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Al-Qaida Cell Tried to Kill Carter, Blair in Gaza

Former US President Jimmy Carter and the Quarter’s Mideast envoy Tony Blair were recently in danger of assassination by the leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group from the Gaza Strip.

Hamas foiled the plot being planned by Jaljalat (Thunder), a group led by Mahmoud Taleb, a former militia commander for Hamas. Taleb, who has been wanted by Hamas’s security forces for more than two years, described their hands as being stained with Muslim blood, “making it their duty to kill the two.”

Jaljalat consists of former Hamas militiamen who left because they believed  Hamas was becoming accommodating to the infidel West. Meanwhile, Carter asserted in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post that most Palestinian leaders he has spoken to recently are “seriously considering” accepting a one-state solution between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Israeli Supreme Court Declares Messianic Bakery Kosher

Israeli Supreme Court Declares Messianic Bakery Kosher


Following a lengthy legal battle, Israel’s Supreme Court on June 29 ordered the Chief Orthodox Rabbinate to grant kashrut certification to an Ashdod bakery owned by a Messianic Jew, a decision likely to spark further confrontation between the nation’s highest legal arbiter and the ultra-Orthodox community.

In its verdict, the court ruled that the 51-year-old Yemenite baker’s belief that Jesus was the Messiah did not make her baked goods unkosher.

Pope Calls for ‘Sovereign’ Palestinian State in Bethlehem

May 13, 2009 — Continuing his week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday called for a “sovereign Palestinian homeland” and identified with Palestinian “suffering” during a one-day visit to Bethlehem and other parts of the West Bank.

The pontiff stood alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as he delivered his strongest public support yet for Palestinian statehood.

Israel Marks Independence Day

Israel Marks Independence Day

April 29, 2009 — Israelis shifted gear on Tuesday evening from mourning its fallen soldiers to celebrating the nation’s 61st Independence Day.

Opening the official ceremony at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said, “We have come once again to this hill – on one side the grave of the prophet [of Zionism], on the other the graves of our children – to remind ourselves once again from where we came, and where, with the grace of God, with the blood of our children and with the sweat of our brow, we have succeeded in reaching so far.”

Israel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 21, 2009 -- Israel officially began its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day observances on Monday evening as the nation paused to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi genocide between 1933-1945. Opening ceremonies at the Yad Vashem Holocaust...

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