Ami Ayalon, the former head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, says he’s not concerned, from a security perspective, about Israel’s scheduled Oct. 30 release of 26 Palestinian prisoners who had been involved in terror attacks.
The New York Police Department investigated Kahane Chai, a militant Jewish group, for threats against Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
Two Iranian men were sentenced to life in prison by a Kenyan court on Monday for planning to carry out bombings in Nairobi and other cities last year.
Israel's U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, said the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers" complicates his mission.
Israel arrested eight Palestinians suspected of causing a car accident that left an Israeli infant in critical condition.
Masked Palestinian gunmen fired in the air on Monday as thousands marched at the West Bank funeral of a prisoner whose death in an Israeli jail has raised fears in Israel of a new uprising.
For Israel to reach peace with the Palestinians, a fundamental adjustment of attitudes will be required — on both sides.
Yuval Diskin, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, said he distrusts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s motives in dealing with the Iranian threat.
A Palestinian man was shot dead after crashing his car into an Israeli army jeep in the West Bank and attacking the occupants with an axe.
Israel has charged eight Israeli-Arab citizens were charged with smuggling explosives into the country for Hezbollah.
Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah visited Israel in late 2010, Israeli officials said.
Five Palestinian workers in Gaza were injured by Israeli gunfire after entering an area that Israel has identified as a launching ground for rockets. The men were collecting stones Tuesday near the former Israeli community of Eli Sinai, which has been deemed a no-go zone by the Israeli military since rockets directed at southern Israel are launched from there, the Palestinian Ma'an News agency reported.
Israel's security service wants to question a Ha'aretz journalist about the whereabouts of 2,000 classified documents.
Judea Pearl and Akbar Ahmed, a Jew and a Muslim, are the joint recipients of a new $100,000 prize for their campaign against intolerance and the roots of terrorism.
Shin Bet Links Up
Israel's Shin Bet security service went online Tuesday at www.shabak.gov.il. The Hebrew-only site contains information on the domestic intelligence agency as well as application forms for would-be agents interested in countering Palestinian terrorism or foreign spies, or in joining one of Israel's diplomatic bodyguard units. The Shin Bet's overseas counterpart, the Mossad, put up its own Web site last year.
Prayers for Pesach
The Orthodox Union is again operating a program for Passover to help Israeli soldiers. The group is selling prayer cards for $1 apiece that can be placed at Passover seder tables. Proceeds from the cards will be given to help soldiers and their families. More information is available at www.ou.org/israel.
Israel doesn't understand the Palestinians, lamented a former official who has spent years trying to do so, and this is why Israel doesn't know how to deal with them.
The speaker was Ami Ayalon, until recently the head of the Shin Bet security service, which fights an ongoing war against Palestinian terrorism.
It is all too familiar. An incident - sometimes initiated by an Israeli action, sometimes not - incites the Palestinian masses. Rioting ensues, followed by the Israeli army's attempts to control it, followed by horror and tragedy, shocking pictures in the media.
The pundits declare the peace process dead, and then the diplomats go back to work, first to quell the violence, then to address the underlying problems again.
This week, when freshman Member of Knesset Dr. Ahmed Tibi declared his first preference for committee assignments -- Defense and Foreign Affairs, which is briefed regularly by the Shin Bet and Mossad -- right-wing MKs laughed it off. This would be like inviting Saddam Hussein into the Israeli Security Cabinet, they said. No Israeli Arab has ever sat on this Knesset committee -- certainly no Arab with a resume such as Tibi's.