March 2007

Shabbat Commentary
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007

“Great Shabbat – Tsav – Command!” Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 and Malachi 3:4-24

“We’re children, marching and singing…”
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007
Messianic Alliance of Israel puts on first musical children’s festival

It was a night of tap, dance, ballet, rap, country, singing and skits in a packed house, hopping and bopping with Messianic children from all over the country.

Israeli teens build robots for competition
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007
Some 1,400 Israeli teenagers showcased their robotic creations Tuesday and Wednesday in a raucous and entertaining nationwide competition where the students competed to win a spot at the international robotics championships in America.
Israeli doctors perform live-donor lung transplant
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007
A brother and sister of a 35-year-old man suffering from a chronic lung disease successfully each donated a lower lobe of their lungs, saving his life. This was the first successful live-donor lung transplant in Israel, which was necessary because of the lack of donors.
Seder Prayer created for kidnapped soldiers
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007
Jewish Agency Chairman Ze’ev Bielski (photo) called on Jews worldwide to say a special Seder prayer for Israel’s three kidnapped soldiers, Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev this Passover.
Arab nations revive Saudi Peace Plan
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007
In an attempt to bring peace to the Middle East, Arab leaders met in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and unanimously decided to revive a five-year-old plan for peace with Israel.
Israeli troops fire into Gaza on Kassam launching cell
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007
For the first time since a cease-fire was declared in November 2006, Israeli troops struck a target in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon.
Israeli army kills Palestinian in Jenin
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007
Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian during a raid in a village near the Samarian town of Jenin, Palestinian security sources said on Thursday.
Asterix comics released in Hebrew and Arabic
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The comic-book hero Asterix, in a series of French comic books, now speaks Hebrew and Arabic, adding a Middle Eastern touch to this worldwide known comic book that was just released at a Paris book fair.
Domino’s Pizza to deliver during Passover
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Despite a commandment to refrain from eating leavened bread, some restaurant chains are gearing up for the high demand of non-Kosher foods during Passover, Domino’s Pizza being one of them.
Livni: Not time for permanent agreement
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Following US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Israel, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said now is not the time for a permanent agreement with the Palestinians.
Man shot in Safed post office robbery
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
A 47-year-old man was shot dead during an armed robbery at a post office in the northern city of Safed on Tuesday afternoon. Later police identified the man as Shimon Farjun who was the post office’s deputy director.
Police evacuate Homesh settlers by force
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Police began evacuating settlers individually and by force on Wednesday morning from the former settlement of Homesh. Hundreds of protesters, who marched to the former settlement that was dismantled when the government uprooted its citizens from its Land in the summer of 2005, spent two nights in the Samarian settlement hoping to take back the Land.
Israelis find new trend in sailing
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
With the Mediterranean sea being in driving distance from almost every place in the Jewish state, Israelis are taking on a new trend: Sailing.
Israeli troops kill two terrorists
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Israeli troops killed two terrorists in the Samarian town of Nablus on Monday night. The gunmen were members of the al-Aqsa's Martyrs Brigades and the Fatah's military wing who were shot during an exchange of fire between the terrorists and Israeli troops.
Israeli army preparing to re-evacuate Homesh
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Following the march of thousands to the former Samarian settlement of Homesh, some 250 right-wing activists remained early Tuesday morning. The Israeli army and police are preparing to evacuate the protesters who are there illegally.
Rice: Abbas, Olmert to meet biweekly
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced on Tuesday the decision of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to meet bi-weekly with the US mediating.
Christians plan three-day celebration in Jerusalem
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
More than 200 Evangelical Christians are expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday for the “Jerusalem Assembly,” a three-day marathon of events, celebrating 40 years of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Wine, Matza and Potatoes for Passover
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007
Along with the Matzos and wine, Israelis will also be eating potatoes this Passover, according to a report by the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce.
Safed hospital demands rocket protection
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007
The Friends Association of Ziv Hospital in Safed plans to petition the High Court of Justice against the failure of the government to fortify its roof against missiles and rockets.
Suicide bombing mastermind given 3 life sentences
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007
Fuaz Abara was convicted on Sunday of involvement in the 2004 Tel Aviv bombing. The 36-year-old resident of Nablus was sentenced to three life sentences and 20 years in prison.
UN chief meets with Olmert in Jerusalem
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (photo) on Monday morning at his Jerusalem residence. This is Ban’s first visit to the Middle East as UN chief, who refused to meet with Hamas officials.
Settlers march to take back the Land
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007
Dozens of settler youth headed out on Monday morning, marching to the former Samarian settlement of Homesh, following a long night of negotiations with the Israeli army.
Israel holds England in Euro qualifier
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Saturday night Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match ended to no man’s avail as the England-Israel game ended in a tie.
Israeli citizenship proposed for Russians contributing to Israel
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007
Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman proposed granting Israeli citizenship and passports to Russians who make considerable contributions to Israel.
Palestinian bank looks to open in Israel
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007
The Palestinian Authority is seeking to expand into Israel through the opening of the Al-Rafah Microfinance Bank, one of its largest financial institutions. If the PA-run bank manages to open it would be one of the first Arab banks to open in the Jewish state.
Passover on French Polynesian island
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007

Dr. Michael Koberiner, a French-Jewish dentist is the only Jew on the island of Wallis and will celebrate Passover on this tiny island, the first time someone has celebrated the holiday on this French-Polynesian island.
EL AL plane makes emergency evacuation
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007
EL AL passengers en route to Zurich, evacuated the plane on Sunday through the emergency slides when the aircraft began to smoke.
Shabbat Reading
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007

VaYikra - And he called: Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26 and Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Oy vey! Mamma Mia hits Israel
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007
Preceded by much hype, lots of advertising and copious press coverage, the hit musical “Mamma Mia” about the Swedish pop band ABBA will debut in Israel in three months in what is likely to be the biggest entertainment production of the year and perhaps the largest international music event Israel has ever seen.
Aliyah program expands
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007

Special aliyah (immigration to Israel) procedures of the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization, who cuts through bureaucracy and offers a support network for new immigrants from North America and Britain, will no longer be limited only to special charter flights twice a year.

Turkish delegation visits Western wall excavations
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007
Turkish historians and archaeologists inspected the controversial excavations near the Mugrabi Gate on Wednesday, following riots by Moslems who claimed it was destroying holy sites.
Histadrut ends strike, makes deal with gov’t
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007
The Histadrut Labor Federation ended their strike late on Wednesday after reaching a deal with the government, which is to pay municipal workers their salaries.
British soccer fans land in Israel for Euro qualifier
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007
Amidst a nationwide strike launched on Wednesday morning, closing all borders, ports and Ben-Gurion Airport, a planeload of British soccer fans managed to land in Israel in the afternoon. The fans arrived a few days ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifying match against Israel to be played on Saturday evening in Ramat Gan.
Ultra-Orthodox journalists questioned in Jordan
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007
Three ultra-Orthodox journalists were arrested in Jordan on Wednesday after mistakenly entering a closed military zone.
Finance Minister doesn’t need to leave post
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007
Attorney General Menahem Mazuz said on Wednesday that Finance Minister Avraham Hirschson did not have to leave his post, as there was not enough evidence to convict him of fraud.
Israeli troops kill Palestinian in raid
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man on Wednesday during clashes in the Samarian town of Nablus.
Real terror alert interrupts defense drill
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Israel held it most extensive emergency drill for civilian and military emergency response services on Tuesday despite being temporarily suspended for a real terrorist threat.
US may waive visa requirement for Israelis
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Pretty soon Israelis may be able to visit the United States without having to apply for a visa beforehand.
Israeli publishes obituary for State of Israel
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007
One Israeli resident wrote a death notice, mourning the fate to which the nation has fallen. “In sorrow and grief we announce the passing of our beloved State of Israel,” read the obituary.
Histadrut launches general strike
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The Histadrut general strike began on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m in an effort to receive unpaid salaries.
Home Front Command drill postponed
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The Home Front Command emergency drill scheduled to take place in central Israel was postponed today following warnings received on terrorists' plans to carry out an attack in the Sharon region.
Wine sales soar ahead of Passover
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Wine sales are beginning to soar prior to Passover as Israelis buy forty percent more wine in the month leading up to Passover than they do the rest of the year.
Israelis and Palestinians produce joint olive oil brand
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Israelis and Palestinians have formed a peace agreement at least concerning the production of olive oil. Olives of Peace is a new brand of olive oil manufactured by both Israelis and Palestinians.
Hundreds of settlers spend night in Hebron home
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Hundreds of settlers spent the night in an empty Palestinian home in Hebron on Monday night in a house they claimed to have purchased.
New PA textbooks convey anti-Israel messages
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The Palestinian Authority came out with new textbooks for 12th graders, teaching students that hating and working to destroy Israel is their religious duty.
Hooters to open in Tel Aviv
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Hooters, the popular US restaurant chain known primarily for its waitresses, is opening its first branch in Tel Aviv this summer.
Passover cleaners appear to be deadly
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007
While a recent poll revealed that more Israelis do their own Passover cleaning than hiring a cleaner, more than a third of parents admit to storing poisonous cleaning materials in unsafe places.
Taiwan looking into buying Israeli satellite
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007
The Taiwanese government is moving towards the possibility of purchasing or leasing an Earth Remote Observation Satellite (EROS), made by the Israeli company of ImageSat.
Documentary shows Egyptians killed Israeli POWs
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007
Egyptians killed “dozens, if not hundreds” of Israeli prisoners of war during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to excerpts of an Israeli TV documentary aired on Sunday, responding to charges that Israeli forces killed captured Egyptian soldiers.
Israeli army thwarts terror attack
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007
The Israeli army uncovered an explosive device on Sunday at a Palestinian checkpoint near the Samarian town of Nablus.
National training exercise for Israeli security forces
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007
The Israeli Army’s Home Front Command is slated to lead a comprehensive national training exercise in cooperation with the Israeli Police on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Head-on collision near Hebron kills parents of eight
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007
Eight children lost their parents last Thursday morning, when they were killed in a head-on collision with a bus near Hebron. One of the couple’s daughters was critically injured and three others were lightly injured.
Justice minister submits bill giving rabbis more power
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007
Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann is to submit a bill to the Minister Committee on Legislation on Sunday, extending power to the rabbinic courts. The bill calls for giving authority to the rabbis not only for family related matters, but also concerning civil and financial matters.
Hollywood stars buy flats from Israeli billionaire
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007
Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow bought a $5.5 million Manhattan penthouse from Israeli real estate mogul Lev Leviev.
Trial course aimed at promoting safe driving
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007
The Tel Aviv suburb of Kfar Saba is hosting a six-month trial course aimed at improving Israeli driving.
Palestinian coalition approved
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007
Palestinians are set to approve a coalition government, comprised of Fatah and Hamas members, hoping it will end the fighting between the factions.
The land of milk and honey and more
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007
In summer, fig trees bear their succulent fruit; in autumn, boughs of olives suggest the impending harvest; by winter, citrons hang heavy with scent. This is Neot Kedumim, Israel's biblical landscape reserve.
Teenager crowned Miss Israel 2007
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007
She may be the 2007 beauty queen, fulfilling her childhood dream and the dream of many other Israeli girls, but she’ll soon be heading out with a busload of hundreds of other 18-year-olds to her army base because she is just like every other Israeli teen.
Olmert: Ethiopians can look back with pride
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007
Ethiopians gathered on Mt. Herzl to commemorate the thousands who died on their way to Israel.
Japan to invest in joint Middle East project
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007
The Japanese government is to invest up to $100 million in establishing an agricultural-industrial complex on both sides of the Jordan River in the Jericho region. The project will be a joint venture by Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.
Jewish settler convicted of misconduct
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007
The Jerusalem Magistrates Court convicted Yifat Elkobi on Wednesday of causing damage to the home of a Palestinian family in 2001.
Snow falls in Jerusalem, Mt. Hermon
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007
Jerusalemites woke up to a pleasant surprise on Thursday morning when snow began to fall.
Winograd Committee to issue final report
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007
The Winograd Commission’s final report, to be released in late summer, will include “personal recommendations” concerning Israel’s leaders.
Tennis star Pe'er advances to quarterfinals
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
The number one Israeli tennis star Shahar Pe’er qualified for the Pacific Life Open quarterfinals in Indian Wells on Wednesday morning. Pe'er beat world No. 11 and eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze of Russia, 6-4 7-6.
Israel plans construction of manmade island
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Israel is planning on constructing a manmade island off the coast of Tel Aviv. The project, initiated by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, would see the manmade island built between 1.5-2.5
UNESCO claims digging does not harm Temple Mount
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
An UNESCO report that concluded that excavations near the Temple Mount are not damaging Moslem holy sites is to be presented to its Director-General, Koichiro Matsuura on Wednesday. Despite this, the report calls on the Israel Antiquities Authority to stop digging until a further international investigation is done.
Bereaved families call on prime minister to quit
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not plan on resigning when the Winograd Committee report is released next month, revealing decisions made during the recent war in Lebanon, Army Radio reported on Wednesday morning.
Shas proposes bill to forbid evangelism
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Shas declared war on missionaries on Tuesday when the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox party proposed a bill stating that anyone attempting to convert Jews should be imprisoned.
Ultra-Orthodox get a makeover
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The ultra-Orthodox strictly adhere to “charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,” but for the women of these communities, receiving beauty treatments has become a regular custom.
Cheney: early withdrawal from Iraq disastrous for Israel
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
US Vice President Dick Cheney told attendees at the AIPAC conference on Monday that an early withdrawal from Iraq would be “disastrous” for Israel.
Hamas: Israeli taxes went to security officials
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Hamas officials said that some of Israel’s tax revenues, totaling $100 million, were given to Hamas’ security forces when the funds were transferred to the Palestinian Authority.
Leonardo DiCaprio visits Israel
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Leonardo DiCaprio visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial with his girlfriend, Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli on Monday evening.
Druse bride leaves homeland for love
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
It was a love story that began in Jordan for Arwad Abu Shahen and Muhanad Harb who were married on Monday in the demilitarized zone of the Golan Heights.
Religious combat unit recruits abroad
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007
The Nahal Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) combat unit plans to launch a campaign in the United States and Europe with hopes of attracting new recruits. Rabbi Tzvi Klebanow, director of the Nahal Haredi organization, said Maj.-Gen. Elazar Stern backs the recruiting efforts.
Cabinet approves support to ultra-Orthodox schools
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007
The cabinet approved on Sunday a bill for ultra-Orthodox private schools to receive state funding. The schools would receive funding if they meet specific criteria determined by the authorities.
Non-Jewish AIPAC attendance increases
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007
While more than 6,000 congregated in Washington to participate in AIPAC's annual policy conference, the number of non-Jewish students and public officials drastically increased.
Israelis learn to bridge cultural gap in India
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007
While India is a popular hot spot for Israelis, sometimes there are cultural clashes. So, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has found a way to combat that cultural gap. The ministry will launch a campaign to improve its image in India.
Olmert, Abbas move forward with negotiations
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007
While Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas did agree that the Saudi initiative could serve as the basis for moving ahead with the Road Map, they did not come up with a solution to the issues of the Palestinian right of return, Jerusalem and the release of prisoners.
Security minister calls for traffic plan
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007
Following 12 tragic car accidents since Thursday Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter called on Israel Police chief Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi to come up with an emergency plan to enforce traffic laws.
Rise in recruitment to Golani Brigade
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007
Since the appointment of Gabi Ashkenazi to Israeli army chief-of-staff, the number of draftees in the Israel Defense Forces competing for the coveted Golani brigade open spots has increased.
Olmert, Abbas meet in Jerusalem
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is slated to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem on Sunday despite internal Palestinian clashes late Saturday night.
Hamas official killed in clashes with Fatah
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007
A senior Hamas terrorist was killed and seven were wounded late Saturday night during a shootout with Fatah gunmen in the Gaza Strip. This is the first outbreak of violence between the two groups since the Mecca accords last month.
Messianic Jews featured in positive light
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007
It was nothing short of a miracle when Israel’s Channel 2 aired a full-length report on Messianic believers in the Land and portrayed them in a positive light. The 7-minute report was the first known unbiased report of Jewish believers in the Israeli media.
Jews help Muslims with Christian cash
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007
Jewish rabbi raises donation from evangelical Christians to help Israeli Bedouins. Strange? Not really.

In Israel's vast Negev desert, an Orthodox rabbi is helping impoverished Arab Bedouins with money collected from American evangelical Christians.

Israelis mark 15th anniversary of Begin’s death
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007
Today, Israelis will mark the 15th anniversary of the death of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin who died on March 9, 1992.

In commemoration of his death, the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem republished one of his first booklets, “Menachem Begin - Worldview, National Perspective and Fundamental Principles,” which has been out of print for years.

Shabbat Reading “Ki Tissa–Take a Census"
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007
They were impatient and simply couldn’t wait for Moses to return from Mt. Sinai. At a time without a leader, the Israelites looked for quick and easy solutions instead of waiting for the eternal spiritual promises.
Israeli army hopes to enlist more women
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007
As Israelis mark International Women’s Day on Thursday, the army is working on passing new legislation to limit the number of military exemptions, especially those teenage girls receive.

Annually, 42 percent of Israeli women ask and receive military exemptions, claiming that they are religious and cannot serve in this environment.

City council meets ahead of releasing new Mugrabi plan
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007
The Jerusalem City Council, responsible for planning and construction, met this week ahead of the release of a new plan detailing the construction of the bridge leading to the Mugrabi Gate on the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski said a new plan would be drawn up, giving residents a chance to submit objections. This comes after violent protests and riots have been staged by irate Muslims over the current construction.

Knesset votes against impeachment of president
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007
The Knesset House Committee on Wednesday voted against impeaching President Moshe Katsav who is accused of rape and sexual misconduct.

When the hearings two months ago, committee members were anxious to act as stand-ins, but on the day of the final hearing only 14 of 25 members showed up for the vote.

Egypt forbids Christians from making Easter pilgrimage
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007
Some 2,000 Egyptian Coptic and Greek Orthodox Christians have been restricted by Egypt from making a pilgrimage to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem for Easter services.

Egyptian authorities have forbidden these Christian pilgrims from traveling to Israel. Egyptian travel companies have notified Israeli tourist offices.

Six die in tragic car accident
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007
Six people were killed and one was injured in a tragic car accident early on Thursday morning near Lod, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, in what is being described as one of the nation’s worst motor accidents.

Police are still investigating the crash. Initial reports led police to believe that one car failed to stop at a red light and rammed into a second car, causing multiple deaths.

Israeli army raids intelligence offices in Ramallah
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Israeli troops raided the Palestinian intelligence headquarters in Ramallah on Tuesday night and arrested 18 gunmen. Witnesses said that soldiers surrounded the building where they believed a number of Fatah and al-Aksa Brigades operatives were hiding.

According to the Israeli army, the fugitives were responsible for perpetrating dozens of shooting attacks against Israelis.

Ben-Yizri: Bacteria spreading, no reason to panic
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Health Minister Ya'acov Ben-Yizri announced on Wednesday morning an increase in the mortality rate from a bacterium called Klebsiella pneumoniae which has already been the cause of death for 120 to 200 patients across the country.
Police arrest Sheikh Raed Salah
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Police arrested Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Front on Wednesday along with one of his followers for flying Palestinian and Syrian flags at a protest in Arab East Jerusalem’s Wadi Joz neighborhood.

Border police detained two of the men on suspicion of incitement. The Islamic Movement head was indicted last month along with several of his followers on similar charges.

Mashaal: Israel will disappear
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a meeting on Tuesday that Israel would eventually disappear from the world.

Mashaal would not give a direct answer when asked whether or not Hamas would recognize Israel, but said, “The Palestinian government insists on June 4, 1967 borders (for Israel), full Palestinian sovereignty with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Soldier injured during training exercise
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
An Israeli soldier of the armored corps was shot in the neck on Tuesday during a tank unit training exercise in the Galilee.

The soldier was evacuated to Poriya Hospital in Tiberias for medical treatment, where doctors said his condition was worsening.

US: Scholarships don’t fund terrorism
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The US State Department denied reports that it has transferred millions of dollars to two Palestinian universities, one controlled by Hamas, a terrorist organization bent on the destruction of Israel.

The Washington Times had reported that the institutions had participated in the “advocacy, support or glorification of terrorism.” This violates American law, which in 2004 Congress changed, specifically restricting aid to nations or students “involved in or advocating terrorist activity.”

Hamas officials move to Syria
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
In protest of the new Palestinian unity government, two senior Hamas officials moved to Syria, Fatah legislator Jamal Tirawi said on Monday.

Interior Minister Said Siam and Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri strongly opposed the Mecca agreement, which was reached last month between Fatah and Hamas.

Shin Bet Chief: Hamas sending terrorists to Iran for training
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Yuval Diskin, the chief of Israel’s internal security services, said Hamas is sending dozens of terrorists to Iran for training, the New York Times reported.

“We know that Hamas has started to dispatch people to Iran, tens, and a promise of hundreds,” Diskin said at a press conference for foreign journalists.

Israel beefs up security around embassies
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The defense establishment has issued a warning for Israelis traveling abroad, stating the possibility of kidnappings in light of media reports that the Mossad, Israel’s secret service, was responsible for the disappearance of an Iranian general.

Israeli embassies were instructed to boost security as well as provide extra protection to senior officials traveling abroad.

Special needs children assist in music fundraiser
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
One Jerusalem high school is hosting a mega music fundraiser featuring special-needs teens. The project is aimed at assisting families with needs, such as purchasing groceries weekly and loaning school books to children of families who are unable to afford them.

“One of our main goals is to integrate the (special needs) children into the community as contributing citizens,” said Asaf Finkelstein from Shalva. “We wanted to express our solidarity with these wonderful young people who are so committed.

Syrians throw mines into Golan Heights
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007
Israeli troops found 10 anti-personnel mines thrown by the Syrians into Israel on Saturday afternoon. Sappers were immediately sent to the area to detonate the explosives.

The Israeli army blames the Syrian government for the incident even though the mines were thrown by Syrian shepherds. The shepherds were believed to have taken the mines from an old Israeli minefield and thrown over the fence along the Israeli-Syrian border.
Olmert accused of ignoring State Comptroller
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was accused of ignoring the State Comptroller’s Law, concerning home front-related issues on last summer’s war, Army Radio reported.

“Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is ignoring the State Comptroller's Law, just like he ignores other laws,” Member of Knesset Arye Eldad said in response to a report that the prime minister refused to meet with State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss (picture) to answer questions on the war.
Incentives for moving into immigrant neighborhoods
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007
Immigration Absorption Minister Ze’ev Boim proposed a plan for the government to transmit funds into neighborhoods with more than 10 percent comprising of Ethiopian immigrants and offering an incentive to native Israelis moving into these neighborhoods.

“The plan we will present was designed to strengthen the Ethiopian community in Israel,” said Boim. “In the meantime we are funding academic educations for Ethiopian youths, investing in welfare programs and allocating funds for integrating them into the workforce.
Jewish groups to bring Israel Studies to US campuses
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007
A coalition of 31 American Jewish organizations is set to launch a three-year initiative, bringing Israel studies to American higher education.

“The average American college student who wants to study about Israel cannot,” said David Harris, executive director of the Israel on Campus Coalition. “Not even [a course on] comparative politics that includes Israel among other countries,” is offered.
Israel to export pretzels to Australia
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007
The pretzel company, Beigel & Beigel signed an agreement to export 3 million shekels ($711,913) worth of pretzels to Australia. Beigel & Beigel hopes to establish a market down under with its uniquely packaged pretzels, salty snacks and crackers.
Israelis commemorate God’s deliverance at Purim
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007
Israelis are gearing up for Purim, beginning on the evening after the Sabbath. The festival of Purim is a commemoration of Jewish deliverance from the Persian Empire, which sought their annihilation.

Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar as commanded in scripture. Jews will attend synagogues around the country on Saturday evening and read the book of Esther.

Study: Arabs to outnumber Jews in Jerusalem
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007
If there is no change in the reproduction rate among Jerusalem residents, by 2035 there will be an equal number of Arabs and Jews residing in the capital, a study by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies has found.

The institute presented the data at the opening ceremony of a lecture series which marked 40 years of the reunification of Jerusalem. The data reveals that the reproductive rate of the capital's Arab population is double that of the Jewish population.

Shabbat Commentary
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007
The main lesson from this week’s reading is that GOD Himself wants to dwell in the midst of us! This is the parallel we draw from the role of the tabernacle and the High Priest. Secondly we learn from our portion out of the prophets that Obedience is greater than sacrifice.
Rabbis attempt to resume animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007
The present-day Sanhedrin Court along with a group of extremist rabbis announced their plans on Wednesday to resume ancient Temple practices of animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, despite religious bans by Moslems and Jews.

The court purchased herds of sheep for ritual sacrifice, which they have planned for the eve of Passover, depending on the situation at the controversial religious site.

Israeli troops make arrests in Nablus, lift curfew
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007
Palestinians threw bombs and opened fire at Israeli troops operating in the Samarian town of Nablus on Thursday morning as troops pushed ahead with a hunt for Palestinian fugitives. One armed Palestinian was wounded.

Israeli soldiers surrounded a building calling on the fugitives to surrender and retaliated after Palestinians opened fire on them. During the operation, troops also arrested three Islamic Jihad gunmen who were taken by Israel secret services for interrogation.

Obama meets kidnapped soldiers’ families
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007
Family members of kidnapped soldier Ehud Goldwasser met with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in Washington at the Senate on Wednesday.

As a Muslim, Obama sympathized with the family and the struggle to release the two Israeli soldiers held captive by Hizballah, Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, as well as Gilad Shalit who was abducted by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Orthodox sect supports Muslims at Temple Mount
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007
Islamic Movement Sheikh Raed Salah, leading the charge against the Temple Mount, has found support from an unlikely ally: an Orthodox Jewish sect.

Six Neturei Karta activists showed up in support of Salah at his protest tent in east Jerusalem. Israel Hirsch expressed solidarity with Salah, who has been banned from the Temple Mount compound since urging Arabs to 'save Jerusalem' from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Israelis got milk
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007
Milk is Israel’s number one food purchase, far outselling the nation’s top 20 food products.

Outselling all other products was the half-liter carton of Tnuva milk with a twist cap. According to research by ACNielsen, the twist cap is popular because it is easier to open and pour from than the traditional milk sold here in a plastic bag.

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