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Former Israeli PM Acquitted of Major Corruption Charges

Former Israeli PM Acquitted of Major Corruption Charges

Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — In one of the biggest corruption cases in Israeli history, Ehud Olmert, the country’s former prime minister, was found guilty on Tuesday of breach of trust, but acquitted of two far bigger corruption charges.Olmer…

Mitt Romney Headed to Israel

Mitt Romney Headed to Israel

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mitt Romney is planning to travel to Israel this summer, possibly during his first foreign trip since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee earlier this year.The trip could take place after Romney …

Israeli Ice Cream Shop Serves Hummus Ice Cream

Israeli Ice Cream Shop Serves Hummus Ice Cream

The Hummus Blog(JAFFA, Israel) — Hummus, the savory Middle Eastern spread made from chickpeas, isn’t just for dipping anymore.  An ice cream shop in Jaffa, Israel, is now serving hummus ice cream to patrons looking for something a little di…

Violence on Both Sides of Gaza Border Kills Three Palestinians

Violence on Both Sides of Gaza Border Kills Three Palestinians

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In spite of a cease fire agreement between Hamas and Israel, strikes on both sides of the Gaza border on Saturday killed two Palestinian men and a 6-year-old boy and wounded an Israeli man, the New York Times reports…

Report: US, Israel Designed Malware to Thwart Iran’s Nuclear Program

Report: US, Israel Designed Malware to Thwart Iran’s Nuclear Program

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — What appears to be a routine Microsoft update is in reality malware meant to cripple Iran’s nuclear program.U.S. and Western officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Washington Post that the comp…

President Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Israel’s Shimon Peres

President Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Israel’s Shimon Peres

Uriel Sinai/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) — President Obama presented the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Israeli President Shimon Peres Wednesday night, calling him “the essence of Israel itself — an indo…

Madonna Kicks off MDNA Tour in Tel Aviv

Madonna Kicks off MDNA Tour in Tel Aviv

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(TEL AVIV) — Madonna kicked off her highly-anticipated MDNA tour, her first in almost three years, in Israel’s Tel Aviv, the cultural capital of a country she loves.  Performing in Israel can often be controversial: sev…

VP Contender Rob Portman to Meet With Israeli PM

VP Contender Rob Portman to Meet With Israeli PM

Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in Israel. An Israeli official confirmed the meeting to ABC News Tuesday.While international trips are …

Israel Behind Largest Cyber Spy Weapon Ever?

Israel Behind Largest Cyber Spy Weapon Ever?

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A top Israeli official hinted Tuesday that his country could be behind the most sophisticated cyber espionage program ever developed, known as Flame, which infiltrated and spied on computer systems throughout the M…

IOC Won’t Hold Minute of Silence for 1972 Israeli Olympic Team

IOC Won’t Hold Minute of Silence for 1972 Israeli Olympic Team

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — At the opening ceremonies of this year’s Summer Olympics in London, the Israeli government wants everyone to observe a minute of silence for its 11 athletes and coaches slain during the 1972 Olympic by Palestin…

US Ready for Attack on Iran If Needed, Says Ambassador to Israel

US Ready for Attack on Iran If Needed, Says Ambassador to Israel

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — The United States is militarily ready to carry out a strike on Iran to stop it from obtaining a nuclear weapon if international pressure fails, American ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said to an Israeli audienc…

Violence as Palestinians Mark ‘Catastrophe’ of Israel’s Founding

Violence as Palestinians Mark ‘Catastrophe’ of Israel’s Founding

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEITUNIA, West Bank) — Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Tuesday as Palestinians marked the “Nakba” — meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic — their name for the founding of Isr…

Violence as Palestinians Mark ‘Catastrophe’ of Israel’s Founding

Violence as Palestinians Mark ‘Catastrophe’ of Israel’s Founding

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEITUNIA, West Bank) — Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Tuesday as Palestinians marked the “Nakba” — meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic — their name for the founding of Isr…

With Palestinian Hunger Strikers Near Death, Fear of Violence

With Palestinian Hunger Strikers Near Death, Fear of Violence

Kevin Horan/Stone(TEL AVIV) – Six Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike in Israeli prisons are in danger of “imminent death,” a result that could trigger an outbreak of violence in the relatively peaceful occupied West Bank, accord…

Biden Defends Obama on Protecting Israel, Blames Bush on Iran

Biden Defends Obama on Protecting Israel, Blames Bush on Iran

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Biden on Tuesday told a convention of conservative rabbis that “no president since Harry Truman has done more for Israel’s physical security than Barack Obama.” The vice president …

Netanyahu: Israel’s First Obligation Is Stopping Iran’s Nuclear Threat

Netanyahu: Israel’s First Obligation Is Stopping Iran’s Nuclear Threat

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — As the Obama administration fears Israel might launch a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear Wednesday that Israel’s first obligation is to prevent…

Looking to Calm Fears, Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

Looking to Calm Fears, Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEL AVIV, Israel) — Iranian negotiators are sitting down Saturday with officials from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council as well as Germany for the first talks about Iran’s nuclear program si…

Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran

Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran

Alex Wong/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Two reports Thursday about Iran’s nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration of leaking information to pressure Israel not to bo…

‘Israel Loves Iran’ Campaign Gains Force

‘Israel Loves Iran’ Campaign Gains Force

Iranians Love Iran Campaign(TEL AVIV, Israel) — As diplomats and journalists dissect every word spoken by top Israeli, Iranian and American officials for signs of a potential Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear program, an online campaign …

Report: US War Game Points to Drawbacks of Attacking Iran

Report: US War Game Points to Drawbacks of Attacking Iran

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — American officials familiar with a recent classified war simulation exercise carried out by Central Command in the Middle East are reportedly concerned that the U.S. would be drawn into a wider war in the region if…

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