Middle East

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • St. Jude Pays $300 Million for Israeli Start-up

    A major American medical technology company purchased an Israeli start-up for $300 million. St. Jude Medical, which serves doctors and patients in more than 100 countries, purchased MediGuide, which has developed technology and products for procedures that are minimally invasive. MediGuide was founded in 2000 after spinning off from Elbit Systems, an Israel-based global defense… More ▸

  • Israeli Voters to Query Candidates Via Youtube

    Israeli voters will be able to ask candidates for national elections questions via YouTube. The initiative, spearheaded by Israel’s Channel 2, is similar to interactive initiatives from the U.S. presidential campaign. Internet users can upload a 25-second video with a question for a candidate, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported Tuesday. The most popular entries will… More ▸