to stop paying the rent for the two countries’ embassies and ambassadors’ residents.
Falafel and the Hora: Israeli culture taught in Vietnam
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2006
The popular Vietnamese cultural television channel VTV-3 aired an entire show dedicated to Israeli culture and costumes, from falafel to the famous Hora circle dance. The show was taped during the war and was aired last week.
War game simulates killing of Jews in 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2006
A website is selling a game that simulates the Nazi reaction to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943, according to the Government Forum against Anti-Semitism. The game is selling for $16.
Herzog to give Finnish President Letters from families of the kidnapped soldiers
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2006
Tourism Minister Yitzhak Herzog, invited by the Jewish community in Finland to be a guest at the centennial celebration of the Jewish community in Helsinki, will speak at the Central Synagogue in the city before Jewish leaders from all over Scandinavia.
Olmert Caves: Israel to lift blockade off Lebanon
Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2006
After eight weeks, Israel will today lift the air and sea blockade it has imposed on Lebanon since the beginning of the war against Hizballah. The agreement was reached after assurances that the multinational force is ready to take its position and prevent weapons from reaching Hizballah.
Hassidic Jew removed from airplane for praying
Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2006
A Hassidic Jew was removed last week from a Canada Jazz flight from Montreal to New York after nervous passengers complained about the way he was praying in his seat prior to takeoff.
As the aircraft was taxiing towards the runway, several passengers noticed the man praying in his seat and alerted the flight crew of suspicious and erratic behavior.
US, EU condemn Israeli settlement plans
Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2006
The American administration delivered an official protest to Israel in response to the Ministry of Housing’s planned construction of 690 apartments in the Jewish settlements of Ma’ale Addumim, and Beitar I’lit.
The administration said in the letter that the United States was “extremely troubled” by the new construction in the settlements due to the negative message it sends.
New Pro Israel Lobby will be created in Europe
Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2006
A gala event in Brussels next week will celebrate the creation of a new pro-Israel lobby in Europe, similar to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) operating in the United States.
Foreign Ministry director general visits Jordan
Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2006
Foreign Ministry Director General Aaron Abramovich visited Jordan yesterday on a secret trip in which he met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ab’d Al’Hila al-Hatib and with other senior officials.
Secret service wants hi-tech experts to fight terror
Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2006
Israel’s secret service initiated an ad campaign this week designed to help recruit employees from the hi-tech sector in order to develop information systems that will assist in fighting terrorism.
Film shows kidnappings; photos of Ron Arad
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
A documentary released yesterday shows how three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were kidnapped by Hizballah guerillas on the Lebanese border in 2000, and shows striking similarity to the recent kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, which triggered the latest war in Lebanon.
IDF acts in West Bank and Gaza against terrorists
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
In two separate actions yesterday, the Israel Defense Forces arrested a high ranking terrorist in the West Bank and targeted a vehicle used by terrorists in Gaza on its way to carry out an attack.
Chinese made rockets fired by Hizballah
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Israel filed an official complaint to the Chinese government after an Israel Defense Forces investigation found that Chinese made missiles were fired at Israel by Hizballah during the war. Israel asked China to respect UN Resolution 1701 and to do all it can to prevent its weapons from getting to the hands of terrorists.
Comptroller strikes down two members of inquiry committee
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
The blows just keep on coming to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: the State Comptroller disqualified two senior members of the PM’s Governmental Inquiry Committee on grounds of conflict of interest because of their professional connections to the security establishment.
Peretz: No implementation of 1701
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Defense Minister Amir Peretz said yesterday that from Israel’s point of view, UN resolution 1701 will not be fully implemented until the kidnapped soldiers return home.
European countries refuse to allow El Al refueling
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Five European countries have recently denied refueling rights from El Al airplanes carrying ordnance and military equipment from the United States. Without these refueling stops, the aircraft must limit their payload, thus carrying fewer supplies to Israel.
IDF officers warned not to visit Europe
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
A recent letter has been disseminated to several senior and junior officers of the Israel Defense Forces and several political figures warning them not to travel to Europe due to charges filed against them for war crimes they had allegedly committed during the war in Lebanon.
Skyshield Air Defense System being considered
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The Israeli Ministry of Defense has recently approached the American Lockheed Martin with a request to test and upgrade its Skyshield Air Defense system for possible use against Hizballah rockets.
PM’s office denies asking Annan to act as a mediator
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Embarrassment in Jerusalem: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that following requests from Israel and the Hizballah he has agreed to become a mediator for the release of prisoners. Officials in Israel are denying they made such a request.
Conflicting reports about release of Gilad Shalit
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
A slew of reports have surfaced in the past few days regarding an impending deal for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, including one today which said that Shalit has already been transferred to Egypt from Gaza in anticipation of a deal. Both the Israeli government and the Shalit family have said that they have no knowledge of such a move.
Tensions between Israel and Russia
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006
The Russian authorities have cancelled at the last minute an exhibition that was due to open in the Tel Aviv Convention Center with 50 businesspeople and 30 Russian government executives which have already landed in Israel.
Realignment is no longer on the government’s agenda
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has renounced the realignment plan for the settlements of Judea and Samaria, which was the major issue for him and his Kadima Party in the past elections. From his words in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee today, it seems as if the plan has been effectively suspended.
A blitz of diplomatic visits to Israel
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006
A wave of high ranking international visitors will be arriving in Israel in the coming days: Five heads of State and Foreign Ministers within a week.
Anti-Semitic Caricatures and Holocaust Denial
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006
The American Jewish Committee has demanded a response from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan regarding an anti-Semitic caricature exhibit and a Holocaust denial conference which took place in Iran during his visit there this week. The AJC claimed that the failure to give attention to the issue of anti-Semitism that is encouraged by the Iranian regime will be interpreted as a silent agreement or even worse. Annan did not officially condemn the exhibit.
State Comptroller seeking to destroy PM Olmert?
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006
State Comptroller Judge Micha Lindenstrauss approached the Attorney General Menahem Mazuz yesterday asking him to initiate a criminal investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in reaction to evidence he uncovered which implicates Olmert on political appointments during his time as Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor.
Deal to release Shalit within two days
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006
The Qatari newspaper Al-Sharq is reporting today that a deal to release kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is in the works and will include the release of 1,400 Palestinian prisoners to be completed in the next few days.
Al-Qaeda terrorist has Jewish roots
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006
The mother of Adam Pearlman never dreamed he would turn out this way. The typical wish of a Jewish mother is for her son to become a doctor or maybe a lawyer, but this Jewish boy went in a completely different direction: International terrorism. No – not the people who fight terrorism, but the ones who conduct it.
Israel in secret talks to release soldiers
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006
Israel is reportedly conducting covert talks for a deal to release the three kidnapped soldiers in exchange for Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners.
Multinational Force in Lebanon
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006
The Germans are hesitating, the Italians are arriving, and Israel is preparing to leave.
Saniora refuses to meet for peace talks
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert revealed today during a visit to the north, that Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora had repeatedly rejected his calls to meet face to face and start negotiations towards peace.
IDF strikes terror targets in Gaza and West Bank
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006
A building used to store weaponry in Gaza was hit last night, and two Tanzim operatives were arrested in the West Bank city of Tulkarm, after several failed attempts to launch rockets into Israel.
School year Begins in Israel
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006
After a two day delay, the school year in Israel has officially been opened, sending 1,423,840 children and 123,000 teachers to begin the 5767 school year, including schools in the north, where children are returning to their schools hit by rockets only a short time ago.
Wine industry saved by ceasefire
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006
The ceasefire with Hizballah came just in time to save at least one industry in the Upper Galilee: wine making. Growers were able to tend their vineyards after 34 days of neglect during the conflict when thousands of Hizballah rockets were pelting the region and setting vineyards on fire.
Al-Qaeda member calls Hizballah ‘infidels’
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006
Israel has found an unlikely sympathizer in its distaste for Hizballah: al Qaeda. In a speech on pro al Qaeda website, al Qaeda’s second in command in Iraq Sheikh Abu Abdul Rahman apparently condemns the "infidel Hizballah" and "the most corrupted regimes of Syria and Iran."
Salvadoran Embassy moving to Tel Aviv after all
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006
Five days after assuring Israel they will stay in Jerusalem, El Salvador officials announced that they decided to follow the lead of Costa Rica and relocate their nations embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Tennis: Shahar Pe’er advances at Flushing Meadows
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006
Israeli tennis star, 19-year-old Shahar Pe’er, advanced to the third round of the US Open yesterday evening after defeating Martina Mueller of Germany 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Pe’er who is ranked 21 in the world, has already equaled her last years’ achievement.
Basketball: Israel beat Bosnia in Qualifier for Eurobasket 2007
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday night the Israel national team in basketball got off to a perfect start in its campaign to qualify for Eurobasket 2007, defeating Bosnia-Herzegovina 88-81 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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