Timeline Israel (E) 2016 to Present
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Israel C: 1996- 2004
Israel D: 2005- 2015

2016        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 territories.
    (Reuters, 1/1/16)
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 Israel.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)

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.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)
2016        Jan 4, A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem before being shot and wounded.
    (AP, 1/4/16)
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 state.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)

2016        Jan 5, A Palestinian stabbed and wounded a soldier in the southern West Bank before being shot dead.
    (AFP, 1/5/16)

2016        Jan 8, Israeli police killed in a shootout an Arab citizen wanted for a January 1 gun rampage in Tel Aviv.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)

2016        Jan 9, Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian men at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Details of the incident were disputed.
    (Reuters, 1/9/16)

2016        Jan 12, A 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead after hurling stones at Israeli troops in the West Bank.
    (AP, 1/12/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/13/16)

2016        Jan 14, Israelis troops killed two Palestinians who attacked soldiers with knives in the West Bank.
    (AP, 1/14/16)

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 day.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)

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, 6/11/16)

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 in Tekoa.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)

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.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)

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 with Iran.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
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 condemnation.
    (Reuters, 1/21/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)

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 — including famed writer Amos Oz, perennially touted as a potential favorite for the Nobel Prize — as foreign agents because of their support for rights groups.
    (AP, 1/30/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/31/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/1/16)

2016        Feb 1, A Palestinian was shot dead after trying to stab Israeli soldiers near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 2/1/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/2/16)

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.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/7/16)

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 attacks.
    (Reuters, 2/8/16)

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 bribery.
    (AFP, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/21/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/23/16)

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.
    (AFP, 2/25/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)

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.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)

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 4˝ months in prison. She was released on April 24.
    (AP, 4/24/16)

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.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)

2016        Mar 2, Israeli forces demolished dozens of structures including a school in the northern West Bank this week, leaving 10 families homeless.
    (AFP, 3/4/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)

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.
    (AFP, 3/7/16)

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 Palestinian attacker.
    (AFP, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)

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 Palestinian media.
    (AP, 3/11/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/12/16)

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.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)

2016        Mar 17, Two Palestinian assailants stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the northern West Bank before Israeli security forces killed them.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
2016        Mar 17, In Israel Meir Dagan (71), a former Israeli general and longtime director of the country's spy agency, died.
    (AP, 3/17/16)

2016        Mar 18, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man who tried to stab them in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)

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.
    (AFP, 3/19/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/22/16)

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 Purim.
    (AP, 3/23/16)

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.
    (AFP, 3/29/16)

2016        Mar, The UN Human Rights Council ordered the compilation of a database of companies that operate in Israel’s West Bank settlements. About 100 Israeli companies later received warning that they would be on the list. Some 50 int’l. companies, mostly American European, were also warned.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/3/16)

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).
    (Reuters, 4/10/16)

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 detailed breakdown.
    (AFP, 4/14/16)
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 incidents.
    (AFP, 4/14/16)

2016        Apr 18, The Israeli military said it has discovered and destroyed a tunnel burrowing from Gaza into Israel — the first tunnel to be discovered since Israel's 2014 war with the militant Hamas movement that runs the coastal strip.
    (AP, 4/18/16)

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".
    (AFP, 4/19/16)

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).
    (Reuters, 4/20/16)
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 “suicide attack” on a bus that left 20 people wounded.
    (AFP, 4/21/16)

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 doing so.
    (AP, 4/24/16)

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 chloride— enough to produce hundreds of rockets— hidden inside sacks of salt about two weeks ago as the shipment was being transferred to Gaza.
    (AP, 5/3/16)

2016        May 4, It was reported that sewage has damaged Gaza’s limited fresh water supplies, decimated fishing zones and is now floating northward and affecting Israel.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/6/16)

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 day.
    (AFP, 5/7/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/20/16)

2016        May 23, Israeli police forces shot dead a Palestinian woman after she tried to stab a police officer at a West Bank checkpoint.
    (AP, 5/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 5/23/16)

2016        May 26, Israeli aircraft struck two Hamas militant sites in southern Gaza in response to rocket fire toward Israel.
    (AP, 5/26/16)

2016        Jun 3, In Israel some 200,000 people joined the festivities of Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade.
    (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 Nablus.
    (AP, 6/6/16)

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 Syria.
    (AP, 6/7/16)

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.
    (AFP, 6/9/16)

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.
    (AP, 6/10/16)

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 civilians.
    (AP, 6/10/16)

2016        Jun 19, The Israeli government approved $18 million in extra funding for Jewish West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 6/19/16)

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.
    (AFP, 6/21/16)

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.
    (AP, 6/24/16)

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 2010.
    (Reuters, 6/27/16)

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.
    (AFP, 6/27/16)

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.
    (AP, 6/28/16)
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 Tarayra’s 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
    (AP, 7/2/16)
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 attacks nearby.
    (AFP, 7/2/16)

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.
    (AFP, 7/3/16)
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 line.
    (AFP, 7/4/16)
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 Uganda.
    (AP, 7/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 7/4/16)
2016        Jul 4, Israel forces demolished the West Bank homes of two assailants’ 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 Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture, amid tight security on the second leg of his Africa tour.
    (AP, 7/5/16)

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.
    (AFP, 7/6/16)

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.
    (AFP, 7/10/16)
2016        Jul 10, Israel's government approved nearly $13 million in financing for the West Bank settlements of Kiryat Arba and within Hebron.
    (AFP, 7/11/16)

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.
    (AFP, 7/12/16)

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.
    (AP, 7/13/16)

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 rush hour.
    (AP, 7/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 7/17/16)

2016        Jul 18, A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank before being shot. The soldiers were lightly wounded.
    (AP, 7/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 7/18/16)

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.
    (AP, 7/20/16)
2016        Jul 20, Israel said that it and the Republic of Guinea renewed diplomatic ties after 49 years.
    (Reuters, 7/20/16)

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.
    (AFP, 7/25/16)

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.
    (AP, 7/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 7/26/16)

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.
    (AFP, 7/27/16)

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 excess credit.
    (Reuters, 7/31/16)
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 dead.
    (AFP, 7/31/16)

2016        Jul, Germany’s 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.
    (AFP, 8/3/16)

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.
    (AP, 8/4/16)

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.
    (AFP, 8/5/16)

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.
    (AFP, 8/6/16)

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.
    (AP, 8/9/16)

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.
    (AFP, 8/20/16)

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.
    (AP, 8/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 8/23/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/25/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/26/16)

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.
    (AFP, 8/30/16)

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.
    (AFP, 8/31/16)

2016        Aug, Israel’s 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.
    (AP, 9/2/16)

2016        Sep 3, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, under pressure from ultra-Orthodox partners, ordered routine railway repairs scheduled today, the Jewish Sabbath, to be halted.
    (AP, 9/4/16)

2016        Sep 4, Israel’s transport minister, Yisrael Katz, canceled key train routes because of the delayed repairs. The government dispatched extra buses for some 90,000 affected commuters.
    (AP, 9/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 9/4/16)

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.
    (AFP, 9/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 9/6/16)

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 energy-strapped Gaza.
    (Reuters, 9/6/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/10/16)

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.
     (AP, 9/13/16)
2016        Sep 13, Israel’s 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 Palestinian territories.
    (AFP, 9/16/16)

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.
    (AFP, 9/17/16)
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.
    (AFP, 9/17/16)

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.
    (AP, 9/18/16)

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.
    (AP, 9/19/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/20/16)

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.
    (AFP, 9/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/21/16)   
2016        Sep 21, Pres. Obama met with Israel’s 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 seven-decade career.
    (Reuters, 9/28/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/30/16)

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.
    (AFP, 10/5/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/9/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/14/16)

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.
    (AFP, 10/18/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/25/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/26/16)

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 wounded.
    (AP, 10/29/16)

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.
    (AFP, 11/2/16)

2016        Nov 3, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier near Ofra in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 11/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/3/16)

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 Heights.
    (AP, 11/9/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/15/16)
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 drinks it.
    (Reuters, 11/15/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/16/16)

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 zone.
    (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."
    (AP, 11/20/16)

2016        Nov 23, Israel revived plans to build 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 11/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 11/23/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/24/16)

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.
    (AFP, 11/25/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/26/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/27/16)

2016        Nov, Bilal Rozayna, the brother of Hamas internal security chief Mustafa Rozayna, was arrested after he entered Israel.
    (AP, 12/28/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/1/16)

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.
    (AFP, 12/4/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/6/16)

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."
    (AP, 12/12/16)

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 fighting terrorism.
    (AP, 12/14/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/16)

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.
    (AFP, 12/15/16)
2016        Dec 15, European Union diplomats said Israel demolished 866 structures in 2016, leaving 1,221 Palestinians homeless, almost half of them children.
    (AP, 12/15/16)
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 him.
    (AP, 12/18/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/18/16)
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 offences.
    (AFP, 12/18/16)
2016        Dec 18, Israel forces shot and killed Ahmad Rimawi (19) after he hurled stones at Israeli troops in Beit Rima, near Ramallah.
    (AP, 12/18/16)

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 Guinea.
    (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.
    (AFP, 12/21/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 12/22/16)

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.
    (AFP, 12/25/16)
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.
    (AFP, 12/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/25/16)

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.
    (AFP, 12/27/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/28/16)
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 area.
    (Reuters, 12/28/16)

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.
    (AFP, 12/29/16)

2016        Dec 30, In Israel a Palestinian woman was shot and wounded after approaching an Israeli security checkpoint near Jerusalem with a knife.
    (AFP, 12/30/16)

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 the community.
    (AFP, 1/9/17)

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.
    (AFP, 1/1/17)

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 housing crisis.
    (AFP, 1/4/17)
2017        Jan 4, Israel released billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz from house arrest without charge, following his detention over bribery allegations involving BSGR in Africa.
    (Reuters, 1/4/17)
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 Israel's history.
    (Reuters, 1/4/17)
2017        Jan 4, Palestinian fisherman Mohammed Al-Hissi (33) disappeared after colliding with an Israeli navy ship off the Gaza coast.
    (AP, 1/7/17)

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 supporters.
    (AFP, 1/5/17)

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.
    (AP, 1/9/17)

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.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)
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.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/11/17)

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.
    (AFP, 1/15/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)

2017        Jan 17, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who had tried to stab a soldier at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 1/17/17)

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.
    (AFP, 1/18/17)
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.
    (AP, 1/23/17)

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.
    (AP, 1/22/17)

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 predecessor.
    (Reuters, 1/24/17)
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.
    (AP, 1/25/17)

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 office.
    (AFP, 1/26/17)

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.
    (AFP, 1/30/17)

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.
    (AP, 1/31/17)

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 larger settlements.
    (Reuters, 2/1/17)

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.
    (AFP, 2/2/17)

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 leave.
    (AFP, 2/5/17)

2017        Feb 6, Israel’s parliament passed a new law legalizing dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land.
    (AFP, 2/7/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/6/17)

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 people".
    (AFP, 2/7/17)

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.
    (AFP, 2/8/17)

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 Tikva.
    (AP, 2/9/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/12/17)

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.
    (AFP, 2/15/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/21/17)

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.
    (AP, 2/23/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/23/17)

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.
    (AFP, 2/24/17)

2017        Feb 25, Israel's military fired tear gas across the border into Lebanon, breaking up a small Lebanese protest against cameras installed there.
    (AP, 2/25/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/1/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/6/17)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/17)

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 self-driving vehicles.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/14/17)
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.
    (AFP, 3/14/17)
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.
    (AP, 3/14/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/16/17)

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.
    (AFP, 3/17/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/18/17)
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.
    (AP, 3/19/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/19/17)

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 Israel."
    (Reuters, 3/20/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/21/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/23/17)

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, p.42)

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 Palestinian enclave.
    (AFP, 3/26/17)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/17)

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.
    (AFP, 3/27/17)
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 group's leaders.
    (AFP, 3/27/17)

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 City.
    (Reuters, 3/29/17)

2017        Mar 30, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s 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, p.A2)   

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.
    (AFP, 3/31/17)

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.
    (AFP, 4/1/17)

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 another.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)

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 secular Israelis.
    (AP, 4/9/17)

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.
    (AFP, 4/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)

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 Marwan Barghouti.
    (AFP, 4/18/17)

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.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
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.
    (AP, 4/20/17)

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.
    (AFP, 4/20/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)
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.
    (AP, 4/23/17)
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 terrorism-related.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)

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 religious judge.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Palestinians across the West Bank observed a general strike in support of hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Syria's state media reported that Israel has attacked a military installation near the Damascus International Airport.
    (AP, 4/27/17)

2017        Apr 28, Israel’s 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 Israeli-Palestinian peace.
    (Reuters, 4/28/17)
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.
    (AP, 5/3/17)

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."
    (AFP, 5/5/17)

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 prisoners' morale.
    (AP, 5/9/17)

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.
    (AFP, 5/8/17)

2017        May 9, More than 880 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike, the 23rd day of their protest.
    (AP, 5/9/17)

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.
    (AP, 5/11/17)

2017        May 12, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian during stone-throwing clashes in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)

2017        May 13, A Jordanian citizen (57) stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then shot him dead in Jerusalem's Old City.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)

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 overnight.
    (AFP, 5/15/17)

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.
    (AP, 5/18/17)

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.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
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 monumental stones.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
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.
    (AFP, 5/22/17)

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.
    (AFP, 5/23/17)

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 half.
    (AP, 5/24/17)

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 scaled back.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   

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.
    (AFP, 5/27/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
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 holiday.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
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 its members.
    (AP, 6/8/17)

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".
    (AP, 6/9/17)

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.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)

2017        Jun 13, Israel's PM Netanyahu says the diplomatic crisis with New Zealand over a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements is over.
    (AP, 6/13/17)

2017        Jun 14, Israeli author David Grossman won the Mann Booker Int’l. Prize for his novel “A 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 Greece.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/17/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/18/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/19/17)

2017        Jun 20, Israel’s 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.
    (AP, 6/20/17)

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.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)
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.
    (AFP, 6/30/17)
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.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
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.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)

2017        Jul 4, India’s 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.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/5/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/7/17)

2017        Jul 9, It was reported that Israel’s 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 Israel.
    (AP, 7/9/17)

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.
    (AFP, 7/10/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/13/17)

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 Jason Greenblatt.
    (AP, 7/13/17)

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.
    (AFP, 7/14/17)

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 tensions.
    (AFP, 7/15/17)
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.
    (AP, 7/15/17)

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 Kafr Ein.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/17/17)

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 policemen.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
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.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/19/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/20/17)

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 state’s 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.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)

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.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)

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.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
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.
    (AP, 7/24/17)
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.
    (AP, 7/24/17)

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 still unacceptable.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)

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.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)

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 March 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30,  Israeli police arrested five antiquities dealers from east Jerusalem for large-scale tax offenses.
    (AP, 7/30/17)

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.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)

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 hospital.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)

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 political dispute.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/10/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/12/17)

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.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)

2017        Aug 14, Israeli police detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of an international money laundering investigation.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)
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.
    (AP, 8/14/17)

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."
    (AP, 8/16/17)   
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 mosque compound.
    (AP, 8/16/17)   

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.
    (AFP, 8/17/17)
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".
    (AFP, 8/18/17)

2017        Aug 23, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia to voice concern about Iran's efforts to expand its foothold in Syria.
    (AP, 8/23/17)

2017        Aug 27, Israel’s 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.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 28, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu vowed never to evacuate Jewish settlement from occupied land.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/30/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/5/17)

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.
    (AFP, 9/7/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/9/17)

2017        Sep 12, In Israel a Supreme Court decision struck down a law exempting ultra-Orthodox men engaged in religious study from military service.
    (AFP, 9/13/17)
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.
    (AP, 9/12/17)

2017        Sep 13, Israel's PM Netanyahu said his country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a key referendum on the matter.
    (AP, 9/13/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/19/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/20/17)

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.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)

2017        Sep 29, Norway granted Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu permission to immigrate so he can be united with his Norwegian wife.
    (AP, 9/30/17)

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.
    (AFP, 10/3/17)

2017        Oct 8, Israel's domestic security agency said it has arrested two Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli Reuven Shmerling found dead last week.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
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 for peace.
    (Reuters, 10/8/17)

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 since 2002.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)
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.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)

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.
    (AP, 10/17/17)

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 than 2,600.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)

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.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)

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.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)

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 international law.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)

2017        Oct 29, Israel, under pressure from the US, delayed a bill that would connect a number of West Bank settlements to Jerusalem.
    (AP, 10/29/17)

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.
    (AFP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Hamas handed over control of Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.
    (AP, 11/1/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/2/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/6/17)

2017        Nov 7, Israel’s 2018 Genesis Prize, known as “the Jewish Nobel Prize,” was awarded to actress Natalie Portman in recognition of her commitment to social causes.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)

2017        Nov 9, Israeli police questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the fifth time over suspicions of corruption.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/11/17)

2017        Nov 19, Israeli police officers questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the sixth time in a corruption probe.
    (AP, 11/19/17)

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.
    (AFP, 11/22/17)

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.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)

2017        Nov 29, Israel launched a new shuttle service for Gazans who need to travel to the US Consulate in Jerusalem — briefly easing one of the many restrictions it places on Palestinians who want to exit the blockaded territory.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
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, 2016.
    (AP, 11/29/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
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 death.
    (AP, 12/4/17)

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.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)

2017        Dec 6, US President Donald Trump reversed decades of US policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)

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.
    (AFP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Israeli troops shot dead two protesters in skirmishes along Gaza's border.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/8/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
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 Jerusalem’s central bus station. The guard was in critical condition and the assailant was taken into custody after a passer-by tackled him.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
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 law.
    (AP, 12/10/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/12/17)

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.
    (AFP, 12/12/17)

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.
    (AFP, 12/13/17)

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 years.
    (AP, 12/14/17)

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, 12/19/17)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian carrying an explosive device as he approached a military court in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 12/17/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/21/17)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)

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 its head.
    (AFP, 12/24/17)
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.
    (AFP, 12/23/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)
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.
    (AP, 12/25/17)

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.
    (AFP, 12/25/17)
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 Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 29, Israel’s 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.
    (AP, 12/29/17)

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 day earlier.
    (AP, 12/30/17)

2017        Dec 31, Israel’s ruling Likud Party's central committee unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for the annexation of Israeli West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 1/1/18)

2017        Yaakov Katz authored “The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower.”
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017        Israel’s 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 whistleblower.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
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 statehood.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)

2020        Israel’s 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)

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