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  • 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 ▸

  • Is It Time to Prepare for a Nuclear Iran?

    Get ready for a nuclear Iran, but don’t concede it. That’s a view emerging from the conservative end of the spectrum of Middle East policy thinkers here at a time when the pro-Israel community is grappling with how to deal with the issue between presidential administrations. John Bolton, the former Bush administration U.N. ambassador and… More ▸

  • Israeli Troops Kill 3 Palestinians

    Israeli troops killed three Palestinians planting explosives at the security fence with Gaza. An army patrol entered the Gaza Strip late Tuesday afternoon and began a firefight with the terrorists, who detonated one of their bombs near the soldiers, according to reports. The soldiers then fired on and killed the terrorists. No troops were injured… More ▸

  • Olmert Tours Jerusalem-area Security Fence

    The security fence around Jerusalem “is vital to the security of Israel,” Ehud Olmert said. Israel’s prime minister on Tuesday toured the security fence in the Jerusalem area, which is nearing completion. Olmert was accompanied by army Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Jerusalem District Police Commander Aharon Franco and other senior officials. The security… More ▸