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Published: 04/27/11

Chernobyl Children to Arrive in Israel

By  Linda Gradstein - AOL News
Chernobyl Children to Arrive in Israel

JERUSALEM -- Early Thursday, a plane carrying 25 children from the Chernobyl area will touch down in Israel, where the children will begin their new lives. The airlift comes the same week as the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear disaster in modern history. The children, between the age of 6 and 12, all suffer from medical conditions related to the Chernobyl disaster. "Even 25 years afterwards, there is still harmful radiation in the environment," Yossi Swerdlove, the international director of Chabad Children of Chernobyl, told AOL News. "It affects children even...

Published: 04/17/11

No More Sour Grapes: Israeli Wine Comes of Age

By  Linda Gradstein - AOL News
No More Sour Grapes: Israeli Wine Comes of Age

JERUSALEM -- During the traditional Seder meal, which marks the Passover holiday, Jews all over the world drink four cups of wine as they retell the story of the exodus from Egypt. In the U.S. -- and, of course, Jerusalem -- much of this wine will be kosher and from Israel. For many years, kosher wine from Israel was more similar to cough syrup than to anything you might actually want to drink. Most Israeli wineries produced sweet, sacramental wine for Seder, or the traditional Sabbath meal, which includes a blessing over wine. That kind of wine is still produced and sold in Israel today....

Published: 04/13/11

Israel's Foreign Minister Told He Will Be Indicted for Fraud

By  Linda Gradstein - AOL News
Israel's Foreign Minister Told He Will Be Indicted for Fraud

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli attorney general today told Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that, pending a hearing, he will be indicted for fraud, money laundering and witness-tampering, a move that could eventually bring the collapse of the government. Lieberman faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted. The draft indictment had been expected this week but caught Lieberman off guard as he sat on the podium of his ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party in Jerusalem. Lieberman's face tightened as he took the call from his lawyer. AFP / Getty Images Israeli Foreign Minister...

Published: 04/12/11

Did Journalist Find 'THE Nails' Used to Crucify Jesus?

By  Linda Gradstein - AOL News
Did Journalist Find 'THE Nails' Used to Crucify Jesus?

JERUSALEM -- Controversial journalist Simcha Jacobovici says he may have found the nails that were used to crucify Jesus more than 2,000 years ago. He chronicled his Indiana Jones-type search in a new documentary called "The Nails of the Cross," which was screened today at a news conference in Jerusalem and will be broadcast in the U.S., Canada and Israel in the coming weeks. Jacobovici presented two first-century Roman nails that were bent "in a way that is consistent with crucifixion." He contends that these are the same nails found in the burial tomb of Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest...

Published: 04/10/11

Hamas Gov't Official Appeals to Israeli Public for Cease-Fire

By  not in system - AOL News
Hamas Gov't Official Appeals to Israeli Public for Cease-Fire

JERUSALEM -- A senior Hamas government official in Gaza has gone on Israel Radio to make a rare direct appeal to the Israeli public for a halt in the current round of fighting. Hamas' deputy foreign minister, Ghazi Hamad, told the radio station Sunday that the group would cease its attacks on southern Israel if Israel halts its military operations against Gaza militants. Hamad said that "we are interested in calm but want the Israeli military to stop its operations." The bitter enemies have been locked in heavy fighting in recent days. Earlier Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Published: 04/8/11

Israel Strikes Hard in Gaza After School Bus Hit

By  not in system - AOL News
Israel Strikes Hard in Gaza After School Bus Hit

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli aircraft and tanks pounded Gaza on Friday, killing seven Hamas militants and five civilians in a surge of fighting sparked by a Palestinian rocket attack on an Israeli school bus the day before. Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers seemed on the brink of another round of intense violence, just a little over two years after a three-week war in which persistent rocket fire from Gaza triggered a devastating Israeli military offensive in the territory. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attack on the school bus "crossed a line" and warned that "whoever...

Published: 04/7/11

Missile Hits Israeli School Bus; Israel Responds With Strikes on Gaza

By  Linda Gradstein - AOL News
Missile Hits Israeli School Bus; Israel Responds With Strikes on Gaza

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli teenager was critically wounded when an anti-tank missile hit a school bus near the Gaza border, and Israel responded today with airstrikes on Gaza that killed at least one Palestinian. The cross-border violence was the latest increase in tension between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, and raised fears of a new cycle of violence. "The boy was lying on the ground bleeding," a member of the rescue services told the Haaretz newspaper. "The bus driver was conscious and hysterical. The entire bus was destroyed; it was a horrifying...

Published: 04/5/11

Obama, Shimon Peres Discuss Middle East Peace

By  not in system - AOL News
Obama, Shimon Peres Discuss Middle East Peace

WASHINGTON -- As unrest sweeps the Middle East, it's more urgent than ever to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians, President Barack Obama said Tuesday after meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres. The meeting occurred even as the U.S. condemned the announcement that new Israeli apartment buildings have been approved for a contested part of Jerusalem. Palestinians refuse to restart negotiations unless Israel stops building housing in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, occupied territory that the Palestinians claim for their future state. Obama didn't speak about the housing...

Published: 04/4/11

Palestinian Allegedly Kidnapped by Israel Indicted as Hamas Member

By  Linda Gradstein - AOL News
Palestinian Allegedly Kidnapped by Israel Indicted as Hamas Member

JERUSALEM -- Israeli prosecutors today indicted a Palestinian engineer dubbed "the father of the rockets" on charges of helping the Islamist Hamas movement develop rockets in Gaza. In a mysterious case that has riveted Israel, Dirar Abu Sisi says he was kidnapped during a visit to Ukraine in February and moved secretly to Israel. He was indicted after being held in custody for 40 days. "Abu Sisi was engaged in the development of missiles to be launched by Hamas, including increasing their range and ability to pierce steel so as to penetrate armored vehicles and thus strike at soldiers," the...

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