Timeline Israel (E) 2016 to Present Return to homeIsrael
A: to 1960 Israel B:
1961-1995 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
2016 Jan 2, The Israeli air
force carried out attacks on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip early
today, just hours after rockets from the enclave hit southern
2016 Jan 4, Israeli forces
destroyed the east Jerusalem homes of two Palestinians who killed
four Israelis on Oct 13, one of the deadliest days in the recent
surge in violence.
2016 Jan 4, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem before being shot and wounded.
2016 Jan 4, Lebanon's Hezbollah
movement said it had targeted an Israeli army border patrol with a
bomb in an attack that prompted retaliatory fire from the Jewish
2016 Jan 5, A Palestinian
stabbed and wounded a soldier in the southern West Bank before being
2016 Jan 8, Israeli police
killed in a shootout an Arab citizen wanted for a January 1 gun
rampage in Tel Aviv.
2016 Jan 9, Israeli troops shot
dead two Palestinian men at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
Details of the incident were disputed.
2016 Jan 12, A 21-year-old
Palestinian was shot dead after hurling stones at Israeli troops in
the West Bank.
2016 Jan 13, The Israeli
military carried out a rare airstrike in Gaza, targeting a group of
Palestinian militants placing explosives along the border and
killing one of them.
2016 Jan 14, Israelis troops
killed two Palestinians who attacked soldiers with knives in the
2016 Jan 15, Palestinian
Mohammad Qita (26) was killed in clashes with soldiers on the border
between the Gaza strip and Israel in the second such fatality of the
2016 Jan 17, A Palestinian
killed Israeli nurse Dafna Meir (38), a mother of six, in a stabbing
attack at her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. A
Palestinian who tried to stab soldiers in the West Bank was shot
dead. Security forces detained suspect Murad Ideis (15) after two
days of extensive searches. On June 11 Israel's army destroyed the
home of the Palestinian teenager who killed Meir.
(AP, 1/17/16)(AFP, 1/18/16)(AP, 1/19/16)(AFP,
2016 Jan 18, A knife attack on
a street in an Israeli West Bank settlement wounded a 30-year-old
pregnant woman. The Palestinian assailant (17) was shot by security
personnel and taken to hospital in severe condition after the attack
2016 Jan 20, Officials and
media reports said Israel is moving to declare 150 hectares in the
occupied West Bank as state land in what would be the largest such
seizure since 2014.
2016 Jan 21, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu told the World Economic Forum in Davos that his
country will need more US military aid because of the nuclear deal
2016 Jan 21, Israel confirmed
it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the
occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate
tensions with Western allies and already drawing international
2016 Jan 23, Israeli police
said a Palestinian girl (13) was shot dead by an Israeli security
guard as she tried to stab him at the entrance to the Anatot
settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
2016 Jan 25, Palestinians
Ibrahim Allan (23) and Hussein Abu Ghosh (17) were shot dead by a
security guard after stabbing two Israeli women in a West Bank
minimarket. Shlomit Krigman (24) died of her wounds the next day.
(AP, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/26/16)
2016 Jan 27, In Israel Im
Tirtzu, a nationalist activist group, launched a new campaign on
Facebook branding dozens of singers, actors and authors ó including
famed writer Amos Oz, perennially touted as a potential favorite for
the Nobel Prize ó as foreign agents because of their support for
2016 Jan 31, Israeli forces
shot dead Amjad Sukkari (34), a policeman who worked as a bodyguard
for the Palestinian attorney general, after he opened fire at a West
Bank checkpoint and wounded three people.
2016 Jan 31, Israel's Cabinet
voted to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in
Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a historic show of
government support for liberal streams of Judaism.
2016 Feb 1, A Palestinian was
shot dead after trying to stab Israeli soldiers near a Jewish
settlement in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Feb 2, An Israeli court
convicted former PM Ehud Olmert on two counts of obstruction of
justice for pressuring a confidant not to testify in multiple legal
cases against him.
2016 Feb 2, Israel's parliament
passed a law expanding police powers, allowing them to stop and
frisk suspects without probable cause, the latest attempt to crack
down on near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis.
2016 Feb 2, Israeli soldiers
destroyed 24 structures in and around the village of Khirbet Jenbah
south of Hebron, leaving a number of families homeless. Officials
said the structures were illegal.
2016 Feb 3, Three Palestinians
armed with automatic weapons, explosive devices and knives killed a
female Israeli security officer (19) and seriously wounded another
officer in Jerusalem before police shot and killed the attackers.
(AP, 2/3/16)(AFP, 2/4/16)
2016 Feb 4, In central Israel
two 13-year-old Arab Israeli girls stabbed and lightly wounded a
security guard at a bus station in Ramle. Both girls were arrested.
2016 Feb 7, In Israel a
Sudanese migrant stabbed and wounded a soldier in an apparent act of
solidarity with Palestinians and was shot dead.
2016 Feb 8, Palestinian and
Israeli sources said Israel plans to increase the number of entry
permits it grants to Palestinian workers, in a drive to ease
economic hardship that has contributed to a wave of Palestinian
2016 Feb 10, An Israeli court
handed former prime minister Ehud Olmert one month of prison for
obstructing justice, in addition to a previous 18-month sentence for
2016 Feb 10, Israeli forces
shot at a Palestinian who was throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles on
road near the refugee camp. Omar Jawabreh (16) of the al-Aroub
refugee camp north of Hebron was killed.
2016 Feb 14, Three Palestinian
teenagers were shot and killed while attempting to attack Israeli
security forces in two separate incidents in the West Bank.
Palestinian woman Yasmin al-Zaru (20) tried to stab an Israeli
policeman but was shot in the attempt in the flashpoint West Bank
city of Hebron. Two armed Palestinians attacked Israeli police just
outside the Old City walls before being shot dead by officers.
(AP, 2/14/16)(AFP, 2/14/16)
2016 Feb 19, A Palestinian man
(20) stabbed and wounded two policemen outside Jerusalem's Damascus
Gate before they shot him dead.
(AFP, 2/19/16)(AFP, 2/20/16)
2016 Feb 21, The Israeli
military shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier at a
West Bank checkpoint, after security forces managed to disarm and
apprehend two separate potential attackers in a non-lethal manner.
2016 Feb 23, The Israeli
military said its soldiers have been ordered to take their guns with
them when off duty to allow them to intervene in the event of
Palestinian attack. The military also said it has demolished the
homes of two Palestinians who committed separate attacks against
Israelis that killed five people.
(AFP, 2/23/16)(AP, 2/23/16)
2016 Feb 23, More than 30
former Israeli generals, ministers and other officials called for
the division of Jerusalem, saying a wall should be erected between
the Jewish and Arab sides of the city.
2016 Feb 24, Iran's ambassador
to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, said that Tehran would offer $7,000 to
the families of each Palestinian killed in what he called the
"Jerusalem intifada". He sad Iran will also give $30,000 to
Palestinian families whose homes have been destroyed by Israel
because a member is accused of carrying out an anti-Israeli attack.
The next day Israel denounced the Iranian decision.
2016 Feb 26, An Israeli man was
stabbed multiple times in the West Bank, the latest in months of
near-daily Palestinian assaults on Israeli forces and civilians.
2016 Feb 26, Bulgarian
authorities investigated the apparent shooting death of Omar Nayef
Zayed, a Palestinian wanted by Israel for a 1986 killing, inside the
Palestinian Authority's embassy in Sofia. Zayed (52) had escaped
from Israeli custody 25 years ago and has lived in Sofia since 1994.
2016 Feb 26, The family of
Mohammed al-Qeq (33), a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for a
record 94 days, said he will end his strike "today" and will be
freed on May 21. Israel says he has been involved in militant
activities linked to Hamas.
2016 Feb 29, Israeli drinks
firm SodaStream laid off its last Palestinian workers and lashed out
at the government for refusing to grant them work permits after it
relocated from the West Bank to southern Israel.
2016 Feb, In Israel a
Palestinian girl (12) was caught with a knife as she approached an
Israeli settlement. She later pleaded guilty to attempted
manslaughter in a plea bargain and was sentenced to 4Ĺ months in
prison. She was released on April 24.
2016 Mar 1, Two Israeli
soldiers said to be using a traffic app mistakenly entered a refugee
camp in the occupied West Bank overnight, sparking clashes that
killed one Palestinian and wounded 15 people.
2016 Mar 2, Israeli forces
demolished dozens of structures including a school in the northern
West Bank this week, leaving 10 families homeless.
2016 Mar 3, Israeli authorities
said a Palestinian girl (14) stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli
policeman in a West Bank village while gunshots fired elsewhere in
the territory wounded another Israeli officer.
2016 Mar 7, In Indonesia the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit ended with a call
for a ban on products from Israeli settlements in the occupied
territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of
the Palestinians. the move was not binding on member states.
2016 Mar 8,In Israel Amir
Maimoni (29), an agent of the Shin Bet security service, was killed
by friendly fire on the Gaza border after being mistaken for a
2016 Mar 8, In Israel a
Palestinian woman who tried to stab Israeli security forces was shot
and killed by officers in Jerusalem's Old City. Another Palestinian
was shot dead after attacking Israeli security forces with a knife
in the Old City, and a third was shot and killed after stabbing an
Israeli in the central city of Petah Tikvah. Taylor Force (28), a
Vanderbilt University graduate student and a US military veteran,
was killed and 11 people were wounded before police shot their
attacker dead on a Tel Aviv beach.
(AP, 3/8/16)(Reuters, 3/9/16)
2016 Mar 9, Two Palestinians
opened fire on a bus and near Jerusalem's Old City, seriously
wounding one person.
2016 Mar 11, Israeli forces
raided a TV station run by the Palestinian militant group Islamic
Jihad in the West Bank as part of a crackdown to curb months of
violence that Israel says has been fueled by incitement in the
2016 Mar 12, Israel staged a
pre-dawn wave of air strikes hours after four rockets fired from the
enclave by Palestinian militants hit southern Israel late March 11
without causing casualties. Israa Abu Khussa (6), wounded in the air
strike, died of her injuries. Her brother Yassin (10) died earlier
in the raid on a base of Hamas's military wing near their home in
the northern Gaza village of Beit Lahiya.
2016 Mar 14, Three Palestinians
carried out two attacks, a shooting and a car-ramming, on Israelis
in the southern occupied West Bank before they were shot dead.
2016 Mar 15, Israeli Army Radio
said the government has appropriated 579 acres in the occupied West
Bank near the Dead Sea and the Palestinian city of Jericho.
2016 Mar 17, Two Palestinian
assailants stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the northern West
Bank before Israeli security forces killed them.
2016 Mar 17, In Israel Meir
Dagan (71), a former Israeli general and longtime director of the
country's spy agency, died.
2016 Mar 18, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian man who tried to stab them in the occupied
2016 Mar 19, A Palestinian
teenager stabbed and wounded an Israeli border guard in the occupied
West Bank city of Hebron before being shot dead.
2016 Mar 21, Israel said it has
brought in 19 Jews from war-ravaged Yemen in what immigration
officials described as the last covert operation to move members of
a dwindling Jewish community dating back two millennia.
2016 Mar 22, Israel's military
says troops raided a Palestinian university in the West Bank and
seized militant propaganda linked to Hamas and other groups.
2016 Mar 23, The Israeli
military imposed a four-day closure on the West Bank, banning
Palestinians from entering Israel during the Jewish festival of
2016 Mar 24, Two knife-wielding
Palestinians wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of
Hebron before being shot dead by troops. The Israeli military
detained Sergeant Elor Azaria who was captured on video shooting
injured Palestinian Abd Elfatah Ashareef (21) lying on the ground.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(AP, 3/24/16)(Reuters, 1/4/17)
2016 Mar 29, Israel said it has
opened talks with China on a free trade deal which could see
commerce double between the two countries. During the meeting in
Jerusalem, 13 other agreements were signed on a range of topics.
2016 Mar, The UN Human Rights
Council ordered the compilation of a database of companies that
operate in Israelís West Bank settlements. About 100 Israeli
companies later received warning that they would be on the list.
Some 50 intíl. companies, mostly American European, were also
(SFC, 11/27/17, p.A4)
2016 Apr 3, The Israeli defense
body that handles civilian issues with the Palestinians expanded the
fishing zone. The new easing of restrictions allowed fishermen in
Gaza to now sail farther from the coastal territory.
2016 Apr 10, Israel's cabinet
unanimously approved a plan for reducing greenhouse gases and
increasing energy efficiency to benefit the economy. Government
officials expected the cumulative benefit to Israel's economy would
reach more than 30 billion shekels ($8 billion).
2016 Apr 14, Israeli
campaigners said Israel has approved plans for more than 200 new
settler homes in the occupied West Bank, adding to a sharp increase
in settlement projects so far this year. The government disputed the
claim, saying nearly all approvals involved "upgrading existing
structures" and not new construction, without providing a more
2016 Apr 14, A Palestinian
armed with an axe attacked an Israeli soldier in the occupied West
Bank and was shot dead, ending a three-week lull in deadly
2016 Apr 18, The Israeli
military said it has discovered and destroyed a tunnel burrowing
from Gaza into Israel ó the first tunnel to be discovered since
Israel's 2014 war with the militant Hamas movement that runs the
2016 Apr 19, Israeli actress
Ronit Elkabetz (51) died after battling cancer. She helped bring her
country's films to the world and became a star in France. Her films
included "The Girl on the Train" alongside Catherine Deneuve and
"Ashes and Blood".
2016 Apr 20, Israeli police
said they had arrested diamond dealer Hanan Abramovici, head of
Hanan Abramovici Diamonds Ltd., on suspicion of embezzlement after a
complaint was filed by members of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE).
2016 Apr 20, In Israel a young
Hamas militant (19), from Beit Jala near Bethlehem in the occupied
West Bank, died from his wounds following an April 18 ďsuicide
attack" on a bus that left 20 people wounded.
2016 Apr 24, In Israel a
liberal women's group held a special Passover prayer service at a
Jerusalem holy site, drawing criticism from the site's
ultra-Orthodox rabbi, who called it a "provocation." The group
planned to hold an all-female "priestly blessing," a prayer
typically done by men, but Israel's attorney general banned it from
2016 Apr 27, Israeli police
shot dead Palestinian woman Maram Abu Ismail (24) and her brother,
Ibrahim Taha (16), saying they were armed with knives and tried to
carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Alaa
Soboh, a Palestinian bus driver said he witnessed the incident, and
that the pair appeared to be unfamiliar with crossing procedures and
were swiftly challenged at the checkpoint.
(Reuters, 4/27/16)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A2)
2016 May 3, Israel's Tax
Authority said inspectors uncovered four tons of ammonium chlorideó
enough to produce hundreds of rocketsó hidden inside sacks of salt
about two weeks ago as the shipment was being transferred to Gaza.
2016 May 4, It was reported
that sewage has damaged Gazaís limited fresh water supplies,
decimated fishing zones and is now floating northward and affecting
(SFC, 5/4/16, p.A3)
2016 May 5, Israeli warplanes
struck four new Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip, as a
flare-up continued to threaten a 2014 ceasefire agreement. The army
said Hamas had "repeatedly fired and launched mortar rounds" across
the border. Israel's military said it had discovered a cross-border
tunnel built by the Islamist Hamas group from the Gaza Strip.
(AFP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/5/16)
2016 May 6, Israeli warplanes
launched new strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to
mortar fire, as the worst cross-border violence since a 2014 war
entered a third day.
2016 May 7, Israeli aircraft
hit two Hamas targets in Gaza early today in response to rocket fire
as the worst flare-up of violence since a 2014 war entered a fourth
2016 May 20, Israel's defense
minister Moshe Yaalon resigned, saying the nation was being
taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" after PM Benjamin
Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an
effort to strengthen his coalition.
2016 May 23, Israeli police
forces shot dead a Palestinian woman after she tried to stab a
police officer at a West Bank checkpoint.
2016 May 23, Private cement
deliveries to the Gaza Strip resumed after Israel lifted a six-week
ban it imposed over the alleged diversion of materials by an
official in the Palestinian territory.
2016 May 26, Israeli aircraft
struck two Hamas militant sites in southern Gaza in response to
rocket fire toward Israel.
2016 Jun 3, In Israel some
200,000 people joined the festivities of Tel Avivís annual gay pride
(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 6, Palestininan Jamal
Dweika (20) died of wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers in
clashes after stones at Jewish worshippers at the Joseph's Tomb in
2016 Jun 7, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for talks
expected to focus on boosting bilateral ties and the situation in
2016 Jun 8, Israel's army
locked down the Palestinian town of Yatta after Palestinian gunmen
shot dead 4 people at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot. One of the
attackers was arrested, while the other was wounded by gunfire. Both
were from Yatta.
2016 Jun 9, The Israeli
military revoked permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel and
said it would send hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank a
day after a Palestinian gun attack that killed four Israelis in Tel
Aviv. Collective punishment is banned under international law.
2016 Jun 10, The Israeli
military said the West Bank will be closed off until the end of the
Jewish holiday of Shavuot on June 12, due to security concerns
following a Palestinian shooting attack this week that killed four
2016 Jun 19, The Israeli
government approved $18 million in extra funding for Jewish West
2016 Jun 21, Israeli troops
shot dead Mahmoud Rafat Badran (15), a Palestinian teenager, and
wounded four others as they returned from a swimming pool after
apparently mistaking them for stone-throwers, sparking outrage and
drawing renewed attention to open fire rules.
2016 Jun 24, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian woman who rammed a vehicle into a
parked car near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank,
injuring two people sitting inside.
2016 Jun 26, Talks between
Turkey and Israel to normalize relations advanced in talks as
officials said a deal had been reached to end a rift dating back to
2016 Jun 27, Palestinians and
Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a
second day straight, with Islamic officials accusing Israeli
authorities of breaking a tacit agreement on access during Ramadan.
2016 Jun 28, Israeli police
banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the
end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two days of
clashes with Palestinian rioters at the site.
2016 Jun 28, Turkey and Israel
signed a deal to restore ties after a six-year rift. Terms of the
deal included the transfer of $20 million by Israel to a
humanitarian fund that will compensate families of Turkish nationals
killed and wounded during a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
(Reuters, 6/28/16)(SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 30, Palestinian
Mohammed Nasser Tarayra (19) fatally stabbed American-Israeli Hallel
Yaffa Ariel (13) in her bedroom in the occupied West Bank settlement
of Kiryat Arba. Israeli guards shot the attacker dead. On August 15
the Israeli army destroyed Tarayraís home.
(Reuters, 6/30/16)(AFP, 8/15/16)
2016 Jul 1, Palestinian Sarah
Tarayreh (27) was killed when she pulled out a knife and threatened
an officer at a checkpoint near the flashpoint West Bank city of
Hebron. A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a family traveling in a
car in the West Bank, killing Israeli Michael Mark (48) and wounding
his wife and two teenage children.
(AP, 7/1/16)(AFP, 7/2/16)
2016 Jul 2, The Israeli
military struck a series of militant sites in Gaza early today in
response to a rocket attack that hit a kindergarten in the Israeli
border town of Sderot. No injuries were reported on either side
2016 Jul 2, Israeli troops
locked down the occupied West Bank's most populous city Hebron and
surrounding villages after two Israelis were killed in Palestinian
2016 Jul 3, Israeli firms
announced that a consortium led by US firm Noble Energy has approved
a $265-million project to sink a new well in the Tamar natural gas
field off Israel.
2016 Jul 3, The Israeli army
attacked two Syrian military targets on the Golan Heights after
stray Syrian fire damaged the security fence along the demarcation
2016 Jul 3, Turkey delivered
humanitarian aid and other non-military products to Gaza. The
Panama-flagged Lady Leyla landed in the Israeli port of Ashdod with
11,000 tons of supplies, including food packages of flour, rice, and
sugar, as well as 10,000 toys.
(SFC, 7/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 4, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu started his four-nation tour of Africa with a visit to
2016 Jul 4, An official said
Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied
West Bank, in a move likely to further raise tensions following a
series of Palestinian attacks.
2016 Jul 4, Israel forces
demolished the West Bank homes of two assailantsí families who
killed an Israeli citizen last December. Four Palestinian youths
were wounded in clashes with troops demolishing the homes.
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 5, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu met with Kenyaís President Uhuru Kenyatta on
counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture, amid tight security on
the second leg of his Africa tour.
2016 Jul 6, Israel relaunched
the bidding process to build 42 new homes in the in Kiryat
Arba settlement in the occupied West Bank where a Palestinian
stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli last week.
2016 Jul 10, In Israel the
finds from some three-decades of excavation unearthing a Philistine
cemetery went on display at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in
Jerusalem. Their presence between 1200 and around 600 BC is evident
on a thin coastal strip running from present-day Gaza to Tel Aviv.
2016 Jul 10, Israel's
government approved nearly $13 million in financing for the West
Bank settlements of Kiryat Arba and within Hebron.
2016 Jul 11, Israel's
parliament adopted a law seen as targeting left-wing groups critical
of the government by forcing NGOs that receive most of their funding
from foreign states to declare it.
2016 Jul 13, Officers with
Israel's paramilitary border police were confiscating an
arms-manufacturing machine when a car accelerated toward them.
Security forces fired toward the car, killing Anwar
al-Salaymeh (22). Another Palestinian was taken to hospital, and a
third Palestinian was detained for questioning.
2016 Jul 17, Israeli police
arrested a Palestinian man (20) carrying pipe bombs and knives in
his bag at a light railway station in Jerusalem during the morning
2016 Jul 17, Two Israeli
soldiers were killed and three injured after a grenade one of the
troops was holding exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
2016 Jul 18, A Palestinian
stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank before being shot. The
soldiers were lightly wounded.
2016 Jul 18, Clashes erupted in
the West Bank as Israel's military demolished the home of a
Palestinian accused of involvement in a February attack outside
Jerusalem's Old City that killed a policewoman.
2016 Jul 20, Israel's
parliament passed a charged bill that would allow the assembly to
oust a sitting lawmaker deemed to be inciting against the state.
2016 Jul 20, Israel said that
it and the Republic of Guinea renewed diplomatic ties after 49
2016 Jul 25, Officials and
rights groups said Israeli authorities have advanced plans for 770
new settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem, drawing condemnation
from Palestinian leaders and the United Nations.
2016 Jul 26, Israel police said
said that 56 suspected members of the "La Familia" group of Beitar
Jerusalem fans were arrested in an overnight raid. Stun grenades,
firecrackers and other banned pyrotechnics were confiscated. An
undercover agent who had infiltrated the group over the past six
months led to the breakthrough.
2016 Jul 26, Israeli
authorities destroyed 11 Palestinian homes in an area on the
outskirts of Jerusalem divided from the city by Israel's separation
wall. Authorities alleged the owners did not have building permits.
2016 Jul 27, Israeli forces
fired anti-tank missiles at a house in the West Bank after a
shootout overnight, killing a Hamas member accused of a deadly
attack on a rabbi.
2016 Jul 31, Israel's cabinet
approved legislation aimed at loosening the grip of the country's
three largest banks on the credit supply market, despite opposition
by the IMF and a risk that the reform could flood the economy with
2016 Jul 31, Palestinian Rami
Awartani (31), armed with a knife, charged at Israeli soldiers on
the outskirts of of Nablus in the occupied West Bank and was shot
2016 Jul, Germanyís BMW,
Israeli supplier Mobileye and US-based Intel said they were joining
forces to build a self-driving car.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.63)
2016 Aug 2, Israeli lawmakers
approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of "terrorist
offences" in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians.
2016 Aug 4, Israel's internal
security agency said Mohammed el-Halabi, a senior employee of the
international aid group World Vision in the Gaza Strip, siphoned off
millions of dollars of the charity's funds and transferred them to
the Islamic militant group Hamas, assisting it in building tunnels
and purchasing arms. El-Halabi was arrested in June as he was
crossing from Israel into Gaza.
2016 Aug 5, The Palestinian
Prisoners Club said in a statement that 80 prisoners stopped eating
today, joining 325 who have been fasting for the past two days at
various prisons in Israel and the occupied West Bank.
2016 Aug 6, More than 300
Palestinian prisoners halted a hunger strike after Israel prison
authorities agreed to end "humiliating" body searches and return
recently transferred prisoners.
2016 Aug 9, Israel demolished
five homes in the occupied West Bank, leaving 27 Palestinians
homeless, more than half of them children. The structures had been
built with EU aid after houses in the village, on the southern tip
of the West Bank, were demolished at least eight times.
2016 Aug 19, The Turkish
parliament approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a
delay caused by last month's attempted coup. Under the deal, Israel
will pay Turkey $20 million (17.7 million euros) in compensation for
a botched Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship in
2010 that left 10 Turks dead.
2016 Aug 23, Israel uncovered
an illegal Palestinian weapons manufacturing network in the West
Bank overnight in one of its largest raids during a months-long
crackdown on illicit arms.
2016 Aug 23, Israeli security
forces rushed to the West Bank city of Nablus to rescue 60
ultra-Orthodox Hassids stoned by Palestinians as they visited
Joseph's Tomb in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the
city. Palestinians believe an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yussef Dweikat,
was buried there two centuries ago.
2016 Aug 24, An Israeli soldier
shot dead a Palestinian motorist who had stabbed him and threw rocks
from his car at a military vehicle in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Aug 26, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed an apparently unarmed Palestinian who ran toward
their position in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.
The incident was under review.
2016 Aug 30, Israel's military
overnight destroyed the home in Dura of Mohammed Abed Almajid
Mohammed El-Amaira (38), a Palestinian accused of involvement in the
July 1 shooting attack in the occupied West Bank that led to the
death of a rabbi.
2016 Aug 31, Israeli
authorities shut down the Palestinian Al-Sanabel radio station in
the occupied West Bank in an overnight operation in Dura over
"incitement" to violence. Five people, including the station
director, were arrested.
2016 Aug, Israelís agriculture
minister said that local cannabis growers will soon be allowed to
export medical marijuana.
(Econ, 10/29/16, p.42)
2016 Sep 1, An unmanned SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test in Florida, destroying the
Israeli-built and -owned Amos 6 satellite that Facebook planned to
use to beam high-speed internet to sub-Saharan Africa.
2016 Sep 3, Israelís PM
Benjamin Netanyahu, under pressure from ultra-Orthodox partners,
ordered routine railway repairs scheduled today, the Jewish Sabbath,
to be halted.
2016 Sep 4, Israelís transport
minister, Yisrael Katz, canceled key train routes because of the
delayed repairs. The government dispatched extra buses for some
90,000 affected commuters.
2016 Sep 4, Israeli tank fire
targeted a Hamas post on the Gaza Strip border overnight after
gunfire at Israeli forces in the area, with no injuries reported.
2016 Sep 5, Israeli police
opened fire during an alleged car-ramming attack targeting officers
in the Shuafat refugee camp in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem
killing passenger Mustafa Nimr (27). Israel's Channel 10 television
later broadcast video of the incident that appeared to show shots
being fired after the car was stopped, with Mustafa Nimr already on
the ground either wounded or dead.
2016 Sep 5, In Israel a floor
collapsed during the construction of a four-storey underground
parking structure in Tel Aviv. At least 4 people were killed and
three remained missing.
2016 Sep 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, during a visit to the Netherlands, said the Dutch
government will assist Israel in improving water and gas supplies to
2016 Sep 8, Israeli defense
officials said that the government has begun work on a $530 million
underground barrier along the border with Gaza meant to block Hamas
militants from tunneling into Israel.
(SFC, 9/9/16, p.A4)
2016 Sep 9, Palestinian
Abdel-Rahman Al-Dabbagh (18) was killed during a rock-throwing
protest near the Gaza-Israel border A Palestinian health official
said Israeli soldiers shot him, but the Israeli army said troops
were not responsible.
2016 Sep 13, The Israeli
military struck artillery positions in Syria after a projectile from
that country's civil war hit the Israeli-controlled part of the
Golan Heights, but denied a Syrian claim that Syrian forces shot
down two Israeli aircraft.
2016 Sep 13, Israelís former
Pres. Shimon Peres (93) suffered a major stroke and was hospitalized
in Tel Aviv.
(SFC, 9/14/16, p.A3)
2016 Sep 14, The United States
signed an unprecedented security agreement with Israel that will
give the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years.
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 16, In Israel three
alleged assailants were killed while carrying out attacks on
Israelis, shattering weeks of relative calm in Israel and the
2016 Sep 17, Israel's Iron Dome
missile defence system destroyed two rockets fired from Syria at the
Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights in an apparent rise in
tension between the uneasy neighbors.
2016 Sep 17, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli soldier in the flashpoint West Bank city of
Hebron before being shot dead, the army said, in the fourth such
attack in under 24 hours. Forces at the scene shot the assailant,
resulting in his death.
2016 Sep 18, A Palestinian
attacker stabbed an Israeli army officer in the chest near a West
Bank settlement and moderately wounded him, before Israeli soldiers
shot the attacker and apprehended him.
2016 Sep 19, Two Palestinians
were killed as they tried to stab Israeli police in the West Bank
city of Hebron. A third Palestinian was shot and wounded after
stabbing and wounding two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem.
2016 Sep 20, A Palestinian (16)
who tried to stab an Israeli soldier was shot dead. An Israeli
aircraft intercepted a drone launched by Hamas.
2016 Sep 21, Israeli guards
shot and wounded an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl after she
did not stop at a checkpoint. The Israeli defence ministry said the
girl was not carrying a weapon but told officers afterwards that she
had wanted to die.
2016 Sep 21, In Turkey Osman
Nuri Caliskan (41), reportedly mentally disturbed and wielding a
knife, tried to storm the Israeli embassy in Ankara but was shot
before reaching the building.
2016 Sep 21, Pres. Obama met
with Israelís PM Benjamin Netanyahu in New York and expressed
concern about continued settlement construction in the West Bank.
(http://tinyurl.com/jhhq4j5)(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A6)
2016 Sep 28, Shimon Peres
(b.1923), Israeli former president and prime minister, died two
weeks after suffering a massive stroke. The Nobel Prize-winning
visionary pushed his country toward peace during a remarkable
2016 Sep 30, In Jordan
thousands of protesters staged a protest in Ammanto to demonstrate
against a $10 billion gas deal between Jordan and Israel.
2016 Oct 5, Israel's military
struck several Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after a rocket
launched from the Palestinian enclave hit a nearby Israeli city,
with no casualties reported on either side.
2016 Oct 9, A Palestinian
motorist launched a shooting spree near the Israeli police
headquarters in Jerusalem, killing 2 people and wounding five others
before being shot dead.
2016 Oct 14, Israel suspended
cooperation with UNESCO, a day after the UN cultural agency adopted
a draft resolution that Israel says denies the deep, historic Jewish
connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.
2016 Oct 18, In the Gaza Strip
a Hamas-run court sentenced a man to death for allegedly
collaborating with Israel.
(SFC, 10/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 18, UNESCO, the UN
cultural agency, adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution
condemning Israel's actions at a flashpoint holy site in east
Jerusalem that has sparked fury in the Jewish state.
2016 Oct 19, Palestinian woman
Raheeq Shajeyeh Youssef (19) approached Israeli border police with a
knife in a tense area of the West Bank and was shot dead by
officers. Video later emerged appearing to show officers open fire
on the woman after she was already on the ground.
(AP, 10/19/16)(AFP, 10/20/16)
2016 Oct 25, An Israeli man
reportedly working on a border fence between Israel and Egypt was
shot and killed when gunmen in Egypt opened fire at him. A senior
Egyptian security official said that human traffickers shot at
Israelis working on the barrier.
2016 Oct 26, Israeli
archaeologists made public a fragment of an ancient text which they
say is the earliest Hebrew reference to Jerusalem outside the Bible.
The piece of papyrus, dated by the Israel Antiquities Authority to
the 7th century B.C., was presented at a news conference in
Jerusalem shortly after Paris-based UNESCO adopted a resolution that
Israel said denied Judaism's link to the ancient city.
2016 Oct 28, A Palestinian
attacked Israeli troops with his car late today and then with a
knife in the occupied West Bank before being shot and seriously
2016 Nov 2, In Israel
protesters demanding equal prayer rights for women at one of
Judaism's holiest sites scuffled with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they
sought to approach Jerusalem's Western Wall.
2016 Nov 3, Israeli troops shot
dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier near Ofra in the
occupied West Bank.
2016 Nov 3, Avi Dichter, the
former head of Israel's domestic intelligence agency, said Iran now
commands a force of around 25,000 Shi'ite Muslim militants in Syria,
mostly made up of recruits from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2016 Nov 9, The Israeli
military said it has struck a Syrian army artillery position after a
rocket from Syria hit the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan
2016 Nov 15, Israel appointed
an ambassador to Turkey, its first since both countries recalled
their envoys five years ago amid a spat over a deadly Israeli raid
on a Turkish vessel trying to reach the Gaza Strip.
2016 Nov 15, Swimmers crossed
the Dead Sea from Jordan to Israel to raise awareness of what they
said was an environmental disaster that has shrunk the inland lake's
surface by a third in 30 years. They were the first people to thrash
their way over the body of water so salty that it poisons anyone who
2016 Nov 16, Israel's
parliament gave preliminary approval to a disputed bill that would
retroactively legalize Jewish ettlement outposts built on
privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Nov 18, A Palestinian (26)
was killed by Israeli soldiers in clashes along the Gaza border.
Israeli soldiers said dozens of Palestinians had breached the buffer
(SFC, 11/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 20, In Israel dozens
of LGBT activists protested in Jerusalem against comments reportedly
made by the city's chief rabbi disparaging the gay community. Rabbi
Shlomo Amar told an Israeli newspaper last week that gay people were
an "abomination" and homosexuality a "cult."
2016 Nov 23, Israel revived
plans to build 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in Israeli-annexed
2016 Nov 23, Israel Antiquities
Authority unveiled a "unique" 3,800-year-old figurine showing a
seated person, apparently deep in thought. It was discovered
recently in excavations at Yehud, east of Tel Aviv.
2016 Nov 24, In Israel tens of
thousands of residents were ordered to leave Haifa as wildfires tore
across central and northern Israel. The country's chief of police
said politically motivated arson may be behind some of the blazes.
2016 Nov 25, In Israel foreign
firefighting planes helped tackle a wave of wildfires that have
forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, as police announced a
dozen related arrests. Israel received airborne assistance from
Russia, Turkey, Greece and Croatia.
2016 Nov 26, In Israel fires
raged in several locations for a fifth day, including in a Jewish
West Bank settlement where 40 homes were burned and all 1,000-plus
of its residents evacuated.
2016 Nov 27, Israeli aircraft
struck a machine gun-mounted vehicle inside, killing four Islamic
State-affiliated militants after they had opened fire on a military
patrol on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.
2016 Nov, Bilal Rozayna, the
brother of Hamas internal security chief Mustafa Rozayna, was
arrested after he entered Israel.
2016 Dec 1, A Kenyan court
charged two Iranian men with collecting information to facilitate a
terrorist act after they were allegedly found with video footage of
the Israeli embassy.
2016 Dec 4, Israel was
embroiled in fresh controversy over its purchase of submarines from
German company ThyssenKrupp after reports that the country's
arch-enemy Iran holds a stake in the firm.
2016 Dec 6, In Israel sculptor
Itay Zalait placed a four meter (13 foot) tall effigy of Netanyahu
on a white pedestal in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, adjacent to city
hall, to test the limits of freedom of expression. The gilded statue
was toppled by an onlooker after a brief public appearance.
2016 Dec 12, British PM Theresa
May introduced an official definition for anti-Semitism in hopes of
curbing attacks against Jewish people. The definition states that
"Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be
expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical
manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or
non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish
community institutions and religious facilities."
2016 Dec 13, Kazakhstan and
Israel signed agreements on cooperation in scientific research,
civil aviation, medicine and agriculture following talks between
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visiting PM Benjamin
Netanyahu. They also agreed to work more closely together in
2016 Dec 14, In East Jerusalem
a Palestinian youth wielding a screwdriver stabbed and lightly
wounded two Israeli police officers before being shot and killed.
2016 Dec 14, The Czech
Republic's defense minister said the country's military has decided
to purchase Israeli-made radars for its military. The army will pay
2.9 billion koruna ($114 million) for a total of eight ELM 2084 MMR
radars made by the Israeli state-run IAI Elta company.
2016 Dec 15, In Israel
residents of the Amona outpost, a wildcat Jewish settlement in the
occupied West Bank, rejected a proposal to leave voluntarily. Some
40 families were under a High Court order to be evacuated by
December 25 since the settlement was found to have been built on
private Palestinian land.
2016 Dec 15, European Union
diplomats said Israel demolished 866 structures in 2016, leaving
1,221 Palestinians homeless, almost half of them children.
2016 Dec 15, Mohammed Alzoari
(49) was found gunned down in his car near his home in Sfax,
Tunisia. He had joined the military wing of Hamas in 2006 and led
the development of its drones. Hamas accused Israel of assassinating
2016 Dec 16, President-elect
Donald Trump announced that he will nominate attorney David Friedman
as US ambassador to Israel, selecting an envoy who supports Israeli
settlements and other changes to US policies in the region. Friedman
already headed a settlement fundraising organization.
(AP, 12/16/16)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.41)
2016 Dec 18, Israeli settlers
due to be evicted from the Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank
accepted a government-proposed deal to head off a forced evacuation
and confrontation with troops.
2016 Dec 18, An Israeli parole
board ordered the release of former president Moshe Katsav after
serving five years of a seven-year term for rape and other sexual
2016 Dec 18, Israel forces shot
and killed Ahmad Rimawi (19) after he hurled stones at Israeli
troops in Beit Rima, near Ramallah.
2016 Dec 19, Israeli
authorities placed billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz (60) under
house arrest over allegations of bribery and corruption in Guinea
linked to his mining company, BSG Resources (BSGR). Asher Avidan, a
top associate of Steinmetz, was also arrested in connection with the
international investigation into suspected bribery of an official in
(Reuters, 12/19/16)(AP, 12/20/16)
2016 Dec 21, Israeli
ex-president Moshe Katsav was freed from prison after prosecutors
declined to appeal a parole board decision to release him after he
served five years of a seven-year term for rape.
2016 Dec 22, In Israel Basel
Ghattas, an Arab lawmaker in the Knesset, to have his parliamentary
immunity stripped amid an investigation into suspicions he smuggled
cellphones to Palestinian prisoners.
2016 Dec 22, The UN Security
Council postponed a vote on a draft resolution demanding that Israel
halt its settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and
east Jerusalem. Egypt requested the delay to allow time for
consultations on the measure.
2016 Dec 23, The UN Security
Council passed a landmark resolution condemning Israeli settlements
in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after the United States
refrained from using its veto. A resolution needs nine votes in
favor and no vetoes by the US, France, Russia, Britain or China to
be adopted. New Zealand, along with Senegal, Venezuela and Malaysia,
co-sponsored the UN Security Council resolution.
(Reuters, 12/23/16)(AFP, 12/24/16)(AP, 6/13/17)
2016 Dec 25, Israel summoned
representatives of states that supported a UN resolution demanding
it halts settlement activity, while cutting civilian coordination
with Palestinians by way of rebuke.
2016 Dec 25, Israeli ministers
approved a bill that would allow a court to order sites such as
Facebook and YouTube to remove material found to be "incitement,"
which they say contributes to Palestinian violence.
2016 Dec 25, In Israel a fire
erupted in a fuel tank at Oil Refineries Ltd in Haifa, sending thick
black smoke into the sky above the northern port city.
2016 Dec 27, Israel's foreign
ministry said the country was "reducing" ties with nations that
voted for last week's UN Security Council resolution demanding a
halt to settlement building in Palestinian territory.
2016 Dec 28, Israel released
some 200,000 documents online from past government inquiries into
the disappearance of about 1,000 children, mostly Jewish immigrants
from Yemen and other Arab countries who disappeared in the late
1940s and early 1950s.
2016 Dec 28, In Israel a
Jerusalem municipal panel approved construction of a four-storey
building for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem after postponing a
vote on permits for hundreds of other homes in the Israeli-annexed
2016 Dec 29, Israeli media
reported that the attorney general Avichai Mandelblit has decided to
order a criminal probe against PM Benjamin Netanyahu and he is to
soon be questioned by police.
2016 Dec 30, In Israel a
Palestinian woman was shot and wounded after approaching an Israeli
security checkpoint near Jerusalem with a knife.
2016 Another 5,000 French Jews
emigrated to Israel this year, continuing a trend that has seen tens
of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting
2017 Jan 1, The Israeli
government ruled that it would not release to their families the
bodies of Hamas militants killed during attacks on Israelis but
would instead bury them.
2017 Jan 4, The Israeli
government said China has agreed for thousands of migrant
construction laborers to work in Israel in a bid to alleviate a
2017 Jan 4, Israel released
billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz from house arrest without
charge, following his detention over bribery allegations involving
BSGR in Africa.
2017 Jan 4, Israeli Sergeant
Elor Azaria, who shot dead a Palestinian assailant lying wounded and
motionless on the ground in the occupied West Bank last March 24,
was convicted of manslaughter in one of the most polarizing cases in
2017 Jan 4, Palestinian
fisherman Mohammed Al-Hissi (33) disappeared after colliding with an
Israeli navy ship off the Gaza coast.
2017 Jan 5, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a second time as part of a
probe into whether he illegally accepted gifts from wealthy
2017 Jan 8, Palestinian Fadi
Qunbar (28) rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers visiting
a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding at
least 15 people. Qunbar was killed as an Israeli soldier fired on
the attacker and distributed video of him saying he shot after
realizing it was not an accident. On Dec 9 Israeli police arrested
nine people in relation to the attack including 5 Qunbar relatives.
(AFP, 1/8/17)(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 9, Israeli authorities
charged two Palestinians, arrested last month, with helping to
smuggle hundreds of cameras to the Gaza Strip for the Islamic
militant group Hamas and others.
2017 Jan 10, Palestinian
leaders called for prayers at mosques across the Middle East this
week to protest plans by President-elect Donald Trump to move the US
embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
2017 Jan 10, Israeli troops in
the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian who attacked them
during an overnight operation to arrest suspected militants at the
Al-Fara refugee camp. A Palestinian rights group said the man was
shot in his home at point blank range.
2017 Jan 11, The Israeli
military said the Palestinian militant group Hamas has chatted up
dozens of Israeli soldiers online using photos of young women and
Hebrew slang to gain control of their phone cameras and microphones.
2017 Jan 13, Syria accused
Israel of firing missiles early today that landed near a military
base west of Damascus.
(SFC, 1/14/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 15, In France
representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive
stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the
Palestinians attended the conference.
2017 Jan 16, Israeli border
police shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian youth as violence erupted
near the town of Bethlehem between a crowd of stone-throwing
Palestinians and Israeli troops.
2017 Jan 17, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian who had tried to stab a soldier at a
checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
2017 Jan 18, In Israel
demolitions in the Arab Israeli village of in Umm al-Heiran, that
activists say has been targeted by racist policies, sparked violence
in which a policeman and his alleged attacker were killed.
2017 Jan 18, Israeli nuclear
whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu was convicted of violating the terms
of his release, more than a decade after completing an 18-year jail
term. Vanunu was convicted of meeting with two US nationals in
Jerusalem in 2013 without having permission to do so, and will be
sentenced in two months.
2017 Jan 22, In Israel the
municipality of Jerusalem granted final approval for the
construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while a
hard-line Cabinet minister pushed the government to annex a major
West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the
presidency of Donald Trump.
2017 Jan 24, Israel announced
plans for 2,500 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the
second such declaration since US President Donald Trump took office
signaling he would be less critical of such projects than his
2017 Jan 24, A Jerusalem court
reached a plea bargain with a former chief rabbi of Israel that will
have him serve time for corruption. Yona Metzger will serve 3.5
years in prison and pay a $1.3 million fine.
2017 Jan 26, Israeli officials
gave final approval to 153 east Jerusalem settler homes, adding to a
sharp increase in such projects since US Pres. Donald Trump took
2017 Jan 30, Former Israeli
chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was found guilty of taking bribes on
multiple occasions, as well as fraud and obstructing justice. He
faced three-and-a-half years in prison and a fine $1.3 million.
Metzger stepped down in July 2013 after 10 years in office.
2017 Jan 31, Israeli
authorities said that nine Venezuelan Jewish converts will be
allowed to move to Israel in light of the humanitarian crisis in
Venezuela, reversing an earlier decision to keep them out.
2017 Jan 31, In Israel rightist
protesters scuffled with Israeli police carrying out a court order
to evict settlers from the illegal Amona outpost in the occupied
West Bank, hours after the government announced more construction in
2017 Feb 2, Israeli police
forced hardline Jewish settlers from the barricaded synagogue of the
wildcat Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank, completing an
emotive battle to evict residents.
2017 Feb 5, Israel's Supreme
Court gave a small group of settlers in the occupied West Bank a
brief respite from a demolition order, giving them until March 5 to
2017 Feb 6, Israelís parliament
passed a new law legalizing dozens of Jewish outposts built on
private Palestinian land.
2017 Feb 6, A Palestinian
rocket launched from Gaza struck Israel, causing no casualties or
damage, in a rare attack that drew Israeli air strikes against
Palestinian militant targets.
2017 Feb 7, Palestinian Pres.
Mahmud Abbas called a new Israeli law legalizing dozens of Jewish
outposts built on private Palestinian land an "attack against our
2017 Feb 8, Israeli and
Palestinian rights groups petitioned the Supreme Court asking it to
strike down a new law allowing expropriation of private Palestinian
land for Jewish settlers.
2017 Feb 9, In central Israel a
Palestinian (18) opened fire and stabbed shoppers with a screwdriver
near a busy open air market wounding at least six people in Petah
2017 Feb 12, An Israeli court
ordered Haifa Chemicals to shut down the country's largest ammonia
tank, which has been a point of contention for years, with residents
and environmental groups warning it is a major health hazard.
2017 Feb 15, President Donald
Trump and PM Benjamin Netanyahu renewed the US-Israel partnership in
defiance of international pressure for a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Shortly before Trump was to welcome
Netanyahu to the White House, a senior US official briefed reporters
that Washington would no longer insist that any peace deal lead to a
recognized Palestinian state.
2017 Feb 21, Israeli Sergeant
Elor Azaria, who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian
assailant on March 24, 2016, was sentenced to 18 months'
imprisonment, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage
after one of the most divisive trials in Israel's history.
2017 Feb 23, An Israeli court
ordered Nael Barghouti, a senior Hamas member, to complete his life
sentence, after the man was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of
inmates for an Israeli soldier held by Hamas.
2017 Feb 23, An Israeli fighter
jet shot down a drone belonging to the Islamist group Hamas that had
taken off from the Gaza Strip.
2017 Feb 24, Hundreds of
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West
Bank city of Hebron on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried
out by a far-right Jewish settler.
2017 Feb 25, Israel's military
fired tear gas across the border into Lebanon, breaking up a small
Lebanese protest against cameras installed there.
2017 Feb 27, Israeli aircraft
carried out a series of strikes in Gaza, wounding at least four
people, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory hit an
empty area in southern Israel.
2017 Mar 1, A Palestinian broke
into a home in a West Bank settlement near Hebron and stabbed an
Israeli, who then shot and killed the intruder.
2017 Mar 6, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth time in a corruption
investigation that has prompted political rivals to start looking to
a "post-Bibi" Israel.
2017 Mar 6, Palestinian
militant Basil al-Araj (31) was killed in a shootout with Israeli
forces in the West Bank. Police said he headed a group planning
attacks against Israeli targets and collected weapons for the group.
2017 Mar 13, Intel said it will
buy Israeli car tech firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, in a deal
signaling the US computer chip giant's commitment to technology for
(AFP, 3/13/17)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.65)
2017 Mar 14, Israel ordered the
closure of an office in Arab East Jerusalem as it was suspected of
being funded by the Palestinian Authority and involved with
monitoring the sale of Palestinian property to Jews.
2017 Mar 14, In northern Israel
a fireworks warehouse went up in flames, killing two people,
injuring at least two more and setting off a series of loud
explosions in a village near Netanya.
2017 Mar 14, In Israel an
elderly man burnt nurse Tova Kararo (56) at a clinic after
apparently being dissatisfied by the treatment he had received in
Holon. Kararo died after the man poured flammable fluid on the nurse
taking care of him.
2017 Mar 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he would honor his commitment to build a new
settlement in the occupied West Bank, the first in two decades.
2017 Mar 17, Israeli warplanes
struck several targets in Syria overnight, prompting retaliatory
missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two
countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.
2017 Mar 18, The Israeli
military carried out the airstrikes early today against two Hamas
targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a projectile that
landed in an open field. No militant group has claimed
responsibility for the firing.
2017 Mar 18, Rima Khalaf, a UN
undersecretary-general, resigned after refusing to withdraw her
report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
She had authored a recent report that accused Israel of establishing
an "apartheid regime." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas soon
informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she would receive the Palestine
Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her "courage and
support" for the Palestinian people.
2017 Mar 19, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu backed out of an agreement to establish a new
broadcasting authority, creating a coalition crisis with one of his
key partners that could lead to early elections.
2017 Mar 20, The United States
criticized the UN Human Rights Council, saying addressing the human
rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories as
part of its agenda exhibited the group's "long-standing bias against
2017 Mar 21, Israel's Shin Bet
security agency said that it had arrested Muhammad Murtaja, a
Palestinian employee of a humanitarian program run by the Turkish
government, on suspicion of diverting funds to militants.
2017 Mar 23, Israeli police
arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in
a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and
other institutions in the US, marking a potential breakthrough in
the case after an international manhunt with the FBI.
2017 Mar 24, Hamas official
Mazen Faqha (38) was shot dead by an unknown gunman at his home in
the Gaza Strip. Israeli media said Faqha was responsible for cells
of Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank. On May 11 Hamas said it has apprehended
the killer of Mazen Fuqaha and that he carried out the assassination
on Israel's orders.
(AFP, 3/25/17)(Reuters, 5/11/17)(Econ, 4/22/17,
2017 Mar 26, Hamas shut the
crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel after blaming the Jewish
state for the assassination of one of its officials in the
2017 Mar 26, Iran sanctioned
what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support
terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians
want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier
announced by the US. The list included ITT Corp., missile-maker
Raytheon Co., United Technologies Corp. Denver's Re/Max Holdings
Inc., a real estate company and truck maker Oshkosh.
2017 Mar 27, Israeli police
arrested more than 20 Jewish ultra-Orthodox suspected sex offenders
whose alleged crimes were known to their insular communities but
concealed from the authorities.
2017 Mar 27, Hamas authorities
partially reopened the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel,
after a one-day closure following the assassination of one of the
2017 Mar 29, Israeli
paramilitary police officers shot and killed a Palestinian woman who
tried to attack them with a knife outside Jerusalem's walled Old
2017 Mar 30, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahuís Security Cabinet approved a plan to create
Israel's first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than
20 years despite international concern over the issue. Netanyahu
also ordered limitations on settlement expansion in territory
Palestinians claim for a state.
(AFP, 3/30/17)(AP, 3/31/17)(SFC, 3/30/17,
2017 Mar 31, Palestinian Hatem
al-Maghari returned overnight to his family in Gaza after 17 years
in an Israeli jail. He had been arrested and convicted of murder
after the brutal lynching of two Israeli soldiers in 2000, but was
released this week after new evidence emerged. He was still found
guilty of aggression against a soldier and not preventing an offence
and sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison, but with time
already served was released immediately.
2017 Apr 1, A Palestinian from
the occupied West Bank stabbed and wounded three Israelis in
Jerusalem's Old City before being shot dead by border guards.
2017 Apr 6, A Palestinian man
carried out a car-ramming next to a bus stop near a settlement in
the occupied West Bank, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding
2017 Apr 10, Israel closed its
Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula following warnings by
its anti-terrorism office of an "imminent" militant attack there and
urged its citizens to leave Egypt hours before the start of the
Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many
2017 Apr 14, A Palestinian man
fatally stabbed Hannah Bladon (20), a British woman, on Jerusalem's
transit network, as Christians marked Good Friday and Muslims held
prayers at respective holy sites nearby. Police officers restrained
Jamil Tamimi (57) and carried him away. Tamimi was convicted in 2011
for sexually assaulting his daughter. On May 11 Tamimi was charged
with premeditated murder.
(Reuters, 4/14/17)(AFP, 5/11/17)
2017 Apr 17, Hundreds of Druze
on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched for Syrian
independence day, carrying portraits of President Bashar al-Assad
and chanting anti-Israel slogans.
2017 Apr 17, Hundreds of
Palestinians in Israeli jails began a hunger strike in response to a
call by prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a
possible future Palestinian president. Palestinians termed the
open-ended strike a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli
policy of detention without trial that has been applied against
thousands since the 1980s.
2017 Apr 18, Israel vowed not
to negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian detainees on the second
day of a hunger strike led by prominent prisoner and popular leader
2017 Apr 19, A Palestinian
assailant rammed his car into a West Bank bus stop, wounding an
Israeli man, before Israeli troops shot and killed the driver.
2017 Apr 19, Two Palestinian
sisters from Gaza were caught trying to smuggle explosives hidden in
medicine containers into Israel as they were headed for cancer
treatment at a Jerusalem hospital.
2017 Apr 20, Several dozen
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces outside the Ofer
Prison where detainees were on a hunger strike. A group of Israeli
hardliners nearby taunted prisoners by barbecuing.
2017 Apr 23, An Israeli attack
against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National
Defence Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members.
2017 Apr 23, Israel said it has
signed a deal with China to bring Chinese construction workers to
Israel, but the workers will reportedly be barred from building in
West Bank settlements at China's insistence.
2017 Apr 23, In Israel a
Palestinian stabbed and slightly wounded four people along Tel
Aviv's beachfront. Police arrested him and described the attack as
2017 Apr 25, Israel appointed
its first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system. Hana
Khatib, an attorney from the northern town of Tamra, was selected by
an Israeli justice committee alongside three men to become a
2017 Apr 27, Pres. Mahmoud
Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) told Israel it
would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a
move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory,
whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.
2017 Apr 27, Palestinians
across the West Bank observed a general strike in support of
hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.
2017 Apr 27, Syria's state
media reported that Israel has attacked a military installation near
the Damascus International Airport.
2017 Apr 28, Israelís Housing
Ministry said it intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in
East Jerusalem, despite US President Donald Trump's request to "hold
back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for
2017 Apr 28, The Israeli
military said about 2000 Palestinians "participated in violent
riots" at several places in the West Bank. Palestinian health
officials said dozens of protesters were wounded at West Bank
demonstrations in support of hunger-striking prisoners held by
Israel. Some 6.500 Palestinians were currently in Israeli lockups.
(AP, 4/28/17)(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A2)
2017 May 1, The Palestinian
Islamist group Hamas dropped its long-standing call for Israel's
destruction as well as its association with the Muslim Brotherhood
in a new policy document issued today. This amended the founding
charter of 1988.
(Reuters, 5/1/17)(Econ 5/6/17, p.45)
2017 May 3, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said he will withhold $1 million in payments to the United
Nations following a resolution adopted by its cultural agency that
he says diminishes Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
2017 May 5, The executive board
of the UN's cultural agency ratified a resolution that identifies
Israel as "the occupying power" in Jerusalem and calls on it to
rescind any move changing the city's "character and status."
2017 May 7, More than 880
Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike,
the 21st day of their protest as Israel released a video, purporting
to show Marwan Barghouti snacking in his cell. Supporters of
Barghouti said the video is a fabrication intended to break the
2017 May 8, New Hamas leader
Ismail Haniya pledged support for hunger-striking Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli jails in his first comments since being elected
as head of the movement that runs the Gaza Strip.
2017 May 9, More than 880
Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike,
the 23rd day of their protest.
2017 May 11, Six protesters
were wounded by Israeli fire at a West Bank demonstration in support
of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, now in its 25th day.
2017 May 12, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian during stone-throwing clashes in the
occupied West Bank.
2017 May 13, A Jordanian
citizen (57) stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then
shot him dead in Jerusalem's Old City.
2017 May 15, An Israeli patrol
boat fired at Palestinian fishermen accused of breaching the
blockade off the northern Gaza Strip, leaving Mohammed Majed
Bakr (25) dead. Four other crewmen were arrested and two more
arrests were made when the military boarded another Gaza boat
2017 May 18, A Palestinian
protester was killed during a clash in the northern West Bank, and
an Associated Press photographer was shot and wounded while covering
the unrest. An Israeli settler had opened fire on a crowd of
Palestinian protesters after his car was attacked by demonstrators.
2017 May 22, Israeli police
shot and killed a Palestinian who ran with a knife at officers near
Abu Dis, a Palestinian town on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
2017 May 22, US President
Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall,
standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray
and saying a few words before inserting a note between the
2017 May 22, US President
Donald Trump arrived in Israel and made a historic visit to
Jerusalem's Western Wall. Trump held talks separately with PM
Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a stopover
lasting barely 28 hours.
2017 May 22, Palestinians
observed a general strike in solidarity with prisoners refusing food
in Israeli jails for more than a month over their conditions.
2017 May 23, US Pres. Donald
Trump met with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in
the occupied West Bank. Following the meeting he called on Israelis
and Palestinians to make compromises for peace as he wrapped up a
closely watched visit, but offered no specifics on how he would
resolve the decades-old conflict.
2017 May 24, Clashes broke out
between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces as
Israeli demonstrators march through the Old City of Jerusalem to
mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the city's eastern
2017 May 25, Israel says it
will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the
Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be
2017 May 27, Hundreds of
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April
17 ended their mass protest after Israel agreed a deal following
weeks of refusing to negotiate.
2017 Jun 1, A Palestinian girl
(15) was shot after stabbing an Israeli soldier near a settlement in
the West Bank. Nouf Infeat died of her wounds the next day.
2017 Jun 1, The UN agency for
Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) found "part of a tunnel in Gaza that
passed under two adjacent agency schools in the Maghazi camp" during
construction work while the schools were empty during the summer
2017 Jun 1, US Pres. Donald
Trump signed an order keeping the US Embassy in Tel Aviv for at
least another six months.
(SFC, 6/2/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 8, Israel said seven
Arabs have been arrested over a plot to kill army officers for
Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers to avenge the killing of one
2017 Jun 9, In Israel over
200,000 people celebrated the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, where
the theme this year is "Bisexuality Visibility".
2017 Jun 11, Israel's security
cabinet decided to reduce the daily amount of electricity supplied
to Gaza by between 45 and 60 minutes. Gazans currently receive only
three or four hours of electricity a day. Israeli authorities said
the move was taken after funding cuts by Palestinian president
Mahmud Abbas, who has reportedly been seeking to further pressure
his rivals in Islamist movement Hamas.
2017 Jun 13, Israel's PM
Netanyahu says the diplomatic crisis with New Zealand over a UN
resolution condemning Israeli settlements is over.
2017 Jun 14, Israeli author
David Grossman won the Mann Booker Intíl. Prize for his novel ďA
Horse Walks Into a Bar." Jessica Cohen shared the prize for
translating the book into English from Hebrew.
(Econ 6/24/17, p.42)
2017 Jun 15, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious
Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his
country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to
export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a
proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and
2017 Jun 16, Three Palestinian
militants were killed after stabbing and shooting attacks left dead
Israeli female police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka (23) on duty near
Jerusalem's Old City. Hamas and People's Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP) soon claimed responsibility denying Islamic State
claims for the attack.
2017 Jun 18, Israel revoked the
permits of 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel that were approved
for the holy month of Ramadan following two near simultaneous
Palestinian attacks on police that killed a young female officer
near Jerusalem's Old City two days earlier.
2017 Jun 19, Israel's national
electric company cut back its already limited electricity shipments
to the Gaza Strip. The step was expected to worsen the power crunch
plaguing the Hamas-controlled seaside territory.
2017 Jun 20, Israelís PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said ground has been broken in the West Bank for
the first new Israeli settlement in two decades to compensate for
the Amona outpost demolished earlier this year.
2017 Jun 21, In Israel an
83-year-old woman won a lawsuit against the national airline after
being asked to move seats on a transatlantic flight because an
ultra-Orthodox man did not want to sit next to her.
2017 Jun 25, Israel's
government formally suspended plans for a mixed-gender prayer space
at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox
Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites.
2017 Jun 25, The Israeli
military said it attacked a series of Syrian military targets after
several projectiles landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights
for a 2nd day.
(SFC, 6/26/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 30, An Israeli
warplane struck a Syrian army post, hours after stray fire from
Syria's civil war hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
2017 Jun 30, In Israel large
amounts of highly acidic wastewater poured into the Negev desert
when a wall of an evaporation pool partially collapsed at the Rotem
Amfert facility of Potash and fertilizer producer Israel Chemicals
(ICL). Complete rehabilitation was expected to take years.
(AP, 7/2/17)(Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017 Jul 2, Former Israeli PM
Ehud Olmert (71) left prison after winning early release from a
parole board, capping an ignominious chapter of Israeli history that
transformed the once-powerful leader into the first premier ever to
be placed behind bars.
2017 Jul 2, Israeli authorities
re-arrested Khalida Jarrar (54), a prominent Palestinian lawmaker,
in an overnight raid in the Ramallah area over her leadership in the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel
considers a terrorist organization.
2017 Jul 4, Indiaís PM Narendra
Modi arrived in Israel for the first ever visit by an Indian
premier, amid growing ties between the two countries including
billions of dollars in defence deals.
2017 Jul 5, Israel and India
signed several agreements on cooperation in the fields of
technology, water and agriculture on the second day of a landmark
visit by the Indian PM Narendra Modi to the Jewish state.
2017 Jul 7, UNESCO, the UN
cultural agency, described Hebron's Old City as a Palestinian world
heritage site in danger, prompting a walkout by Israel's ambassador
to the organization.
2017 Jul 9, It was reported
that Israelís Chief Rabbinate has compiled a blacklist of overseas
rabbis whose authority they refuse to recognize when it comes to
certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in
2017 Jul 10, Israeli Energy
Minister Yuval Steinitz made a rare appearance in the occupied West
Bank and signed an agreement on electricity with Palestinian PM Rami
Hamdallah. They announced a boost in electricity supply in the area
that comes with a payment guarantee from the Palestinians and
unveiled a new substation.
2017 Jul 10, Israel troops shot
dead a Palestinian driver who tried to run down and then stab
Israeli soldiers near a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
2017 Jul 12, The Addameer
rights NGO said Prominent Palestinian politician and rights
campaigner Khalida Jarrar (54) has been ordered detained for six
months without trial by Israeli authorities.
2017 Jul 13, Israel and the
Palestinians said they have reached a water-sharing deal to bring
relief to parched Palestinian communities, a modest but promising
breakthrough announced during the latest visit by US Mideast envoy
2017 Jul 14, Three attackers
opened fire near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, killing
two Israeli officers. Police immediately shot them dead. Security
forces locked down the area and the Al-Aqsa mosque was closed to
Friday prayers. Israeli security forces detained Muhammad Ahmad
Hussein, grand mufti of Jerusalem.
2017 Jul 15, Israeli security
forces locked down parts of Jerusalem's Old City and an
ultra-sensitive holy site remained closed after an attack that
killed two police officers and heightened Israeli-Palestinian
2017 Jul 15, Hamas described
the closure of the site in a statement as a "religious war" and
spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on the Palestinian "uprising" to
target the Israeli army and West Bank settlers.
2017 Jul 16, Israeli soldiers
and police on an arrest mission in the town of Nabi Salah in the
occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian early today. The man was
suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in the West Bank a
day earlier and opened fire at soldiers and policemen who had
tracked him down. The man was identified as Amar Tirawi (34) from
(AFP, 7/16/17)(Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017 Jul 16, Israel reopened
Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound, drawing a protest
by Muslim religious authorities over the installation of metal
detectors at entrances two days after a deadly shooting.
2017 Jul 17, Islamic leaders
called on Muslims to boycott a Jerusalem holy site at the heart of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a gesture of protest after
Israel set up metal detectors at the site's entrance gates following
a deadly Arab attack there last week.
2017 Jul 18, Muslims boycotted
a Jerusalem holy site for the third day running after Israeli
authorities installed metal detectors and cameras at entrances to
the sensitive compound following an attack that killed two
2017 Jul 18, A Palestinian
carried out a car-ramming attack near the city of Hebron in the
occupied West Bank, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers before
being shot dead.
2017 Jul 18, Hungary's PM
Viktor Orban told visiting Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu that
his country stood firmly against anti-Semitism today after the
"crime" of failing to protect its Jewish citizens during World War
Two. Netanyahu's visit is the first to Hungary by a serving Israeli
prime minister since the fall of communism. He will also meet the
Polish, Czech and Slovak leaders in Budapest on July 19.
2017 Jul 19, In Hungary Israeli
PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech
Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. He was caught by a live
microphone railing against the European Union's "crazy" insistence
on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for
closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting Israel as
essential to its prosperity and survival.
2017 Jul 20, The Israeli
military shot and killed a Palestinian attacker (26) who tried to
stab soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint near Hebron.
2017 Jul 21, Israeli police
clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem after Muslim prayers were
held in protest outside a major shrine. Israeli police said they
were barring men under 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for
Friday Muslim prayers.
(AP, 7/21/17)(AP, 7/21/17)
2017 Jul 21, In Israel Michael
Ganor, a retired naval captain and former representative for
ThyssenKrupp in Israel, signed a stateís witness arrangement with
the justice ministry agreeing to serve a reduce sentence of a year
in prison and pay a 10m shekel fine in return for disclosing all
that he knows about arms deals.
(Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017 Jul 21, A Palestinian
broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank
and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them.
2017 Jul 22, Two Palestinians
died in clashes with Israeli forces as the army moved in to seal off
an attacker's home after violence over security measures at an
ultra-sensitive holy site.
2017 Jul 23, Israel installed
metal detectors at the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to
Jews as the Temple Mount after a weekend of violence left eight
people dead, with fears more unrest could follow.
2017 Jul 23, In Jordan an
Israeli security guard shot and killed two Jordanians after being
attacked by one of them with a screwdriver in Amman. Mohammed
Jawawdeh (16) was killed after he argued with an Israeli guard
during a furniture delivery next to the Israeli Embassy. A bystander
was also killed in the altercation.
(AP, 7/24/17)(AP, 7/25/17)(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 24, Israel struck a
position of Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, hours after a missile was
fired across the border from the Palestinian enclave.
2017 Jul 24, A Palestinian
assailant (21) stabbed an Arab citizen (32) of Israel in the neck in
central Israel, apparently mistaking him for a Jew.
2017 Jul 25, Israel removed
metal detectors from entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in
Jerusalem's Old City in favor of CCTV cameras, hoping to calm days
of bloodshed. Palestinians said the modified security measures were
2017 Jul 27, Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas backed calls for worshippers to return to
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after Israeli authorities removed
controversial new security measures from the entrance to the Haram
al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
2017 Jul 28, Israel barred men
under 50 from Friday prayers at the Haram al-Sharif compound, known
to Jews as the Temple Mount, after two weeks of tensions and deadly
unrest. Thousands of Palestinians held mass prayers outside.
Violence flared in the West Bank, where a Palestinian was killed
after he attacked soldiers.
(AFP, 7/28/17)(AP, 7/28/17)
2017 Jul 30, An Israeli
military appeal court upheld a manslaughter conviction and 18-month
jail sentence for Elor Azaria, a former army conscript who killed an
incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank in
2017 Jul 30, Israeli
police arrested five antiquities dealers from east Jerusalem for
large-scale tax offenses.
2017 Jul 31, A Jerusalem court
upheld controversial real estate deals involving Israeli
pro-settlement organization Ateret Cohanim and the Greek Orthodox
church for two hotel properties in a mainly Palestinian area of
occupied and annexed east Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to
the Old City.
2017 Aug 2, Palestinian Ismail
Ibrahim Abu Aram (19) stabbed an Israeli (42) in Yavne near Tel
Aviv. Aram was apprehended at the scene, and the victim taken to
2017 Aug 6, Israel said it
plans to ban Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera news network from operating
in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab
nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate
2017 Aug 6, Israel offered
asylum to Neda Amin, a Turkey-based Iranian blogger, who it said
faced forcible deportation to Iran, where she would be at risk given
her work for an Israeli news site.
2017 Aug 10, The Israeli
military said it has identified two residential buildings in the
northern Gaza Strip as potential military targets after discovering
Hamas militant tunnels underneath them.
2017 Aug 11, Israel Kristal,
the world's oldest man, passed away in Israel just a month short of
his 114th birthday. He had lived through both World Wars and
survived the Auschwitz concentration camp.
2017 Aug 12, A Palestinian
woman stabbed and wounded an Israeli man next to the Old City's
Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, before she was arrested.
2017 Aug 14, Israeli police
detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of
an international money laundering investigation.
2017 Aug 14, Austria's Social
Democratic Party announced that it is severing business relations
with an Israeli political consultant after Israeli authorities
arrested him on suspicion of money laundering, obstruction of
justice, bribery and related crimes. Tal Silberstein was one of four
suspects arrested in Israel following a joint investigation with
Swiss and American authorities.
2017 Aug 16, Israel said it is
revoking the press credentials of an Al-Jazeera reporter Elias
Karram after he told another TV station that the work of Palestinian
journalists is part of the "resistance."
2017 Aug 16, Israeli
forces demolished the home of Palestinian Omar al-Abed (19), who
fatally stabbed three Israelis in a nearby Jewish settlement last
July 21 at a time when tensions soared over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa
2017 Aug 17, An Israeli court
extended the detention of Arab Israeli Raed Salah accused of
inciting violence in connection with deadly tensions last month over
a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. The firebrand Islamic cleric was
arrested a day earlier.
2017 Aug 17, Israel's Supreme
Court froze implementation of a law legalizing dozens of Jewish
settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled
a "thick red line".
2017 Aug 23, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia to voice concern about Iran's
efforts to expand its foothold in Syria.
2017 Aug 27, Israelís defence
ministry said it has finalized a deal to purchase 17 more Lockheed
Martin F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the
ultra-high-tech jets already ordered.
2017 Aug 28, Israelís PM
Benjamin Netanyahu vowed never to evacuate Jewish settlement from
(SFC, 8/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 30, UN chief Antonio
Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted as he visited
the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic
humanitarian crises" he had seen.
2017 Sep 5, Israeli police
evicted a Palestinian family from their home in east Jerusalem on
Tuesday to make way for new Jewish tenants who claimed ownership.
Officials backed by police enforced a court order to remove the
six-member Shamasneh family from a home claimed by heirs of a Jewish
family forced to abandon it in 1948, when it came under Jordanian
control following an Arab-Israeli war.
2017 Sep 7, Syria's army
accused Israeli warplanes of hitting one of its positions, killing
two people in an attack that a monitor said targeted a site where
the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons. The strike hit a
training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research
Center (SSRC), an institution that Washington has accused of helping
develop the sarin gas.
(AFP, 9/7/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.19)
2017 Sep 9, Palestinian
Christians protested against the Greek Orthodox patriarch in
Jerusalem's Old City, demanding the resignation of Theophilos III
for allegedly selling church land to Israelis.
2017 Sep 12, In Israel a
Supreme Court decision struck down a law exempting ultra-Orthodox
men engaged in religious study from military service.
2017 Sep 12, The posthumous
memoir "No Room for Small Dreams" by Shimon Peres came out as Israel
began marking the anniversary of his passing at the age of 93.
2017 Sep 13, Israel's PM
Netanyahu said his country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a
key referendum on the matter.
2017 Sep 19, The Israeli
military shot down an Iranian-made spy drone operated by the
Hezbollah militant group as it approached the Golan Heights, and
vowed to take further tough action against any attempts by its
archenemies to violate the country's sovereignty.
2017 Sep 20, Palestinian human
rights lawyers and activists handed a 700-page dossier to the
International Criminal Court alleging that Israeli authorities are
responsible for crimes including apartheid and persecution in the
occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
2017 Sep 26, A Palestinian
opened fire at Israeli security personnel at the entrance to a West
Bank settlement where he had worked, killing three and wounding
another before being shot dead.
2017 Sep 29, Norway granted
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu permission to
immigrate so he can be united with his Norwegian wife.
2017 Oct 3, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu pledged to build "thousands" of new homes in a major West
Bank settlement east of Jerusalem, insisting it would one day be
part of Israel.
2017 Oct 8, Israel's domestic
security agency said it has arrested two Palestinians suspected of
killing Israeli Reuven Shmerling found dead last week.
2017 Oct 8, Thousands of
Israeli and Palestinian women trekked through a biblical desert
landscape, converging on the shores of the Jordan River in a march
2017 Oct 16, Israeli
authorities approved permits for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the
occupied West Bank, the first such approvals for the flashpoint city
2017 Oct 16, Israel's military
carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after
it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further
escalation in the war-torn country.
2017 Oct 17, Israeli
authorities advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in a new push by
PM Benjamin Netanyahu's government to expand settlements in the
occupied West Bank.
2017 Oct 18, Israeli
authorities approved another large set of plans for settlement homes
in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total for the week to more
2017 Oct 20, German magazine
Der Spiegel reported that Germany will wait for Israeli prosecutors
to conclude all investigations in a corruption scandal involving PM
Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering three submarines in a $2
billion defense deal.
2017 Oct 21, The Israeli army
attacked Syrian government artillery after fire across the armistice
line hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned it would step
up such retaliation in the future. Five projectiles from Syria set
off air raid sirens in Israeli towns.
(AFP, 10/21/17)(Reuters, 10/21/17)
2017 Oct 22, Israeli police
arrested 15 suspected Jewish extremists overnight following an
undercover investigation into a group accused of tracking down and
threatening Arab men dating Jewish women. Israeli radio said that
among those taken in for questioning was Benzi Gopstein, a prominent
leader of the extreme-right group Lehava.
2017 Oct 23, In Israel several
thousand ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem
and protested in other areas as part of a series of demonstrations
against serving in the Israeli military.
2017 Oct 25, Israeli
authorities approved a major expansion of a Jewish settler enclave
in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem,
issuing building permits for 176 new housing units. The construction
was swiftly condemned by the Palestinians as a violation of
2017 Oct 29, Israel, under
pressure from the US, delayed a bill that would connect a number of
West Bank settlements to Jerusalem.
2017 Oct 30, The Israeli
military discovered and detonated a militant tunnel that was dug
from Gaza into Israel. Seven militants, including two Hamas members,
suffocated in the tunnel trying to rescue five missing Islamic Jihad
militants. The remains of the five missing were on the Israeli side
of the tunnel.
(AP, 10/30/17)(AP, 11/3/17)
2017 Nov 1, In the Israeli
occupied West Bank secretive British street artist Banksy held a
special event to apologize for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour
Declaration outside his hotel. Banksy opened the Walled-Off Hotel
near Bethlehem in March, with all the rooms facing directly onto
Israel's separation wall.
2017 Nov 1, Hamas handed over
control of Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the
internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.
2017 Nov 2, Thousands of
Palestinians took to the streets in protest across the West Bank
marking a century since the Balfour Declaration, Britain's promise
to Zionists to create a Jewish home in what is now Israel.
2017 Nov 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu pledged 200 million shekels ($57 million) to build safe
bypass roads for Jewish West Bank settlers, in a move that looks to
satisfy a key constituent but anger Palestinians who consider it a
further encroachment upon their hoped for future state.
2017 Nov 7, Israelís 2018
Genesis Prize, known as ďthe Jewish Nobel Prize," was awarded to
actress Natalie Portman in recognition of her commitment to social
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 8, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas's administration said it had resumed
security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen
in July, and sought sole security control of the Gaza Strip, where
Hamas Islamist forces dominate.
2017 Nov 9, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the fifth time over suspicions
2017 Nov 11, The Israeli
military shot down an unmanned aircraft that tried to infiltrate its
airspace from neighboring Syria. The military said it intercepted
the drone above the Golan Heights using a Patriot missile.
2017 Nov 19, Israeli police
officers questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the sixth time in a
2017 Nov 22, A young Israeli
succumbed to her wounds, six years after being seriously wounded in
a bomb attack. Hodaya Asulin, then 14, was seriously injured on
March 23, 2011 when a bomb hidden in a bag exploded near the bus
stop where she was standing in Jerusalem.
2017 Nov 26, Israel's health
minister Yaakov Litzman, who heads a powerful ultra-Orthodox
political party in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, resigned saying
he opposed continued maintenance work on the country's railways on
the Sabbath, when all labor is strictly prohibited by Jewish law.
Netanyahu met with his ultra-Orthodox party allies and agreed to a
series of measures to limit labor on the Jewish Sabbath and preserve
the religious status quo in exchange for their continued allegiance.
(AP, 11/26/17)(AP, 11/27/17)
2017 Nov 27, An Israeli court
blocked Uber's ride-sharing services in a victory for the country's
traditional taxi operators, saying the US firm's private drivers
lacked proper insurance.
2017 Nov 29, Israel launched a
new shuttle service for Gazans who need to travel to the US
Consulate in Jerusalem ó briefly easing one of the many restrictions
it places on Palestinians who want to exit the blockaded territory.
2017 Nov 29, An Israeli court
sentenced three Palestinians to life in prison over a gun attack
that left four people dead at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot in June,
2017 Nov 30, Israeli aircraft
and tanks struck a number of militant targets in the Gaza Strip in
response to a volley of mortar fire from the Palestinian territory.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 30, An Israeli settler
shot and killed a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank, in what
the Israeli army said was a response to an attack by Palestinians
throwing rocks, which Palestinians denied.
2017 Nov 30, Israeli soldier
Ron Yitzhak Kokia (20), was stabbed to death late today in the
southern city of Arad and his weapon was stolen. His assailants fled
the scene. On Dec. 4 the internal security service said it has
arrested two residents of southern Israel suspected in the stabbing
2017 Dec 1, The Palestinians
accused the organizers of the Giro d'Italia cycle race of being
"complicit in Israel's military occupation" by starting the 2018
race from Jerusalem.
2017 Dec 2, In Israel tens of
thousands poured into the streets of Tel Aviv for an anti-corruption
rally calling on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign. It was one of the
largest demonstrations yet against Netanyahu's lengthy rule.
2017 Dec 2, Syrian state news
said Israel has fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a
military post near Damascus early today, causing material damage but
no casualties. The report also said that Syrian air defenses shot
down two of the Israeli missiles.
2017 Dec 5, A spokesman for
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said US President Donald Trump
informed Abbas that he intends to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
2017 Dec 6, US President Donald
Trump reversed decades of US policy and recognized Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel.
2017 Dec 7, Israeli army
gunfire and rubber bullets wounded at least 31 people in Palestinian
protests in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip after the
United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 7, Arabs and Muslims
across the Middle East condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as
Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and
Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a
peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced
alarm at President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in
Israel to Jerusalem.
2017 Dec 8, Tens of thousands
of people took to the streets of Arab and Muslim countries across
the world to protest against US President Donald Trump's recognition
of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. At least one Palestinian was
killed in clashes with Israeli troops.
2017 Dec 8, Israeli troops shot
dead two protesters in skirmishes along Gaza's border.
2017 Dec 8, Britain, France,
Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States to put forward
detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and
described as "unhelpful" a decision by President Donald Trump to
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 9, Israeli air strikes
in Gaza killed two Palestinian gunmen after rockets were fired from
the enclave, in violence that erupted over President Donald Trump's
recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 10, The Israeli
military said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant
group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters
(yards) into Israeli territory.
2017 Dec 10, In Israel a
Palestinian man (24) from the occupied West Bank stabbed a security
guard after approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the
Jerusalemís central bus station. The guard was in critical condition
and the assailant was taken into custody after a passer-by tackled
2017 Dec 10, Arab foreign
ministers meeting in Cairo demanded that the United States rescind
President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on
the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international
2017 Dec 11, In Israel the
Nazareth District Court sentenced Yinon Reuveni (22) over his
involvement in the 2015 attack on the Church of the Multiplication
of the Loaves and Fish. Reuveni was also ordered to pay $14,000 to
the church in compensation.
2017 Dec 12, In Israel Rabbi
Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman (b.1913), considered the leading
spiritual authority for ultra-Orthodox Judaism, died. Hundreds of
thousands attended his funeral ceremonies.
2017 Dec 13, An Israeli
undercover unit infiltrated a Palestinian protest on the outskirts
of Ramallah before dispersing it by firing into the air. Three
Palestinians were reported injured during the protests.
2017 Dec 14, Israel-based Teva
Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic
drugmaker, said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as
part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business.
The company said 14,000 workers would be let go over the next two
2017 Dec 15, Israeli troops
shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others, as protests over
US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's
capital entered a second week. Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh (29), who lost
both his legs in an Israeli attack a decade ago, was among five
Palestinians killed during the protests.
(Reuters, 12/15/17)(SFC, 12/16/17, p.A4)(AFP,
2017 Dec 15, A video showed two
Palestinian cousins, Nour (20) and Ahed Tamimi (16), approaching two
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and telling them to leave their
family yard before shoving, kicking and slapping them. Her cousin
had just had just been shot in the head at close range by Israeli
troops. Surgeons soon after had part of his skull removed. 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)(SFC, 2/26/18, p.A2)
2017 Dec 17, Israel's national
trade union held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic
drugmaker Teva's decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce,
snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country.
2017 Dec 17, Israeli police
arrested a Palestinian carrying an explosive device as he approached
a military court in the occupied West Bank.
2017 Dec 18, The UN Security
Council scheduled a vote today on a resolution that would require
the US to rescind its declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of
Israel. Trump's declaration to be withdrawn was vetoed by the United
States in the 15-member UN Security Council.
(AP, 12/18/17)(Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017 Dec 21, South Africa's
ruling ANC decided to downgrade its embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison
office over a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
capital, ahead of a UN vote today on a resolution urging Washington
to drop the move.
2017 Dec 21, Yemen's UN
ambassador introduced a UN resolution calling the US decision to
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void" and urging
all "peace-loving countries" to vote in favor of it. US Ambassador
Nikki Haley threatened the 193 UN member states and the UN with
funding cuts if the UN General Assembly approves a the resolution.
2017 Dec 21, The UN General
Assembly voted 128-9 for a resolution rejecting US President Donald
Trump's Dec. 6 Jerusalem declaration. The nine countries voting "no"
were the US, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau,
the Marshall Islands and Togo. The vote did little to calm
Palestinian anger over his reversal of decades-old US policy on the
contested holy city.
(Reuters, 12/22/17)(AP, 12/22/17)
2017 Dec 22, Israeli troops
shot dead at least two Palestinians, as protests intensified against
Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 23, Thousands of
Israelis held a demonstration in Tel Aviv for the fourth week
running calling for the resignation of the "corrupt" government and
2017 Dec 23, Palestinian Sharaf
Shalash (28) died after being wounded by Israeli fire on Dec. 17,
during a protest on the Gaza border against US recognition of
Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 24, A vice president
of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) said seven Israeli players have
been denied visas to participate in the Dec. 26-30 speed chess
championship hosted by Saudi Arabia this week.
2017 Dec 24, Guatemala's Pres.
President Jimmy Morales announced that his country will move its
embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow
the lead of US Pres. Donald Trump in ordering the change. Guatemala
and Israel have long had close ties, especially in security matters
and Israeli arms sales to Guatemala.
2017 Dec 25, The Palestinian
foreign ministry slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision a day
earlier to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States
recognized the city as the capital of Israel.
2017 Dec 25, Pope Francis used
his Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to
end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after US Pres. Donald Trump
stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as
2017 Dec 28, Israel's
parliament passed legislation curbing a police practice of
recommending indictments in high-profile cases before charges are
pressed. The bill was pushed by Benjamin Netanyahu's party as he
faces corruption allegations and critics said it was designed to
shield the long-ruling prime minister.
2017 Dec 29, Israelís military
retaliated to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip with strikes on
posts used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the
territory. The exchange caused no casualties on either side.
2017 Dec 30, Palestinian Jamal
Musleh (20), injured in clashes with Israeli forces along the
border, succumbed to wounds sustained from a gunshot to the chest a
2017 Dec 31, Israelís ruling
Likud Party's central committee unanimously endorsed a resolution
calling for the annexation of Israeli West Bank settlements.
2017 Yaakov Katz authored ďThe
Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower."
(Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017 Israelís PM Netanyahu
canceled a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar
Gabriel because he insisted on meeting with Breaking the Silence, a
group of former fighters who served in the West Bank and now collect
testimonies about the damaging impact of the occupation. The group
was led by Dean Issacharoff, a former Israeli combat officer turned
2017 In Israel a deposit law
went into effect this year whereby employers are required to deposit
20 percent of an asylum seekerís salary in a designated fund. The
money is to be returned to the employee only if and when he leaves
the country. In 2018 the state reduced the deposit to 6 percent for
women and men over the age of 60, and began exempting humanitarian
cases such as victims of trafficking, minors, and anyone who can
prove any serious health problems.
(http://tinyurl.com/ydfakssp)(SFC, 8/16/18, p.A3)
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
2018 Jan 2, Indiaís defense
ministry announced it is to buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from
Israel in a $70 million deal, ahead of a visit by Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu. An Israeli arms company said India has cancelled
a $500 million deal ahead of a visit by pm Benjamin Netanyahu.
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. said in a statement the Indian
Defense Ministry cancelled the Spike missile deal.
(AFP, 1/2/18)(AP, 1/3/18)
2018 Jan 3, Israel said it
would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the
country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught
after the end of March.
2018 Jan 3, Israel's internal
security agency said it has busted an Iranian espionage ring
operating in the West Bank and arrested Mohammed Maharmeh (29) its
Palestinian leader. Maharmeh was allegedly tasked with enlisting
suicide bombers and gunmen for attacks against Israelis.
2018 Jan 3, Palestinian Musab
Tamemi (17) was killed in clashes with the Israeli army, which says
troops fired at an armed protester.
2018 Jan 4, Israeli novelist
Aharon Appelfeld (b.1932), a Holocaust survivor who became one of
the foremost contemporary Hebrew-language writers, died near Tel
Aviv. He published the first of 46 novels and collections of poetry
in 1962 and won several awards throughout his career.
2018 Jan 6, Jordan said the
Arab League would seek international recognition of the Palestinian
state with east Jerusalem as its capital after Washington recognized
the Holy City as Israel's capital.
2018 Jan 6, Kosovo police said
Moshe Harel, Israeli ringleader of a global gang of organ
traffickers, has been arrested in Cyprus. He was suspected of
organizing dozens of illegal kidney transplants at the Medicus
clinic in the capital Pristina in 2008.
2018 Jan 7, Israel published a
list of 20 organizations from around the globe whose members are
banned from entering the country for advocating boycotts of Israel
over its treatment of Palestinians.
2018 Jan 9, Israeli jets and
ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria as PM Benjamin Netanyahu
reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining
"game-changing" Iranian weapons.
2018 Jan 9, Israeli settler
Raziel Shevah (35) died after being hit multiple times in a drive-by
shooting by suspected Palestinian gunmen near the unauthorized Havat
Gilad settlement near Nablus.
2018 Jan 10, Israel approved
more than 1,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the
latest in a raft of such moves by PM Benjamin Netanyahu's
government. 352 homes received final approval, while the others were
an earlier stage in the process.
2018 Jan 12, Hundreds of
Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip and
occupied West Bank in what they said was a protest against US
recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2018 Jan 14, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived for his first visit to India to expand
defense, trade and energy ties. During his six-day stay the two
countries are expected to sign agreements on cybersecurity, energy
and space cooperation and film production.
2018 Jan 14, The Israeli
military destroyed an attack tunnel built by the Hamas militant
group that stretched from the Gaza Strip, through Israel and into
Egypt, and that ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and
fuel pipelines. This marked the third such tunnel Israel has
destroyed over the past two months.
2018 Jan 14, In Lebanon a bomb
blast wounded a member of the Palestinian group Hamas in the city of
Sidon, destroying his car as he was about to get in. Hamas suggested
Israel was behind the bombing.
2018 Jan 18, Israeli forces
killed a Palestinian gunman and captured another in a clash in Jenin
in the occupied West Bank, saying they were part of an Islamist
Hamas cell responsible for an ambush in which a Jewish settler was
2018 Jan 22, The EU assured
President Mahmoud Abbas it supported his ambition to have East
Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state, in the bloc's latest
rejection of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize
Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2018 Jan 22, US Vice President
Mike Pence told Israel's parliament that the US Embassy will be
moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.
2018 Jan 30, Israel's Yad
Vashem memorial awarded a posthumous medal for heroism to three
Poles who risked their lives to protect Jewish neighbors during the
Nazi Holocaust. Jan Dziadosz, his wife Sabina and their son
Aleksandr were honored as "Righteous Among the Nations," for risking
their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
2018 Jan 30, In Greece Israel's
Pres. Reuven Rivlin and Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras attended a
foundation ceremony for a Holocaust memorial museum in Thessaloniki,
which lost 97 percent of its Jewish community in German World War II
2018 Jan 31, Israeli Defence
Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Lebanon's offshore oil and gas
licensing process as "very provocative" and urged international
firms not to bid. Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said Israeli
comments urging firms not to bid on a Lebanese offshore energy
tender were "a threat to Lebanon".
2018 Jan 31, The UN human
rights office said that 206 companies ó mostly Israeli and American
ó are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli
settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.
2018 Feb 4, Israel said it
plans to legalize Havat Gilad, an isolated West Bank outpost, in
response to the murder of one of its residents in a shooting attack
2018 Feb 4, Israeli authorities
began distributing deportation notices to thousands of African
migrants. The migrants have 60 days to accept the offer to leave the
country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3,500
and a plane ticket. Those who don't by Apr. 1 will be incarcerated
2018 Feb 5, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli man to death at a bus stop near a West Bank
settlement before fleeing the scene.
2018 Feb 6, Israeli security
forces in the northern West Bank shot and killed Ahmad Jarrar, the
Palestinian suspected of being behind the January 9 killing of West
Bank settler Rabbi Raziel Shevah.
(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 7, In Israel thousands
of African asylum seekers protested outside the Rwandan Embassy,
calling on the African country not to cooperate with an Israeli plan
to deport them.
2018 Feb 7, Lebanon's Higher
Defence Council gave orders to prevent Israel from building a border
wall on Lebanese land, amid rising tensions over land and maritime
2018 Feb 9, US President Donald
Trump told Israel that it too would need to make "significant
compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused
one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what
they see as pro-Israel bias.
2018 Feb 10, Israel said an
Iranian drone infiltrated its airspace from Syria. Israeli planes
struck 12 targets including three aerial defense batteries and four
Iranian targets that were part of Iran's military establishment in
Syria. An Israeli F-16 was shot down. One pilot was evacuated to a
hospital for medical treatment. A second pilot was lightly wounded.
2018 Feb 12, Israelís Education
Ministry announced that celebrated Israeli author David Grossman
(64) has been awarded the country's highest literary accolade, the
Israel Prize for Literature, for this year. Grossman also won the
2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel "A Horse Walks
Into a Bar." It was the Israel Prize winner for 2018.
2018 Feb 12, Israel arrested an
Australian woman accused of sex crimes against children in her home
country. Australia wants Malka Leifer (54) extradited for sexually
abusing children while she was a teacher at a local school. An
Israeli court had previously stopped extradition proceedings against
Leifer after determining she was not fit to stand trial.
2018 Feb 12, A group of
Palestinians attacked Israeli two soldiers who mistakenly drove an
army vehicle into the West Bank city of Jenin. A female soldier was
wounded and later evacuated to hospital. The vehicle was extracted
from the city with the cooperation of Palestinian security forces.
2018 Feb 13, Israeli
police recommended that PM Benjamin Netanyahu (68) be indicted for
bribery, fraud and breach of public trust in two corruption
2018 Feb 13, The head of
prisoners' affairs for the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians
held without trial under a controversial Israeli policy are to begin
a boycott of the country's military courts. Israel currently holds
around 500 Palestinians under its administrative detention policy.
2018 Feb 14, An Israeli court
ordered Malka Leifer (54), an Australian woman accused of sex crimes
in Australia, be placed under psychiatric evaluation until further
2018 Feb 16, Israeli
demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv to urge PM Benjamin Netanyahu to
resign after police recommended he be charged with bribery in two
2018 Feb 17, An Israeli
military tank struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip
in response to the detonation of an explosive device along its
border. Palestinian teenagers Salam Sabah and Abdullah Abu Sheikha,
both 17, were killed east of Rafah in the south of the enclave.
Palestinian officials said the target belonged to the Islamic Jihad
militant group and there were no casualties.
(AP, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/18/18)
2018 Feb 18, Israelís security
agency Shin Bet said that six Palestinians have been arrested
suspected of planning attacks targeting Defence Minister Avigdor
Lieberman and other Israelis in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Feb 18, Israeli
authorities arrested Bezeq CEO Stella Handler in connection with an
Israel Securities Authority (ISA) investigation of Bezeq over
possible fraud and financial reporting offences. Investigators were
looking into allegations that Bezeq, Israel's largest telecom
provider, received benefits in return for enabling favorable media
coverage of PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
2018 Feb 19, Israelís PM
Benjamin Netanyahu announced a "historic" $15 billion contract for
sales of natural gas to Egypt.
2018 Feb 20, Israeli police
revealed they had arrested the controlling shareholder and CEO of
the country's biggest telecoms company, as well as two former
officials with close ties to PM Benjamin Netanyahu, in a corruption
2018 Feb 20, Israel authorities
transferred the first Eritrean detainees, detained at the Holot open
detention center, to Saharonim Prison after they refused to leave
2018 Feb 21, Israeli media
reported that Shlomo Filber, a confidant of Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several
corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the
conservative leader's political survival.
2018 Feb 22, In Israel hundreds
of African migrants protested outside a prison where at least nine
others have been incarcerated under Israel's controversial new
policy of expelling or imprisoning them.
2018 Feb 22, A Palestinian man
died after a confrontation with Israeli troops in the occupied West
Bank that the Palestinian Authority condemned as a "cold-blooded
execution." Israeli military said the man was armed with an iron rod
and ran toward the soldiers in an attempt to strike them. In
security camera footage posted on social media and carried by
Israeli news sites, soldiers could be seen kicking and striking the
man, identified by Palestinian officials as Yassin Omar Serda, after
detaining him in the town of Jericho.
2018 Feb 24, In Israel Shmuel
Auerbach (86), leader of a breakaway faction of non-Hasidic
ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent, died. His hard-line wing
rejected even registering with the military for the automatic
deferrals his followers were granted.
2018 Feb 25, Church leaders in
Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in protest at a new
Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they
called an unprecedented attack on Christians in the Holy Land.
2018 Feb 27, Jerusalem Mayor
Nir Barkat suspended tax measures and other actions that led to the
rare closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, considered as the
holiest site in Christianity, which was shut down all week in
(AFP, 2/27/18)(SFC, 2/28/18, p.A3)
2018 Feb 27, An Israeli court
says Malka Leifer (54), an Australian woman accused of sex crimes,
will not be extradited for reasons of mental illness.
2018 Feb 28, Tourists and
pilgrims returned to Jerusalemís Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built
at the site many see as the holiest in Christianity, as it reopened
following a rare three-day closure in protest at Israeli measures.
2018 Feb 28, In Ethiopia
representatives for thousands of Ethiopian Jews announced they will
stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates funding to allow
them to join their families in that country.
2018 Mar 1, Senior Israeli and
Polish diplomats met in Jerusalem in a bid to resolve differences
over a controversial Holocaust law passed in Poland that has raised
concerns in the Jewish state.
2018 Mar 2, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife for several hours over
corruption allegations that threaten the rightwing premier's long
2018 Mar 4, An Israeli Arab
motorist injured three security personnel in a ramming attack near
Acre and was shot and wounded. A bystander opened fore and wounded
the driver, who was apprehended.
(Reuters, 3/4/18)(SFC, 3/5/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 4, Guatemala said it
will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this May, two days
after the United States shifts its mission.
2018 Mar 5, Israeli media
reported that Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for the Netanyahu
family, has signed a state witness deal in a corruption probe linked
to his former boss.
2018 Mar 5, US President Donald
Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu held talks that offered a
chance to project a common front against Iran.
2018 Mar 8, In Israel hundreds
of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem,
bringing traffic to a grinding halt during the evening commute to
protest the arrest of members of their community for refusing to
register for the military draft.
2018 Mar 9, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian man (24) during clashes in Hebron. A
military spokesman said the man had been about to throw a fire-bomb
at the troops, who were responding to an immediate threat when they
(Reuters, 3/9/18)(SFC, 3/10/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 16, A Palestinian
killed two Israeli soldiers and badly wounded two others when he
rammed his vehicle into them in the West Bank. Israeli forces soon
arrested a brother and an uncle of a Palestinian man accused of
killing two soldiers.
(AP, 3/16/18) (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018 Mar 18, Israeli forces
knocked out a tunnel in the Gaza Strip dug by Hamas militants to
mount cross-border attacks.
2018 Mar 18, Israeli
authorities Arab Israeli Abed Hakim Assi (b.1998), suspected of
having stabbed to death Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal (29) near a settlement
in the occupied West Bank on Feb 5, has been arrested.
2018 Mar 19, Israel's domestic
security agency said Romain Franck (23), a French employee of
France's Consulate in Jerusalem, is under arrest for allegedly
smuggling dozens of weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
Shin Bet said nine people, including Franck, have been arrested.
2018 Mar 19, Israel's military
parole board approved the release of Elor Azaria, who was convicted
of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker.
He is set to go free in May having completed two-thirds of his
2018 Mar 21, Israel for the
first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear
reactor on Sept. 6, 2007, and said the strike should be a warning to
Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.
2018 Mar 21, In Israel Ahed
Tamimi (17) was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping and
kicking two Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home last year.
She was also fined the equivalent of about $1,400.
(SFC, 3/22/18, p.A5)
2018 Mar 25, Israeli jets
pounded Hamas positions in Gaza overnight after Palestinians staged
a cross-border raid into southern Israel. The planes hit a base of
Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, causing damage
but no injuries.
2018 Mar 28, Israeli chief of
staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot warned the army has been
given authorization to open fire ahead of mass protests on the Gaza
border planned for March 30.
2018 Mar 28, Israel announced
it was launching a domestic digital health database that could make
it a global medical powerhouse. The move aims to improve public
health worldwide, but critics warn it risks compromising personal
2018 Mar 28, Croatia said it
will purchase upgraded Israeli F-16 fighter aircraft as it seeks to
bolster its defenses amid Russia's arming of neighboring Serbia.
They will replace the country's aging MiG-21 fighters, of which only
six are believed to be operational.
2018 Mar 30, Clashes erupted as
tens of thousands of Gazans marched near the Israeli border, leaving
at least 15 Palestinians dead and many more wounded in one of the
worst days of violence in recent years. Protesters were demanding
hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who fled or were
expelled during the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948 be
allowed to return. Organizers said the six-week protest would run
until the inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem around May
(AFP, 3/30/18)(Reuters, 3/30/18)(Reuters,
2018 Mar 31, Israeli troops
fired warning shots toward Palestinian youths gathered at the
Gaza-Israel border, wounding 13 people. Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas declared a national day of mourning and a general
strike was called across the occupied West Bank.
2018 Apr 2, Israel announced it
had reached a deal with the UN refugee agency to cancel a
controversial plan to deport African migrants and replace it with a
new one that will see thousands sent to Western countries. PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said that Canada, Italy and Germany will take in
some of Israel's African migrants under an agreement Israel reached
with the UN refugee agency.
(AfP, 4/2/18)(Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018 Apr 2, The Palestinian
death toll in last week's mass protest on the Gaza-Israel border
rose to 18 after a 29-year-old man died today of his injuries.
2018 Apr 3, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said he was cancelling an agreement with the UN refugee
agency to relocate thousands of African migrants, bowing to
right-wing pressure to scrap the deal. The fact that thousands of
migrants would be allowed to stay raised an outcry from right-wing
politicians and on social media from Netanyahu's nationalist voter
2018 Apr 3, A Palestinian man
(25) was killed east of Bureij where he was throwing stones toward
Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip.
2018 Apr 4, Israel's Shin Bet
security service said it has arrested 10 Palestinians suspected of
planning an attack against a navy ship off the Gaza coast.
2018 Apr 4, Israeli human
rights group B'tselem called on Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to
open fire on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.
2018 Apr 5, An Israeli
airstrike in northern Gaza killed a Palestinian, while a second man
died from wounds sustained in last week's mass protest along the
2018 Apr 6, Thousands of
Palestinians protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel.
Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least
nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others raising the death toll to
31 since clashes began on March 30.
(Reuters, 4/6/18)(AP, 4/6/18)(SFC, 4/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Apr 7, Palestinian Yaser
Murtaja (30), a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, died after
being wounded by Israeli fire a day earlier while covering deadly
protests along the Israel-Gaza border.
2018 Apr 12, In France
Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian, US and EU delegations along with
representatives of UNESCO leadership negotiated a compromise
resolution on "Occupied Palestine". Diplomats agreed to move the
most controversial language to a non-binding annex and avoided a
2018 Apr 13, Thousands of
Palestinians staged a mass protest along Gaza's sealed border with
Israel, some burning large Israeli flags and torching tires while
soldiers fired tear gas and live bullets from across the border
fence. Gaza health officials said 363 people were wounded by Israeli
fire or treated for tear gas inhalation.
2018 Apr 15, Israel said it
will release 207 jailed African migrants in the absence of a final
deal to deport them and thousands more Eritrean and Sudanese men who
entered the country illegally. Authorities have identified close to
8,000 Eritrean and Sudanese migrants it would potentially deport
under compulsory expulsion.
(Reuters, 4/15/18)(AFP, 4/15/18)
2018 Apr 15, Israel's army said
it had destroyed a Hamas tunnel crossing from the Gaza Strip into
its territory. It was the longest and deepest Gazan tunnel
discovered by Israel.
2018 Apr 17, Several thousand
people protested in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip to mark an
annual day in support of Palestinians jailed by Israel.
2018 Apr 20, It was reported
that Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border have begun
attaching Molotov cocktails to kites to fly over the fence into
Israel in a new tactic as demonstrations entered their fourth week.
Thousands protested along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel.
Israeli soldiers firing from across a border fence killed four
Palestinians. Mohammad Ayoub (14) was killed by an Israeli bullet to
the head. His death brought to 35 the number of Palestinians killed
since border clashes intensified on March 30 in an ongoing protest
known as "The Great March of Return" - evoking a longtime call for
refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel.
(AFP, 4/20/18)(Reuters, 4/20/18)(AP, 4/21/18)
2018 Apr 22, The Israeli
military said it has arrested 15 Hamas operatives in an overnight
West Bank raid. Those captured were suspected of collaborating with
a well-known Hamas operative from Gaza to spread its activities to
the West Bank.
2018 Apr 24, The Israeli
government said it was abandoning a plan to forcibly deport African
migrants who had entered the country illegally.
2018 Apr 24, Israeli forces
demolished the West Bank house of Ahmed Qunba, a Palestinian accused
of involvement in the killing of a settler in January.
2018 Apr 24, The US Supreme
Court said that foreign businesses cannot be sued in US courts by
foreign victims of human rights abuses and extremist attacks.
Israeli victims had tried to use the 18th-century Alien Tort Statute
to hold the Jordan-based Arab Bank accountable for its role in
attacks in the West Bank and Gaza.
2018 Apr 25, Palestinian
journalist Abu Hussein (24), who was shot by Israeli troops on April
13 while covering a demonstration on the Gaza-Israel border, died of
2018 Apr 26, In southern Israel
nine girls and a boy were killed after they were swept away by a
flash flood in the Zafit river bed in the Negev Desert.
(Reuters, 4/26/18)(Reuters, 4/27/18)
2018 Apr 27, Israeli soldiers
fired bullets and tear gas at thousands of Palestinian protesters at
the Gaza-Israel border, hours after the United Nations human rights
chief criticized Israel for using "excessive force". Three
Palestinians were killed and 200 were wounded by gunfire.
(Reuters, 4/27/18)(Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018 Apr 28, Palestinian youth
Azzam Aweida (15) died after being shot the previous day by Israeli
troops during protests along the Gaza border.
2018 Apr 29, In central Syria
missile strikes late today killed 26 pro-regime fighters, most of
them Iranians, in a raid that bore the hallmarks of Tehran's archfoe
Israel. The missile strikes hit two military targets in Aleppo and
2018 Apr 30, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled what he said was evidence of a secret
Iranian nuclear weapons program.
2018 Apr 30, The Israeli
parliament approved a law empowering the country's prime minister
and defense minister to declare war without full Cabinet approval in
2018 Apr 30, Israeli and
Palestinian rights groups went to Israel's Supreme Court in a bid to
stop the army's use of lethal force against Palestinians during
protests and clashes on the Gaza border.
2018 Apr 30, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas in a speech to the PLO parliament said it
was the Jews' "social function," including money-lending, that
caused animosity toward them in Europe, citing what he said were
books by Jewish authors. He also portrayed the creation of Israel as
a European colonial project. The US ambassador to Israel, as well as
Israel's prime minister, soon lashed out at Abbas over his remarks.
2018 May 1, Israel signed a
15-year, $775 million deal with the self-ruling Palestinian
Authority to put electricity distribution for Palestinians in the
West Bank in PA hands and build four power plants to that end.
2018 May 2, Philippine defense
and navy officials said they have completed the purchase of their
first-ever ship-borne missile systems, boosting its maritime
deterrent as part of a military modernization program. The
Israeli-made Spike ER missiles were fitted on locally manufactured
gunboats, known as multi-purpose attack craft.
2018 May 3, An Israeli court
convicted Arab poet Dareen Tatour (36) of online incitement to
terrorism for using her poem "Resist, My People, Resist" as the
soundtrack to images in 2015 of Palestinians in violent
confrontations with Israeli troops.
2018 May 3, Palestinian Anas
Abu Asr (19) died of wounds sustained during confrontations on April
27 between protesters and Israeli troops along Gaza's border.
2018 May 4, Thousands of
Palestinians staged a sixth weekly protest near Gaza's border with
Israel, some throwing stones and burning tires as Israeli soldiers
fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas from across the border
2018 May 5, In the Gaza Strip
six members of the Hamas military wing were killed in an explosion.
Hamas later said the six, including two commanders, were killed
"dismantling booby-trapped spying equipment planted by Israel during
the past decade in Gaza".
2018 May 6, Israeli troops shot
and killed three Palestinians who tried to breach the Gaza border
fence. An axe and a wire cutter were found in their possession.
Israel struck a facility of the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers overnight,
with the Israeli army saying it was reacting to kite-borne fire
(AP, 5/6/18)(AFP, 5/6/18)
2018 May 8, Israel's interior
ministry announced it had terminated the residency permit of Human
Rights Watch's Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir, a US
citizen, over accusations that he supported a boycott of Israel. The
Jewish state gave him two weeks to leave.
2018 May 8, The leaders of
Cyprus, Israel and Greece said they're determined to push ahead with
plans for a pipeline that would supply east Mediterranean gas to
Europe as the continent seeks to diversify its supplies.
2018 May 8, In Syria Israeli
missile strikes hit depots and rocket launchers in Kisweh. A day
later the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack killed
at least 15 people, including eight Iranians.
2018 May 9, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu traveled to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin
and discuss military coordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed
2018 May 10, Overnight Israeli
attacks struck several military posts for Syrian troops and
Iranian-backed militias near Damascus, in central and southern
Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right said the
attacks killed 23 fighters, including five Syrian soldiers. The
death toll soon rose from 23 to 27, including at least 11 Iranians
and six Syrian soldiers, including three officers. The Israeli
military the attacks were in response to an Iranian rocket barrage
on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights. Russia's defense
ministry said that Syria had shot down more than half of the
missiles fired by Israel.
(AP, 5/10/18)(Reuters, 5/10/18)(AP, 5/12/18)
2018 May 11, Gaza activists
burned tires and threw stones near the sealed border with Israel in
a seventh weekly protest aimed at shaking off a decade-old blockade
of their territory. Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators broke into
the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing, setting a
pipeline that delivers gas from Israel alight and torching a goods
conveyor belt. One Palestinian was reported killed and 49 wounded by
Israeli army fire.
(AP, 5/11/18)(Reuters, 5/12/18)
2018 May 12, Israel closed the
Kerem Shalom border crossing with the Gaza Strip, a day after the
terminal was damaged during protests by Palestinians that turned
2018 May 12, Portugal hosted
the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest. Israel's Netta
Barzilai (25) was announced the winner of the Eurovision Song
Contest in Portugal with her techno dance tune "Toy".
(AP, 5/12/18)(AP, 5/13/18)
2018 May 14, Israel's air force
hit a Hamas base in the Gaza Strip, as bloody clashes between
protesters and soldiers raged along the strip's border with Israel
killed 60 Palestinians. In addition, more than 2,700 people were
hurt, among them 1,360 by gunshots. The surge in violence came as a
White House delegation and Israeli officials gathered for the
contentious inauguration of a US embassy in Jerusalem. The
next day Israel's military said at least 24 of the Palestinians
killed in the mass march at the Gaza border were militants.
(AFP, 5/14/18)(Reuters, 5/14/18)(AP,
2018 May 14, Palestinian Wissam
Hijazi (30) was shot during a day of huge protests against the
opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in clashes along the
Israel-Gaza border. On Aug 13 the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza
said he died while being treated in Egypt. His death brought the
Palestinian death toll from the May 14 protests and clashes to 63.
2018 May 15, Israel faced a
growing backlash and new charges of using excessive force, a day
after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 60
Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza.
(AP, 5/15/18)(Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018 May 15, Palestinians
clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank a day after deadly
clashes killed dozens in the Gaza Strip. Arabs marked the 70th
anniversary of what Palestinians call their "nakba," or catastrophe,
the uprooting of hundreds of thousands in the Mideast war over
Israel's 1948 creation. Two Palestinians were shot dead during
demonstrations along the 51 km (32 mile) border.
(AP, 5/15/18)(Reuters, 5/15/18)(Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018 May 16, Guatemala
inaugurated its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the first
country to follow in the footsteps of the United States' deeply
2018 May 17, The Israeli
military said it has carried out airstrikes on militant sites in
Gaza overnight in response to machine gun fire that hit a building
in the Israeli city of Sderot.
2018 May 18, The UN Human
Rights Council voted 29-2 with 14 abstentions to back a resolution
that also condemned "the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of
force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian
civilians." The United States decried it as an example of a biased
focus on Israel by the council.
2018 May 19, Gaza's health
ministry said two Palestinians have died from their wounds after
being shot by Israeli troops during protests. The deaths raised the
death toll to 61 Palestinians killed in the May 14 Israeli gunfire.
2018 May 21, Paraguayan
President Horacio Cartes inaugurated his country's Israel embassy in
Jerusalem, making it the third nation to take the deeply
controversial step after the United States and Guatemala.
2018 May 22, Palestinian
foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court to open an
"immediate investigation" into alleged Israeli crimes committed
against the Palestinian people.
2018 May 25, Israel called on
the European Union to halt funding to more than a dozen European and
Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote
boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the
EU's stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish
2018 May 25, Yasser Habib (24),
a Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces in recent clashes along the
Gaza border, died. At least 115 Palestinians have been killed by
Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass demonstrations broke out
on March 30.
2018 May 25, A Syrian
war-monitoring group said suspected Israeli strikes hit the Dabaa
airbase overnight in central Syria housing Lebanon's militant
Hezbollah group alongside other factions allied with the Damascus
2018 May 26, Israeli Sgt. Ronen
Lubarsky (20) of the Duvdevan special forces unit, died early today.
He had been struck on the head by a stone block thrown during an
arrest raid on May 24.
2018 May 27, Israeli tank
shelling killed three members of the Palestinian militant group
Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip in response to a bomb that had been
placed next to the border fence overnight.
2018 May 28, The Israeli army
raided a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, in an
apparent hunt for suspects in the killing of a soldier.
2018 May 28, Roman Abramovich
received his Israeli citizenship upon arriving in Israel on his
private jet, immediately becoming the country's richest person, with
an estimated net worth of more than $11 billion. The Chelsea
football club owner made the move after his British visa was not
renewed, apparently as part of British authorities' efforts to crack
down on associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
2018 May 29, Israeli forces
stopped and seized a Palestinian protest boat, as those aboard
sought to demonstrate against the Jewish state's blockade of Gaza.
The incident occurred after militants fired some 28 mortars in the
direction of Israel, whose military retaliated by hitting dozens of
2018 May 30, The Palestinian
Hamas group announced that it would cease fire if Israel did the
same. Israel signaled it would halt its strikes if the rocket
2018 May 30, The Palestinian
health ministry said Naji Ghonaim (23),shot several days earlier by
Israeli forces during protests and clashes on the Gaza border, has
died of his wounds. At least 122 Palestinians have been killed since
mass protests and clashes broke out along the Gaza border on March
2018 Jun 1, Israeli forces shot
dead Razan al-Najar (21), a volunteer medic, as she ran toward the
border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, in a bid
to reach a casualty.
2018 Jun 2, Thousands of
Palestinians, including hundreds of medical workers in white
uniforms, took part in the funeral procession of Razan Najjar (21)
who was shot dead by Israeli troops the previous day along the
Israel-Gaza border. After the funeral dozens of mourners headed to
the fence and started throwing stones at the Israeli soldiers. The
Palestinian Health Ministry said five protesters were wounded by
2018 Jun 2, Israeli troops shot
dead a Palestinian who tried to ram a tractor into soldiers and
civilians in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Jun 3, Israeli aircraft
pounded over a dozen militant targets in Gaza, after Palestinian
projectile fire shattered a ceasefire reached just days ago after
the worst flare-up since a 2014 war.
2018 Jun 3, Israel's military
destroyed a tunnel dug by Hamas leading from Gaza into the
Mediterranean Sea intended for use by the Islamic militant group
that rules the territory to carry out attacks.
(AFP, 6/10/18)(AP, 6/10/18)
2018 Jun 4, Israel announced
plans to deduct from tax funds it collects for the Palestinians to
compensate Israelis living near the Gaza Strip who have fallen
victim to a wave of arson attacks. Israeli troops killed a
Palestinian attempting to cross into Israel from Gaza.
(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A3)
2018 Jun 4, UNESCO, the UN's
cultural body, released its first ever guidelines on fighting
anti-Semitism in education.
2018 Jun 5, French President
Emmanuel Macron met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the second
leg of his European trip amid deep differences over how to contain
Iran's ambitions in the Middle East.
2018 Jun 6, The Israeli
military shot dead Palestinian Ezz El-Deen al-Tamimi (21) during a
raid in the occupied West Bank, saying a soldier fired back after a
man pelted him with a rock.
2018 Jun 6, Argentina called
off a World Cup warmup match against Israel after protests by
pro-Palestinian groups, claiming the safety of the players was at
2018 Jun 8, Israeli troops
fired tear gas and live bullets at Palestinians taking part in
weekly protests at the Gaza Strip border with Israel, injuring at
least 386 people. At least four demonstrators were killed.
(Reuters, 6/8/18)(SFC, 6/9/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 8, In Israel men in
white underwear, pink bunny ears and black bow ties gyrated through
the streets of Tel Aviv along with drag queens and others to loud
trance music for the annual Gay Pride Parade. Over 250,000 people
celebrated at the city's 20th Gay Pride Parade.
2018 Jun 10, Israel's cabinet
approved a plan to pump 100 million cubic meters of water annually
by 2022 into the shrinking Sea of Galilee, aka Lake Kinneret. Last
year the body of water, hit by years of drought, had reached its
lowest level in a century.
2018 Jun 12, Israeli security
forces began evicting Jewish settlers from 15 homes which Israel's
highest court ruled were built illegally on privately-owned
Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Jun 15, Israel's Shin Bet
internal security service indicted Gonen Segev (62), energy minister
from 1995 to 1996, on suspicion of spying for Iran. Segev was
arrested during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited
to Israel, where he is being detained.
2018 Jun 17, Israeli military
aircraft struck a vehicle belonging to someone who sent burning
kites into Israel from Gaza. Hours later, Israeli aircraft fired
warning shots toward Palestinians who had launched arson balloons.
No one was injured in the strikes.
2018 Jun 17, Nearly a dozen
Israeli police officers were injured in clashes as they began
evicting Jewish settlers from an outpost in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Jun 18, A Palestinian (24)
was killed when a part of Israel's fortifications on the Gaza border
blew up as he tampered with it.
2018 Jun 20, Israeli warplanes
pounded Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early today in a new
flare-up of hostilities that saw dozens of rockets and mortar shells
fired from the Palestinian enclave.
2018 Jun 21, The wife of
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu was charged with misusing some
$100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from celebrity chefs,
dealing an embarrassing blow to the country's first family and
drawing fresh attention to a series of separate corruption
investigations plaguing the prime minister.
2018 Jun 22, The defense
ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said their countries must
forge deeper military ties to improve security and more effectively
counter common threats in a turbulent region.
2018 Jun 22, Diplomats in
Geneva said that Israel has temporarily reduced its participation
with the UN's main human rights body, days after the United States
pulled out largely over its allegation that the Human Rights Council
is biased against Israel.
2018 Jun 26, Two Israeli
missiles hit near Damascus airport overnight.
2018 Jun 28, The Israeli
military said it identified two militants crawling toward the
security barrier early today, trying to infiltrate into the country.
An Israeli tank fired a shell in their direction and later
discovered firebombs at the scene. 17-year-old Abdel-Fattah Azzom
was wounded and soon died in a Gaza hospital.
2018 Jun 28, Israeli-American
teenager Michael Kadar (19) was found guilty in Israel of making
about 2,000 hoax bomb threats against Jewish and other institutions
in the United States and elsewhere during Donald Trump's rise to the
US presidency in 2016 and 2017. Psychiatrists found that Kadar was
on the autism spectrum and suffered from paranoid delusions, but
determined that he was fit to stand trial.
2018 Jun 29, Israel said it
mounted a nighttime operation across its armistice line with Syria
to deliver aid to people fleeing a government offensive in the
2018 Jun 29, Israel troops shot
Yasser Abu al-Naja (13) in the head in border clashes near the
southern city of Khan Yunis. The boy, a son of a Hamas military
commander. Mohammed al-Hamayda (24) died after he was shot in the
stomach in a separate incident east of Rafah in Gaza's south.
(AFP, 6/30/18)(SFC, 6/29/18, p.A4)
2018 Jul 2, Israeli troops
fired on four Palestinians who crossed the border from Gaza into
southern Israel and attempted to attack a military post, killing one
2018 Jul 3, The Israeli
military said it had uncovered a plot by Hamas militants to spy on
soldiers by befriending them on social media and luring them into
downloading fake dating apllicatrions that gave Hamas access to
(SFC, 7/4/18, p.A4)
2018 Jul 3, Palestinian leaders
strongly condemned a new Israeli law that will freeze money
transfers to the Palestinian Authority to punish the PA's payments
to families of those jailed for attacks.
2018 Jul 4, Palestinian
protests broke out at a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank
facing Israeli demolition in what rights groups have condemned as a
bid to expand Jewish settlement in Khan al-Ahmar.
2018 Jul 5, Yad Vashem,
Israel's renowned Holocaust memorial and research center in
Jerusalem, slammed an agreement between Israel and Poland over a
Polish law on the World War II genocide of Jews, saying it contains
2018 Jul 6, Palestinians and
their supporters marked a temporary victory in a Bedouin village in
the Israeli-occupied West Bank after an Israeli judge halted
2018 Jul 9, Israel closed its
only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip, except for humanitarian
equipment, over weeks of fires at farms caused by kites and balloons
carrying firebombs from the Palestinian enclave.
2018 Jul 10, Israel's navy
seized a boat that had left from a Gaza port with wounded
Palestinians aboard in a bid to challenge the blockade of the
2018 Jul 11, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow to for talks with Damascus's
biggest ally about a Syrian advance near the volatile frontier.
2018 Jul 11, Israel shot down a
Syrian drone that penetrated its airspace. The drone had also
overflown Jordan and appeared to have been unarmed and designed for
2018 Jul 12, Israel targeted
Syrian military positions a day after an unmanned drone entered its
airspace. Syrian state media said military positioons in Quneitra
province suffered material damage.
(SFC, 7/13/18, p.A4)
2018 Jul 13, The Israel
military fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that
approached the country's border from Syria for the second time this
2018 Jul 14, Israeli aircraft
struck militant targets in the Gaza Strip and Palestinians launched
dozens of mortar bombs and rockets from the enclave into Israel. Two
Palestinian teenagers were killed before a ceasefire went into
(Reuters, 7/14/18)(Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018 Jul 15, Israel deported
Ebru Ozkan, a week after indicting her for smuggling money and goods
to the Palestinian Islamist militant group while visiting as a
tourist. On July 26 The Washington Post reported that Trump had
asked Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during a July 14 phone call to
let Ozkan go in what the White House envisaged as an indirect trade
for Pastor Andrew Brunson. Ankara said it had not agreed to any
2018 Jul 15, In Syria suspected
Israeli missiles hit a military position late today in northern
Aleppo province where elite Iranian forces were stationed. Nine
pro-regime fighters were reported killed in the strikes, at least
six of them Syrian. State media denied any casualties
2018 Jul 16, An Israeli
aircraft hit two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip in response to
balloons carrying firebombs over the border fence to burn Israeli
2018 Jul 17, Israel's
parliament passed a law that could see groups critical of government
policies toward the Palestinians banned from entering Israeli
schools and speaking with pupils.
2018 Jul 17, Israel placed new
restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip in
response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a
cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting.
2018 Jul 18, Hungarian PM
Viktor Orban arrived for a controversial visit to Israel as he and
his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu find common cause in their
2018 Jul 19, Israel's
parliament adopted a law defining the country as the nation state of
the Jewish people, provoking fears it could lead to blatant
discrimination against Arab citizens. The law also defined the
establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national
interest and downgraded Arabic from an official language to one with
(AFP, 7/19/18)(AFP, 7/21/18)
2018 Jul 19, An Israeli
airstrike against a Gaza crew launching incendiary devices killed a
member of the militant group Hamas and wounded three others.
2018 Jul 19, Two Palestinian
families demolished the homes they had lived in for nearly two
decades, saying they would rather destroy them than face the
prospect of Israeli settlers moving in.
2018 Jul 20, The Israeli army
struck 60 Hamas sites including weapon manufacturing sites, a drone
warehouse and a military operations room following the death of an
Israeli soldier shot near the border. Three Hamas militants were
killed as air raids sent fireballs exploding into the sky over Gaza.
A fourth Palestinian was shot dead in protests near the border.
2018 Jul 20, The official Saudi
Press Agency said the kingdom "rejects and disapproves" of Israel's
new legislation which it argued contradicts international law.
2018 Jul 21, Egypt said a new
Israeli law giving Jews the exclusive right to self-determination in
the country undermined the chances for peace in the Middle East and
the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.
2018 Jul 22, Israelis
demonstrated and held a one-day strike to protest a law denying
surrogacy to gay couples, with some blocking a major highway in Tel
2018 Jul 23, Israel launched
its newest air defense system on the Syrian frontier, where
Damascus's Russian-backed forces have been routing rebels. Israeli
air defenses fired at rockets that approached its territory from
neighboring Syria, where regime troops were advancing on opposition
forces close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
(Reuters, 7/23/18)(AFP, 7/23/18)
2018 Jul 24, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said Turkey was becoming a "dark dictatorship" as
he hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's harsh
criticism of a "racist" new Israeli law.
2018 Jul 24, Israel shot down a
Syrian fighter jet with surface-to-air missiles after the plane
infiltrated airspace it controls.
2018 Jul 24, Israel partially
reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip after a
two-week closure prompted by border tensions and incendiary kites
sparked fears of a severe fuel shortage in the blockaded Palestinian
2018 Jul 26, Teenage
Palestinian attacker Mohammed Tareq Dar Youssef (17) snuck into the
Israeli Adam settlement in the occupied West Bank by climbing a
wall. He stabbed three people seemingly at random before being shot
(AFP, 7/27/18)(SFC, 7/28/18, p.A4)
2018 Jul 27, Israel's Defence
Minister Avigdor Lieberman said 400 new homes will be built in the
Adam settlement in the occupied West Bank where a Palestinian last
evening stabbed three Israelis, one fatally.
2018 Jul 27, Israeli police
closed the gates to Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound
after masked youths discharged fireworks in the direction of Israeli
police following midday prayers.
(AFP, 7/27/18)(Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018 Jul 27, Palestinians Majdi
al-Satari (11) and Ghazi Abu Mustafa (43) were killed by Israeli
gunfire at a border protest.
2018 Jul 28, Palestinian teen
Moumin al-Hams (17) died of wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire at a
border protest as thousands attended the funeral of an 11-year-old
killed in that demonstration.
2018 Jul 28, Israeli forces
arrested two Italians and a Palestinian for drawing a giant mural of
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, seen as a symbol of resistance, on
the separation wall in the occupied West Bank. On July 25 a man
drawing the mural had identified himself as Italian street artist
2018 Jul 29, Israel's navy
intercepted a Norwegian-flagged activist boat trying to break its
more than decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip. The
Norwegian-flagged Karstein ship had 22 people on board. The captain
of the boat later accused Israeli authorities of violating the law
by boarding the vessel in international waters and using violent
force against its crew who were arrested.
(AFP, 7/29/18)(AFP, 8/2/18)
2018 Jul 29, Israel released
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi (17) from prison after serving
eight months for slapping two Israeli soldiers.
2018 Jul 29, Israeli Arab labor
lawmaker Zuhair Bahloul said he can no longer serve in a country
that officially marginalizes the 20 percent Arab minority he
2018 Jul 30, Israel expelled
Italian artists Jorit Agoch and Salvatore De Louise for their
painting of a mural depicting formerly imprisoned Palestinian
teenager Ahed Tamini.
(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A3)
2018 Jul 31, An Israeli court
jailed Israeli Arab poet Dareen Tatour (36) for five months after
convicting her of incitement to terrorism for a poem and remarks she
posted on social media during a wave of Palestinian street attacks.
She had published her poem "Resist, My People, Resist" in October
2015 as a soundtrack to footage of masked Palestinian youths
throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli soldiers.
2018 Aug 1, The Israeli
military carried out an air strike on the Golan late today, killing
seven insurgents it believed were from the Khaled Bin Walid Army and
en route to attack an Israeli target.
2018 Aug 2, Israel again halted
shipments of fuel and natural gas to Gaza in response to incendiary
balloons that have targeted southern Israel. senior Hamas officials
said Egypt is trying to broker a broad cease-fire deal between
Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers that is to pave the way for Gaza's
reconstruction and an eventual prisoner swap.
2018 Aug 2, Ultra-Orthodox Jews
in Israel, who say they should receive a blanket exemption from
military conscription, staged a sit-down protest at a major
Jerusalem junction, prompting scuffles with police.
2018 Aug 2, In Israel thousands
of people attended Jerusalem's annual Gay Pride parade under heavy
2018 Aug 2, Russia said it will
deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between
Syria and Israel, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.
2018 Aug 2, UN peacekeepers
returned to patrol the frontier between Syria and the Israeli
occupied Golan Heights. The peacekeeping mission had been halted in
2014 over security concerns amid the violence in Syria's civil war.
(SFC, 8/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 3, Palestinian Ahmed
Yaghi (25) was killed by a sniper east of Gaza City. According to
the Israeli army, some 8,000 Gazans had gathered at different spots
along the frontier, attempting to sabotage the Israeli border fence.
2018 Aug 4, In Israel tens of
thousands of of the Druze minority along with their Jewish
supporters rallied in Tel Aviv against a new law that critics say
sidelines non-Jewish citizens.
(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A4)
2018 Aug 4, The Israeli navy
said it has intercepted a Swedish-flagged activist boat bent on
breaching its blockade of Gaza, the second in less than a week. The
vessel, named Freedom for Gaza and carrying 12 people, was taken to
the Israeli port of Ashdod.
2018 Aug 5, An Israeli drone
attacked a Palestinian militant base in the northern Gaza Strip,
moderately injuring two people. Aircraft fired at two targets in the
strip's northern area, describing them as sites for arson balloons.
2018 Aug 7, An Israeli strike
killed two militants of the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement after
shots were fired at soldiers. The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades
confirmed in a statement that the dead men were its fighters, naming
them as Ahmed Murjan and Abdel-Hafez al-Silawi.
2018 Aug 9, In southern Israel
a long-range rocket fired from Gaza struck an uninhabited area
outside Beersheba, hours after a Palestinian official said an end to
a surge in cross-border fighting could be near. The military said
more than 180 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza
overnight. Seven people were wounded. The Israeli military said its
aircraft struck more than 150 facilities belonging to Hamas. Israeli
warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three
people were reported killed there.
(Reuters, 8/9/18)(AP, 8/9/18)
2018 Aug 10, Two Palestinians
were killed and 307 wounded during protests on the Gaza border. The
wounded included two journalists and five medics.
2018 Aug 11, The Israeli army
carried out four drone attacks, targeting Palestinians who were
flying balloons carrying incendiary devices across the border into
2018 Aug 11, In Israel
thousands of protesters rallied in Tel Aviv against a new law
declaring Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation
that has angered the country's Arab minority and drawn criticism
2018 Aug 11, A Palestinian (40)
hit by Israeli fire on the Gaza border died of his wounds, taking
the death toll from protests the previous day to three.
2018 Aug 15, Israel allowed
commercial goods back into the Gaza Strip, in a sign of an easing of
tensions as neighboring Egypt pursued a long-term ceasefire between
Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's dominant armed faction.
2018 Aug 17, Israeli fire
killed two Palestinians and injured another 60 at a protest along
the Gaza border.
(SFC, 8/18/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 19, Israel closed its
only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip except for humanitarian
cases after weekend border clashes.
2018 Aug 19, Israel's Supreme
Court doubled the sentence of Ben Deri, a former border policeman,
convicted in the death of Nadim Nuwara (17) a stone-throwing
Palestinian teenager in 2014. Deri's imprisonment was extended from
nine months to 18 months.
2018 Aug 19, The Palestinians
said Israel has withheld delivery of post shipments to the
Palestinian territories through its national postal service since
2010. In recent days the Palestinian postal staff in Jericho has
been sorting through tons of undelivered mail in a room packed with
letters, boxes and even a wheelchair. The one-time release of the
ten and a half tons of mail was a "gesture".
2018 Aug 20, Israel announced a
change in its gun regulations to enable hundreds of thousands more
civilians to apply for licenses, a move authorities said will
increase security but others argued will stoke violence.
2018 Aug 20, Israeli troops
apparently shot and killed Hani al-Majdalawi as he opened fire at
soldiers and threw a bomb while trying infiltrate Israel from Gaza.
Al-Majdalawi had worked as a nurse for the aid group Doctors Without
2018 Aug 21, Israel's military
said it would launch a criminal investigation into two incidents in
which its troops shot dead Palestinian teenagers taking part in
protests along the Gaza border. The inquiry into the deaths of Abed
Nabi (18) on March 30, and Othman Helles (15) on July 13 was the
first announced by the military into its use of lethal force in the
border demonstrations that began five months ago.
2018 Aug 22, An Israeli
watchdog group said the government has advanced plans to build over
1,000 new homes in West Bank settlements.
2018 Aug 23, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Lithuania for a Baltic summit saying
he hoped to deepen ties with eastern EU nations as Brussels blasted
Israel's plans for fresh settlements in the West Bank.
2018 Aug 24, Israel's Benjamin
Netanyahu asked Baltic state leaders for help in convincing the EU
to step up pressure on Iran and slammed a Brussels aid package for
Teheran at a news conference in Vilnius with his Estonian, Latvian
and Lithuanian counterparts.
2018 Aug 27, Israel reopened
its only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip, a week after
shutting it over violence along the border with the Palestinian
2018 Aug 28, The Israeli
military forces demolished the home of a Palestinian who killed an
Israeli in a West Bank settlement last month. The attacker, Muhammad
Tarek Ibrahim Dar Yusuf, was shot and killed at the scene of last
2018 Aug 30, A lawsuit, filed
in a Tel Aviv court, carried a claim from five Mexican journalists
and activists who allege they were spied on using software made by
Israel-based NSO Group. A second suit, filed in Cyprus, added Qatari
newspaper editor Abdullah Al-Athbah to the list of plaintiffs.
2018 Aug 31, Israeli security
forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at rock-throwing
Palestinians protesting against land seizures for Jewish settlements
in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Sep 2, Philippines's Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Israel for a four-day visit, the first
presidential visit since the countries established diplomatic
relations in 1957.
2018 Sep 4, Israeli jets struck
at targets inside Syria killing at least one person. Syria's SANA
state news reported strikes on the Wadi Ayoun area in western Hama
province and on the town of Baniyas in Tartous province.
(SFC, 9/5/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 4, In Israel
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte praised his country's close
security ties with Israel as dozens protested Israeli arms sales to
his government. At a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Duterte
said he considers Israel a key strategic partner and weapons
2018 Sep 5, Israel's top court
cleared the way for the demolition of a Bedouin village in the
occupied West Bank whose fate has drawn international concern and
2018 Sep 5, Paraguay reversed
its May decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the
contested city of Jerusalem and said it will move it back to Tel
Aviv. This prompted Israel to shutter its embassy in Paraguay and
warn that ties between the countries would be "strained".
2018 Sep 6, Israeli Brig. Gen.
Eran Ofir, the commander in charge of Israel's border wall projects,
said around seven miles of an 80-mile (130-km) barrier on the
Lebanese border has been built. The $450 million project is slated
for completion in two years.
2018 Sep 7, Hundreds of
Palestinians took part in protests along the border, burning tires
and hurling objects at troops on the Israeli side. A teenager (17)
was killed and 45 others were wounded. Ahmad Abu Tuyur (16) was
wounded from a single gunshot in the southern Rafah region and died
the next day.
(AP, 9/8/18)(SFC, 9/8/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 8, Palestinian Ahmad
Abu Tuyur (16) died of wounds sustained from a single gunshot the
previous day along the Israeli border in the southern Rafah region.
2018 Sep 11, The Palestinians
announced a fresh push against Israel at the International Criminal
Court, a day after the United States said it was closing their
Washington mission partly over the campaign.
2018 Sep 13, Archaeologists
reported finding what they believe is the world's oldest site for
alcohol production in the Raqefet cave south of Haifa in today's
northern Israel. The location also served as a burial site for the
Natufian people. Their beer-like beverage may have been served in
ceremonies some 13,000 years ago.
2018 Sep 14, In Israel American
law professor Frank Romano (66), who reportedly also has French
citizenship, was detained in the embattled village of Khan al-Ahmar,
along with two Palestinian activists, for allegedly trying to block
Israeli troops in a West Bank village slated for demolition.
2018 Sep 14, Palestinian Shadi
Abdel Aal (11) was fatally wounded during demonstrations east of
Jabalia in northern Gaza, becoming one of the youngest Palestinians
to be killed in months of unrest along the frontier. Two other
Palestinians were killed during the weekly protest by Israeli live
(AFP, 9/15/18)(Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018 Sep 15, Israeli missiles
late today targeted Syria's Damascus international airport.
2018 Sep 15, Palestinian Saheeb
Abu Kashef (16) died late today after being shot on August 3 east of
Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.
2018 Sep 16, A Palestinian (17)
fatally stabbed Ari Fuld (45), an American-born Jewish settler, in
the occupied West Bank then was himself shot and seized by armed
civilians who gave chase.
2018 Sep 17, The Israeli
military attacked a group late today suspected of tampering with the
border fence. Two people were found dead near the site of an Israeli
missile strike at the Gaza border.
2018 Sep 17, Israel targeted a
facility of the Syrian Armed Forces from which systems to
manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred
on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
2018 Sep 17, A Russian Il-20
reconnaissance aircraft, with 15 Russians on board, was shot down by
Syrian anti-aircraft systems. Russia accused Israel of indirectly
causing the incident, saying Israeli jets nearby had put the Russian
plane in the path of danger.
2018 Sep 18, The internet
watchdog Citizen Lab said it has used an internet survey technique
to identify suspected spyware infections linked to the Israeli
company NSO Group in 45 countries, including the United States,
Britain, France, India and Turkey.
2018 Sep 25, Israel opened a
high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv's international airport and
Jerusalem, part of a $2 billion project that has drawn Palestinian
complaints over its route through small parts of the occupied West
2018 Sep 27, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu described to the UN General Assembly what he said
was a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran and accused Europe of
appeasing Iran as he sought to rally support for US sanctions
against the Islamic Republic.
2018 Sep 27, Israel's defense
minister said the country's Quneitra border crossing with Syria is
reopening for UN personnel and will resume operating as before the
civil war erupted next door.
2018 Sep 28, Thousands of
Palestinians rallied near the border fence, with hundreds breaching
it in one area. Amateur videos showed protesters kissing the ground
on the Israeli side amid sound of repeated gunshots. Nasser Musabeh
(11) was among seven protesters reportedly killed by Israeli troops.
2018 Sep 30, Israel released
Salah Hamouri (33),a French-Palestinian lawyer held without charge
for the past 13 months over unspecified allegations. More than 5,500
Palestinians were currently held in Israeli jails, including
approximately 450 in administrative detention.
2018 Oct 1, Palestinians across
the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem held a general
strike in support of an Israeli-Arab protest against Israel's new
Nation State Law.
2018 Oct 2, Israel detained
Lara Alqasem (22), an American citizen with Palestinian
grandparents, after she landed at Ben-Gurion Airport with a valid
student visa. She was barred from entering the country and ordered
deported, based on suspicions that she supports a campaign that
calls for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel. A
week later she was still in detention.
2018 Oct 4, Jerusalem Mayor Nir
Barkat announced in a statement a "detailed plan to remove UNRWA
from Jerusalem and replace its services with municipal services".
2018 Oct 4, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel paid homage in Jerusalem to the six million Jews
killed by the Nazis and said Germany had a responsibility to
confront anti-Semitism and never to forget the Holocaust. At a news
conference Merkel reaffirmed her support for a two-state solution in
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and concern about Israeli
settlement expansion in occupied territory where Palestinians seek
for a country of their own. Germany and Israel agree that Iran
should never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons but they differ
on how to achieve this goal.
2018 Oct 5, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu underwent a new round of questioning over one of several
graft cases that have threatened to topple him.
2018 Oct 5, Three Palestinians,
among them a 13-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli troops during
protests at five locations along the frontier. 376 were wounded,
including 126 with bullet wounds. Israel said the demonstrators
threw grenades at the soldiers, adding that they also tore at parts
of the fence with bolt cutters.
(AP, 10/6/18)(AFP, 10/6/18)
2018 Oct 6, Israel announced
new restrictions on Gaza, weeks after the territory's Hamas rulers
stepped up protests along the enclave's land and sea borders with
Israel. Israel's defence minister ordered the fishing zone to be
reduced to six nautical miles (11 km) from nine nautical miles.
Under the Oslo Accords of the early 1990s, fishermen are supposed to
be allowed to operate up to 20 nautical miles off the coast.
(AP, 10/6/18)(AFP, 10/6/18)
2018 Oct 7, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahuís wife, Sara, appeared in court for the first hearing in
the fraud trial against her, in which she is alleged to have misused
state funds in ordering catered meals.
2018 Oct 7, A Palestinian
attacker opened fire inside a West Bank industrial zone this morning
where Israelis and Palestinians work together, killing two Israelis
and seriously wounding a third. The gunman escaped the scene.
2018 Oct 9, Qatari-bought fuel
arrived at the Gaza Strip's only power station after entering
through Israel in a bid to alleviate conditions in the Palestinian
2018 Oct 10, Jerusalem
Magistrates Court awarded three 17-year-old girls 45,000 shekels
($12,426.48), plus costs and lawyers' fees for the cancellation of a
concert by singer Lorde in Tel Aviv in June. The case arose from an
open letter that activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab wrote
to Lorde, a New Zealander, on the web site "thespinoff.co.nz" last
December urging her to call off her planned concert.
2018 Oct 11, Israel destroyed a
cross-border tunnel running from the Gaza Strip into Israeli
territory, which it said was dug by the Palestinian Hamas group with
the aim of carrying out attacks.
2018 Oct 12, An Israeli court
upheld the barring of Lara Alqasem (22), an American student, from
the country over her activities in support of an international
boycott campaign by pro-Palestinian groups.
2018 Oct 12, The Israeli army
said five people were shot dead after "an organized attack" on an
army post. The Gaza health ministry said seven Palestinians were
killed. 50 other protesters were wounded by live bullets.
(AP, 10/12/18)(AFP, 10/13/18)
2018 Oct 12, Israeli Defence
Minister Avigdor Lieberman late today ordered the deliveries of
Qatari-bought fuel to stop after clashes on the Gaza-Israel border.
2018 Oct 12, Israeli forces
said they had arrested a Palestinian, identified as Ashraf Naalwa
(23), on suspicion of stabbing and wounding an army reservist on
guard duty at a checkpoint south of Nablus the previous day.
2018 Oct 12, Palestinian Aisha
Rabi (47), a mother of nine, was fatally wounded in an attack near
the Jewish settlement of Rechalim in the West Bank. On Jan 6, 2019,
Israeli authorities confirmed that they have arrested five Jewish
seminary students, all under age 18, suspected of the fatal
(AP, 1/6/19)(Reuters, 1/6/19)
2018 Oct 13, Palestinian
security sources said Aisha Mohammed Rabi (48), a mother of eight,
has died of her wounds in Nablus after Israeli settlers in the
occupied West Bank threw stones a day earlier at the car she was
2018 Oct 14, Israel's Supreme
Court t ruled that Lara Alqasem's deportation be frozen until judges
have a chance to hear the appeal in the coming week. The American
graduate student has been held in detention while fighting an
expulsion order over her involvement in the boycott movement against
2018 Oct 15, A Palestinian was
shot dead after trying to stab an Israeli soldier in the occupied
2018 Oct 17, A rocket fired
from the Gaza Strip hit a house in in Beersheba, the largest city in
southern Israel early today, prompting Israeli air strikes that
killed a militant in the Palestinian enclave.
2018 Oct 18, The United States
downgraded the status of its main diplomatic mission to the
Palestinians by placing it under the authority of the US Embassy to
2018 Oct 19, Thousands of
Palestinians massed along Israel's frontier, with dozens approaching
and breaching the perimeter fence that separates Gaza from Israel.
Gaza's Health Ministry reported 77 Palestinians were wounded by
Israeli fire and six of them were in serious condition.
2018 Oct 21, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he has decided to postpone the planned
demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated
solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at
staving off the fierce international condemnation such a demolition
would likely entail.
2018 Oct 21, Jordan's King
Abdullah II said he has decided not to renew parts of his country's
landmark peace treaty with Israel. Abdullah released a statement
that he intends to pull out of two annexes from the 1994 peace
agreement that allowed Israel to lease two small areas, Baqura and
Ghamr, from the Jordanians for 25 years.
2018 Oct 22, The Israeli
military said it has uncovered a militant outpost on the Lebanese
border that Hezbollah guerrillas have set up under the guise of an
environmental advocacy group.
2018 Oct 24, In Israel China's
VP Wang Qishan and Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a joint
innovation summit. China has become Israel's third largest trading
partner, behind only the US and the European Union.
2018 Oct 24, Israel allowed a
resumption of Qatari-financed fuel deliveries to Gaza after a 12-day
halt it imposed over heavy border clashes.
2018 Oct 26, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Gulf state of Oman and discussed
peace initiatives in the Middle East with Omani leader Sultan Qaboos
in the first meeting of its kind in more than 20 years.
2018 Oct 26, Five Palestinians
were killed as fresh clashes broke out with Israeli troops on Gaza's
border with the Jewish state, despite Egyptian-brokered truce
2018 Oct 28, In Abu Dhabi
Israel's national anthem was played at a judo tournament after one
of its athletes won gold in what was thought to be a first in the
2018 Oct 28, Palestinian Yahya
al-Hassanat (37) died two days after suffering gunshot wounds in
clashes on the Israel-Gaza border. The death raised to seven the
number of Palestinians killed as a result of the Oct. 26 clashes
when thousands again approached the border fence.
2018 Oct 28, Three Palestinian
boys were killed in an Israeli air strike at the Gaza frontier.
Israel said it targeted Palestinians trying to blow up part of the
2018 Oct 29, Israeli forces
shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 25 including two medics
during Palestinian protests along the Gaza Strip's beachfront border
2018 Oct 30, Israelis voted in
municipal elections across the country. None of the six candidates
for mayor of Jerusalem, all Jewish, won the 40 percent of votes
required to be elected in the first round. A runoff between the top
two will be held on November 13. In comparatively liberal Tel Aviv,
Labor mayor Ron Huldai was elected to a fifth five-year term.
(AP, 10/30/18)(AFP, 10/31/18)
2018 Nov 8, Israeli police
recommended bribery charges against PM Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer
and five other suspects over a $2 billion sale of German
Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel.
2018 Nov 11, A botched Israeli
undercover operation in the Gaza Strip led to fighting that killed a
Hamas commander, six other Palestinian militants and an Israeli
colonel. Palestinians fired 17 rockets into southern Israel in
response to the Israeli incursion and air strikes.
2018 Nov 12, Palestinians in
Gaza fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel, critically wounding
one person in a strike on a bus, a day after an Israeli incursion
prompted deadly fighting in the enclave. Israel's military said it
was carrying out air strikes "throughout the Gaza Strip" following a
barrage of rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.
(Reuters, 11/12/18)(AFP, 11/12/18)
2018 Nov 13, Palestinian
militant groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered
ceasefire with Israel after a severe escalation of violence
threatened to descend into full-blown war. Seven Palestinians were
killed in Gaza over the course of some 24 hours as Israeli strikes
targeted militants and flattened buildings while sending fireballs
and plumes of smoke into the sky. Around 460 rockets and mortar
rounds were fired from the Gaza Strip, wounding 27 people, including
2018 Nov 14, Israeli Defence
Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on and called
for early elections after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire
deal, throwing the government into turmoil.
2018 Nov 14, Palestinian Nawaf
al-Aatar (20) was killed by Israeli fire in the border area of the
northern Gaza Strip. A Gazan security source said he was fishing at
the time near the border fence.
2018 Nov 14, A knife wielding
Palestinian sneaked into a Jerusalem police station late today and
wounded four police officers before he was shot and captured.
(SFC, 11/16/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 16, It was reported
that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will take over the defense
portfolio in his government after his defense minister resigned this
2018 Nov 16, The United States
said it would oppose for the first time an annual resolution at the
United Nations calling on Israel to rescind its authority in the
occupied Golan Heights, drawing praise from Israeli officials.
2018 Nov 19, Home-renting
company Airbnb Inc said that it had decided to remove its listings
in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, enclaves that most
world powers consider illegal for taking up land where Palestinians
2018 Nov 19, Hundreds of
Ethiopian Jews gathered in the capital, Addis Ababa, to protest the
Israeli government's decision not to allow all of them to emigrate
to Israel, leaving their families divided between the two countries.
2018 Nov 19, In France UNESCO
Director-General Audrey Azoulay and World Jewish Congress President
Ronald Lauder unveiled the interactive "Facts about the Holocaust "
site at the cultural agency's Paris headquarters.
2018 Nov 20, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would join the United States and
other countries in rejecting the UN Global Compact for Migration,
aimed at boosting cooperation to address the world's growing number
of migrants, set to be adopted during a conference in Morocco on
2018 Nov 20, In Israel
Palestinian teenager Abdul Rahman Abu Jamal (17), who attacked
Israeli officers on Nov. 14 at a police station in annexed east
Jerusalem before being shot, died of his wounds at the Shaare Zedek
hospital in Jerusalem.
2018 Nov 22, Hamas published
photos of six men and two women who it said were involved in the
botched Nov. 11 Israeli undercover raid into the Gaza Strip and
appealed for details about them.
2018 Nov 25, Israeli police
overnight arrested Adnan Gheith, the Palestinian governor of
Jerusalem, for the second time in as many months after an
investigation related to a land sale.
2018 Nov 25, Chadian President
Idriss Deby met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, the
first such visit by a leader of the central African nation which
severed bilateral ties in 1972.
2018 Nov 26, Israeli police
arrested 32 Palestinians in east Jerusalem, accusing them of
illegally working with Palestinian security services.
2018 Nov 26, A Palestinian
rammed his car into a group of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank
before being shot and killed.
2018 Nov 28, The US ambassador
to Israel called on Palestinians to free Issam Akel, an
American-Palestinian, who was detained two months ago for "selling
land to a Jew", apparently violating a long-standing Palestinian ban
on selling land to Israelis.
2018 Nov 29, An Israeli court
extended the remand of Adnan Gheith, the Palestinian governor of
Jerusalem, for three days following his Nov. 25 arrest in connection
with an investigation related to a land sale.
2018 Nov 29, Israeli strikes
hit two positions in the south of Damascus province late today, one
an area where there are Iranian weapons depots in Kisweh. The Syrian
regime claimed its air defence systems shot down all "hostile
2018 Nov 30, A Jordanian man
attacked two Israeli port workers with a hammer seriously wounding
them in the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat. The assailant was
detained for questioning and police said they suspect the motive was
2018 Dec 2, Israeli police
recommended that PM Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for bribery and
fraud. It was the third such police recommendation against the
four-term veteran, who has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
2018 Dec 2, An Israeli court
ruled that the Palestinians' Jerusalem governor, Adnan Ghaith, could
leave custody on bail and on condition he not enter the West Bank
for two weeks.
2018 Dec 2, Saudi dissident
Omar Abdulaziz filed a lawsuit in Tel Aviv against an Israeli
surveillance company, claiming its sophisticated spyware targeted
him and helped lead to the killing of his friend, Saudi journalist
2018 Dec 4, Israel said it had
launched an operation to "expose and thwart" cross-border attack
tunnels from Lebanon dug by the Iran-backed Lebanese movement
2018 Dec 4, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian man early today during a military operation in
the West Bank city of Tulkarem. Tulkarem governor Isam Abu Baker
said that Mohammed Habali (22) was shot in the head "without posing
any threat to the soldiers".
2018 Dec 4, Thousands of
Israeli women protested against domestic violence in a nationwide
strike, calling for more action and state funding to deal with the
2018 Dec 9, The Israeli
military said it has opened an investigation into the death of a
22-year-old Palestinian man in the West Bank after a video surfaced
appearing to show him being shot in the back. A Dec. 4 video showed
Mohammed Habali walking in an alleyway holding a stick when he is
shot from behind and falls down on his face.
2018 Dec 9, A Palestinian
opened fire at a group of Israelis standing at a bus stop next to a
Jewish settlement near Ramallah, wounding six people, one - a
pregnant woman - critically, in a drive-by shooting.
2018 Dec 10, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said Oman will let Israeli planes fly through its
airspace. The permission however provides Israel with little
immediate practical use since its planes cannot fly over Oman's
neighbor Saudi Arabia.
2018 Dec 10, Israeli soldiers
raided the offices of Palestinian news agency Wafa in the occupied
West Bank city of Ramallah. They withdrew from the agency's office
after they took copies of security camera footage.
2018 Dec 10, Israel became a
full member of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a
global financial watchdog on money laundering and terror financing,
after having previously been blacklisted by the organization.
2018 Dec 11, Israel said it had
uncovered another Hezbollah "attack tunnel" infiltrating its
territory from Lebanon -- the third since it started a search and
destroy operation along the border last week.
2018 Dec 11, Israeli forces
shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Hebron
after he attempted to ram his car into them. In the northern West
Bank another Palestinian drove his car toward Israeli forces, who
opened fire and arrested the driver.
2018 Dec 11, Italian Interior
Minister Matteo Salvini, arrived in Israel for a two-day visit that
has prompted criticism over his far-right policies and
2018 Dec 12, Israeli forces
late today killed Salah Barghouti, a Palestinian suspect wanted in
the drive-by shooting on Dec. 9 at a West Bank bus stop.
2018 Dec 13, Israeli security
forces in Nablus tracked down and killed Ashraf Naalweh, a
Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis in October. A
Palestinian gunman got out of a car and opened fire at a bus stop
outside a West Bank settlement, killing two Israeli soldiers before
speeding away. Hours later, the army said it shot and killed a
Palestinian man who attempted to ram his car into soldiers on a West
Bank road. A Palestinian assailant stabbed two officers in
Jerusalem's Old City, wounding them lightly. Officers opened fire on
the attacker (26) and he was killed.
2018 Dec 13, A group of
Israelis beat up a Palestinian bus driver, Nidal Sake, near a West
2018 Dec 14, Israeli forces
arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank as the army
intensified a crackdown in response to a pair of deadly shootings
believed to have been carried out by Hamas militants. An Israeli
soldier was severely wounded by a Palestinian assailant who attacked
him with a rock, while Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian
demonstrators outside Ramallah. Palestinian Mahmoud Nakhla (18) was
shot in the abdomen and died in Ramallah.
(AP, 12/14/18)(SFC, 12/15/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 15, Israeli forces in
Ramallah demolished the home of Islam Abu Hmaid, a Palestinian
charged with killing a soldier during an Israeli raid in the West
Bank earlier this year.
2018 Dec 15, Australia's PM
Scott Morrison said his country now formally recognizes West
Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East
policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately. The
Palestinian leadership described as "irresponsible" Australia's
recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it
violated international law.
(Reuters, 12/15/18)(AFP, 12/15/18)
2018 Dec 16, The Israeli
military said it has exposed a fourth Hezbollah attack tunnel dug
2018 Dec 17, The Israeli
military partially demolished the home of Ashraf Naalweh, a
Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis in an attack two months
ago. Israeli troops killed Naalweh in an arrest raid last week after
a two-month manhunt.
2018 Dec 17, Lebanese soldiers
went on alert after Israeli troops rolled out barbed wire along the
border, as tensions remained high two weeks after Israel launched an
operation to identify and destroy Hezbollah tunnels.
2018 Dec 18, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said more than 130 Palestinians have been
arrested in recent days in Israel's search for a suspect wanted in a
deadly West Bank shooting.
2018 Dec 20, The Israeli
military shot dead a Palestinian car passenger in the West Bank
after it broke through a checkpoint. The dead passenger was
identified as Qasim Abbasi (17) from east Jerusalem.
2018 Dec 21, Three Palestinians
were killed by Israeli fire during protests along the Gaza-Israel
frontier, including Mohammed Jahjouh (16). A 4th Palestinian, Ayman
Shehr (18), died of his wounds the next day.
2018 Dec 22, In Israel
Holocaust survivor Simcha Rotem (94) died. He was among the last
known Jewish fighters from the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against
2018 Dec 25, Israel's
Parliament late today unanimously approved a law to permit exports
of medical marijuana, allowing Israel to tap the lucrative global
market. The law empowers police to supervise licensing and still
needed Cabinet approval.
2018 Dec 25, In Israel
Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah's convoy was hit with a number of
stones as he was returning home after attending Christmas Eve mass
2018 Dec 25, Syrian air
defenses reportedly destroyed 14 of 16 Israeli missiles launched
against unspecified targets near Damascus.
2018 Dec 26, Israel's army said
it had located a fifth Hezbollah attack tunnel crossing into its
territory from Lebanon and destroyed it with explosives.
2018 Dec 26, It was reported
that Israeli authorities have advanced plans for nearly 2,200
settlement homes in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Dec 26, An Israeli
official confirmed overnight attacks on several targets in Syria
involved in Iranian arms transfers to the Hezbollah militant group.
(SFC, 12/27/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 27, Former Israeli
armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who opinion polls show poses the
toughest challenge to PM Benjamin Netanyahu's bid for reelection
next year, formally established the Israel Resilience Party.
2018 Dec 28, Israeli fire
killed Karam Fayyad (26) during protests on the border east of the
city of Khan Yunis. Witnesses said Fayyad had Down syndrome. An
Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas position in the Gaza Strip late today
in response to the first fire from the territory since a November
(AFP, 12/29/18)(SFC, 12/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 28, Amos Oz (b.1939),
celebrated Israeli novelist and passionate peace advocate, died of
cancer. His stirring memoir "A Tale of Love and Darkness" (2002)
became a worldwide bestseller.
2018 Dec 28, In Brazil Israeli
PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed what he said would be a "new era" in
ties with "great power" Brazil ahead of meeting with the Latin
America's country's incoming far-right leader, Jair Bolsonaro.
2018 Dec 29, In Israel
Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet
Shaked announced that they are forming a new party to run in April
elections, hoping to present a hard-line alternative to PM Benjamin
Netanyahu's Likud Party.
2018 Dec 31, An Israeli court
sentenced Palestinian Jamil Tamimi (59) to 18 years imprisonment for
stabbing to death Hannah Bladon (21), a British woman in Jerusalem
on April 14, 2017. A plea bargain acknowledged that Tamimi is
2019 Jan 1, Israel's
center-left opposition dramatically split ahead of an April 9
election, with leader Avi Gabbay announcing he would no longer
partner with veteran politician Tzipi Livni as she sat stone-faced
next to him. The announcement meant the end of their Zionist Union
alliance, which secured the second most seats in the last general
election in 2015, but has since tumbled far in opinion polls.
2019 Jan 1, The US and Israel
officially quit UNESCO, the UN's educational, scientific and
cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a
process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the
organization fosters anti-Israel bias. Since 2011 the US has accrued
$600 million in unpaid dues, which was one of the reasons for Pres.
Donald Trump's decision to withdraw. Israel owed an estimated $10
2019 Jan 3, Israeli far-right
activists clashed with police as authorities moved in to clear away
two mobile homes illegally set up on a hilltop near Ramallah in the
occupied West Bank.
2019 Jan 3, Croatia threatened
to cancel its purchase of F-16 fighter jets from Israel after months
of stalling due to a lack of US approval. Washington has objected to
the sale because it wants the removal of electronic system upgrades
that Israel added in a rare defence dispute between the close
2019 Jan 6, Israel's army
struck two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip after balloons carried an
explosive device over the border fence. No injuries were reported.
2019 Jan 7, Moshe Arens (93), a
former Israeli defense minister, foreign minister and an early
political mentor to PM Benjamin Netanyahu, died.
2019 Jan 11, The Israeli army
said around 12,000 Palestinians had gathered in multiple sites along
the border. A Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli forces the
2019 Jan 11, Syrian state news
agency said Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles toward
the Damascus area, triggering Syrian air defense that shot down most
2019 Jan 13, Israel
acknowledged that it carried out a weekend air strike on what it
called an Iranian arms cache in Syria, and that it also completed a
hunt for cross-border tunnels dug by Tehran-allied Lebanese
2019 Jan 16, It was reported
that Malaysia has imposed a ban on Israelis participating in any
event hosted by the Southeast Asian nation after barring athletes
from attending the World Para Swimming championships in July.
Malaysia's cabinet had decided on the measure last week.
2019 Jan 18, Thousands of
Palestinians gathered for a weekly protest along the fence between
Gaza border. Israeli gunfire wounded 14 Palestinians.
(SFC, 1/19/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 20, Israel confirmed a
diplomatic rapprochement with Muslim-majority Chad as PM Benjamin
Netanyahu used a visit to the Chadian capital to stress their mutual
interest in confronting Islamist insurgencies.
2019 Jan 20, Israel's military
said its Iron Dome interceptor system shot down a rocket that had
been fired at the northern part of the occupied Golan Heights on the
2019 Jan 20, Syrian state media
say air defenses have repelled an Israeli air raid near the
international airport south of Damascus.
2019 Jan 21, Israel inaugurated
a new international airport near the Red Sea. Jordan hit out at
Israel's move to open the new Ramon International Airport along
their shared border close to the Red Sea, saying it would threaten
the kingdom's airspace.
2019 Jan 21, Israel struck what
it said were Iranian targets in Syria in response to missile fire a
day earlier it blamed on Iran, sparking concerns of an escalation
after a report that 11 fighters were killed.
2019 Jan 22, Israel said that
it has successfully tested the Arrow-3 interceptor, the country's
advanced missile defense system.
(SFC, 1/23/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 24, Israel agreed to
allow the transfer of $15 million in Qatari aid to the Hamas
militant group in the Gaza Strip. But Hamas said it was rejecting
the much-needed cash to protest Israeli delays on the delivery.
2019 Jan 24, Israeli
prosecutors charged a Jewish 16-year-old with manslaughter after he
allegedly threw a stone at a car last October 12 in the occupied
West Bank and killed Palestinian woman Aisha Rabi (48).
2019 Jan 25, Israeli troops
shot and killed a Palestinian man in Gaza as thousands took part in
a protest along the border. In the West Bank Israeli troops shot and
killed a Palestinian teen and wound another as a group of young men
hurled stones at the troops.
(SFC, 1/26/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 27, Israel gave final
approval to a law permitting the export of medical marijuana, a move
the government expects will catapult investment in local industry
2019 Jan 27, Israel officially
recognized Venezuela's National Assembly chief Juan Guaido as
2019 Jan 29, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu met late today with Lithuanian PM Saulius
Skvernelis, stressing joint interests between the two nations.
(http://tinyurl.com/y7ft26y5)(SFC, 1/31/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 29, The Palestinian
Authority asked the UN to deploy a permanent international force in
the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, after Israel announced it
was suspending operations of an observer force that had been in the
city of Hebron for more than 20 years.
2019 Jan 30, Israeli forces
shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who tried to carry out a
stabbing attack at a checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and
2019 Jan 30, An Amnesty
International report said digital tourism giants Airbnb,
Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are profiting from "war crimes"
by offering services in Israeli settlements. Israel threatened a day
earlier to bar Amnesty International from access to the Jewish state
over its charges.
2019 Jan 31, Israel began work
to strengthen its border with the Gaza Strip with construction
starting on a massive new barrier along the frontier.
2019 Feb 1, The Israeli army
said approximately "10,000 rioters and demonstrators" gathered in
different locations along the fence separating the Gaza Strip from
Israel. 32 Palestinians were shot and wounded by Israeli troops in
the renewed clashes.
2019 Feb 1, TIPH (Temporary
International Presence in Hebron) countries Switzerland, Sweden,
Norway, Italy and Turkey, condemned in a joint statement the Israeli
government's unilateral decision not to extend the observer force's
mission in the flashpoint city.
2019 Feb 5, The Jerusalem
District Prosecutor's Office said that Ilan Levy-Neumand, a dual
French-Israeli citizen and resident of a West Bank settlement, was
arrested and that prosecutors petitioned the court for his
extradition. In 2010, Levy-Neumand was convicted in absentia by a
French court for sexual offenses against eight girls and sentenced
to 15 years in prison. He fled France for Israel after his arrest in
2019 Feb 6, Lebanese Parliament
Speaker Nabih Berri said Israel has breached Lebanon's waters by
licensing a company to "exploit an area" for oil and gas near
2019 Feb 7, Israel's
prestigious $1 million Dan David Prize was awarded to Canadian
author Michael Ignatieff and Reporters Without Borders for their
work in promoting democracy.
(SFC, 2/8/19, p.A2)
2019 Feb 7, The body of Israeli
teenager Ori Ansbacher (19) was found in the woods near Jerusalem
with stabbing wounds. Police soon arrested Arafat Erfaiyeh (29), a
Palestinian suspect in the killing.
(AP, 2/9/19)(SSFC, 2/10/19, p.A6)(AP, 2/11/19)
2019 Feb 7, Lebanon's
parliament speaker said an Israeli move to license energy
exploration near a disputed maritime boundary threatened to drain
Lebanese oil wealth before its own drilling had started.
2019 Feb 8, Two Palestinian
teenagers were killed by Israeli fire during clashes along the Gaza
border. Another 17 Palestinians were shot and wounded at different
protest sites along the border.
2019 Feb 10, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu, who seeks re-election, pledged to freeze money
transfers to the Palestinian Authority following a deadly
Palestinian attack on a young Israeli woman. Palestinian civil
affairs minister Hussein al-Sheikh said that the PA would not go
along with Israel withholding any part of the tax money due.
2019 Feb 13, Israel's Shin Bet
security agency alleged that Hamas is using coded television
messages to instruct recruits in the occupied West Bank to carry out
2019 Feb 17, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu handed over his role as foreign minister to
intelligence minister Israel Katz, giving up the portfolio he has
held since 2015.
2019 Feb 18, Israel says that
it would host bilateral meetings with the Czech, Slovak and
Hungarian leaders this week after Poland withdrew from a planned
five-way summit in Jerusalem in protest at Holocaust rhetoric.
2019 Feb 18, Poland's PM
Mateusz Morawiecki cancelled Warsaw's participation in a Jerusalem
summit, accusing an Israeli minister of "racist" comments about the
actions of Poles during the Holocaust, further souring relations
between the two nations.
2019 Feb 19, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu held back-to-back meetings with Slovak PM Peter
Pellegrini, Czech PM Andrej Babis and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban
before hosting all three for lunch at his official residence. The
series of sit-downs replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem that
was cancelled over a rift with Poland.
2019 Feb 20, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas said he will not accept regular monthly tax
transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct
amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people
killed in fighting with Israel.
2019 Feb 21, Israel's acting
foreign minister doubled down on his divisive claim that Poles
collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their
2019 Feb 21, Moshe Journo (53),
an Israeli man who allegedly had been on the run for 15 years after
being accused of raping a teenage girl in Pennsylvania, was
extradited back to the United States.
2019 Feb 22, Israeli gunfire
killed Palestinian teenager Youssef al-Dayya (15) at a protest along
Gaza-Israel border fence, as thousands in contested Jerusalem
descended on a section of a flashpoint holy site that has been
closed by Israeli court order for over a decade.
2019 Feb 22, Israel opened its
first embassy in Rwanda, offering support to the East Africa nation
from health to education and agriculture, as well as communication
technology including cyber-security.
2019 Feb 27, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia for talks with President Vladimir
Putin expected to focus on regional security and Syria.
2019 Feb 28, A UN probe
released today said Israel may have committed crimes against
humanity in responding to last year's unrest in Gaza, as snipers
"intentionally" shot civilians including children, journalists and
2019 Mar 1, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu met with Liberian Pres. George Weah in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu has made strengthening ties with Africa a foreign policy
2019 Mar 2, Israeli aircraft
struck two Hamas observation points in the Gaza Strip, after the
army reported balloons carrying an "explosive device" were sent
2019 Mar 3, Jordan accused
Israeli authorities of barring top Palestinian Muslim officials from
Al-Aqsa mosque in annexed east Jerusalem.
2019 Mar 4, Israeli security
forces shot and killed two Palestinians who carried out a
car-ramming attack in the occupied West Bank that injured a soldier
and a policeman.
2019 Mar 4, Israeli attack
helicopters struck Hamas military positions in Gaza, after the
country's army reported a balloon-borne "explosive device" from the
Palestinian enclave targeted its territory.
2019 Mar 4, American and
Israeli militaries announced that the US has temporarily deployed
its highly advanced THAAD missile defence system in Israel for the
first time, reflecting their shared concerns about Iran's
development of powerful missiles.
(AP, 3/4/19)(AFP, 3/4/19)
2019 Mar 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu designated Al-Aqsa television channel of the Palestinian
Islamist movement Hamas a "terrorist organization".
2019 Mar 7, The US House of
Representatives passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and
other bigotry. The one-sided 407-23 vote belied the emotional
infighting over how to respond to freshman Rep. lIhan Omar's recent
comments suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual
2019 Mar 8, A Palestinian was
killed and at least 45 others wounded by Israeli fire in new
protests and clashes along the Gaza border.
2019 Mar 9, Israeli forces said
they had launched several strikes against Hamas sites in Gaza in
response to a projectile launched from the besieged coastal
territory the night before.
2019 Mar 10, Three Israeli
soldiers, charged with abusing Palestinian detainees, were sentenced
to six and a half months in prison under a plea deal with a military
2019 Mar 12, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian man in Hebron after he ran toward them with
a knife in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
2019 Mar 12, Israeli police
evacuated the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple
Mount, after a Molotov cocktail damaged a police post. Police shut
off access to it after several weeks of tension at the location.
2019 Mar 12, Israeli undercover
officers broke up a drug-dealing network that used a popular
messaging app and had connections in the United States, Ukraine and
Germany. Police said the ring was headed by Amos Dov Silver, founder
of the Israeli online drug marketplace Telegrass. Silver was
arrested in Ukraine early today.
2019 Mar 13, A senior Israeli
official said the army has opened criminal investigations into the
deaths of 11 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during protests
along the Gaza border over the past year.
2019 Mar 13, Israel's army said
it has uncovered a unit created by Hezbollah across the ceasefire
line in the Syrian Golan Heights and led by Hezbollah commander Ali
Musa Daqduq, previously jailed over an attack on US forces.
2019 Mar 15, Israel struck
dozens of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to
rockets from the Palestinian enclave, including rare fire toward its
economic capital Tel Aviv.
2019 Mar 17, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli soldier to death in the occupied West Bank and
used his rifle to wound another soldier and a Jewish settler before
2019 Mar 18, Israel's military
expanded its massive manhunt for a Palestinian assailant as
authorities announced that a second Israeli died of wounds sustained
in a West Bank shooting attack the previous day.
2019 Mar 21, US President
Donald Trump's recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied
Syrian Golan Heights. The Golan Heights are scattered with villages
inhabited by 22,000 Druze, an Arab minority who practice an offshoot
of Islam. Around 20,000 Jewish settlers live in the Golan itself,
many working in farming, leisure and tourism.
2019 Mar 22, The European Union
underlined it does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan
Heights after US President Donald Trump moved to do so for the
territory viewed by European allies as occupied.
2019 Mar 22, Two Palestinians
were killed by Israeli fire in separate border clashes.
2019 Mar 22, The UN Human
Rights Council criticized Israeli settlement expansion in the
occupied Syrian Golan Heights a day after US President Donald
Trump's decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the disputed
2019 Mar 23, Palestinian Habib
al-Masri (24) was shot in the chest at protests near Beit Hanoun
late today. Two others were wounded. Al-Masri soon died of wounds
sustained from Israeli gunfire.
2019 Mar 24, Israeli aircraft
targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early today after
Palestinians there threw explosive devices at the border fence
2019 Mar 25, A long-range
rocket fired from the Gaza Strip slammed into a house in central
Israel and wounded seven people early today. PM Benjamin Netanyahu,
who faces an election on April 9, cut short his US visit after the
(AP, 3/25/19)(Reuters, 3/25/19)
2019 Mar 26, Israel kept up air
strikes on Gaza and Palestinian militants launched new rockets
despite the ceasefire claim. The UN envoy for the Middle East warned
of catastrophic consequences from escalating violence in Gaza as
Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas continued to exchange fire
despite a ceasefire deal.
2019 Mar 27, About 150
Palestinian students threw firebombs and rocks at Israeli soldiers
who responded with tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets in the
occupied West Bank after an Israeli raid on their university.
Palestinian volunteer medic Sajid Muzher (17) was killed by Israeli
forces during the clashes. He was shot while trying to treat one of
(Reuters, 3/27/19)(AFP, 3/27/19)
2019 Mar 30, Israeli troops
shot and killed a Palestinian man near the perimeter fence early
today hours before a planned mass rally. Tens of thousands of
Palestinians rallied in heavy rain at the Israel-Gaza border to mark
the first anniversary of a new wave of protests, facing off against
Israeli tanks and troops massed on the fortified frontier. Four
Palestinians were killed at the Israel-Gaza border on the first
anniversary of the 'Great March of Return' demonstrations.
(AP, 3/30/19)(Reuters, 3/30/19)(Reuters, 3/31/19)
2019 Mar 31, Israel reopened
its commercial crossing with the Gaza Strip but kept military
reinforcements deployed on the volatile frontier, a day after a
smaller than expected Palestinian protest along the border.
Militants fired five rockets from Gaza into Israel early today.
(Reuters, 3/31/19)(AP, 3/31/19)
2019 Mar 31, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu warmly received President Jair Bolsonaro, on the
Brazilian leader's first state visit to Israel.
2019 Mar 31, Brazil said it had
a opened a new diplomatic office in Jerusalem that would serve as
part of its embassy to Israel, which is located in Tel Aviv.
2019 Mar 31, In Tunisia Arab
leaders, long divided by regional rivalries, condemned a US decision
to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights and said
Middle East stability depended on creating an Palestinian state.
2019 Apr 1, Israel loosened
restrictions on fishermen off the blockaded Gaza Strip by allowing
them to travel up to 15 nautical miles into the Mediterranean in one
area, the largest distance in years.
2019 Apr 1, Two Israeli
researchers said they had discovered a network of hundreds of fake
Twitter accounts that promoted PM Benjamin Netanyahu and attacked
his political rivals, a week before a national election.
2019 Apr 1, Brazilian President
Jair Bolsonaro visited the Western Wall alongside PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, becoming the first head of state to do so with an Israeli
premier. Such visits can be seen as granting tacit approval to
Israeli sovereignty over the site.
2019 Apr 2, Israeli authorities
arrested Hassan Yousef, a co-founder of Hamas, at his home in the
occupied West Bank. On April 8 he was handed down a six-month
detention order without trial.
2019 Apr 2, In Israel Brazil's
right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro said "there is no doubt" that
Nazism was a leftist movement, just after visiting the Yad Vashem
Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem.
2019 Apr 3, A Palestinian
attempted to stab an Israeli in the occupied West Bank before being
shot dead by a local civilian.
2019 Apr 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said he would start to extend Israeli control over the
West Bank if give a fourth consecutive term.
(SSFC, 4/7/19, p.A7)
2019 Apr 7, Dozens of neglected
animals were evacuated from a ramshackle Gaza zoo in the fourth and
largest such rescue mission in the blockaded Palestinian enclave.
Vets and volunteers from Four Paws International transported some 40
animals into Israel from the neglected zoo in the southern town of
2019 Apr 8, An Israeli court
sentenced French citizen Romain Franck to seven years' imprisonment
under a plea bargain in which he confessed to using a diplomatic car
to help Palestinian gun smugglers.
2019 Apr 9, Israelis voted in a
high-stakes election that will decide whether to extend PM Benjamin
Netanyahu's long right-wing tenure despite corruption allegations or
to replace him with an ex-military chief new to politics. The
elections committee banned hidden cameras at polling stations
following an Arab party's complaints that it observed PM Benjamin
Netanyahu's Likud party deploying staffers who attempted to secretly
surveil predominantly-Arab polling stations. A final tally showed
Netanyahu's conservative Likud party capturing 36 seats in the
120-seat Knesset, edging past Blue and White, which got 35 seats.
(AFP, 4/9/19)(AP, 4/9/19)(Reuters, 4/10/19)(AP,
2019 Apr 11, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu sought to form a right-wing governing coalition
after securing victory in a high-stakes Israeli election despite a
strong challenge from a centrist alliance.
2019 Apr 11, An Israeli
spacecraft crashed into the moon just moments before touchdown,
failing in an ambitious attempt to make history as the first
privately funded lunar landing. It had been hoped that the small
robotic spacecraft, built by the nonprofit SpaceIL and state-owned
Israel Aerospace Industries, would match a feat that has been
achieved only by US, Russia and China.
2019 Apr 12, Israeli troops
killed Palestinian teenager Maisara Shalouf (15) during protests
along the frontier.
(SFC, 4/13/19, p.A2)
2019 Apr 13, Syria's state news
reported that an Israeli airstrike on a military position in central
Syria early today wounded six soldiers and destroyed several
2019 Apr 13, Syrian Kurds
repatriated 25 women and children from Iraq's Yazidi minority after
freeing them during the final push against the Islamic State group.
2019 Apr 19, Israeli forces
bulldozed two apartments belonging to the father of Arafat Erfayieh
in the West Bank city of Hebron. Erfaiyeh was arrested and charged
in February with the killing of Ori Ansbacher (19).
2019 Apr 28, Israel released
two Syrian prisoners in what it described as a "goodwill gesture"
following the repatriation of the remains of an Israeli soldier who
went missing over 35 years ago.
2019 May 3, Two Israeli
soldiers were wounded by Gaza gunfire near the border. A retaliatory
Israeli air strike killed two militants from the Islamist Hamas
group that governs Gaza. Two other Palestinians protesting near the
frontier were also killed by Israeli forces.
2019 May 4, Israel said around
150 rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave by late this
afternoon and that its air defenses intercepted dozens of them.
Retaliatory airstrikes killed six Palestinians including a pregnant
mother and her baby.
(AFP, 5/4/19)(SSFC, 5/5/19, p.A5)
2019 May 5, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said he ordered the military to continue "massive strikes"
against Gaza's ruling Hamas group and Islamic Jihad. Rockets from
Gaza killed three people in an Israeli city while five Palestinian
militants died in surging cross-border fighting that included a
return by Israel to singling out enemy commanders for attack. Hamas
commander Hamed Ahmed Abed Khudri was killed in an air strike on his
2019 May 5, Israeli tanks and
warplanes had hit 350 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza,
killing 21 Palestinians, including 12 civilians. An Israeli military
spokesman said the Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic
Jihad had fired around 690 rockets toward Israel, killing four
2019 May 6, The Israeli
military lifted protective restrictions on residents in southern
Israel, while Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group reported a
cease-fire deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting
between the two sides since a 2014 war.
2019 May 7, Israeli police said
two Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of setting up a "dark"
Internet site that was used to buy weapons, drugs and stolen credit
2019 May 8, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear
2019 May 10, Israel lifted a
ban on Palestinian fishing boats operating off Gaza, ending a
measure imposed during a deadly flare-up of violence earlier this
month. The new limits imposed by Israel were 12 nautical miles in
the southern half of Gaza, and six nautical miles in the north.
2019 May 12, Israel reopened
its crossings with the blockaded Gaza Strip after closing them
during a deadly escalation earlier this month, as a fragile truce
2019 May 14, In Israel hackers
succeeded in flashing a fake rocket attack warning during a webcast
of a Eurovision song contest semi-final. Israel's public broadcaster
blamed the incident on Islamist group Hamas.
2019 May 16, Facebook said it
banned the Archimedes Group, an Israeli company that ran an
influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various
countries. FB purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of
groups and four Instagram accounts engaged in spreading
(SFC, 5/17/19, p.A2)
2019 May 18, In Israel singer
Duncan Laurence (25) brought the Netherlands victory with a doleful
piano ballad, "Arcade," its first win in the Eurovision song contest
since the 1970s. His victory means the Netherlands will host next
2019 May 21, Israel announced
that it had eased fishing restrictions off the blockaded Gaza Strip
after a ceasefire with Hamas ended a deadly escalation earlier this
month. The move restores the fishing zone to the limits set in April
ahead of Israel's general election.
2019 May 21, German authorities
handed over to Israel some 5,000 documents kept by a confidant of
Franz Kafka, a trove whose plight could have been plucked from one
of the author's surreal stories.
2019 May 23, Israel reduced the
offshore fishing limits it imposes for vessels operating out of Gaza
after Palestinians floated balloons fitted with incendiaries over
2019 May 23, In Israel
wildfires fed by tinder dry conditions destroyed around 40 homes.
2019 May 26, Israel said it has
eased fishing restrictions off the blockaded Gaza Strip with the aim
of preventing a deterioration in humanitarian conditions in the
2019 May 26, Israeli
pharmaceutical giant Teva agreed to pay the US state of Oklahoma $85
million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of fueling the state's
2019 May 29, Israel announced
it had tightened restrictions on Palestinian fishing off the
blockaded Gaza Strip after more balloons fitted with firebombs were
floated from the enclave into its territory.
2019 May 30, Israel embarked on
an unprecedented snap election campaign ó the second this year ó
after PM Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition and
instead dissolved parliament.
2019 May 31, Israeli police
shot and killed Abdullah Ghaith, a 16-year-old Palestinian, near the
West Bank separation barrier. In Jerusalem's Old City, an alleged
Palestinian attacker was killed after stabbing and injuring two
Israelis, according to Israeli police.
(AP, 5/31/19)(SFC, 6/1/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 2, Thousands of
Israeli religious nationalists paraded through the streets of
Jerusalem and into the main entrance of the Old city's Muslim
Quarter to mark Jerusalem Day, celebrating the regions capture in
(SFC, 6/3/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 5, Israel cut the
fishing zone it allows off Gaza, in the third such response in a
fortnight to Palestinian incendiary balloons. The fishing limit for
Gaza fishermen was reduced from a maximum of 15 nautical miles to
2019 Jun 6, In Israel thousands
took part in Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade, waving rainbow flags and
calling for tolerance in the Holy City with security tight.
2019 Jun 10, Israel's Supreme
Court ruled against the Greek Orthodox Church in a long-running
legal battle over the sale of three properties in predominantly
Palestinian parts of Jerusalem's Old City to a Jewish settler group.
2019 Jun 10, The Palestinian
foreign minister said that comments by the US ambassador to Israel
were intended to help Israel annex parts of the occupied West Bank,
underscoring the Palestinians' distrust of the Trump administration.
2019 Jun 10, Palestinian
paramedic Mohammed al-Judeili (36) succumbed to wounds inflicted by
Israeli fire at a border protest a month before.
2019 Jun 11, Israeli and
Palestinian forces have engaged in a rare shootout in the West Bank,
which erupted overnight in the city of Nablus.
2019 Jun 12, Syria's state-run
news agency said that Israel has attacked a military position in
southern Syria, causing material damage.
2019 Jun 13, Israeli aircraft
attacked a Hamas tunnel in Gaza. Israel's military said it was
responding to a rocket fired from Gaza overnight that was
intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
(Reuters, 6/13/19)(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 13, Palestinian
militants fired a rocket into southern Israel, striking a building,
but causing no injuries.
(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 14, In Israel the
largest gay pride parade in the Middle East drew hundreds of
thousands of revelers and demonstrators from all over to the streets
of Tel Aviv.
2019 Jun 14, The Israeli
military struck several militant sites in the Gaza Strip after a
Palestinian rocket hit a building in southern Israel a day earlier.
(AP, 6/14/19)(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 16, An Israeli court
convicted Sara Netanyahu (60), the wife of PM Benjamin Netanyahu, of
fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which
dropped more severe charges. She was fined 10,000 shekels ($2,800)
and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels.
2019 Jun 25, Israel cut off
fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip in response to the launch of
incendiary balloons, resulting in new power cuts in the impoverished
2019 Jun 27, In Israel clashes
erupted in east Jerusalem after Israeli police shot and killed
Mohammed Obeid (20) during demonstrations against police violence.
(SFC, 7/1/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 28, Israel said it has
restored fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip's sole power plant and
expanded the permitted fishing zone off the enclave's coast, easing
some recent restrictions on the blockaded territory.
2019 Jun 30, Israeli police
clashed overnight with residents of a Palestinian neighborhood in
east Jerusalem, leaving at least 15 Palestinians and two officers
2019 Jun 30, In Israel
demonstrations erupted after Solomon Teka (18), an
Ethiopian-Israeli, was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer in
a Haifa suburb.
2019 Jun 30, US ambassador to
Israel David Friedman and White House adviser Jason Greenblatt were
among US officials attending an event organized by the City of David
Foundation in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. They helped open what
organizers say is an ancient pilgrimage road, now underground in a
tunnel, leading to the second Jewish temple some 2,000 years ago.
Palestinians and anti-occupation activists saw it as another attempt
by Israel to cement its control over mainly Palestinian east
2019 Jul 1, The head of
Israel's Mossad intelligence agency said that Iran was behind a
string of recent attacks on targets across the Persian Gulf.
2019 Jul 1, The head of
Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, said his country
was establishing "formal relations" with Oman. The next day Oman
denied it has agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
2019 Jul 1, Mojtaba Zolnour,
the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and
Foreign Policy commission, said Israel will be destroyed in half an
hour if the US attacks Iran.
2019 Jul 1, Syrian state media
said Israeli warplanes attacked military positions in central Syria
early today, with a missile near Damascus. The air strikes left nine
mostly foreign pro-regime fighters and six civilians including three
(AP, 7/1/19)(AFP, 7/1/19)
2019 Jul 1, The Associated
Press reported that the Falic family of Florida, owners of the
ubiquitous chain of Duty Free Americas shops, funds a generous and
sometimes controversial philanthropic empire in Israel that runs
through the corridors of power and stretches deep into the occupied
West Bank. They are a key example of how wealthy US donors have
bolstered the contentious settlement movement.
2019 Jul 2, In Israel thousands
of protesters blocked major highways around the country, snarling
traffic for hours. They attacked police and vandalized vehicles in
response to what they see as continued police brutality following
the June 30 shooting death of Solomon Teka (18).
2019 Jul 3, The Organization of
Islamic Cooperation, an international body of Muslim nations,
condemned the opening of an Israeli tunnel that runs beneath a
Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
2019 Jul 8, Israel's military
shot down a drone that crossed into its territory from the Gaza
Strip and discovered an attack tunnel running under the Gaza
2019 Jul 11, Israeli troops
shot and killed a Palestinian militant in the northern Gaza Strip in
what the military later described as a mistake. Earlier, Hamas
accused the army of "deliberately" firing at one of its members,
Mahmoud al-Adham (28), in the town of Beit Hanoun.
2019 Jul 12, An Egyptian
delegation arrived in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to call for
calm between Palestinian factions and Israel.
2019 Jul 18, A Cyprus court
ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island
nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a
19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped a day earlier
at the popular resort of Ayia Napa.
2019 Jul 19, In northern Iraq
an unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to
Iran-linked Shi'ite paramilitary groups, killing at least one
person. Two Iranian military commanders were killed. US officials
later confirmed that Israel was responsible for the bombing. A
Turkish soldier was killed and six wounded in an operation in
northern Iraq during clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers'
(Reuters, 7/19/19)(AP, 8/23/19)
2019 Jul 22, Israeli work crews
began demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem
neighborhood, in one of the largest operations of its kind in years.
Israel said the buildings were erected too close to its West Bank
separation barrier. Residents say the buildings are on West Bank
land, and the Palestinian Authority gave them construction permits.
2019 Jul 23, Former Israeli
prime minister Ehud Barak apologized for the killing of 13 Arab
protesters by Israeli police in 2000 and said there is no place for
protesters to be killed by their country's security forces".
2019 Jul 24, Israel welcomed a
US congressional resolution opposing the Palestinian-led Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, while
Palestinians said the decision was a blow to human rights and free
2019 Jul 25, In Israel a trio
of forces on the Israeli left ó including former PM Ehud Barak ó
united ahead of the country's upcoming elections. The newly formed
"Democratic Union" said in a joint statement it would be made up of
Barak's "Democratic Israel" faction, the dovish Meretz party and
senior Labor Party official Stav Shaffir.
2019 Jul 25, Diplomats said the
United States has blocked an attempt to get the UN Security Council
to condemn Israelís demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts
(The Independent, 7/25/19)
2019 Jul 26, A Cyprus court
extended the detention of seven Israeli teenagers out of the 12 who
were arrested as suspects in the rape of a 19-year-old British
woman. Five suspects were released a day earlier.
2019 Jul 28, Police in Cyprus
arrested a 19-year-old British woman on suspicion of filing a false
complaint of gang rape for which a dozen Israeli teens had been
detained as suspects. A lawyer said Cyprus police will release all
seven Israeli teenagers who were being detained as suspects in the
alleged rape of a British woman. Investigators questioning the woman
concluded that her allegations "didn't stand to reason".
(Reuters, 7/28/19)(AP, 7/28/19)
2019 Jul 28, Israel's defence
ministry said tests of the Arrow-3 system were carried out in the US
state of Alaska and it successfully intercepted targets above the
atmosphere. The Arrow system, partly financed by the United States,
was developed and produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries in
partnership with Boeing.
2019 Jul 29, Israel's four Arab
political parties formalized a merger ahead of September elections,
hoping to boost turnout among the minority that comprises a fifth of
the country's population.
2019 Jul 31, The Israeli
Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing
units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement
housing units in the West Bank.
2019 Jul 31, Israel's Pluristem
Therapeutics Inc reported positive results from a series of studies
in animals of its placenta-based stem cell therapy to treat acute
radiation syndrome (ARS).
2019 Aug 1, Israeli troops shot
and killed Hani Abu Salah, a member of the armed wing of Hamas, who
had crossed the Gaza perimeter fence and fired on soldiers in an
2019 Aug 1, Egypt issued a
statement saying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told visiting White
House envoy Jared Kushner that Egypt supports efforts aimed at
resolving the conflict "on the basis of a two-state solution and the
creation of Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital".
2019 Aug 7, Greek Energy
Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said Greece, Israel, Cyprus and the
United States have agreed to enhance cooperation in energy, cyber
and infrastructure security following a meeting of the ministers
from the four countries in Athens.
2019 Aug 8, Israeli troops
raided a Palestinian village on and the military said it was sending
reinforcements to the West Bank, hours after the body of Dvir Sorek,
a 19-year-old soldier, was found with stab wounds between the Jewish
settlements of Migdal Oz and Efrat.
(AP, 8/8/19)(SFC, 8/9/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 10, Israeli troops
killed four Palestinian militants who attempted to cross through the
perimeter fence from the Gaza Strip this morning, stoking fears of
escalation after months of uneasy calm.
2019 Aug 10, The Israeli army
said in a statement that members of the cell that killed Dvir Sorek
(18) outside a settlement near Hebron have been arrested and the car
they used in the attack was seized.
2019 Aug 11, Muslim worshippers
and Israeli police clashed at a major Jerusalem holy site during
prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Palestinian
medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously.
2019 Aug 11, Gaza's Health
Ministry said Marwan Nasser, a 26-year-old Palestinian, was killed
after exchanging fire with Israeli troops along the perimeter fence
surrounding the coastal territory.
2019 Aug 15, Israel announced
it is barring by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat,
Rep. Ilhan Omar from visiting Jerusalem and the West Bank, an
unprecedented move targeting members of the US Congress. The
decision came after President Donald Trump said in a tweet it would
show "weakness" to allow in the two Muslim members of Congress who
have been sharply critical of him and of Israel's policies toward
2019 Aug 15, Israeli police
officers shot dead a Palestinian teen and seriously wounded another
after they stabbed a policeman outside a flashpoint Jerusalem holy
2019 Aug 16, Israel's interior
minister said he has received and granted a request by Democratic
Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on
humanitarian grounds. The Michigan Democrat rejected the offer to
let her travel to the West Bank, saying she would not visit her
family after the Israeli government lifted a ban on her entry but
imposed "oppressive conditions" to humiliate her.
(AP, 8/16/19)(Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019 Aug 16, Israeli police
shot dead a Palestinian driver they said had carried out a
car-ramming attack that injured two Israeli civilians in the
occupied West Bank, one of them critically. Militants from the Gaza
Strip fired at least one rocket toward southern Israel.
(Reuters, 8/16/19)(AP, 8/16/19)
2019 Aug 18, Israeli forces
opened fire at a group of Palestinian gunmen overnight as they tried
to cross the Gaza border. Palestinian health officials said three of
the men were killed.
2019 Aug 19, US Democratic
Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel for
denying them entry to the country and called on fellow members of
Congress to visit while they cannot.
2019 Aug 20, Israel-based Teva
Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said its generic version of Mylan's
EpiPen for young children will be available in most retail
pharmacies at a price of $300 for a 2-pack.
2019 Aug 21, Israeli
authorities in Jerusalem carried out the court-ordered demolition of
what the municipality said was an illegally built Palestinian home
in the city's eastern sector.
2019 Aug 22, The Palestinian
Authority said it has reached an agreement with Israel to restore
some of the much-needed tax funds withheld by Israel in recent
2019 Aug 23, An explosion at a
water spring near a West Bank settlement killed an Israeli girl (17)
and wounded her brother (21) and father (46). Israel said this was a
2019 Aug 24, Israel bombed
Iranian forces in Syria. One Iranian and two fighters from
Hezbollah, the Shiite Lebanese militia backed by Iran, were killed
in the airstrike in Aqraba, south-east of Damascus late today.
(The Telegraph, 8/25/19)
2019 Aug 25, Lebanese and
Hezbollah officials said two Israeli drones crashed in a Hezbollah
stronghold in the Lebanese capital overnight. They said the first
fell on the roof of a building housing the group's media office
while the second landed in a plot behind it. Israeli aircraft
continued to violate Lebanese airspace, flying low over Beirut hours
after the drones had crashed, raising fears of a wider conflict.
2019 Aug 26, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to cut fuel transfers to
Gaza in half, in response to rocket attacks from the coastal strip,
raising tensions along Israel's southern border. Netanyahu also
instructed his staff to prepare plans for building a new
neighborhood in a West Bank settlement near where a teenage Israeli
girl was killed in an explosion last week.
2019 Aug 26, The Israeli air
force struck a Palestinian base in eastern Lebanon near the border
with Syria early today amid rising tensions in the Middle East. The
strike was reportedly carried out by Israeli drones and did not
inflict any casualties.
2019 Aug 26, Israel's elections
committee ruled against a plan by the prime minister's party to have
cameras at polling stations in Arab communities during parliamentary
elections next month.
2019 Aug 28, Lebanese army
gunners opened fired at two of three Israeli reconnaissance drones
after they entered Lebanese airspace.
2019 Aug 30, The Israeli
military wounded 42 protesters by live fire as demonstrators threw
grenades at the fence. Palestinian Badr Abu Moussa (25) died the
next day of wounds sustained from Israeli gunfire.
2019 Aug 31, The leader of
Lebanon's Hezbollah categorically denied Israeli claims about his
group having factories to produce precision-guided missiles in
Lebanon, saying such "lies" were an attempt to justify Israeli
attacks against the country.
2019 Sep 1, Lebanon-based
Hezbollah militants fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles into
Israel, prompting a reprisal of heavy Israeli artillery fire in a
rare burst of fighting between the bitter enemies. An Israeli army
helicopter transported soldiers, bandaged and feigning bloody wounds
after a Hezbollah anti-tank missile exploded on an Israeli army
(AP, 9/1/19)(AP, 9/2/19)
2019 Sep 4, Bezeq, Israel's
largest telecoms group, was fined 30 million shekels ($8.6 million)
for what the competition regulator said was an "abuse of the firm's
monopolistic position" in telecommunications infrastructure. The
antitrust authority also imposed a financial penalty of 500,000
shekels on a senior Bezeq official and said it intended to levy a
further 8 million shekel fine on Bezeq for misinformation during the
2019 Sep 5, Diplomats said the
US has blocked the UN Security Council from issuing a statement
following the recent exchange of cross-border fire between the
militant group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and Israeli forces in
Israel. The initial draft of the French-proposed council statement
would have condemned "all violations of the Blue Line," which is the
UN-drawn dividing line between the two countries.
2019 Sep 6, Israeli forces shot
dead two teenagers, ages 17 and 14, during regular weekend protests
along the volatile fence separating Gaza from Israel. Militants in
Gaza fired five projectiles into Israel in an apparent response to
2019 Sep 7, Israeli aircraft
hit several military targets for Gaza's Hamas rulers late today
after militants used a drone to drop a bomb on the Israeli side of
the Gaza-Israel perimeter fence.
2019 Sep 8, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu's cabinet approved draft legislation to have cameras
monitor polling stations in elections next week, a move opponents
said was effectively meant to intimidate Arab voters. The
legislation will go to parliament for approval before the Sept. 17
2019 Sep 8, In Lebanon the
Iran-backed Hezbollah movement downed and seized an Israeli drone as
it flew across the border, a week after a flash confrontation
between the arch-foes. An air strike at "around midnight" killed 18
pro-Iranian fighters in eastern Syria.
(The Telegraph, 9/9/19)
2019 Sep 9, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu failed in his eleventh hour bid to legislate that cameras
be installed in polling stations to prevent what his supporters
claim is voting fraud in Arab districts.
2019 Sep 9, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled what he said was a previously
undisclosed Iranian nuclear weapons site, further escalating a
showdown between the two enemy countries.
2019 Sep 10, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu's vowed to annex the Jordan Valley if re-elected
next week. The Jordan Valley makes up about one-fourth of the West
Bank, which is the centerpiece of any future Palestinian state.
2019 Sep 10, The NSO Group, an
Israeli spyware company that has been accused of helping
authoritarian governments stifle dissent, said it has adopted "a new
human rights policy" to ensure its software is not misused.
2019 Sep 12, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu threatened war in Gaza and then flew to Russia to
discuss Israeli freedom of action in Syria with President Vladimir
Putin as a frenetic election race neared its end.
2019 Sep 14, President Donald
Trump gave a boost to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu days before he
faces his fiercest political test in more than a decade. Trump said
he and Netanyahu discussed the possibility of moving forward on a
"mutual defense" treaty between the allies.
(AP, 9/14/19)(AFP, 9/15/19)
2019 Sep 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex "all the settlements" in the West
Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest
Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at
shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election.
2019 Sep 17, Israel held its
22nd parliamentary elections. Under Israel's system of proportional
representation, parties must receive at least 3.25% of the vote in
order to enter parliament.
2019 Sep 17, Dutch-Palestinian
Ismail Zeyada went to court in the Netherlands seeking damages from
two former Israeli military commanders, Benny Gantz and Amir Eshel,
for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six
members of his family.
2020 Israelís population
was expected to reach 8 million with a density of 857 people per sq.
km. compared with 400 for Holland and 26 per sq. km. in the US.
(SFEM, 5/31/98, p.16)