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Oil well with potential found in Israel
Dec. 26, 2009 -
The Givat Olam Exploration Partnership announced the discovery of an oil field in central Israel with "significant quantities" of oil.
- The so-called "Meged" well is near Rosh HaAyin, a city east of Tel Aviv, Israel, close to a mountainous area in the northern part of the West Bank called Samaria, Arutz Sheva reported.
- Source: UPI.com
Israel uncovers first Jesus-era house in Nazareth
Dec. 21, 2009 - For the first time ever, Israeli archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of a dwelling in Nazareth that existed at the time of Jesus.
Archaeologist Yardenna Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities Authority said, "It was likely Jesus and his childhood friends would have known the house."
- The find sheds a new light on what Nazareth might have been like in Jesus' time, said the archaeologists, indicating that it was probably a small hamlet with about 50 houses populated by poor Jews.
- Source: Haaretz
Are evangelicals abandoning Israel?
Dec. 15, 2009 -
- Jim Fletcher of the apologetics ministry Prophecy Matters says a disturbing number of evangelical leaders are taking a skewed view of the Arab-Israeli conflict and are buying into Palestinian propaganda that blames the conflict on Israel.
- Source: Jim Brown - OneNewsNow
Israel Gas Field Is Now Twice the Size of Previous Estimates
Aug. 27, 2009 - Israel's Tamar Gas field, offshore from Haifa, is now worth $8 billion, nearly double previous estimates. It is the world's second largest natural gas discovery over the past 18 months.
By 2012 Israel will be using the natural gas to become more energy independent and to increase revenues for the country.
Israel plans to adapt its bus fleet, power plants and other industries to use natural gas.
- "The state of Israel will make over $5 billion in royalties and corporate taxes from the production of the gas at Tamar field alone," said Gal Reiter, an energy industry analyst at Clal Finance & Brokerage, a leading Tel Aviv investment bank.
- Source: Worthy News
71 senators ask Obama to pressure Arab states
Aug. 11, 2009 - Seventy-one Democratic and Republican Senators signed a letter to US President Barack Obama, asking him to ...
They would like to see other Arab leaders emulate the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in his historic visit to Jerusalem in 1977.
- ... encourage and pressure Arab states to consider "dramatic gestures" toward Israel in order to show their commitment to peace with the Jewish state.
In the letter they mentioned that Prime Minister Netanyahu has publicly expressed support for the two-state solution and called for the immediate resumption of peace negotiations.
- Source: YNet
- Text of the Senate letter
- Fatah: New leaders declare 'revolution' - YNet
- Israeli FM: Mideast Peace Not in Foreseeable Future - Voice of America
Netanyahu: Jerusalem will always be ours
May 22, 2009 - During a Jerusalem Day ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave assurances about the city's future.
He said that only Israeli sovereignty over the city would ensure the freedom of religion for the three faiths that consider it sacred.
- "Unified Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem always has been and always will be ours and it will never be divided again," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the sounds of roaring applause.
- Source:YNet News
Pope walks out after Muslim cleric accuses Israel of 'slaughter'
May 12, 2009 - On the first day of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Israel, He spoke at the Holocaust museum, and then at an interfaith conference held at the Notre Dame Church in East Jerusalem. At the interfaith conference, Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi, the head of the Palestinian Sharia court, appealed to the pope to help end what he called the "crimes of the Jewish state." He accused Israel of slaughtering women, children and senior citizens.
When the Pope was informed of the nature of the speech, he walked out of the conference. Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, decried the speech.
- "Israel condemns these words of hatred uttered by the sheikh, who instead of fostering peace and coexistence chose to plant seeds of division and confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as between Jews, Muslims and Christians.”
- Source: Haaretz
'Two-state solution sticking point for Likud-Kadima coalition'
Feb. 26, 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu will try again on Friday to recruit plans to meet Tzipi Livni on Friday in another attempt to recruit and her centrist Kadima party to join a broad government coalition.
Livni supports the US led plan for a separate state for the Palestinians. But Netanyahu believes that a Palestinian state must have only limited sovereignty and be demilitarized.
- There is across-the-board agreement on Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas but there is a big gap between Kadima and Likud on the two states for two people.
- Source: Haaretz
Netanyahu to form Israel cabinet
Feb. 20, 2009 - In Israel's unusual process of forming a coalition government, President Shimon Peres has asked Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government with his political rivals. Netanyanu would like to have the cooperation of Tzipi Livni, leader of the centrist Kadima party, but she says she would rather be in opposition than join a government led by Mr Netanyahu.
- Kadima narrowly defeated Likud [Netanyahu's party] in the election held on 10 February, but Mr Netanyahu has the support of religious and right-wing parties in the Israeli parliament.
- Source: BBC
U.S., EU indicate they prefer Kadima-Likud unity government in Israel
Feb. 14, 2009 - A new ruling coalition has not yet formed in Israel, but the US and Europe would prefer a unity government that includes Kadima and Likud.
- The Obama administration has made it clear it would like to see a unity government in Jerusalem over a narrow right-wing government which would in all likelihood result in a freeze in peace talks with the Palestinians.
- Source: Haaretz
Israeli Election Cliffhanger
Feb. 11, 2009 - The election of a Prime Minister in Israel has produced confusing results. Both Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line leader Benjamin Netanyahu are claiming victory. Livni's Kadima Party won 28 seats in parliament,and Netanyahu's Likud party won 27. But neither one has a majority, so the slow process will begin for one of the two candidates to form a ruling coalition with other parties. Netanyahu may have the advantage in this effort, which may take weeks of negotiations.
- Whatever government is forged, it is unlikely to move quickly toward peace talks with the Palestinians and instead could find itself on a collision course with President Barack Obama, who has said he's making a Mideast peace deal a priority.
- Source: Fox
- US worried over prospect of right-wing gov't - Jerusalem Post
- Israel's Election Dashes Hopes for Peace - Time
Zero hour approaches
Feb. 6, 2009 - Hal Lindsey comments on the likelihood that Iran will have atomic weapons soon.
If Benjamin Netanyahu wins in the Israeli election for Prime Minister, he has promised to deal decisively with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. Syria supports Hamas and Hezbollah, so the prophecies about the destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17), and the war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38 & 39) may be very near.
- The International Atomic Energy Agency found that Iran had enriched enough uranium to make its first atomic bomb on Nov. 21, 2008. By now, as it brings new centrifuges online, Tehran may well have enough for a second.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Bibi: 'A sane country doesn't give its capital to its enemies'
Feb. 3, 2009 - Likud chair Binyamin Netanyahu hopes to be elected Israel's Prime Minister for the second time on February 10. He promises to keep Jerusalem united if he is elected. Another candidate, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, has reportedly agreed to give up portions of the city to the Palestinians.
- "We did not unite the city in order to divide it, and my government will maintain a united Jerusalem. A sane country does not give its capital to its enemies."
- Source: Jerusalem Post
Huge natural gas find off Israel coast
Jan. 23, 2009 - Official hails 'historic moment' that could change nation
The find is about 56 miles off the Israeli northern port of Haifa. Israel's Petroleum Commissioner Yaakov Mimran said that if early finds are validated, Israel will have enough natural gas for 15 years.
- Noble Energy, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, has discovered an estimated more than 3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in three high-quality reservoirs.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
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