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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/31/world/middleeast/31leviathan.html

By ETHAN BRONNER
Published: December 30, 2010

JERUSALEM — Exploratory drilling off Israel’s northern coast this week has confirmed the existence of a major natural gas field — one of the world’s largest offshore gas finds of the past decade — leading the country’s infrastructure minister to call it “the most important energy news since the founding of the state.”

Houston-based Noble Energy, which is working with several Israeli partner companies, said that the field, named Leviathan, whose existence was suspected months ago, has at least 16 trillion cubic feet of gas at a likely market value of tens of billions of dollars and should turn Israel into an energy exporter. READ MORE

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by Julie Stahl
CBN News Correspondent Jerusalem 

CBN-Video on Handel’s Messiah in Hebrew (click to watch)

One of the most popular pieces of classical music during the Christmas season is German-British Baroque composer George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. In Israel, they have been hearing a different version of the composition this year. It has been translated and performed in the language of the Bible — Hebrew….

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Bringing Bibi down

Over the past week, two writers published columns in foreign newspapers. One received wall to wall coverage in Israel. The other was completely ignored. The contrasting fortunes of the articles are a key to understanding the central challenges to Israel’s democratic order. 
Last Friday, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief peace negotiator with Israel published an op-ed in Britain’s Guardian newspaper in which he declared eternal war on the Jewish state. This he did by asserting that any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians that does not permit the immigration of some 7 million foreign Arabs to Israel will be “completely untenable.”  (read more)

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2010/December/Stuxnet-Worm-Delays-Irans-Nuclear-Program-/

by Julie Stahl – CBN News Reporter

JERUSALEM, Israel — Some have called it a digital warhead. Stuxnet – the computer worm that infected computers inside Iran’s nuclear program — may have caused a two-year setback in the Islamic Republic’s development of an atomic weapon. 

Some have even considered it a military victory.

Israel, the U.S. and/or other Western nations have been suspected of creating the malicious software.

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