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  • Israel Will ‘examine’ French Cease-fire Proposal

    The Israeli government will “examine” a French cease-fire proposal, according to reports. French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, reportedly spoke with Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak Tuesday about a French, “48-hour cease-fire proposal” according to diplomatic sources cited by the French Press Agency, AFP. Though the French suggestion “did not seem to raise enthusiasm” on the… More ▸

  • Specter Carries Message from Israel to Syria

    U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter carried a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Specter (R-Pa.) met Sunday with Olmert in Israel, where he said he “got a review of the Syrian negotiations” from the Israeli prime minister, the Jerusalem Post reported. He left Israel Monday, and refused to discuss the… More ▸

  • Israel Seeks to Change the Rules of the Game

    Israel’s retaliation against persistent Hamas mortar and rocket attacks on civilians in southern Israel was far more ferocious than anyone, including Hamas, expected. The first three days of intensive Israel Air Force bombing in Gaza reduced hundreds of Hamas government buildings, military compounds, laboratories, metal workshops and supply tunnels to rubble and left more than… More ▸

  • Adjusting to Rockets in Ashkelon and Ashdod

    Another rocket warning siren wails and eight members of the Levi family, including a grandmother and a newborn baby, quickly cram into the small bedroom made of reinforced concrete that serves as the family’s bomb shelter. “Come on, come on! Get in!” they shout. Just before the heavy metal door slams shut, the family dog,… More ▸

  • Hamas Threatens to Assassinate Israeli Leaders

    Hamas threatened to assassinate senior Israeli leaders. Senior Hamas official Fatah Hamad issued the threat on Sunday, naming Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni as potential targets, Israel’s daily Ha’aretz reported. The terrorist groups currently is under attack by the Israel Air Force in Gaza, and Hamas leaders reportedly have gone underground…. More ▸

  • Gaza Op Costs Israeli Businesses $1 Million Daily

    Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip is costing businesses and factories in Israel’s south about $1 million a day. The Home Front Command on Saturday ordered the closure of all businesses and factories within about 3 miles of the Gaza border, Israel’s business daily Globes reported. About 80 factories were included in the order,… More ▸

  • Olmert to Israelis: Unite Around Gaza Operation

    No country should have to live under constant threat of missile barrages, Ehud Olmert said in an address to Israelis. In his speech Saturday night, Israel’s prime minister, flanked by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, asked the Israeli public to unite around the IDF operation that began in Gaza earlier in… More ▸

  • Olmert Fraud Hearing Scheduled

    A hearing in the investigation of one of Ehud Olmert’s alleged fraud scandals was scheduled for February. The hearing was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz. The prime minister’s lawyers had requested a May date. Olmert is accused of double-billing nonprofit organizations for airplane flights for public business and using the extra money to… More ▸

  • Amnesty Int’l Urges Yemen to Protect Its Jews

    Amnesty International has written to a government official in Yemen urging the country to protect its Jews. The human rights organization said in a statement last week that it is “deeply concerned for the safety of members of the Jewish community in northwestern Yemen following the killing of one member of the community and anonymous… More ▸

  • Peres Kindles Chanukah Lights in Sderot

    Israel’s president lit the fourth Chanukah candle in Sderot in a show of solidarity with the beleaguered southern community. Shimon Peres held a candlelighting ceremony with hundreds of children and other residents of Sderot. “In Gaza they light rockets, and in Sderot we light candles,” Peres said. “We are a persevering people; we are a… More ▸