Timeline Israel (E) 2016 to Present Return to homeIsrael
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2004 Israel D: 2005-
Jan 1, In Israel an unidentified gunman killed two people and
wounded at least three others on a bustling thoroughfare in central
Tel Aviv before fleeing. Media showed images of an abandoned
ammunition clip that appeared to have come from a Spectre M4
machine-gun - a weapon rarely seen in Israel and the Palestinian
2016 Jan 2, The Israeli air
force carried out attacks on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip early
today, just hours after rockets from the enclave hit southern
2016 Jan 4, Israeli forces
destroyed the east Jerusalem homes of two Palestinians who killed
four Israelis on Oct 13, one of the deadliest days in the recent
surge in violence.
2016 Jan 4, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem before being shot and wounded.
2016 Jan 4, Lebanon's Hezbollah
movement said it had targeted an Israeli army border patrol with a
bomb in an attack that prompted retaliatory fire from the Jewish
2016 Jan 5, A Palestinian
stabbed and wounded a soldier in the southern West Bank before being
2016 Jan 8, Israeli police
killed in a shootout an Arab citizen wanted for a January 1 gun
rampage in Tel Aviv.
2016 Jan 9, Israeli troops shot
dead two Palestinian men at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
Details of the incident were disputed.
2016 Jan 12, A 21-year-old
Palestinian was shot dead after hurling stones at Israeli troops in
the West Bank.
2016 Jan 13, The Israeli
military carried out a rare airstrike in Gaza, targeting a group of
Palestinian militants placing explosives along the border and
killing one of them.
2016 Jan 14, Israelis troops
killed two Palestinians who attacked soldiers with knives in the
2016 Jan 15, Palestinian
Mohammad Qita (26) was killed in clashes with soldiers on the border
between the Gaza strip and Israel in the second such fatality of the
2016 Jan 17, A Palestinian
killed Israeli nurse Dafna Meir (38), a mother of six, in a stabbing
attack at her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. A
Palestinian who tried to stab soldiers in the West Bank was shot
dead. Security forces detained suspect Murad Ideis (15) after two
days of extensive searches. On June 11 Israel's army destroyed the
home of the Palestinian teenager who killed Meir.
(AP, 1/17/16)(AFP, 1/18/16)(AP, 1/19/16)(AFP,
2016 Jan 18, A knife attack on
a street in an Israeli West Bank settlement wounded a 30-year-old
pregnant woman. The Palestinian assailant (17) was shot by security
personnel and taken to hospital in severe condition after the attack
2016 Jan 20, Officials and
media reports said Israel is moving to declare 150 hectares in the
occupied West Bank as state land in what would be the largest such
seizure since 2014.
2016 Jan 21, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu told the World Economic Forum in Davos that his
country will need more US military aid because of the nuclear deal
2016 Jan 21, Israel confirmed
it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the
occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate
tensions with Western allies and already drawing international
2016 Jan 23, Israeli police
said a Palestinian girl (13) was shot dead by an Israeli security
guard as she tried to stab him at the entrance to the Anatot
settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
2016 Jan 25, Palestinians
Ibrahim Allan (23) and Hussein Abu Ghosh (17) were shot dead by a
security guard after stabbing two Israeli women in a West Bank
minimarket. Shlomit Krigman (24) died of her wounds the next day.
(AP, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/26/16)
2016 Jan 27, In Israel Im
Tirtzu, a nationalist activist group, launched a new campaign on
Facebook branding dozens of singers, actors and authors ó including
famed writer Amos Oz, perennially touted as a potential favorite for
the Nobel Prize ó as foreign agents because of their support for
2016 Jan 31, Israeli forces
shot dead Amjad Sukkari (34), a policeman who worked as a bodyguard
for the Palestinian attorney general, after he opened fire at a West
Bank checkpoint and wounded three people.
2016 Jan 31, Israel's Cabinet
voted to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in
Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a historic show of
government support for liberal streams of Judaism.
2016 Feb 1, A Palestinian was
shot dead after trying to stab Israeli soldiers near a Jewish
settlement in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Feb 2, An Israeli court
convicted former PM Ehud Olmert on two counts of obstruction of
justice for pressuring a confidant not to testify in multiple legal
cases against him.
2016 Feb 2, Israel's parliament
passed a law expanding police powers, allowing them to stop and
frisk suspects without probable cause, the latest attempt to crack
down on near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis.
2016 Feb 2, Israeli soldiers
destroyed 24 structures in and around the village of Khirbet Jenbah
south of Hebron, leaving a number of families homeless. Officials
said the structures were illegal.
2016 Feb 3, Three Palestinians
armed with automatic weapons, explosive devices and knives killed a
female Israeli security officer (19) and seriously wounded another
officer in Jerusalem before police shot and killed the attackers.
(AP, 2/3/16)(AFP, 2/4/16)
2016 Feb 4, In central Israel
two 13-year-old Arab Israeli girls stabbed and lightly wounded a
security guard at a bus station in Ramle. Both girls were arrested.
2016 Feb 7, In Israel a
Sudanese migrant stabbed and wounded a soldier in an apparent act of
solidarity with Palestinians and was shot dead.
2016 Feb 8, Palestinian and
Israeli sources said Israel plans to increase the number of entry
permits it grants to Palestinian workers, in a drive to ease
economic hardship that has contributed to a wave of Palestinian
2016 Feb 10, An Israeli court
handed former prime minister Ehud Olmert one month of prison for
obstructing justice, in addition to a previous 18-month sentence for
2016 Feb 10, Israeli forces
shot at a Palestinian who was throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles on
road near the refugee camp. Omar Jawabreh (16) of the al-Aroub
refugee camp north of Hebron was killed.
2016 Feb 14, Three Palestinian
teenagers were shot and killed while attempting to attack Israeli
security forces in two separate incidents in the West Bank.
Palestinian woman Yasmin al-Zaru (20) tried to stab an Israeli
policeman but was shot in the attempt in the flashpoint West Bank
city of Hebron. Two armed Palestinians attacked Israeli police just
outside the Old City walls before being shot dead by officers.
(AP, 2/14/16)(AFP, 2/14/16)
2016 Feb 19, A Palestinian man
(20) stabbed and wounded two policemen outside Jerusalem's Damascus
Gate before they shot him dead.
(AFP, 2/19/16)(AFP, 2/20/16)
2016 Feb 21, The Israeli
military shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier at a
West Bank checkpoint, after security forces managed to disarm and
apprehend two separate potential attackers in a non-lethal manner.
2016 Feb 23, The Israeli
military said its soldiers have been ordered to take their guns with
them when off duty to allow them to intervene in the event of
Palestinian attack. The military also said it has demolished the
homes of two Palestinians who committed separate attacks against
Israelis that killed five people.
(AFP, 2/23/16)(AP, 2/23/16)
2016 Feb 23, More than 30
former Israeli generals, ministers and other officials called for
the division of Jerusalem, saying a wall should be erected between
the Jewish and Arab sides of the city.
2016 Feb 24, Iran's ambassador
to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, said that Tehran would offer $7,000 to
the families of each Palestinian killed in what he called the
"Jerusalem intifada". He sad Iran will also give $30,000 to
Palestinian families whose homes have been destroyed by Israel
because a member is accused of carrying out an anti-Israeli attack.
The next day Israel denounced the Iranian decision.
2016 Feb 26, An Israeli man was
stabbed multiple times in the West Bank, the latest in months of
near-daily Palestinian assaults on Israeli forces and civilians.
2016 Feb 26, Bulgarian
authorities investigated the apparent shooting death of Omar Nayef
Zayed, a Palestinian wanted by Israel for a 1986 killing, inside the
Palestinian Authority's embassy in Sofia. Zayed (52) had escaped
from Israeli custody 25 years ago and has lived in Sofia since 1994.
2016 Feb 26, The family of
Mohammed al-Qeq (33), a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for a
record 94 days, said he will end his strike "today" and will be
freed on May 21. Israel says he has been involved in militant
activities linked to Hamas.
2016 Feb 29, Israeli drinks
firm SodaStream laid off its last Palestinian workers and lashed out
at the government for refusing to grant them work permits after it
relocated from the West Bank to southern Israel.
2016 Feb, In Israel a
Palestinian girl (12) was caught with a knife as she approached an
Israeli settlement. She later pleaded guilty to attempted
manslaughter in a plea bargain and was sentenced to 4Ĺ months in
prison. She was released on April 24.
2016 Mar 1, Two Israeli
soldiers said to be using a traffic app mistakenly entered a refugee
camp in the occupied West Bank overnight, sparking clashes that
killed one Palestinian and wounded 15 people.
2016 Mar 2, Israeli forces
demolished dozens of structures including a school in the northern
West Bank this week, leaving 10 families homeless.
2016 Mar 3, Israeli authorities
said a Palestinian girl (14) stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli
policeman in a West Bank village while gunshots fired elsewhere in
the territory wounded another Israeli officer.
2016 Mar 7, In Indonesia the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit ended with a call
for a ban on products from Israeli settlements in the occupied
territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of
the Palestinians. the move was not binding on member states.
2016 Mar 8,In Israel Amir
Maimoni (29), an agent of the Shin Bet security service, was killed
by friendly fire on the Gaza border after being mistaken for a
2016 Mar 8, In Israel a
Palestinian woman who tried to stab Israeli security forces was shot
and killed by officers in Jerusalem's Old City. Another Palestinian
was shot dead after attacking Israeli security forces with a knife
in the Old City, and a third was shot and killed after stabbing an
Israeli in the central city of Petah Tikvah. Taylor Force (28), a
Vanderbilt University graduate student and a US military veteran,
was killed and 11 people were wounded before police shot their
attacker dead on a Tel Aviv beach.
(AP, 3/8/16)(Reuters, 3/9/16)
2016 Mar 9, Two Palestinians
opened fire on a bus and near Jerusalem's Old City, seriously
wounding one person.
2016 Mar 11, Israeli forces
raided a TV station run by the Palestinian militant group Islamic
Jihad in the West Bank as part of a crackdown to curb months of
violence that Israel says has been fueled by incitement in the
2016 Mar 12, Israel staged a
pre-dawn wave of air strikes hours after four rockets fired from the
enclave by Palestinian militants hit southern Israel late March 11
without causing casualties. Israa Abu Khussa (6), wounded in the air
strike, died of her injuries. Her brother Yassin (10) died earlier
in the raid on a base of Hamas's military wing near their home in
the northern Gaza village of Beit Lahiya.
2016 Mar 14, Three Palestinians
carried out two attacks, a shooting and a car-ramming, on Israelis
in the southern occupied West Bank before they were shot dead.
2016 Mar 15, Israeli Army Radio
said the government has appropriated 579 acres in the occupied West
Bank near the Dead Sea and the Palestinian city of Jericho.
2016 Mar 17, Two Palestinian
assailants stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the northern West
Bank before Israeli security forces killed them.
2016 Mar 17, In Israel Meir
Dagan (71), a former Israeli general and longtime director of the
country's spy agency, died.
2016 Mar 18, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian man who tried to stab them in the occupied
2016 Mar 19, A Palestinian
teenager stabbed and wounded an Israeli border guard in the occupied
West Bank city of Hebron before being shot dead.
2016 Mar 21, Israel said it has
brought in 19 Jews from war-ravaged Yemen in what immigration
officials described as the last covert operation to move members of
a dwindling Jewish community dating back two millennia.
2016 Mar 22, Israel's military
says troops raided a Palestinian university in the West Bank and
seized militant propaganda linked to Hamas and other groups.
2016 Mar 23, The Israeli
military imposed a four-day closure on the West Bank, banning
Palestinians from entering Israel during the Jewish festival of
2016 Mar 24, Two knife-wielding
Palestinians wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of
Hebron before being shot dead by troops. The Israeli military
detained Sergeant Elor Azaria who was captured on video shooting
injured Palestinian Abd Elfatah Ashareef (21) lying on the ground.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(AP, 3/24/16)(Reuters, 1/4/17)
2016 Mar 29, Israel said it has
opened talks with China on a free trade deal which could see
commerce double between the two countries. During the meeting in
Jerusalem, 13 other agreements were signed on a range of topics.
2016 Mar, The UN Human Rights
Council ordered the compilation of a database of companies that
operate in Israelís West Bank settlements. About 100 Israeli
companies later received warning that they would be on the list.
Some 50 intíl. companies, mostly American European, were also
(SFC, 11/27/17, p.A4)
2016 Apr 3, The Israeli defense
body that handles civilian issues with the Palestinians expanded the
fishing zone. The new easing of restrictions allowed fishermen in
Gaza to now sail farther from the coastal territory.
2016 Apr 10, Israel's cabinet
unanimously approved a plan for reducing greenhouse gases and
increasing energy efficiency to benefit the economy. Government
officials expected the cumulative benefit to Israel's economy would
reach more than 30 billion shekels ($8 billion).
2016 Apr 14, Israeli
campaigners said Israel has approved plans for more than 200 new
settler homes in the occupied West Bank, adding to a sharp increase
in settlement projects so far this year. The government disputed the
claim, saying nearly all approvals involved "upgrading existing
structures" and not new construction, without providing a more
2016 Apr 14, A Palestinian
armed with an axe attacked an Israeli soldier in the occupied West
Bank and was shot dead, ending a three-week lull in deadly
2016 Apr 18, The Israeli
military said it has discovered and destroyed a tunnel burrowing
from Gaza into Israel ó the first tunnel to be discovered since
Israel's 2014 war with the militant Hamas movement that runs the
2016 Apr 19, Israeli actress
Ronit Elkabetz (51) died after battling cancer. She helped bring her
country's films to the world and became a star in France. Her films
included "The Girl on the Train" alongside Catherine Deneuve and
"Ashes and Blood".
2016 Apr 20, Israeli police
said they had arrested diamond dealer Hanan Abramovici, head of
Hanan Abramovici Diamonds Ltd., on suspicion of embezzlement after a
complaint was filed by members of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE).
2016 Apr 20, In Israel a young
Hamas militant (19), from Beit Jala near Bethlehem in the occupied
West Bank, died from his wounds following an April 18 ďsuicide
attack" on a bus that left 20 people wounded.
2016 Apr 24, In Israel a
liberal women's group held a special Passover prayer service at a
Jerusalem holy site, drawing criticism from the site's
ultra-Orthodox rabbi, who called it a "provocation." The group
planned to hold an all-female "priestly blessing," a prayer
typically done by men, but Israel's attorney general banned it from
2016 Apr 27, Israeli police
shot dead Palestinian woman Maram Abu Ismail (24) and her brother,
Ibrahim Taha (16), saying they were armed with knives and tried to
carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Alaa
Soboh, a Palestinian bus driver said he witnessed the incident, and
that the pair appeared to be unfamiliar with crossing procedures and
were swiftly challenged at the checkpoint.
(Reuters, 4/27/16)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A2)
2016 May 3, Israel's Tax
Authority said inspectors uncovered four tons of ammonium chlorideó
enough to produce hundreds of rocketsó hidden inside sacks of salt
about two weeks ago as the shipment was being transferred to Gaza.
2016 May 4, It was reported
that sewage has damaged Gazaís limited fresh water supplies,
decimated fishing zones and is now floating northward and affecting
(SFC, 5/4/16, p.A3)
2016 May 5, Israeli warplanes
struck four new Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip, as a
flare-up continued to threaten a 2014 ceasefire agreement. The army
said Hamas had "repeatedly fired and launched mortar rounds" across
the border. Israel's military said it had discovered a cross-border
tunnel built by the Islamist Hamas group from the Gaza Strip.
(AFP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/5/16)
2016 May 6, Israeli warplanes
launched new strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to
mortar fire, as the worst cross-border violence since a 2014 war
entered a third day.
2016 May 7, Israeli aircraft
hit two Hamas targets in Gaza early today in response to rocket fire
as the worst flare-up of violence since a 2014 war entered a fourth
2016 May 20, Israel's defense
minister Moshe Yaalon resigned, saying the nation was being
taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" after PM Benjamin
Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an
effort to strengthen his coalition.
2016 May 23, Israeli police
forces shot dead a Palestinian woman after she tried to stab a
police officer at a West Bank checkpoint.
2016 May 23, Private cement
deliveries to the Gaza Strip resumed after Israel lifted a six-week
ban it imposed over the alleged diversion of materials by an
official in the Palestinian territory.
2016 May 26, Israeli aircraft
struck two Hamas militant sites in southern Gaza in response to
rocket fire toward Israel.
2016 Jun 3, In Israel some
200,000 people joined the festivities of Tel Avivís annual gay pride
(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 6, Palestininan Jamal
Dweika (20) died of wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers in
clashes after stones at Jewish worshippers at the Joseph's Tomb in
2016 Jun 7, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for talks
expected to focus on boosting bilateral ties and the situation in
2016 Jun 8, Israel's army
locked down the Palestinian town of Yatta after Palestinian gunmen
shot dead 4 people at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot. One of the
attackers was arrested, while the other was wounded by gunfire. Both
were from Yatta.
2016 Jun 9, The Israeli
military revoked permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel and
said it would send hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank a
day after a Palestinian gun attack that killed four Israelis in Tel
Aviv. Collective punishment is banned under international law.
2016 Jun 10, The Israeli
military said the West Bank will be closed off until the end of the
Jewish holiday of Shavuot on June 12, due to security concerns
following a Palestinian shooting attack this week that killed four
2016 Jun 19, The Israeli
government approved $18 million in extra funding for Jewish West
2016 Jun 21, Israeli troops
shot dead Mahmoud Rafat Badran (15), a Palestinian teenager, and
wounded four others as they returned from a swimming pool after
apparently mistaking them for stone-throwers, sparking outrage and
drawing renewed attention to open fire rules.
2016 Jun 24, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian woman who rammed a vehicle into a
parked car near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank,
injuring two people sitting inside.
2016 Jun 26, Talks between
Turkey and Israel to normalize relations advanced in talks as
officials said a deal had been reached to end a rift dating back to
2016 Jun 27, Palestinians and
Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a
second day straight, with Islamic officials accusing Israeli
authorities of breaking a tacit agreement on access during Ramadan.
2016 Jun 28, Israeli police
banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the
end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two days of
clashes with Palestinian rioters at the site.
2016 Jun 28, Turkey and Israel
signed a deal to restore ties after a six-year rift. Terms of the
deal included the transfer of $20 million by Israel to a
humanitarian fund that will compensate families of Turkish nationals
killed and wounded during a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
(Reuters, 6/28/16)(SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 30, Palestinian
Mohammed Nasser Tarayra (19) fatally stabbed American-Israeli Hallel
Yaffa Ariel (13) in her bedroom in the occupied West Bank settlement
of Kiryat Arba. Israeli guards shot the attacker dead. On August 15
the Israeli army destroyed Tarayraís home.
(Reuters, 6/30/16)(AFP, 8/15/16)
2016 Jul 1, Palestinian Sarah
Tarayreh (27) was killed when she pulled out a knife and threatened
an officer at a checkpoint near the flashpoint West Bank city of
Hebron. A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a family traveling in a
car in the West Bank, killing Israeli Michael Mark (48) and wounding
his wife and two teenage children.
(AP, 7/1/16)(AFP, 7/2/16)
2016 Jul 2, The Israeli
military struck a series of militant sites in Gaza early today in
response to a rocket attack that hit a kindergarten in the Israeli
border town of Sderot. No injuries were reported on either side
2016 Jul 2, Israeli troops
locked down the occupied West Bank's most populous city Hebron and
surrounding villages after two Israelis were killed in Palestinian
2016 Jul 3, Israeli firms
announced that a consortium led by US firm Noble Energy has approved
a $265-million project to sink a new well in the Tamar natural gas
field off Israel.
2016 Jul 3, The Israeli army
attacked two Syrian military targets on the Golan Heights after
stray Syrian fire damaged the security fence along the demarcation
2016 Jul 3, Turkey delivered
humanitarian aid and other non-military products to Gaza. The
Panama-flagged Lady Leyla landed in the Israeli port of Ashdod with
11,000 tons of supplies, including food packages of flour, rice, and
sugar, as well as 10,000 toys.
(SFC, 7/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 4, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu started his four-nation tour of Africa with a visit to
2016 Jul 4, An official said
Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied
West Bank, in a move likely to further raise tensions following a
series of Palestinian attacks.
2016 Jul 4, Israel forces
demolished the West Bank homes of two assailantsí families who
killed an Israeli citizen last December. Four Palestinian youths
were wounded in clashes with troops demolishing the homes.
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 5, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu met with Kenyaís President Uhuru Kenyatta on
counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture, amid tight security on
the second leg of his Africa tour.
2016 Jul 6, Israel relaunched
the bidding process to build 42 new homes in the in Kiryat
Arba settlement in the occupied West Bank where a Palestinian
stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli last week.
2016 Jul 10, In Israel the
finds from some three-decades of excavation unearthing a Philistine
cemetery went on display at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in
Jerusalem. Their presence between 1200 and around 600 BC is evident
on a thin coastal strip running from present-day Gaza to Tel Aviv.
2016 Jul 10, Israel's
government approved nearly $13 million in financing for the West
Bank settlements of Kiryat Arba and within Hebron.
2016 Jul 11, Israel's
parliament adopted a law seen as targeting left-wing groups critical
of the government by forcing NGOs that receive most of their funding
from foreign states to declare it.
2016 Jul 13, Officers with
Israel's paramilitary border police were confiscating an
arms-manufacturing machine when a car accelerated toward them.
Security forces fired toward the car, killing Anwar
al-Salaymeh (22). Another Palestinian was taken to hospital, and a
third Palestinian was detained for questioning.
2016 Jul 17, Israeli police
arrested a Palestinian man (20) carrying pipe bombs and knives in
his bag at a light railway station in Jerusalem during the morning
2016 Jul 17, Two Israeli
soldiers were killed and three injured after a grenade one of the
troops was holding exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
2016 Jul 18, A Palestinian
stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank before being shot. The
soldiers were lightly wounded.
2016 Jul 18, Clashes erupted in
the West Bank as Israel's military demolished the home of a
Palestinian accused of involvement in a February attack outside
Jerusalem's Old City that killed a policewoman.
2016 Jul 20, Israel's
parliament passed a charged bill that would allow the assembly to
oust a sitting lawmaker deemed to be inciting against the state.
2016 Jul 20, Israel said that
it and the Republic of Guinea renewed diplomatic ties after 49
2016 Jul 25, Officials and
rights groups said Israeli authorities have advanced plans for 770
new settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem, drawing condemnation
from Palestinian leaders and the United Nations.
2016 Jul 26, Israel police said
said that 56 suspected members of the "La Familia" group of Beitar
Jerusalem fans were arrested in an overnight raid. Stun grenades,
firecrackers and other banned pyrotechnics were confiscated. An
undercover agent who had infiltrated the group over the past six
months led to the breakthrough.
2016 Jul 26, Israeli
authorities destroyed 11 Palestinian homes in an area on the
outskirts of Jerusalem divided from the city by Israel's separation
wall. Authorities alleged the owners did not have building permits.
2016 Jul 27, Israeli forces
fired anti-tank missiles at a house in the West Bank after a
shootout overnight, killing a Hamas member accused of a deadly
attack on a rabbi.
2016 Jul 31, Israel's cabinet
approved legislation aimed at loosening the grip of the country's
three largest banks on the credit supply market, despite opposition
by the IMF and a risk that the reform could flood the economy with
2016 Jul 31, Palestinian Rami
Awartani (31), armed with a knife, charged at Israeli soldiers on
the outskirts of of Nablus in the occupied West Bank and was shot
2016 Jul, Germanyís BMW,
Israeli supplier Mobileye and US-based Intel said they were joining
forces to build a self-driving car.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.63)
2016 Aug 2, Israeli lawmakers
approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of "terrorist
offences" in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians.
2016 Aug 4, Israel's internal
security agency said Mohammed el-Halabi, a senior employee of the
international aid group World Vision in the Gaza Strip, siphoned off
millions of dollars of the charity's funds and transferred them to
the Islamic militant group Hamas, assisting it in building tunnels
and purchasing arms. El-Halabi was arrested in June as he was
crossing from Israel into Gaza.
2016 Aug 5, The Palestinian
Prisoners Club said in a statement that 80 prisoners stopped eating
today, joining 325 who have been fasting for the past two days at
various prisons in Israel and the occupied West Bank.
2016 Aug 6, More than 300
Palestinian prisoners halted a hunger strike after Israel prison
authorities agreed to end "humiliating" body searches and return
recently transferred prisoners.
2016 Aug 9, Israel demolished
five homes in the occupied West Bank, leaving 27 Palestinians
homeless, more than half of them children. The structures had been
built with EU aid after houses in the village, on the southern tip
of the West Bank, were demolished at least eight times.
2016 Aug 19, The Turkish
parliament approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a
delay caused by last month's attempted coup. Under the deal, Israel
will pay Turkey $20 million (17.7 million euros) in compensation for
a botched Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship in
2010 that left 10 Turks dead.
2016 Aug 23, Israel uncovered
an illegal Palestinian weapons manufacturing network in the West
Bank overnight in one of its largest raids during a months-long
crackdown on illicit arms.
2016 Aug 23, Israeli security
forces rushed to the West Bank city of Nablus to rescue 60
ultra-Orthodox Hassids stoned by Palestinians as they visited
Joseph's Tomb in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the
city. Palestinians believe an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yussef Dweikat,
was buried there two centuries ago.
2016 Aug 24, An Israeli soldier
shot dead a Palestinian motorist who had stabbed him and threw rocks
from his car at a military vehicle in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Aug 26, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed an apparently unarmed Palestinian who ran toward
their position in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.
The incident was under review.
2016 Aug 30, Israel's military
overnight destroyed the home in Dura of Mohammed Abed Almajid
Mohammed El-Amaira (38), a Palestinian accused of involvement in the
July 1 shooting attack in the occupied West Bank that led to the
death of a rabbi.
2016 Aug 31, Israeli
authorities shut down the Palestinian Al-Sanabel radio station in
the occupied West Bank in an overnight operation in Dura over
"incitement" to violence. Five people, including the station
director, were arrested.
2016 Aug, Israelís agriculture
minister said that local cannabis growers will soon be allowed to
export medical marijuana.
(Econ, 10/29/16, p.42)
2016 Sep 1, An unmanned SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test in Florida, destroying the
Israeli-built and -owned Amos 6 satellite that Facebook planned to
use to beam high-speed internet to sub-Saharan Africa.
2016 Sep 3, Israelís PM
Benjamin Netanyahu, under pressure from ultra-Orthodox partners,
ordered routine railway repairs scheduled today, the Jewish Sabbath,
to be halted.
2016 Sep 4, Israelís transport
minister, Yisrael Katz, canceled key train routes because of the
delayed repairs. The government dispatched extra buses for some
90,000 affected commuters.
2016 Sep 4, Israeli tank fire
targeted a Hamas post on the Gaza Strip border overnight after
gunfire at Israeli forces in the area, with no injuries reported.
2016 Sep 5, Israeli police
opened fire during an alleged car-ramming attack targeting officers
in the Shuafat refugee camp in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem
killing passenger Mustafa Nimr (27). Israel's Channel 10 television
later broadcast video of the incident that appeared to show shots
being fired after the car was stopped, with Mustafa Nimr already on
the ground either wounded or dead.
2016 Sep 5, In Israel a floor
collapsed during the construction of a four-storey underground
parking structure in Tel Aviv. At least 4 people were killed and
three remained missing.
2016 Sep 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, during a visit to the Netherlands, said the Dutch
government will assist Israel in improving water and gas supplies to
2016 Sep 8, Israeli defense
officials said that the government has begun work on a $530 million
underground barrier along the border with Gaza meant to block Hamas
militants from tunneling into Israel.
(SFC, 9/9/16, p.A4)
2016 Sep 9, Palestinian
Abdel-Rahman Al-Dabbagh (18) was killed during a rock-throwing
protest near the Gaza-Israel border A Palestinian health official
said Israeli soldiers shot him, but the Israeli army said troops
were not responsible.
2016 Sep 13, The Israeli
military struck artillery positions in Syria after a projectile from
that country's civil war hit the Israeli-controlled part of the
Golan Heights, but denied a Syrian claim that Syrian forces shot
down two Israeli aircraft.
2016 Sep 13, Israelís former
Pres. Shimon Peres (93) suffered a major stroke and was hospitalized
in Tel Aviv.
(SFC, 9/14/16, p.A3)
2016 Sep 14, The United States
signed an unprecedented security agreement with Israel that will
give the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years.
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 16, In Israel three
alleged assailants were killed while carrying out attacks on
Israelis, shattering weeks of relative calm in Israel and the
2016 Sep 17, Israel's Iron Dome
missile defence system destroyed two rockets fired from Syria at the
Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights in an apparent rise in
tension between the uneasy neighbors.
2016 Sep 17, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli soldier in the flashpoint West Bank city of
Hebron before being shot dead, the army said, in the fourth such
attack in under 24 hours. Forces at the scene shot the assailant,
resulting in his death.
2016 Sep 18, A Palestinian
attacker stabbed an Israeli army officer in the chest near a West
Bank settlement and moderately wounded him, before Israeli soldiers
shot the attacker and apprehended him.
2016 Sep 19, Two Palestinians
were killed as they tried to stab Israeli police in the West Bank
city of Hebron. A third Palestinian was shot and wounded after
stabbing and wounding two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem.
2016 Sep 20, A Palestinian (16)
who tried to stab an Israeli soldier was shot dead. An Israeli
aircraft intercepted a drone launched by Hamas.
2016 Sep 21, Israeli guards
shot and wounded an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl after she
did not stop at a checkpoint. The Israeli defence ministry said the
girl was not carrying a weapon but told officers afterwards that she
had wanted to die.
2016 Sep 21, In Turkey Osman
Nuri Caliskan (41), reportedly mentally disturbed and wielding a
knife, tried to storm the Israeli embassy in Ankara but was shot
before reaching the building.
2016 Sep 21, Pres. Obama met
with Israelís PM Benjamin Netanyahu in New York and expressed
concern about continued settlement construction in the West Bank.
(http://tinyurl.com/jhhq4j5)(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A6)
2016 Sep 28, Shimon Peres
(b.1923), Israeli former president and prime minister, died two
weeks after suffering a massive stroke. The Nobel Prize-winning
visionary pushed his country toward peace during a remarkable
2016 Sep 30, In Jordan
thousands of protesters staged a protest in Ammanto to demonstrate
against a $10 billion gas deal between Jordan and Israel.
2016 Oct 5, Israel's military
struck several Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after a rocket
launched from the Palestinian enclave hit a nearby Israeli city,
with no casualties reported on either side.
2016 Oct 9, A Palestinian
motorist launched a shooting spree near the Israeli police
headquarters in Jerusalem, killing 2 people and wounding five others
before being shot dead.
2016 Oct 14, Israel suspended
cooperation with UNESCO, a day after the UN cultural agency adopted
a draft resolution that Israel says denies the deep, historic Jewish
connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.
2016 Oct 18, In the Gaza Strip
a Hamas-run court sentenced a man to death for allegedly
collaborating with Israel.
(SFC, 10/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 18, UNESCO, the UN
cultural agency, adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution
condemning Israel's actions at a flashpoint holy site in east
Jerusalem that has sparked fury in the Jewish state.
2016 Oct 19, Palestinian woman
Raheeq Shajeyeh Youssef (19) approached Israeli border police with a
knife in a tense area of the West Bank and was shot dead by
officers. Video later emerged appearing to show officers open fire
on the woman after she was already on the ground.
(AP, 10/19/16)(AFP, 10/20/16)
2016 Oct 25, An Israeli man
reportedly working on a border fence between Israel and Egypt was
shot and killed when gunmen in Egypt opened fire at him. A senior
Egyptian security official said that human traffickers shot at
Israelis working on the barrier.
2016 Oct 26, Israeli
archaeologists made public a fragment of an ancient text which they
say is the earliest Hebrew reference to Jerusalem outside the Bible.
The piece of papyrus, dated by the Israel Antiquities Authority to
the 7th century B.C., was presented at a news conference in
Jerusalem shortly after Paris-based UNESCO adopted a resolution that
Israel said denied Judaism's link to the ancient city.
2016 Oct 28, A Palestinian
attacked Israeli troops with his car late today and then with a
knife in the occupied West Bank before being shot and seriously
2016 Nov 2, In Israel
protesters demanding equal prayer rights for women at one of
Judaism's holiest sites scuffled with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they
sought to approach Jerusalem's Western Wall.
2016 Nov 3, Israeli troops shot
dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier near Ofra in the
occupied West Bank.
2016 Nov 3, Avi Dichter, the
former head of Israel's domestic intelligence agency, said Iran now
commands a force of around 25,000 Shi'ite Muslim militants in Syria,
mostly made up of recruits from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2016 Nov 9, The Israeli
military said it has struck a Syrian army artillery position after a
rocket from Syria hit the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan
2016 Nov 15, Israel appointed
an ambassador to Turkey, its first since both countries recalled
their envoys five years ago amid a spat over a deadly Israeli raid
on a Turkish vessel trying to reach the Gaza Strip.
2016 Nov 15, Swimmers crossed
the Dead Sea from Jordan to Israel to raise awareness of what they
said was an environmental disaster that has shrunk the inland lake's
surface by a third in 30 years. They were the first people to thrash
their way over the body of water so salty that it poisons anyone who
2016 Nov 16, Israel's
parliament gave preliminary approval to a disputed bill that would
retroactively legalize Jewish ettlement outposts built on
privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Nov 18, A Palestinian (26)
was killed by Israeli soldiers in clashes along the Gaza border.
Israeli soldiers said dozens of Palestinians had breached the buffer
(SFC, 11/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 20, In Israel dozens
of LGBT activists protested in Jerusalem against comments reportedly
made by the city's chief rabbi disparaging the gay community. Rabbi
Shlomo Amar told an Israeli newspaper last week that gay people were
an "abomination" and homosexuality a "cult."
2016 Nov 23, Israel revived
plans to build 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in Israeli-annexed
2016 Nov 23, Israel Antiquities
Authority unveiled a "unique" 3,800-year-old figurine showing a
seated person, apparently deep in thought. It was discovered
recently in excavations at Yehud, east of Tel Aviv.
2016 Nov 24, In Israel tens of
thousands of residents were ordered to leave Haifa as wildfires tore
across central and northern Israel. The country's chief of police
said politically motivated arson may be behind some of the blazes.
2016 Nov 25, In Israel foreign
firefighting planes helped tackle a wave of wildfires that have
forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, as police announced a
dozen related arrests. Israel received airborne assistance from
Russia, Turkey, Greece and Croatia.
2016 Nov 26, In Israel fires
raged in several locations for a fifth day, including in a Jewish
West Bank settlement where 40 homes were burned and all 1,000-plus
of its residents evacuated.
2016 Nov 27, Israeli aircraft
struck a machine gun-mounted vehicle inside, killing four Islamic
State-affiliated militants after they had opened fire on a military
patrol on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.
2016 Nov, Bilal Rozayna, the
brother of Hamas internal security chief Mustafa Rozayna, was
arrested after he entered Israel.
2016 Dec 1, A Kenyan court
charged two Iranian men with collecting information to facilitate a
terrorist act after they were allegedly found with video footage of
the Israeli embassy.
2016 Dec 4, Israel was
embroiled in fresh controversy over its purchase of submarines from
German company ThyssenKrupp after reports that the country's
arch-enemy Iran holds a stake in the firm.
2016 Dec 6, In Israel sculptor
Itay Zalait placed a four meter (13 foot) tall effigy of Netanyahu
on a white pedestal in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, adjacent to city
hall, to test the limits of freedom of expression. The gilded statue
was toppled by an onlooker after a brief public appearance.
2016 Dec 12, British PM Theresa
May introduced an official definition for anti-Semitism in hopes of
curbing attacks against Jewish people. The definition states that
"Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be
expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical
manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or
non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish
community institutions and religious facilities."
2016 Dec 13, Kazakhstan and
Israel signed agreements on cooperation in scientific research,
civil aviation, medicine and agriculture following talks between
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visiting PM Benjamin
Netanyahu. They also agreed to work more closely together in
2016 Dec 14, In East Jerusalem
a Palestinian youth wielding a screwdriver stabbed and lightly
wounded two Israeli police officers before being shot and killed.
2016 Dec 14, The Czech
Republic's defense minister said the country's military has decided
to purchase Israeli-made radars for its military. The army will pay
2.9 billion koruna ($114 million) for a total of eight ELM 2084 MMR
radars made by the Israeli state-run IAI Elta company.
2016 Dec 15, In Israel
residents of the Amona outpost, a wildcat Jewish settlement in the
occupied West Bank, rejected a proposal to leave voluntarily. Some
40 families were under a High Court order to be evacuated by
December 25 since the settlement was found to have been built on
private Palestinian land.
2016 Dec 15, European Union
diplomats said Israel demolished 866 structures in 2016, leaving
1,221 Palestinians homeless, almost half of them children.
2016 Dec 15, Mohammed Alzoari
(49) was found gunned down in his car near his home in Sfax,
Tunisia. He had joined the military wing of Hamas in 2006 and led
the development of its drones. Hamas accused Israel of assassinating
2016 Dec 16, President-elect
Donald Trump announced that he will nominate attorney David Friedman
as US ambassador to Israel, selecting an envoy who supports Israeli
settlements and other changes to US policies in the region. Friedman
already headed a settlement fundraising organization.
(AP, 12/16/16)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.41)
2016 Dec 18, Israeli settlers
due to be evicted from the Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank
accepted a government-proposed deal to head off a forced evacuation
and confrontation with troops.
2016 Dec 18, An Israeli parole
board ordered the release of former president Moshe Katsav after
serving five years of a seven-year term for rape and other sexual
2016 Dec 18, Israel forces shot
and killed Ahmad Rimawi (19) after he hurled stones at Israeli
troops in Beit Rima, near Ramallah.
2016 Dec 19, Israeli
authorities placed billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz (60) under
house arrest over allegations of bribery and corruption in Guinea
linked to his mining company, BSG Resources (BSGR). Asher Avidan, a
top associate of Steinmetz, was also arrested in connection with the
international investigation into suspected bribery of an official in
(Reuters, 12/19/16)(AP, 12/20/16)
2016 Dec 21, Israeli
ex-president Moshe Katsav was freed from prison after prosecutors
declined to appeal a parole board decision to release him after he
served five years of a seven-year term for rape.
2016 Dec 22, In Israel Basel
Ghattas, an Arab lawmaker in the Knesset, to have his parliamentary
immunity stripped amid an investigation into suspicions he smuggled
cellphones to Palestinian prisoners.
2016 Dec 22, The UN Security
Council postponed a vote on a draft resolution demanding that Israel
halt its settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and
east Jerusalem. Egypt requested the delay to allow time for
consultations on the measure.
2016 Dec 23, The UN Security
Council passed a landmark resolution condemning Israeli settlements
in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after the United States
refrained from using its veto. A resolution needs nine votes in
favor and no vetoes by the US, France, Russia, Britain or China to
be adopted. New Zealand, along with Senegal, Venezuela and Malaysia,
co-sponsored the UN Security Council resolution.
(Reuters, 12/23/16)(AFP, 12/24/16)(AP, 6/13/17)
2016 Dec 25, Israel summoned
representatives of states that supported a UN resolution demanding
it halts settlement activity, while cutting civilian coordination
with Palestinians by way of rebuke.
2016 Dec 25, Israeli ministers
approved a bill that would allow a court to order sites such as
Facebook and YouTube to remove material found to be "incitement,"
which they say contributes to Palestinian violence.
2016 Dec 25, In Israel a fire
erupted in a fuel tank at Oil Refineries Ltd in Haifa, sending thick
black smoke into the sky above the northern port city.
2016 Dec 27, Israel's foreign
ministry said the country was "reducing" ties with nations that
voted for last week's UN Security Council resolution demanding a
halt to settlement building in Palestinian territory.
2016 Dec 28, Israel released
some 200,000 documents online from past government inquiries into
the disappearance of about 1,000 children, mostly Jewish immigrants
from Yemen and other Arab countries who disappeared in the late
1940s and early 1950s.
2016 Dec 28, In Israel a
Jerusalem municipal panel approved construction of a four-storey
building for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem after postponing a
vote on permits for hundreds of other homes in the Israeli-annexed
2016 Dec 29, Israeli media
reported that the attorney general Avichai Mandelblit has decided to
order a criminal probe against PM Benjamin Netanyahu and he is to
soon be questioned by police.
2016 Dec 30, In Israel a
Palestinian woman was shot and wounded after approaching an Israeli
security checkpoint near Jerusalem with a knife.
2016 Another 5,000 French Jews
emigrated to Israel this year, continuing a trend that has seen tens
of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting
2017 Jan 1, The Israeli
government ruled that it would not release to their families the
bodies of Hamas militants killed during attacks on Israelis but
would instead bury them.
2017 Jan 4, The Israeli
government said China has agreed for thousands of migrant
construction laborers to work in Israel in a bid to alleviate a
2017 Jan 4, Israel released
billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz from house arrest without
charge, following his detention over bribery allegations involving
BSGR in Africa.
2017 Jan 4, Israeli Sergeant
Elor Azaria, who shot dead a Palestinian assailant lying wounded and
motionless on the ground in the occupied West Bank last March 24,
was convicted of manslaughter in one of the most polarizing cases in
2017 Jan 4, Palestinian
fisherman Mohammed Al-Hissi (33) disappeared after colliding with an
Israeli navy ship off the Gaza coast.
2017 Jan 5, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a second time as part of a
probe into whether he illegally accepted gifts from wealthy
2017 Jan 8, Palestinian Fadi
Qunbar (28) rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers visiting
a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding at
least 15 people. Qunbar was killed as an Israeli soldier fired on
the attacker and distributed video of him saying he shot after
realizing it was not an accident. On Dec 9 Israeli police arrested
nine people in relation to the attack including 5 Qunbar relatives.
(AFP, 1/8/17)(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 9, Israeli authorities
charged two Palestinians, arrested last month, with helping to
smuggle hundreds of cameras to the Gaza Strip for the Islamic
militant group Hamas and others.
2017 Jan 10, Palestinian
leaders called for prayers at mosques across the Middle East this
week to protest plans by President-elect Donald Trump to move the US
embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
2017 Jan 10, Israeli troops in
the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian who attacked them
during an overnight operation to arrest suspected militants at the
Al-Fara refugee camp. A Palestinian rights group said the man was
shot in his home at point blank range.
2017 Jan 11, The Israeli
military said the Palestinian militant group Hamas has chatted up
dozens of Israeli soldiers online using photos of young women and
Hebrew slang to gain control of their phone cameras and microphones.
2017 Jan 13, Syria accused
Israel of firing missiles early today that landed near a military
base west of Damascus.
(SFC, 1/14/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 15, In France
representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive
stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the
Palestinians attended the conference.
2017 Jan 16, Israeli border
police shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian youth as violence erupted
near the town of Bethlehem between a crowd of stone-throwing
Palestinians and Israeli troops.
2017 Jan 17, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian who had tried to stab a soldier at a
checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
2017 Jan 18, In Israel
demolitions in the Arab Israeli village of in Umm al-Heiran, that
activists say has been targeted by racist policies, sparked violence
in which a policeman and his alleged attacker were killed.
2017 Jan 18, Israeli nuclear
whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu was convicted of violating the terms
of his release, more than a decade after completing an 18-year jail
term. Vanunu was convicted of meeting with two US nationals in
Jerusalem in 2013 without having permission to do so, and will be
sentenced in two months.
2017 Jan 22, In Israel the
municipality of Jerusalem granted final approval for the
construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while a
hard-line Cabinet minister pushed the government to annex a major
West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the
presidency of Donald Trump.
2017 Jan 24, Israel announced
plans for 2,500 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the
second such declaration since US President Donald Trump took office
signaling he would be less critical of such projects than his
2017 Jan 24, A Jerusalem court
reached a plea bargain with a former chief rabbi of Israel that will
have him serve time for corruption. Yona Metzger will serve 3.5
years in prison and pay a $1.3 million fine.
2017 Jan 26, Israeli officials
gave final approval to 153 east Jerusalem settler homes, adding to a
sharp increase in such projects since US Pres. Donald Trump took
2017 Jan 30, Former Israeli
chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was found guilty of taking bribes on
multiple occasions, as well as fraud and obstructing justice. He
faced three-and-a-half years in prison and a fine $1.3 million.
Metzger stepped down in July 2013 after 10 years in office.
2017 Jan 31, Israeli
authorities said that nine Venezuelan Jewish converts will be
allowed to move to Israel in light of the humanitarian crisis in
Venezuela, reversing an earlier decision to keep them out.
2017 Jan 31, In Israel rightist
protesters scuffled with Israeli police carrying out a court order
to evict settlers from the illegal Amona outpost in the occupied
West Bank, hours after the government announced more construction in
2017 Feb 2, Israeli police
forced hardline Jewish settlers from the barricaded synagogue of the
wildcat Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank, completing an
emotive battle to evict residents.
2017 Feb 5, Israel's Supreme
Court gave a small group of settlers in the occupied West Bank a
brief respite from a demolition order, giving them until March 5 to
2017 Feb 6, Israelís parliament
passed a new law legalizing dozens of Jewish outposts built on
private Palestinian land.
2017 Feb 6, A Palestinian
rocket launched from Gaza struck Israel, causing no casualties or
damage, in a rare attack that drew Israeli air strikes against
Palestinian militant targets.
2017 Feb 7, Palestinian Pres.
Mahmud Abbas called a new Israeli law legalizing dozens of Jewish
outposts built on private Palestinian land an "attack against our
2017 Feb 8, Israeli and
Palestinian rights groups petitioned the Supreme Court asking it to
strike down a new law allowing expropriation of private Palestinian
land for Jewish settlers.
2017 Feb 9, In central Israel a
Palestinian (18) opened fire and stabbed shoppers with a screwdriver
near a busy open air market wounding at least six people in Petah
2017 Feb 12, An Israeli court
ordered Haifa Chemicals to shut down the country's largest ammonia
tank, which has been a point of contention for years, with residents
and environmental groups warning it is a major health hazard.
2017 Feb 15, President Donald
Trump and PM Benjamin Netanyahu renewed the US-Israel partnership in
defiance of international pressure for a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Shortly before Trump was to welcome
Netanyahu to the White House, a senior US official briefed reporters
that Washington would no longer insist that any peace deal lead to a
recognized Palestinian state.
2017 Feb 21, Israeli Sergeant
Elor Azaria, who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian
assailant on March 24, 2016, was sentenced to 18 months'
imprisonment, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage
after one of the most divisive trials in Israel's history.
2017 Feb 23, An Israeli court
ordered Nael Barghouti, a senior Hamas member, to complete his life
sentence, after the man was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of
inmates for an Israeli soldier held by Hamas.
2017 Feb 23, An Israeli fighter
jet shot down a drone belonging to the Islamist group Hamas that had
taken off from the Gaza Strip.
2017 Feb 24, Hundreds of
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West
Bank city of Hebron on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried
out by a far-right Jewish settler.
2017 Feb 25, Israel's military
fired tear gas across the border into Lebanon, breaking up a small
Lebanese protest against cameras installed there.
2017 Feb 27, Israeli aircraft
carried out a series of strikes in Gaza, wounding at least four
people, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory hit an
empty area in southern Israel.
2017 Mar 1, A Palestinian broke
into a home in a West Bank settlement near Hebron and stabbed an
Israeli, who then shot and killed the intruder.
2017 Mar 6, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth time in a corruption
investigation that has prompted political rivals to start looking to
a "post-Bibi" Israel.
2017 Mar 6, Palestinian
militant Basil al-Araj (31) was killed in a shootout with Israeli
forces in the West Bank. Police said he headed a group planning
attacks against Israeli targets and collected weapons for the group.
2017 Mar 13, Intel said it will
buy Israeli car tech firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, in a deal
signaling the US computer chip giant's commitment to technology for
(AFP, 3/13/17)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.65)
2017 Mar 14, Israel ordered the
closure of an office in Arab East Jerusalem as it was suspected of
being funded by the Palestinian Authority and involved with
monitoring the sale of Palestinian property to Jews.
2017 Mar 14, In northern Israel
a fireworks warehouse went up in flames, killing two people,
injuring at least two more and setting off a series of loud
explosions in a village near Netanya.
2017 Mar 14, In Israel an
elderly man burnt nurse Tova Kararo (56) at a clinic after
apparently being dissatisfied by the treatment he had received in
Holon. Kararo died after the man poured flammable fluid on the nurse
taking care of him.
2017 Mar 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he would honor his commitment to build a new
settlement in the occupied West Bank, the first in two decades.
2017 Mar 17, Israeli warplanes
struck several targets in Syria overnight, prompting retaliatory
missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two
countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.
2017 Mar 18, The Israeli
military carried out the airstrikes early today against two Hamas
targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a projectile that
landed in an open field. No militant group has claimed
responsibility for the firing.
2017 Mar 18, Rima Khalaf, a UN
undersecretary-general, resigned after refusing to withdraw her
report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
She had authored a recent report that accused Israel of establishing
an "apartheid regime." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas soon
informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she would receive the Palestine
Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her "courage and
support" for the Palestinian people.
2017 Mar 19, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu backed out of an agreement to establish a new
broadcasting authority, creating a coalition crisis with one of his
key partners that could lead to early elections.
2017 Mar 20, The United States
criticized the UN Human Rights Council, saying addressing the human
rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories as
part of its agenda exhibited the group's "long-standing bias against
2017 Mar 21, Israel's Shin Bet
security agency said that it had arrested Muhammad Murtaja, a
Palestinian employee of a humanitarian program run by the Turkish
government, on suspicion of diverting funds to militants.
2017 Mar 23, Israeli police
arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in
a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and
other institutions in the US, marking a potential breakthrough in
the case after an international manhunt with the FBI.
2017 Mar 24, Hamas official
Mazen Faqha (38) was shot dead by an unknown gunman at his home in
the Gaza Strip. Israeli media said Faqha was responsible for cells
of Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank. On May 11 Hamas said it has apprehended
the killer of Mazen Fuqaha and that he carried out the assassination
on Israel's orders.
(AFP, 3/25/17)(Reuters, 5/11/17)(Econ, 4/22/17,
2017 Mar 26, Hamas shut the
crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel after blaming the Jewish
state for the assassination of one of its officials in the
2017 Mar 26, Iran sanctioned
what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support
terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians
want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier
announced by the US. The list included ITT Corp., missile-maker
Raytheon Co., United Technologies Corp. Denver's Re/Max Holdings
Inc., a real estate company and truck maker Oshkosh.
2017 Mar 27, Israeli police
arrested more than 20 Jewish ultra-Orthodox suspected sex offenders
whose alleged crimes were known to their insular communities but
concealed from the authorities.
2017 Mar 27, Hamas authorities
partially reopened the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel,
after a one-day closure following the assassination of one of the
2017 Mar 29, Israeli
paramilitary police officers shot and killed a Palestinian woman who
tried to attack them with a knife outside Jerusalem's walled Old
2017 Mar 30, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahuís Security Cabinet approved a plan to create
Israel's first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than
20 years despite international concern over the issue. Netanyahu
also ordered limitations on settlement expansion in territory
Palestinians claim for a state.
(AFP, 3/30/17)(AP, 3/31/17)(SFC, 3/30/17,
2017 Mar 31, Palestinian Hatem
al-Maghari returned overnight to his family in Gaza after 17 years
in an Israeli jail. He had been arrested and convicted of murder
after the brutal lynching of two Israeli soldiers in 2000, but was
released this week after new evidence emerged. He was still found
guilty of aggression against a soldier and not preventing an offence
and sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison, but with time
already served was released immediately.
2017 Apr 1, A Palestinian from
the occupied West Bank stabbed and wounded three Israelis in
Jerusalem's Old City before being shot dead by border guards.
2017 Apr 6, A Palestinian man
carried out a car-ramming next to a bus stop near a settlement in
the occupied West Bank, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding
2017 Apr 10, Israel closed its
Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula following warnings by
its anti-terrorism office of an "imminent" militant attack there and
urged its citizens to leave Egypt hours before the start of the
Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many
2017 Apr 14, A Palestinian man
fatally stabbed Hannah Bladon (20), a British woman, on Jerusalem's
transit network, as Christians marked Good Friday and Muslims held
prayers at respective holy sites nearby. Police officers restrained
Jamil Tamimi (57) and carried him away. Tamimi was convicted in 2011
for sexually assaulting his daughter. On May 11 Tamimi was charged
with premeditated murder.
(Reuters, 4/14/17)(AFP, 5/11/17)
2017 Apr 17, Hundreds of Druze
on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched for Syrian
independence day, carrying portraits of President Bashar al-Assad
and chanting anti-Israel slogans.
2017 Apr 17, Hundreds of
Palestinians in Israeli jails began a hunger strike in response to a
call by prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a
possible future Palestinian president. Palestinians termed the
open-ended strike a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli
policy of detention without trial that has been applied against
thousands since the 1980s.
2017 Apr 18, Israel vowed not
to negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian detainees on the second
day of a hunger strike led by prominent prisoner and popular leader
2017 Apr 19, A Palestinian
assailant rammed his car into a West Bank bus stop, wounding an
Israeli man, before Israeli troops shot and killed the driver.
2017 Apr 19, Two Palestinian
sisters from Gaza were caught trying to smuggle explosives hidden in
medicine containers into Israel as they were headed for cancer
treatment at a Jerusalem hospital.
2017 Apr 20, Several dozen
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces outside the Ofer
Prison where detainees were on a hunger strike. A group of Israeli
hardliners nearby taunted prisoners by barbecuing.
2017 Apr 23, An Israeli attack
against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National
Defence Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members.
2017 Apr 23, Israel said it has
signed a deal with China to bring Chinese construction workers to
Israel, but the workers will reportedly be barred from building in
West Bank settlements at China's insistence.
2017 Apr 23, In Israel a
Palestinian stabbed and slightly wounded four people along Tel
Aviv's beachfront. Police arrested him and described the attack as
2017 Apr 25, Israel appointed
its first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system. Hana
Khatib, an attorney from the northern town of Tamra, was selected by
an Israeli justice committee alongside three men to become a
2017 Apr 27, Pres. Mahmoud
Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) told Israel it
would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a
move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory,
whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.
2017 Apr 27, Palestinians
across the West Bank observed a general strike in support of
hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.
2017 Apr 27, Syria's state
media reported that Israel has attacked a military installation near
the Damascus International Airport.
2017 Apr 28, Israelís Housing
Ministry said it intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in
East Jerusalem, despite US President Donald Trump's request to "hold
back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for
2017 Apr 28, The Israeli
military said about 2000 Palestinians "participated in violent
riots" at several places in the West Bank. Palestinian health
officials said dozens of protesters were wounded at West Bank
demonstrations in support of hunger-striking prisoners held by
Israel. Some 6.500 Palestinians were currently in Israeli lockups.
(AP, 4/28/17)(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A2)
2017 May 1, The Palestinian
Islamist group Hamas dropped its long-standing call for Israel's
destruction as well as its association with the Muslim Brotherhood
in a new policy document issued today. This amended the founding
charter of 1988.
(Reuters, 5/1/17)(Econ 5/6/17, p.45)
2017 May 3, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said he will withhold $1 million in payments to the United
Nations following a resolution adopted by its cultural agency that
he says diminishes Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
2017 May 5, The executive board
of the UN's cultural agency ratified a resolution that identifies
Israel as "the occupying power" in Jerusalem and calls on it to
rescind any move changing the city's "character and status."
2017 May 7, More than 880
Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike,
the 21st day of their protest as Israel released a video, purporting
to show Marwan Barghouti snacking in his cell. Supporters of
Barghouti said the video is a fabrication intended to break the
2017 May 8, New Hamas leader
Ismail Haniya pledged support for hunger-striking Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli jails in his first comments since being elected
as head of the movement that runs the Gaza Strip.
2017 May 9, More than 880
Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike,
the 23rd day of their protest.
2017 May 11, Six protesters
were wounded by Israeli fire at a West Bank demonstration in support
of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, now in its 25th day.
2017 May 12, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian during stone-throwing clashes in the
occupied West Bank.
2017 May 13, A Jordanian
citizen (57) stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then
shot him dead in Jerusalem's Old City.
2017 May 15, An Israeli patrol
boat fired at Palestinian fishermen accused of breaching the
blockade off the northern Gaza Strip, leaving Mohammed Majed
Bakr (25) dead. Four other crewmen were arrested and two more
arrests were made when the military boarded another Gaza boat
2017 May 18, A Palestinian
protester was killed during a clash in the northern West Bank, and
an Associated Press photographer was shot and wounded while covering
the unrest. An Israeli settler had opened fire on a crowd of
Palestinian protesters after his car was attacked by demonstrators.
2017 May 22, Israeli police
shot and killed a Palestinian who ran with a knife at officers near
Abu Dis, a Palestinian town on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
2017 May 22, US President
Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall,
standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray
and saying a few words before inserting a note between the
2017 May 22, US President
Donald Trump arrived in Israel and made a historic visit to
Jerusalem's Western Wall. Trump held talks separately with PM
Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a stopover
lasting barely 28 hours.
2017 May 22, Palestinians
observed a general strike in solidarity with prisoners refusing food
in Israeli jails for more than a month over their conditions.
2017 May 23, US Pres. Donald
Trump met with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in
the occupied West Bank. Following the meeting he called on Israelis
and Palestinians to make compromises for peace as he wrapped up a
closely watched visit, but offered no specifics on how he would
resolve the decades-old conflict.
2017 May 24, Clashes broke out
between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces as
Israeli demonstrators march through the Old City of Jerusalem to
mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the city's eastern
2017 May 25, Israel says it
will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the
Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be
2017 May 27, Hundreds of
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April
17 ended their mass protest after Israel agreed a deal following
weeks of refusing to negotiate.
2017 Jun 1, A Palestinian girl
(15) was shot after stabbing an Israeli soldier near a settlement in
the West Bank. Nouf Infeat died of her wounds the next day.
2017 Jun 1, The UN agency for
Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) found "part of a tunnel in Gaza that
passed under two adjacent agency schools in the Maghazi camp" during
construction work while the schools were empty during the summer
2017 Jun 1, US Pres. Donald
Trump signed an order keeping the US Embassy in Tel Aviv for at
least another six months.
(SFC, 6/2/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 8, Israel said seven
Arabs have been arrested over a plot to kill army officers for
Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers to avenge the killing of one
2017 Jun 9, In Israel over
200,000 people celebrated the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, where
the theme this year is "Bisexuality Visibility".
2017 Jun 11, Israel's security
cabinet decided to reduce the daily amount of electricity supplied
to Gaza by between 45 and 60 minutes. Gazans currently receive only
three or four hours of electricity a day. Israeli authorities said
the move was taken after funding cuts by Palestinian president
Mahmud Abbas, who has reportedly been seeking to further pressure
his rivals in Islamist movement Hamas.
2017 Jun 13, Israel's PM
Netanyahu says the diplomatic crisis with New Zealand over a UN
resolution condemning Israeli settlements is over.
2017 Jun 14, Israeli author
David Grossman won the Mann Booker Intíl. Prize for his novel ďA
Horse Walks Into a Bar." Jessica Cohen shared the prize for
translating the book into English from Hebrew.
(Econ 6/24/17, p.42)
2017 Jun 15, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious
Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his
country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to
export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a
proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and
2017 Jun 16, Three Palestinian
militants were killed after stabbing and shooting attacks left dead
Israeli female police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka (23) on duty near
Jerusalem's Old City. Hamas and People's Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP) soon claimed responsibility denying Islamic State
claims for the attack.
2017 Jun 18, Israel revoked the
permits of 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel that were approved
for the holy month of Ramadan following two near simultaneous
Palestinian attacks on police that killed a young female officer
near Jerusalem's Old City two days earlier.
2017 Jun 19, Israel's national
electric company cut back its already limited electricity shipments
to the Gaza Strip. The step was expected to worsen the power crunch
plaguing the Hamas-controlled seaside territory.
2017 Jun 20, Israelís PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said ground has been broken in the West Bank for
the first new Israeli settlement in two decades to compensate for
the Amona outpost demolished earlier this year.
2017 Jun 21, In Israel an
83-year-old woman won a lawsuit against the national airline after
being asked to move seats on a transatlantic flight because an
ultra-Orthodox man did not want to sit next to her.
2017 Jun 25, Israel's
government formally suspended plans for a mixed-gender prayer space
at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox
Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites.
2017 Jun 25, The Israeli
military said it attacked a series of Syrian military targets after
several projectiles landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights
for a 2nd day.
(SFC, 6/26/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 30, An Israeli
warplane struck a Syrian army post, hours after stray fire from
Syria's civil war hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
2017 Jun 30, In Israel large
amounts of highly acidic wastewater poured into the Negev desert
when a wall of an evaporation pool partially collapsed at the Rotem
Amfert facility of Potash and fertilizer producer Israel Chemicals
(ICL). Complete rehabilitation was expected to take years.
(AP, 7/2/17)(Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017 Jul 2, Former Israeli PM
Ehud Olmert (71) left prison after winning early release from a
parole board, capping an ignominious chapter of Israeli history that
transformed the once-powerful leader into the first premier ever to
be placed behind bars.
2017 Jul 2, Israeli authorities
re-arrested Khalida Jarrar (54), a prominent Palestinian lawmaker,
in an overnight raid in the Ramallah area over her leadership in the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel
considers a terrorist organization.
2017 Jul 4, Indiaís PM Narendra
Modi arrived in Israel for the first ever visit by an Indian
premier, amid growing ties between the two countries including
billions of dollars in defence deals.
2017 Jul 5, Israel and India
signed several agreements on cooperation in the fields of
technology, water and agriculture on the second day of a landmark
visit by the Indian PM Narendra Modi to the Jewish state.
2017 Jul 7, UNESCO, the UN
cultural agency, described Hebron's Old City as a Palestinian world
heritage site in danger, prompting a walkout by Israel's ambassador
to the organization.
2017 Jul 9, It was reported
that Israelís Chief Rabbinate has compiled a blacklist of overseas
rabbis whose authority they refuse to recognize when it comes to
certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in
2017 Jul 10, Israeli Energy
Minister Yuval Steinitz made a rare appearance in the occupied West
Bank and signed an agreement on electricity with Palestinian PM Rami
Hamdallah. They announced a boost in electricity supply in the area
that comes with a payment guarantee from the Palestinians and
unveiled a new substation.
2017 Jul 10, Israel troops shot
dead a Palestinian driver who tried to run down and then stab
Israeli soldiers near a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
2017 Jul 12, The Addameer
rights NGO said Prominent Palestinian politician and rights
campaigner Khalida Jarrar (54) has been ordered detained for six
months without trial by Israeli authorities.
2017 Jul 13, Israel and the
Palestinians said they have reached a water-sharing deal to bring
relief to parched Palestinian communities, a modest but promising
breakthrough announced during the latest visit by US Mideast envoy
2017 Jul 14, Three attackers
opened fire near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, killing
two Israeli officers. Police immediately shot them dead. Security
forces locked down the area and the Al-Aqsa mosque was closed to
Friday prayers. Israeli security forces detained Muhammad Ahmad
Hussein, grand mufti of Jerusalem.
2017 Jul 15, Israeli security
forces locked down parts of Jerusalem's Old City and an
ultra-sensitive holy site remained closed after an attack that
killed two police officers and heightened Israeli-Palestinian
2017 Jul 15, Hamas described
the closure of the site in a statement as a "religious war" and
spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on the Palestinian "uprising" to
target the Israeli army and West Bank settlers.
2017 Jul 16, Israeli soldiers
and police on an arrest mission in the town of Nabi Salah in the
occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian early today. The man was
suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in the West Bank a
day earlier and opened fire at soldiers and policemen who had
tracked him down. The man was identified as Amar Tirawi (34) from
(AFP, 7/16/17)(Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017 Jul 16, Israel reopened
Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound, drawing a protest
by Muslim religious authorities over the installation of metal
detectors at entrances two days after a deadly shooting.
2017 Jul 17, Islamic leaders
called on Muslims to boycott a Jerusalem holy site at the heart of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a gesture of protest after
Israel set up metal detectors at the site's entrance gates following
a deadly Arab attack there last week.
2017 Jul 18, Muslims boycotted
a Jerusalem holy site for the third day running after Israeli
authorities installed metal detectors and cameras at entrances to
the sensitive compound following an attack that killed two
2017 Jul 18, A Palestinian
carried out a car-ramming attack near the city of Hebron in the
occupied West Bank, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers before
being shot dead.
2017 Jul 18, Hungary's PM
Viktor Orban told visiting Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu that
his country stood firmly against anti-Semitism today after the
"crime" of failing to protect its Jewish citizens during World War
Two. Netanyahu's visit is the first to Hungary by a serving Israeli
prime minister since the fall of communism. He will also meet the
Polish, Czech and Slovak leaders in Budapest on July 19.
2017 Jul 19, In Hungary Israeli
PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech
Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. He was caught by a live
microphone railing against the European Union's "crazy" insistence
on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for
closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting Israel as
essential to its prosperity and survival.
2017 Jul 20, The Israeli
military shot and killed a Palestinian attacker (26) who tried to
stab soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint near Hebron.
2017 Jul 21, Israeli police
clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem after Muslim prayers were
held in protest outside a major shrine. Israeli police said they
were barring men under 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for
Friday Muslim prayers.
(AP, 7/21/17)(AP, 7/21/17)
2017 Jul 21, In Israel Michael
Ganor, a retired naval captain and former representative for
ThyssenKrupp in Israel, signed a stateís witness arrangement with
the justice ministry agreeing to serve a reduce sentence of a year
in prison and pay a 10m shekel fine in return for disclosing all
that he knows about arms deals.
(Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017 Jul 21, A Palestinian
broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank
and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them.
2017 Jul 22, Two Palestinians
died in clashes with Israeli forces as the army moved in to seal off
an attacker's home after violence over security measures at an
ultra-sensitive holy site.
2017 Jul 23, Israel installed
metal detectors at the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to
Jews as the Temple Mount after a weekend of violence left eight
people dead, with fears more unrest could follow.
2017 Jul 23, In Jordan an
Israeli security guard shot and killed two Jordanians after being
attacked by one of them with a screwdriver in Amman. Mohammed
Jawawdeh (16) was killed after he argued with an Israeli guard
during a furniture delivery next to the Israeli Embassy. A bystander
was also killed in the altercation.
(AP, 7/24/17)(AP, 7/25/17)(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 24, Israel struck a
position of Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, hours after a missile was
fired across the border from the Palestinian enclave.
2017 Jul 24, A Palestinian
assailant (21) stabbed an Arab citizen (32) of Israel in the neck in
central Israel, apparently mistaking him for a Jew.
2017 Jul 25, Israel removed
metal detectors from entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in
Jerusalem's Old City in favor of CCTV cameras, hoping to calm days
of bloodshed. Palestinians said the modified security measures were
2017 Jul 27, Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas backed calls for worshippers to return to
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after Israeli authorities removed
controversial new security measures from the entrance to the Haram
al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
2017 Jul 28, Israel barred men
under 50 from Friday prayers at the Haram al-Sharif compound, known
to Jews as the Temple Mount, after two weeks of tensions and deadly
unrest. Thousands of Palestinians held mass prayers outside.
Violence flared in the West Bank, where a Palestinian was killed
after he attacked soldiers.
(AFP, 7/28/17)(AP, 7/28/17)
2017 Jul 30, An Israeli
military appeal court upheld a manslaughter conviction and 18-month
jail sentence for Elor Azaria, a former army conscript who killed an
incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank in
2017 Jul 30, Israeli
police arrested five antiquities dealers from east Jerusalem for
large-scale tax offenses.
2017 Jul 31, A Jerusalem court
upheld controversial real estate deals involving Israeli
pro-settlement organization Ateret Cohanim and the Greek Orthodox
church for two hotel properties in a mainly Palestinian area of
occupied and annexed east Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to
the Old City.
2017 Aug 2, Palestinian Ismail
Ibrahim Abu Aram (19) stabbed an Israeli (42) in Yavne near Tel
Aviv. Aram was apprehended at the scene, and the victim taken to
2017 Aug 6, Israel said it
plans to ban Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera news network from operating
in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab
nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate
2017 Aug 6, Israel offered
asylum to Neda Amin, a Turkey-based Iranian blogger, who it said
faced forcible deportation to Iran, where she would be at risk given
her work for an Israeli news site.
2017 Aug 10, The Israeli
military said it has identified two residential buildings in the
northern Gaza Strip as potential military targets after discovering
Hamas militant tunnels underneath them.
2017 Aug 11, Israel Kristal,
the world's oldest man, passed away in Israel just a month short of
his 114th birthday. He had lived through both World Wars and
survived the Auschwitz concentration camp.
2017 Aug 12, A Palestinian
woman stabbed and wounded an Israeli man next to the Old City's
Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, before she was arrested.
2017 Aug 14, Israeli police
detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of
an international money laundering investigation.
2017 Aug 14, Austria's Social
Democratic Party announced that it is severing business relations
with an Israeli political consultant after Israeli authorities
arrested him on suspicion of money laundering, obstruction of
justice, bribery and related crimes. Tal Silberstein was one of four
suspects arrested in Israel following a joint investigation with
Swiss and American authorities.
2017 Aug 16, Israel said it is
revoking the press credentials of an Al-Jazeera reporter Elias
Karram after he told another TV station that the work of Palestinian
journalists is part of the "resistance."
2017 Aug 16, Israeli
forces demolished the home of Palestinian Omar al-Abed (19), who
fatally stabbed three Israelis in a nearby Jewish settlement last
July 21 at a time when tensions soared over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa
2017 Aug 17, An Israeli court
extended the detention of Arab Israeli Raed Salah accused of
inciting violence in connection with deadly tensions last month over
a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. The firebrand Islamic cleric was
arrested a day earlier.
2017 Aug 17, Israel's Supreme
Court froze implementation of a law legalizing dozens of Jewish
settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled
a "thick red line".
2017 Aug 23, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia to voice concern about Iran's
efforts to expand its foothold in Syria.
2017 Aug 27, Israelís defence
ministry said it has finalized a deal to purchase 17 more Lockheed
Martin F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the
ultra-high-tech jets already ordered.
2017 Aug 28, Israelís PM
Benjamin Netanyahu vowed never to evacuate Jewish settlement from
(SFC, 8/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 30, UN chief Antonio
Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted as he visited
the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic
humanitarian crises" he had seen.
2017 Sep 5, Israeli police
evicted a Palestinian family from their home in east Jerusalem on
Tuesday to make way for new Jewish tenants who claimed ownership.
Officials backed by police enforced a court order to remove the
six-member Shamasneh family from a home claimed by heirs of a Jewish
family forced to abandon it in 1948, when it came under Jordanian
control following an Arab-Israeli war.
2017 Sep 7, Syria's army
accused Israeli warplanes of hitting one of its positions, killing
two people in an attack that a monitor said targeted a site where
the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons. The strike hit a
training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research
Center (SSRC), an institution that Washington has accused of helping
develop the sarin gas.
2017 Sep 9, Palestinian
Christians protested against the Greek Orthodox patriarch in
Jerusalem's Old City, demanding the resignation of Theophilos III
for allegedly selling church land to Israelis.
2017 Sep 12, In Israel a
Supreme Court decision struck down a law exempting ultra-Orthodox
men engaged in religious study from military service.
2017 Sep 12, The posthumous
memoir "No Room for Small Dreams" by Shimon Peres came out as Israel
began marking the anniversary of his passing at the age of 93.
2017 Sep 13, Israel's PM
Netanyahu said his country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a
key referendum on the matter.
2017 Sep 19, The Israeli
military shot down an Iranian-made spy drone operated by the
Hezbollah militant group as it approached the Golan Heights, and
vowed to take further tough action against any attempts by its
archenemies to violate the country's sovereignty.
2017 Sep 20, Palestinian human
rights lawyers and activists handed a 700-page dossier to the
International Criminal Court alleging that Israeli authorities are
responsible for crimes including apartheid and persecution in the
occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
2017 Sep 26, A Palestinian
opened fire at Israeli security personnel at the entrance to a West
Bank settlement where he had worked, killing three and wounding
another before being shot dead.
2017 Sep 29, Norway granted
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu permission to
immigrate so he can be united with his Norwegian wife.
2017 Oct 3, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu pledged to build "thousands" of new homes in a major West
Bank settlement east of Jerusalem, insisting it would one day be
part of Israel.
2017 Oct 8, Israel's domestic
security agency said it has arrested two Palestinians suspected of
killing Israeli Reuven Shmerling found dead last week.
2017 Oct 8, Thousands of
Israeli and Palestinian women trekked through a biblical desert
landscape, converging on the shores of the Jordan River in a march
2017 Oct 16, Israeli
authorities approved permits for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the
occupied West Bank, the first such approvals for the flashpoint city
2017 Oct 16, Israel's military
carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after
it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further
escalation in the war-torn country.
2017 Oct 17, Israeli
authorities advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in a new push by
PM Benjamin Netanyahu's government to expand settlements in the
occupied West Bank.
2017 Oct 18, Israeli
authorities approved another large set of plans for settlement homes
in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total for the week to more
2017 Oct 20, German magazine
Der Spiegel reported that Germany will wait for Israeli prosecutors
to conclude all investigations in a corruption scandal involving PM
Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering three submarines in a $2
billion defense deal.
2017 Oct 21, The Israeli army
attacked Syrian government artillery after fire across the armistice
line hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned it would step
up such retaliation in the future. Five projectiles from Syria set
off air raid sirens in Israeli towns.
(AFP, 10/21/17)(Reuters, 10/21/17)
2017 Oct 22, Israeli police
arrested 15 suspected Jewish extremists overnight following an
undercover investigation into a group accused of tracking down and
threatening Arab men dating Jewish women. Israeli radio said that
among those taken in for questioning was Benzi Gopstein, a prominent
leader of the extreme-right group Lehava.
2017 Oct 23, In Israel several
thousand ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem
and protested in other areas as part of a series of demonstrations
against serving in the Israeli military.
2017 Oct 25, Israeli
authorities approved a major expansion of a Jewish settler enclave
in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem,
issuing building permits for 176 new housing units. The construction
was swiftly condemned by the Palestinians as a violation of
2017 Oct 29, Israel, under
pressure from the US, delayed a bill that would connect a number of
West Bank settlements to Jerusalem.
2017 Oct 30, The Israeli
military discovered and detonated a militant tunnel that was dug
from Gaza into Israel. Seven militants, including two Hamas members,
suffocated in the tunnel trying to rescue five missing Islamic Jihad
militants. The remains of the five missing were on the Israeli side
of the tunnel.
(AP, 10/30/17)(AP, 11/3/17)
2017 Nov 1, In the Israeli
occupied West Bank secretive British street artist Banksy held a
special event to apologize for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour
Declaration outside his hotel. Banksy opened the Walled-Off Hotel
near Bethlehem in March, with all the rooms facing directly onto
Israel's separation wall.
2017 Nov 1, Hamas handed over
control of Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the
internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.
2017 Nov 2, Thousands of
Palestinians took to the streets in protest across the West Bank
marking a century since the Balfour Declaration, Britain's promise
to Zionists to create a Jewish home in what is now Israel.
2017 Nov 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu pledged 200 million shekels ($57 million) to build safe
bypass roads for Jewish West Bank settlers, in a move that looks to
satisfy a key constituent but anger Palestinians who consider it a
further encroachment upon their hoped for future state.
2017 Nov 7, Israelís 2018
Genesis Prize, known as ďthe Jewish Nobel Prize," was awarded to
actress Natalie Portman in recognition of her commitment to social
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 8, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas's administration said it had resumed
security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen
in July, and sought sole security control of the Gaza Strip, where
Hamas Islamist forces dominate.
2017 Nov 9, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the fifth time over suspicions
2017 Nov 11, The Israeli
military shot down an unmanned aircraft that tried to infiltrate its
airspace from neighboring Syria. The military said it intercepted
the drone above the Golan Heights using a Patriot missile.
2017 Nov 19, Israeli police
officers questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the sixth time in a
2017 Nov 22, A young Israeli
succumbed to her wounds, six years after being seriously wounded in
a bomb attack. Hodaya Asulin, then 14, was seriously injured on
March 23, 2011 when a bomb hidden in a bag exploded near the bus
stop where she was standing in Jerusalem.
2017 Nov 26, Israel's health
minister Yaakov Litzman, who heads a powerful ultra-Orthodox
political party in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, resigned saying
he opposed continued maintenance work on the country's railways on
the Sabbath, when all labor is strictly prohibited by Jewish law.
Netanyahu met with his ultra-Orthodox party allies and agreed to a
series of measures to limit labor on the Jewish Sabbath and preserve
the religious status quo in exchange for their continued allegiance.
(AP, 11/26/17)(AP, 11/27/17)
2017 Nov 27, An Israeli court
blocked Uber's ride-sharing services in a victory for the country's
traditional taxi operators, saying the US firm's private drivers
lacked proper insurance.
2017 Nov 29, Israel launched a
new shuttle service for Gazans who need to travel to the US
Consulate in Jerusalem ó briefly easing one of the many restrictions
it places on Palestinians who want to exit the blockaded territory.
2017 Nov 29, An Israeli court
sentenced three Palestinians to life in prison over a gun attack
that left four people dead at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot in June,
2017 Nov 30, Israeli aircraft
and tanks struck a number of militant targets in the Gaza Strip in
response to a volley of mortar fire from the Palestinian territory.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 30, An Israeli settler
shot and killed a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank, in what
the Israeli army said was a response to an attack by Palestinians
throwing rocks, which Palestinians denied.
2017 Nov 30, Israeli soldier
Ron Yitzhak Kokia (20), was stabbed to death late today in the
southern city of Arad and his weapon was stolen. His assailants fled
the scene. On Dec. 4 the internal security service said it has
arrested two residents of southern Israel suspected in the stabbing
2017 Dec 1, The Palestinians
accused the organizers of the Giro d'Italia cycle race of being
"complicit in Israel's military occupation" by starting the 2018
race from Jerusalem.
2017 Dec 2, In Israel tens of
thousands poured into the streets of Tel Aviv for an anti-corruption
rally calling on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign. It was one of the
largest demonstrations yet against Netanyahu's lengthy rule.
2017 Dec 2, Syrian state news
said Israel has fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a
military post near Damascus early today, causing material damage but
no casualties. The report also said that Syrian air defenses shot
down two of the Israeli missiles.
2017 Dec 5, A spokesman for
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said US President Donald Trump
informed Abbas that he intends to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
2017 Dec 6, US President Donald
Trump reversed decades of US policy and recognized Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel.
2017 Dec 7, Israeli army
gunfire and rubber bullets wounded at least 31 people in Palestinian
protests in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip after the
United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 7, Arabs and Muslims
across the Middle East condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as
Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and
Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a
peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced
alarm at President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in
Israel to Jerusalem.
2017 Dec 8, Tens of thousands
of people took to the streets of Arab and Muslim countries across
the world to protest against US President Donald Trump's recognition
of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. At least one Palestinian was
killed in clashes with Israeli troops.
2017 Dec 8, Israeli troops shot
dead two protesters in skirmishes along Gaza's border.
2017 Dec 8, Britain, France,
Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States to put forward
detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and
described as "unhelpful" a decision by President Donald Trump to
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 9, Israeli air strikes
in Gaza killed two Palestinian gunmen after rockets were fired from
the enclave, in violence that erupted over President Donald Trump's
recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 10, The Israeli
military said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant
group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters
(yards) into Israeli territory.
2017 Dec 10, In Israel a
Palestinian man (24) from the occupied West Bank stabbed a security
guard after approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the
Jerusalemís central bus station. The guard was in critical condition
and the assailant was taken into custody after a passer-by tackled
2017 Dec 10, Arab foreign
ministers meeting in Cairo demanded that the United States rescind
President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on
the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international
2017 Dec 11, In Israel the
Nazareth District Court sentenced Yinon Reuveni (22) over his
involvement in the 2015 attack on the Church of the Multiplication
of the Loaves and Fish. Reuveni was also ordered to pay $14,000 to
the church in compensation.
2017 Dec 12, In Israel Rabbi
Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman (b.1913), considered the leading
spiritual authority for ultra-Orthodox Judaism, died. Hundreds of
thousands attended his funeral ceremonies.
2017 Dec 13, An Israeli
undercover unit infiltrated a Palestinian protest on the outskirts
of Ramallah before dispersing it by firing into the air. Three
Palestinians were reported injured during the protests.
2017 Dec 14, Israel-based Teva
Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic
drugmaker, said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as
part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business.
The company said 14,000 workers would be let go over the next two
2017 Dec 15, Israeli troops
shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others, as protests over
US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's
capital entered a second week. Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh (29), who lost
both his legs in an Israeli attack a decade ago, was among five
Palestinians killed during the protests.
(Reuters, 12/15/17)(SFC, 12/16/17, p.A4)(AFP,
2017 Dec 15, A video showed two
Palestinian cousins, Nour (20 and Ahed Tamimi (16), approaching two
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and telling them to leave their
family yard before shoving, kicking and slapping them. Ahed Tamimi
was arrested on Dec. 19 and Nour on Dec. 20. Both were soon indicted
by a military court.
(AP, 1/1/18)(AFP, 1/1/18)
2017 Dec 17, Israel's national
trade union held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic
drugmaker Teva's decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce,
snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country.
2017 Dec 17, Israeli police
arrested a Palestinian carrying an explosive device as he approached
a military court in the occupied West Bank.
2017 Dec 18, The UN Security
Council scheduled a vote today on a resolution that would require
the US to rescind its declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of
Israel. Trump's declaration to be withdrawn was vetoed by the United
States in the 15-member UN Security Council.
(AP, 12/18/17)(Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017 Dec 21, South Africa's
ruling ANC decided to downgrade its embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison
office over a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
capital, ahead of a UN vote today on a resolution urging Washington
to drop the move.
2017 Dec 21, Yemen's UN
ambassador introduced a UN resolution calling the US decision to
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void" and urging
all "peace-loving countries" to vote in favor of it. US Ambassador
Nikki Haley threatened the 193 UN member states and the UN with
funding cuts if the UN General Assembly approves a the resolution.
2017 Dec 21, The UN General
Assembly voted 128-9 for a resolution rejecting US President Donald
Trump's Dec. 6 Jerusalem declaration. The nine countries voting "no"
were the US, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau,
the Marshall Islands and Togo. The vote did little to calm
Palestinian anger over his reversal of decades-old US policy on the
contested holy city.
(Reuters, 12/22/17)(AP, 12/22/17)
2017 Dec 22, Israeli troops
shot dead at least two Palestinians, as protests intensified against
Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 23, Thousands of
Israelis held a demonstration in Tel Aviv for the fourth week
running calling for the resignation of the "corrupt" government and
2017 Dec 23, Palestinian Sharaf
Shalash (28) died after being wounded by Israeli fire on Dec. 17,
during a protest on the Gaza border against US recognition of
Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 24, A vice president
of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) said seven Israeli players have
been denied visas to participate in the Dec. 26-30 speed chess
championship hosted by Saudi Arabia this week.
2017 Dec 24, Guatemala's Pres.
President Jimmy Morales announced that his country will move its
embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow
the lead of US Pres. Donald Trump in ordering the change. Guatemala
and Israel have long had close ties, especially in security matters
and Israeli arms sales to Guatemala.
2017 Dec 25, The Palestinian
foreign ministry slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision a day
earlier to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States
recognized the city as the capital of Israel.
2017 Dec 25, Pope Francis used
his Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to
end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after US Pres. Donald Trump
stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as
2017 Dec 28, Israel's
parliament passed legislation curbing a police practice of
recommending indictments in high-profile cases before charges are
pressed. The bill was pushed by Benjamin Netanyahu's party as he
faces corruption allegations and critics said it was designed to
shield the long-ruling prime minister.
2017 Dec 29, Israelís military
retaliated to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip with strikes on
posts used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the
territory. The exchange caused no casualties on either side.
2017 Dec 30, Palestinian Jamal
Musleh (20), injured in clashes with Israeli forces along the
border, succumbed to wounds sustained from a gunshot to the chest a
2017 Dec 31, Israelís ruling
Likud Party's central committee unanimously endorsed a resolution
calling for the annexation of Israeli West Bank settlements.
2017 Yaakov Katz authored ďThe
Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower."
(Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017 Israelís PM Netanyahu
canceled a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar
Gabriel because he insisted on meeting with Breaking the Silence, a
group of former fighters who served in the West Bank and now collect
testimonies about the damaging impact of the occupation. The group
was led by Dean Issacharoff, a former Israeli combat officer turned
2017 The Jewish population in
Israel numbered about 6.4 million and included those in East
Jerusalem and the West Bank and 1.8 million Arabs.
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.43)
2018 Jan 2, Israel's parliament
passed an amendment that would make it harder for it to cede control
over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinians, who
condemned the move as undermining any chance to revive talks on
2020 Israelís population
was expected to reach 8 million with a density of 857 people per sq.
km. compared with 400 for Holland and 26 per sq. km. in the US.
(SFEM, 5/31/98, p.16)