February 2007

Christian children worldwide to pray for Israel on Purim
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
As Purim nears, 6 million Christian children worldwide plan to pray for the protection of the Jewish people against the Iranian nuclear threat.

A prayer rally will take place prior to Purim, the holiday commemorating God’s redemption of the Jewish race against Haman during the Persian Empire nearly 2,500 years ago. American Evangelical Leader Michael Evans said he initiated the prayer rally of 6 million children because Christians should never forget the number of Jews who perished during the Holocaust.

Undercover Border Police kill Jihad commander
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Undercover Border Police killed three Islamic Jihad terrorists Wednesday morning, including Ashraf Sa’adi, commander of the group. The other gunmen were Mahmoud Abu Nasa and Daoud Jabli.

The killings come days after Israeli troops began a large-scale operation in the Samarian town of Nablus on Sunday in an attempt to dismantle terrorist infrastructures.

Three women murdered in possible ‘honor killings’
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Three Palestinian women have been murdered in the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours in what Palestinian security officials believe to be “honor killings.”

While the exact motive remains unclear, the bodies were found early Tuesday morning in the northern Gaza Strip. One woman, the mother of four, was found near the beach and had been shot 13 times. The other two women’s bodies were also shot numerous times.

Six rockets hit southern Israel
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Six rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, causing no damage or injuries, but keeping tensions high in southern Israeli towns. The rockets were fired after Russian foreign minister said a Hamas leader promised him Palestinians would end the violence against Israel.

Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Damascus-based Khaled Meshaal had personally given him this promise at their meeting in Moscow. Meshaal did not repeat the promise cited by the Russian foreign minister at a separate news conference, but he did make it clear that Hamas is not ready to recognize Israel.

Iran gives Hizballah rocket to reach south Israel
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Israeli Middle East intelligence spokesmen believe that Iran is transferring a new type of rocket to Hizballah that is more accurate, deadly and capable of hitting southern Israel from Lebanon.

Intelligence sources are concerned that Iran is entrenching itself in southern Lebanon with an improved weapon, according to a report in an Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahranot. The rocket, called “Fatah 110,” is an improved Chinese bombardment rocket with a 125-mile (200-kilometer) range and a 440-550-pound (200-250-kilogram) warhead. It requires just a few minutes for installation prior to being fired.

Israeli army withdrawing from Nablus
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The Israeli army was beginning to withdraw from the Samarian town of Nablus after beginning a large-scale operation to dismantle terrorist infrastructures, according to Palestinian sources.

The Palestinians reported that Israeli jeeps were leaving the Old City section of Nablus, but said the operation was far from over.

Pilot killed after crop duster crashes
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The pilot of a crop dusting plane was killed on Tuesday morning after his aircraft collided with high voltage cables and made a crash landing into the Jezreel Valley. An emergency call was made, reporting that the plane had lost control and was losing altitude.

Three rescue teams, paramedics from emergency response services and firefighters arrived to the scene, but were unable to resuscitate the pilot.

Unions to launch strike unless Olmert intervenes
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Histadrut Labor Federation leader Ofer Eini (photo) and Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office Ra'anan Dinur were set to continue talks on Tuesday in an attempt to settle the dispute of unpaid salaries before the labor union prepares for a general public-sector strike on Wednesday.

Eini said a strike is likely unless the prime minister intervenes and personally solves the problem.

Petition to move soccer games to weekdays
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Members of Knesset (parliament) presented the Israel Football Association (IFA) with a petition to move games to weekdays instead of on the Sabbath, which is to be observed as a day of rest.

IFA Chairman Itzhak Menahem and Secretary-General Haim Zimmer met with parliament members Uri Ariel (National Union-National Religious Party) and Avshalom Vilan (Meretz-Yahad) on Sunday to discuss changing league matches to weekdays.

Businessman to invest in northern schools
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Israeli businessman Nohi Dankner announced his plans to invest $50 million to build and renovate schools in northern Israel. The project is in association with the Jewish Agency.

Education Minister Yuli Tamir said goal is to upgrade education facilities in the north.

Olmert tells defense heads to prepare for war
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007
Israeli intelligence services reported that while chances for a war against Israel this year are low, Israel is less strategically stable than it has been in the past because of greater and more negative risks in the region.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert instructed the defense establishment to prepare for the possibility of war after a briefing by intelligence officials on Sunday.

Report: Hizballah readying for war
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007
Local residents have noted increased activity by Hizballah’s fighters south of Litani River where the terrorist organization appears to be building a new line of defense, according to a report by The Times of London.

The Shiite group is building its defenses in a United Nations-controlled zone in south Lebanon in preparation for a potential conflict with Israel, according to the newspaper.

Missing Israeli found stabbed to death in ravine
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007
Security forces found the body of an Israeli settler stabbed to death late Sunday night in a ravine near the Judean city of Hebron. Erez Levanon, 42, had gone missing late Sunday afternoon and was found near a local spring where Palestinians live.

Police are investigating whether the murder was terror related or criminal activity, but security sources believe it to be terror related.

Jewish MLB players head to Israel
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007
Ron Blomberg, former major league baseball player is coming to Israel to help launch the first Jewish league in the country.

His first trip to Israel, Blomberg said is excited about meeting fellow Jews.

“I'm a proud Jew and a proud American,” a Ynet News website reported him as saying. “I think it’s wonderful that I have been chosen in my later years to go there and bring the game of baseball to the Israeli people.”

West Bank Story takes home academy award
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007
American Director Ari Sandel took a walk down the red carpet to receive his first Academy Award for his musical comedy of “West Bank Story,” in the best live action short film category on Sunday.

“I made a comedy, a musical about Israelis and Palestinians that takes place between two falafel stands in the West Bank, Sandel said after he received his Oscar. “It's a movie about peace and hope.”

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Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007

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Weekly Special Offer
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007
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Israeli army begins operation in Nablus
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Israeli army raided the Samarian town of Nablus on Sunday morning in an operation targeting terrorist organizations, calling it “activity against terror infrastructures.”

Israel Defense Forces officials said the large-scale operation would end only after all its goals were achieved. Troops entered with about 80 jeeps and several bulldozers for the purpose of demolishing explosive labs. They also closed the main entrance to the city and placed the more than 50,000 residents in the town under curfew.

Documentary claims Jesus buried in Jerusalem neighborhood
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Israeli-born, Canadian-based filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici is producing a film claiming the tomb of Jesus and his family is in Talpiot, a southern neighborhood of Jerusalem, close to Bethlehem.

Two-time Emmy winner Jacobovici and his team, including Hollywood director James Cameron, are to document the 10 ossuaries, chests for human bones, found in 1980, bearing inscriptions with the names of Jesus, Mary and other relatives.

Histadrut to strike over unpaid wages
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007
Histadrut leaders are to convene on Sunday to discuss when to launch a major general public-sector strike.

The Histadrut, or the Israeli trade union congress, said the government and local authorities have failed to pay wages to tens of thousands of workers. It is reported 40 local authorities and 16 religious councils have delayed payment of wages in the last two years.

Radio station to promote Israeli-Palestinian dialogue
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007
Middle East Eyewitness News (RAM-FM 93.6) launched a new English-language radio station broadcasting news to Middle Eastern countries and is aimed at promoting Israeli and Palestinian dialogue.

The station is to broadcast 24 hours a day from studios in Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Isaac Kirsh, the founder of the station, said he obtained licenses from the Palestinian Authority government because it was easier than trying from Israel after coming up with the idea for the station.

Israeli buys real-estate from Iranian billionaire
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007
An Israeli businessman purchased an ancient mansion in Texas from an Iranian billionaire for $5 million.

Tamir Poleg, a real estate owner, purchased the historical property, spanning 3,000 square meters (32,292 square feet) on an island near Galveston. It was built in 1894 and served as an orphanage.

Join the Campaign to Reforest Israel!
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007

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“For there is hope of a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoot will not cease.” ( Job 14:7)

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Weekly Special Offer
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007
Ein Gedi - Natural Dead Sea Black Mud

Ein Gedi’s Dead Sea black mud is used for therapeutic purposes on the hair and body. It possesses unique medicinal qualities used for treatment of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, fungal infections and other skin diseases.
They are also effective in cases of arthritis and rheumatism. Rich in minerals, this unscented mud induces a feeling of relaxation in the skin and body. You are given an opportunity to experience the outstanding healing properties of the product.
Reuniting families with lone soldiers
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007
In honor of next week's Family Day, the Jewish Agency, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and the IDF itself are bringing parents of Israel's lone soldiers to Israel for a one-week visit to Israel.

Lone soldiers are those serving in the Israeli army who came to Israel as new immigrants or volunteers and whose families are still in their native countries. The isolation felt by some of these soldiers sparked the need for “Regila im Ima,” a program that brings the families of lone soldiers to Israel every year.

Galilean tour operators invest to promote tourism in the area
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007
Some 160 enthusiastic members of the global tourism industry took over the Galilee's tourist attractions last week, in the framework of project "Go Galilee," aimed at exposing tour operators from across the world to Israel's beautiful north.

Data shows that, on average, tourists spend less than one night in the Galilee region. Therefore, hotel operators and tour agents decided to invest in marketing the area in the world in a bid to bring more travelers to the north.

Olmert: Threat with Iran can be dealt with diplomatically
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday that he believed the threat against Israel of Iranian nukes is overrated and can be resolved diplomatically rather than by force.

“The Iranians are not as close to the technological threshold as they purport to be,” Olmert said at a news conference for the foreign press in Israel.

Egyptians arrest Palestinian planning attack on Israelis in Sinai
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
Authorities detained a Palestinian man wearing a suicide belt after he entered Egypt through a tunnel on Gaza border intending to blow up Israelis vacationing in the Sinai region.

The arrest on the Egyptian side of Rafah on Tuesday led police to two Palestinian accomplices who had rented a flat in the town, they added.

Quartet demands PA recognize Israel
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
Following talks in Berlin on Wednesday night, the Quartet reiterated the need for the Palestinian Authority to accept its principles, including recognizing Israel’s right to exist.

The Quartet is made up of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia. The Quartet, released a statement saying it, "reaffirmed its statements regarding its support for a Palestinian government committed to nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the road map, and encouraged progress in this direction."

Blair: Middle East needs viable Palestinian state
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday that the Middle East needs a Palestinians state to help bring democracy and justice to the region and to guarantee the future security of the West.
Ramon's conviction may be annulled
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
A court may annul the conviction of former Justice Minister Haim Ramon, who was found guilty of sexual harassment, enabling him to return to his position.

A parole board may also recommend the court sentence Ramon to community service as punishment for his actions.

Poll: 75 percent of Israelis want to be in EU
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
Most Israelis want their nation to be part of the European Union and 11 percent said they would leave Israel if they were granted EU citizenship, according to a survey.

Half of all Israeli citizens said they visited Europe in the past three years, the study found. Britain was the most popular state among Israelis who traveled to Europe with 80 percent saying it was their favorite destination.

Arms smuggled to Hizballah weekly
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Israeli army officials are reporting weekly arms shipments from Syria to the terrorist group Hizballah based in southern Lebanon, despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers.

Officers in the army’s Northern Command told Vice Premier Shimon Peres on Tuesday that the deliveries are usually made at night, evading UNIFIL peacekeepers stationed in Lebanon.

Massive suicide bombing thwarted
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
A massive suicide bombing aimed to strike at the center of Tel Aviv was thwarted when Israeli intelligence uncovered the plot and found the bomber in an apartment.

The Palestinian man succeeded in entering Israel with a large bomb and wandered around yesterday but failed to detonate the deadly device. Israeli intelligence learned of the plot early in the day, raised the alert level in the city, set up roadblocks and conducted searches throughout the area.

Murderer of Galilean teen found
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Police arrested a 17-year-old Bedouin on Wednesday for the murder of 18-year-old Maayan Ben Horin, killed more than one month ago.

Reports revealed that the boy attempted to rape Ben Horin. She tried to fight him off, but he beat her, leveling brutal blows to the head until she died. Ben Horin was found two days after her family had reported her missing.

Israeli troops kill Islamic Jihad operative
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Israeli troops shot and killed a leader of the terrorist group, Islamic Jihad, on Wednesday in the Samarian village of Jenin.

Mahmoud Abu Abait, 24, believed to behind Tuesday’s attempted suicide attack was traveling in a car when undercover troops shot and killed him. Security officials said Abu Abait manufactured explosive devices and was involved in a number of attacks against the Israeli army in Jenin.

Israeli chain JUMP’s into Ukraine
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The Israeli fashion store JUMP has landed in the Ukraine announcing plans to open a chain of stores in Eastern Europe. Three flagship stores have already been opened in Ukraine and another three will open in the coming months.

“As part of the company's growth strategy, we have established an organizational infrastructure which is capable of supporting international activity,” said Menahem Kofits, JUMP owner and CEO.

Summit ends with little progress
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The three-way summit with the US, Israel and the Palestinian Authority concluded on Monday with little progress.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas came to no new agreements on a two-state solution, but promised to continue talks.

Israeli-Russian billionaire to form own party
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Russian-Israeli billionaire businessman Arcadi Gaydamak hopes to form an alliance with Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and establish his own political party, focusing on socio-economic issues.
Café Europe for Holocaust Survivors
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The city of Ramat HaSharon plans to honor its 500 Holocaust survivors who live in the town by opening a coffee shop, which replicates pre-war Europe, just for them.
New pub in Jerusalem: No alcohol
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
In order to provide an alternative place to hang out that still has all the markings of cool, but no signs of trouble, a restaurant opened its doors on Monday for teenagers in Jerusalem that doesn’t serve alcohol.
Peace won’t erupt in summit, PM aides say
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007
Expectations were low for today’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert , US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

A senior official said no one was expecting a peace agreement but that Abbas would have to demand from Hamas “a change in stance in order for the international community and Israel to accept the new unity government.”

Israeli officials deny find is Muslim prayer room
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) denied an earlier report that archaeologists discovered a Muslim prayer room in their excavations in the area surrounding the Mugrabi Gate, near the Temple Mount.

IAA officials claimed that in the past they were prevented from digging in the area of the site, but now they hope to find what the room really is. But they denied a report that a Jerusalem district archaeologist released stating he uncovered an alcove covered with a dome, a kind of Muslim prayer niche.

Police Chief Karadi resigns
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007
Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter announced his plans to appoint Israel Prison Service Head Yaakov Ganot (r.) as the next police chief following Moshe Karadi's (l.) resignation.

Karadi announced his decision after the release of the Zeiler Commission report, which claimed his department failed to thoroughly investigate the 1999 murder involving a suspected ring leader in organized crime.

Lieberman rallies votes with the Bedouins
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007
Avigdor Lieberman, minister of strategic affairs, took a trip down south to rally votes for the next Knesset elections, stopping in the hospitable tents of the Bedouins – not normally supporters of the political right.

“If you manage to solve anything, it will only be with the right,” Lieberman told Bedouins during campaign stumping in the Negev on Sunday.

New on My Space – the State of Israel
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007
Even the State of Israel can be your friend on My Space now. The Israeli Consulate in New York opened a 'space' for the State of Israel on the My Space website, joining the modern Internet phenomenon.

Israel’s My Space is all about showing the cool side of the country. The photos of teens and celebrities in Israel and cool ocean blues of Tel Aviv all indicate a young, thriving and fun country that many are not exposed to in the news.

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Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007

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Sheikh calls for third Intifada
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007
Islamic Movement Leader Sheikh Raed Salah faces indictment charges after calling for the third Intifada (uprising) in his Friday sermon, after a weekend of fiery sermons, rioting and stone throwing in Arab East Jerusalem.

Public Safety Minister Avi Dichter asked Attorney General Menahem Mazuz to investigate whether Salah's comments constitute incitement and sedition. Salah accused Israel of attempting to build the third temple.

Rice, Livni hold joint press conference
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday at the start of the trilateral summit to discuss a two-state solution.

Rice, Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will participate in the conference.

Syria, Iran to cooperate against US, Israel
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007
Israel and the United States are the targets of an alliance between Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who pledged on Saturday to confront together US and Israeli plans in the Middle East.

“We should cooperate and work to make the public aware of the sinister aims of the United States and the Zionists,” Assad said.

Nasrallah: Hizballah has right to transfer arms
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007
Hizballah has the right to secretly transfer arms and to hide them from Israel, according to the terror group’s leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.
Israeli director wins best director at Berlin festival
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007
An Israeli director won the best director award for at the 57th annual international film festival in Berlin on Saturday, the first time an Israeli director has ever won the prize.

Joseph Cedar was up against directors such as Robert DeNiro and Steven Soderbergh for his movie, Beaufort, which tells the story of a group of Israeli soldiers several weeks before the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 (photo).

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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007

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Police brace for Temple Mount Riots
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007
Police are bracing for Temple Mount chaos on Friday, following Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court decision to extend Islamic Movement Leader Sheikh Raed Salah’s restraining order from entering the Old City to 60 days.
Saudi prince to build Tel Aviv hotel
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007
Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal plans to invest into Israel as he is in negotiations to build a hotel on Tel Aviv's coastline.
Rise in volunteer female Orthodox soldiers
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007
While only one-fifth of Israeli Orthodox females enlist in the army, those who do opt for officer courses more than secular girls.
Members of Knesset seek to re-open Joseph’s Tomb
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007
Thirty-five Members of Knesset, representing various streams of the political spectrum are asking to re-open Joseph’s Tomb to Jewish visitors in the Samarian town of Nablus.
Crisis as Palestinians build national unity government
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas canceled his speech on Thursday where he was to present the deal he made in Mecca last week with Hamas to form a national unity government.
Israelis big spenders for Valentine’s Day
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
It’s Valentine's Day and Israeli cosmetic manufacturers have reported some 60 million shekels ($14.7 million) in cosmetic sales just for this day.
Ashkenazi takes over as army chief of staff
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Gabi Ashkenazi took over as Israel’s army chief of staff in a ceremony on Wednesday. Ashkenazi was awarded the rank of lieutenant-general by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and the ceremony was attended by former chiefs of staff Dan Halutz and Moshe Ya’alon as well as by politicians and Ashkenazi’s family members.
Presidential impeachment hearing begins
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
For the first time in the nation’s history, the Knesset House Committee began Wednesday morning discussions for the impeachment of a sitting president.
Syrian group claims to be holding Israeli soldier
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The Israeli army is investigating an announcement it received from a Syrian opposition organization, claiming to be holding a soldier who went missing in 1997 in the Golan Heights.
Officials call on Israel to be tougher with Abbas
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is scheduled to travel to Turkey on Wednesday for a brief visit with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss his expectations for the upcoming trilateral meeting and Israel's understanding of the meaning of a Palestinian unity government.
Katsav will not boycott impeachment discussions
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Following the criticism and public pressure by Knesset members, lawyers for President Moshe Katsav announced that they would attend the Knesset's House Committee discussion on the president's impeachment.
Kotel rabbi protests Conservative movement prayers
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, said on Monday that those who conduct services not in line with Orthodox customs should not pray anywhere along the length of the Jewish holy site.
Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades kill Palestinian collaborator
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
A Palestinian man, who foiled a suicide attack inside Israel, was killed in Ramallah on Monday by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah military wing.
New Justice Minister discusses new reforms
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Israel’s new Justice Minister, Professor Daniel Friedmann, laid out his vision by presenting his position to promote reforms within the court system and government to connect the people with the state.
Construction stops, riots continue
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Riots continued and Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski gave into demands to cease the construction of the ramp leading to the Mugrabi Gate, one of the entrances to the Temple Mount.
Archbishop of Paris visits Israel
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007
Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris arrived in Israel on Monday as a guest of the Minister of Tourism Isaac Herzog. During his visit, the Archbishop is expected to sign a Holocaust remembrance treaty at Yad Vashem, meet with Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and visit Bethlehem.
PM rejects Chief Rabbi's Law of Return proposal
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected a proposal by Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar to amend the Law of Return, which would not grant Jewish converts immediate citizenship.
Kassam rockets land in Sderot
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007
Four Kassam rockets were fired toward the southern Negev town of Sderot from the Gaza Strip on Monday morning.
Israel launches successful Arrow missile
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007
Israel successfully launched its Arrow anti-missile system Sunday night, in its first night trial, which is capable of intercepting Iranian nuclear weapons.
City Hall calls for new Mugrabi Gate plans
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007
Mayor Uri Lupolianski (photo) ordered plans for a new walkway leading to the Temple Mount on Monday, following a week of rioting over the construction of the ramp leading through the Mugrabi Gate. Residents would be allowed to submit protests and see the plans.
Russia may transmit gas to Israel through Turkey
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007
Israel wants to buy 2 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year delivered through a pipeline extended from Turkey.
First Bukharian musical in Israel
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007
For the Seventh Annual Bukharian Jewish Congress, the musical “In Bukhara I was Boi” (rich) is being staged for the first time in Israel at the Tel Aviv Cultural Center.
Israel threatens to cut ties with Abbas
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007
Israel is threatening to cut its ties with the Palestinian Authority if its unity government is based solely on conditions discussed in Mecca and does not include three conditions of the Quartet, one being the recognition of Israel.
Riots continue over Temple Mount bridge construction
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007
The week long riots have continued over the construction of a bridge leading to the Mugrabi Gate, and Moslems are now targeting tourists as a bus carrying Canadians was attacked when Palestinians threw stones at the bus.
Fatah, Hamas reach agreement for unity gov't
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007
After talks in Mecca, Fatah and Hamas leaders announced it came to an agreement in the formation of a Palestinian unity government and agreed to end internal fighting.
Shabbat Reading
Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007

“JITRO–Jethro” Exodus 18:1–20:26; Isaiah 6:1-7; 7:1-6; 9:5-6

Commentary:

Our Torah portion “Jethro” is one of the six readings named after a person. The others include Noah, Sarah, Korah, Balak and Pinchas (Phinneas). Our reading was named for the heathen and pagan priest of Midian who eventually became Moses’ father-in-law.

Make movies, not war
Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007
Three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and producer and one of the world’s wealthiest Jews, Stephen Spielberg, is attempting to present his own efforts for peace. Spielberg has a new film project: A joint Israeli-Palestinian film promoting coexistence.
Israel Non-Stop Festival in Manhattan
Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007
The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Manhattan in partnership with Israel’s Foreign Ministry have found a way to bring Israeli culture to the world, spicing up New York City with some Israeli flavor during the 6th annual Israeli Non-Stop Festival.
Israel top recipient of US foreign aid
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007
Israel is still the top recipient of US foreign aid. President George W. Bush’s administration submitted the foreign aid budget to Congress for 2008, requesting $20.27 billion, a 12 percent increase from 2007.
Ilan Halimi to be reburied in Jerusalem
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007
Ilan Halimi, a French Jew murdered by Moslems in Paris last year, will be reburied on the one-year anniversary of his funeral in Jerusalem on Friday.
Six settler families living in military camp for 10 years
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007
Six settler families have lived in caravans inside a military camp in the Judean town of Hebron for more than a decade, and the Israeli army has no plans of uprooting them, even though the legality of their situation is questionable.
Sheikh banned from Old City visits Temple Mount
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007
Fatah’s Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades threatened to attack synagogues if Israel continued excavations near the Temple Mount ahead of the planned construction of a new bridge to the Mugrabi Gate.
Border quiet after night of clashes
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007
Senior defense officials were set to hold a special meeting on Thursday following a night of clashes between Israeli and Lebanese troops on the northern border.
Top Islamic leader arrested at Temple Mount protests
Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Israeli police arrested Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, on Wednesday in the Old City of Jerusalem after he tried to force his way into the archeological site near the Temple Mount.
Israeli soldiers spend most of paycheck on clothes
Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Israeli soldiers, serving their country, which is compulsory, spend most of their paycheck on clothing, footwear and cell phone bills.
Israeli physicist doing research in Antarctica
Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Hagar Landsman of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is the only Israeli participating in the “Ice Cube” research project in Antarctica along with physicists from around the world.
Syria gives Hizballah anti-tank missiles
Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Syria transferred advanced anti-tank missiles to Hizballah in Lebanon, in spite of the fact that it goes against the UN resolution.
US Jews donate $25 million to Taglit program
Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
A new gift to the Taglit Birthright Israel program (BRI) will double to at least 20,000 the number of free summer trips to Israel offered by BRI this summer made possible by the Adelson Family Charitable Foundation.
PM appoints new Justice Minister
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided to appoint Professor Daniel Friedman, winner of the 1991 Israel Prize for achievements in the field of law, on Tuesday. Friedman is to replace Haim Ramon as Israel’s new justice minister.
Farmer jailed for protecting his land
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Shai Dromi, a farmer in the southern Negev, sits in jail awaiting trial for shooting a Bedouin intruder on his ranch.
Security Fence could run through the Judean Desert
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Defense officials told settlers on Monday that it is likely the security fence would be constructed in the Judean Desert, despite environmental concerns.
Palestinians throw stones at police over bridge construction
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The Islamic Movement leaders called for their followers to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque in droves on Monday, a call which remained largely unanswered, in an attempt to halt construction of the bridge leading to the Mugrabi Gate.
Doctor shot dead in Ramat Gan
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Senior physician and Professor David Niv, 57, director of the pain clinic at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, was shot dead early Tuesday morning while driving in Ramat Gan.
Gideon Ezra calls for release of Barghouti
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007
Environment Minister Gideon Ezra, a senior political ally of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and who is a former deputy director of the Shin Bet, said that Israel should release Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti (photo) in order to prop up Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Factions hopeful for Mecca summit
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007
Hamas and Fatah representatives are hopeful that the meeting between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal will end the fighting between the two parties and result in the formation of a PA unity government.
Illegal excavations continue
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007
Excavators have continued digging through a tunnel under Jerusalem's City of David for months without a permit from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), as required by law.
Hitchhiker kidnapping thwarted
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007
The Israeli army issued a warning on Monday urging Israelis to avoid hitchhiking after a man nearly escaped a kidnapping by Palestinians in Samaria.
Moslem countries to adopt Yad Sarah model
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007
The Islamic countries of Senegal and Mauritania are interested in franchising Yad Sarah in their countries. In cooperation with Israel’s Foreign Ministry, these two nations’ citizens will benefit from the organization.
Dubai camels milked on Israeli dairy farms
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007
An Israeli-made dairy farm designed for milking camels was recently inaugurated in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai.
PM: Ashkenazi will lead us to great accomplishments
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert praised Gabi Ashkenazi on Sunday, after the Cabinet’s approval of the new chief of staff.
Hamas-Fatah fighting continues
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007
In the days following the Fatah-Hamas cease-fire, four more Palestinians were killed early on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 26 in Gaza Strip clashes since Thursday.
IDF gears up for possible military operation in Gaza
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007
The Israel Defense Forces is considering possibly extending its military operation in the Gaza Strip. Army activity similar to that of the 2002 Operation Defensive Shield in Judea and Samaria may also become necessary in Gaza.
Super Bowl Security
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007
As football fans across America gear up for Super Bowl Sunday coaches and players can concentrate on the game, as an Israeli-developed security system will take care of potential threats to those traveling to South Florida through the Miami International Airport.
Shabbat Commentary
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007
“BeSHALACH – When He Sent”

Exodus 13:17–17:16; Judges 4:4–5:31

Tu B'Shevat – Celebrating the Jewish New Year for trees
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007
On the third day of creation, God created "seed-bearing plants, fruit trees after their kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it" (Genesis 1:11). God then put Adam in the garden to "till it and tend it" (2:15), making humans stewards of the earth.
Heart to heart – Israeli surgeons and Iraqi children
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007
JERUSALEM – Faced with the choice of saving his daughter’s life while potentially jeopardizing his family in northern Iraq, Abu Sakar chose life.
JNF plants news trees destroyed during war
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) plans to replace the trees destroyed by Katyusha rockets in last summer’s war in the lower Galilee region.
IDF kills 3 Palestinian terrorists
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007
Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian attempting to infiltrate Israel through the security fence near the Kalandiya refugee camp north of Ramallah on Thursday morning.
Former justice minister convicted of indecent acts
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007
The State Prosecutor said on Thursday that former justice minister Haim Ramon, who was convicted of committing an indecent act with a female soldier in the Prime Minister’s Office, will most likely not be jailed.
Islamic Jihad terrorist arrested in Nablus
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007
In a joint operation by the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Security Agency in Nablus on Wednesday, a wanted Islamic Jihad terrorist Nasser Juabra was arrested.
Olmert testifies before Winograd commission
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is one of the last government officials to appear before the Winograd Commission on Thursday, which is investigating actions taken during the war in Lebanon.
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