Timeline Israel (E) 2016 to Present Return to homeIsrael
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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 — including
famed writer Amos Oz, perennially touted as a potential favorite for
the Nobel Prize — 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 4½ 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 Israel’s West Bank settlements. About 100 Israeli
companies later received warning that they would be on the list.
Some 50 int’l. companies, mostly American European, were also
(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 — 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 “suicide
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 chloride—
enough to produce hundreds of rockets— 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 Gaza’s 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 Aviv’s 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 Tarayra’s home.
(Reuters, 6/30/16)(AFP, 8/15/16)
2016 Jul 1, Palestinian Sarah
Tarayreh (27) was killed when she pulled out a knife and threatened
an officer at a checkpoint near the flashpoint West Bank city of
Hebron. A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a family traveling in a
car in the West Bank, killing Israeli Michael Mark (48) and wounding
his wife and two teenage children.
(AP, 7/1/16)(AFP, 7/2/16)
2016 Jul 2, The Israeli
military struck a series of militant sites in Gaza early today in
response to a rocket attack that hit a kindergarten in the Israeli
border town of Sderot. No injuries were reported on either side
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 assailants’ families who
killed an Israeli citizen last December. Four Palestinian youths
were wounded in clashes with troops demolishing the homes.
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 5, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu met with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on
counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture, amid tight security on
the second leg of his Africa tour.
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, Germany’s BMW,
Israeli supplier Mobileye and US-based Intel said they were joining
forces to build a self-driving car.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.63)
2016 Aug 2, Israeli lawmakers
approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of "terrorist
offences" in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians.
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, Israel’s agriculture
minister said that local cannabis growers will soon be allowed to
export medical marijuana.
(Econ, 10/29/16, p.42)
2016 Sep 1, An unmanned SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test in Florida, destroying the
Israeli-built and -owned Amos 6 satellite that Facebook planned to
use to beam high-speed internet to sub-Saharan Africa.
2016 Sep 3, Israel’s PM
Benjamin Netanyahu, under pressure from ultra-Orthodox partners,
ordered routine railway repairs scheduled today, the Jewish Sabbath,
to be halted.
2016 Sep 4, Israel’s transport
minister, Yisrael Katz, canceled key train routes because of the
delayed repairs. The government dispatched extra buses for some
90,000 affected commuters.
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, Israel’s former
Pres. Shimon Peres (93) suffered a major stroke and was hospitalized
in Tel Aviv.
(SFC, 9/14/16, p.A3)
2016 Sep 14, The United States
signed an unprecedented security agreement with Israel that will
give the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years.
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 16, In Israel three
alleged assailants were killed while carrying out attacks on
Israelis, shattering weeks of relative calm in Israel and the
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 Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu in New York and expressed
concern about continued settlement construction in the West Bank.
(http://tinyurl.com/jhhq4j5)(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A6)
2016 Sep 28, Shimon Peres
(b.1923), Israeli former president and prime minister, died two
weeks after suffering a massive stroke. The Nobel Prize-winning
visionary pushed his country toward peace during a remarkable
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, Israel’s 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 Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet approved a plan to create
Israel's first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than
20 years despite international concern over the issue. Netanyahu
also ordered limitations on settlement expansion in territory
Palestinians claim for a state.
(AFP, 3/30/17)(AP, 3/31/17)(SFC, 3/30/17,
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, Israel’s Housing
Ministry said it intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in
East Jerusalem, despite US President Donald Trump's request to "hold
back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for
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 Int’l. Prize for his novel “A
Horse Walks Into a Bar." Jessica Cohen shared the prize for
translating the book into English from Hebrew.
(Econ 6/24/17, p.42)
2017 Jun 15, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious
Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his
country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to
export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a
proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and
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, Israel’s PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said ground has been broken in the West Bank for
the first new Israeli settlement in two decades to compensate for
the Amona outpost demolished earlier this year.
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, India’s PM Narendra
Modi arrived in Israel for the first ever visit by an Indian
premier, amid growing ties between the two countries including
billions of dollars in defence deals.
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 Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has compiled a blacklist of overseas
rabbis whose authority they refuse to recognize when it comes to
certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in
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 state’s witness arrangement with
the justice ministry agreeing to serve a reduce sentence of a year
in prison and pay a 10m shekel fine in return for disclosing all
that he knows about arms deals.
(Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017 Jul 21, A Palestinian
broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank
and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them.
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, Israel’s defence
ministry said it has finalized a deal to purchase 17 more Lockheed
Martin F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the
ultra-high-tech jets already ordered.
2017 Aug 28, Israel’s 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, Israel’s 2018
Genesis Prize, known as “the 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 — 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
Jerusalem’s 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, Israel’s military
retaliated to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip with strikes on
posts used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the
territory. The exchange caused no casualties on either side.
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, Israel’s ruling
Likud Party's central committee unanimously endorsed a resolution
calling for the annexation of Israeli West Bank settlements.
2017 Yaakov Katz authored “The
Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower."
(Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017 Israel’s PM Netanyahu
canceled a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar
Gabriel because he insisted on meeting with Breaking the Silence, a
group of former fighters who served in the West Bank and now collect
testimonies about the damaging impact of the occupation. The group
was led by Dean Issacharoff, a former Israeli combat officer turned
2017 In Israel a deposit law
went into effect this year whereby employers are required to deposit
20 percent of an asylum seeker’s 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, India’s 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 — mostly Israeli and American
— 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, Israel’s 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, Israel’s 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, Israel’s 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 Jerusalem’s 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 May, A Palestinian was
shot in the back by an Israeli policewoman nearly 20 seconds after
walking away from a West Bank checkpoint. In 2019 she was charged
with assault and reckless use of a weapon for allegedly shooting the
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, Palestinian Khalil
Jabarin (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. Camera footage showed Fuld firing a weapon at
his attacker before collapsing. He later died of his wounds. On July
21, 2020, Jabarin (19) was sentenced to life in prison.
(Reuters, 9/16/18)(AP, 7/21/20)
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
Netanyahu’s 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 20, Ahmad Manasra (22)
was traveling home from a wedding when he spotted a family in
distress on the side of a West Bank road. Moments later, the
Palestinian was fatally shot while another Palestinian driver was
seriously wounded — both by an Israeli soldier in a nearby
watchtower. In 2020 a plea bargain offered the soldier three months
of community service. In Dec. 2020, an Israeli military tribunal
upheld the contentious plea bargain.
(AP, 9/8/20)(AP, 12/10/20)
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 Apr, In Russia Naama
Issachar (26), a US-Israeli woman, was arrested while in transit
while travelling from India to Israel. Authorities said more than
nine grams of hashish were found in her luggage Issachar. She
arrested at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and was soon sentenced to
7 1/2 years in prison.
(Reuters, 10/11/19)(AP, 1/22/20)
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 — the second this year —
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 in
Amirli, Salaheddin province. A Turkish soldier was killed and six
wounded in an operation in northern Iraq during clashes with the
outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
(Reuters, 7/19/19)(AP, 8/23/19)(SFC, 8/24/19,
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 — including former PM Ehud Barak —
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 Israel’s 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." On October
15 the teenager said that she feared for her life after “aggressive"
police allegedly forced her to sign a retraction.
(Reuters, 7/28/19)(AP, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph,
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 arrested
Heba al-Labadi (32) at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan
and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. She was reportedly detained
"because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security
violations." On Sept. 26 she began a hunger strike to protest her
detention without formal charges.
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
the Ein Bubin water spring near the Dolev West Bank settlement
killed Rina Schnerb (17), an Israeli girl, and wounded her brother
(21) and father (46). Israel said this was a Palestinian attack.
Shin Bet launched a massive manhunt following the attack. The Shin
Bet later identified Samer Arbeed (44) as the mastermind of the
attack and the bombmaker. It said Qassem Barghouti (22) took part in
the bombing and other attacks, and that Walid Hanatsheh (51) was a
senior commander in the group's armed wing. Arbeed's interrogators
beat him for 36 hours, leaving him with kidney failure and 11 broken
rib. Lawyers and family members of the three main suspects said they
were tortured to the point of being hospitalized.
(AP, 8/23/19)(SFC, 8/24/19, p.A2)(AP, 2/9/20)
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.
2019 Sep 18, Israel's two main
political parties were deadlocked after an unprecedented repeat
election, with PM Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold
on to his job. Exit polls showed Gantz's Blue and White party with a
slight lead over Netanyahu's Likud.
2019 Sep 18, In Israel private
security guards at a checkpoint near Jerusalem shot and killed a
Palestinian woman after she pulled out a knife at the crossing.
2019 Sep 19, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu invited his political rival Benny Gantz to join a
unity government with him and his religious allies, an offer that
was greeted coolly amid continued deadlock following this week's
2019 Sep 22, Israel's national
electric company said it has begun reducing power supplies to
Palestinian areas of the occupied West Bank due to a financial
2019 Sep 25, Israeli police
arrested the Palestinian minister of Jerusalem affairs for
conducting political activity in east Jerusalem. He was charged with
allegedly breaking a law prohibiting political activity in Jerusalem
by the Palestinian Authority.
2019 Sep 25, Benjamin Netanyahu
was tasked by Israel's president to form a new government for the
sixth time in his lengthy political career. He was given up to six
weeks to attempt to resolve the political impasse.
2019 Sep 26, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas took to the world stage to slam the United
States for "depriving the peace process of any credibility" and
undermining prospects for a two-state solution to the decades-old
2019 Sep 27, Israel's centrist
Blue and White party, which won the most seats in elections earlier
this month, rejected what it said were demands from PM Benjamin
Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his
right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.
2019 Oct 2, An Israeli court
ordered Malka Leifer, a former educator accused of sexually abusing
her students in Australia, released on house arrest while she fights
2019 Oct 2, In Israel a
shootout in Majd al-Krum killed two brothers, Ahmed and Khalil
Manaa, and a third man Mohammed Sabea. Protests soon followed over
police negligence in Arab communities.
2019 Oct 3, Israel swore in its
newly elected parliament for what could be a very short term after
the country’s second inconclusive election of the year left it with
no new government on the horizon.
2019 Oct 3, Arab citizens of
Israel observed a general strike and held protests over a wave of
deadly violence within the minority community.
2019 Oct 4, Palestinian
officials said the Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept
hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel
months after declining them in protest. The PA had refused to accept
the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to what the
Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and those killed in
the conflict, including slain militants.
2019 Oct 4, Palestinian Alaa
Hamdan (28) was killed by Israeli gunfire during the weekly protest
along the Gaza-Israel frontier.
2019 Oct 6, Israeli Foreign
Minister Israel Katz said he was seeking "non-aggression" agreements
with Gulf Arab nations that do not formally recognize the country as
a prelude to possible future peace deals.
2019 Oct 11, Israel said it has
asked Russia to show leniency to an Israeli tourist arrested on drug
charges and has rejected an apparent swap involving a detained
Russian national subject to extradition to the US. Naama Issachar
(26) was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison today after
being arrested at Moscow's international airport in April.
2019 Oct 13, Israel's Pres.
Reuven Rivlin in a letter asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to
pardon Naama Issachar, a young Israeli woman, imprisoned on drug
charges in Russia.
2019 Oct 21, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had failed to form a majority
government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled
Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of
2019 Oct 23, Israel's former
military chief Benny Gantz received an official mandate to form the
country's next government. He had few options after last month's
elections left him in a near tie with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Gantz
will have 28 days to form a coalition.
2019 Oct 23, Lebanon's
state-run news agency said a Lebanese man shot down an Israeli drone
with a hunting rifle near the border village of Kfar Kila.
2019 Oct 23, Michael Lynk, the
UN independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian
territories, called for an international ban on all products made in
Israeli settlements as a step to potentially end Israel's 52-year
2019 Oct 24, Israeli rights
group B'Tselem said Israeli authorities have demolished at least 140
Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem this year, the highest annual
number since it began keeping records in 2004.
2019 Oct 29, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he is establishing a committee to address
violence and crime in Israel's Arab community after a spike in
deadly violence this year.
2019 Oct 29, WhatsApp filed a
lawsuit against Israeli hacking tool developer NSO Group. The
Facebook-owned software giant alleged that NSO Group built and sold
a hacking platform that exploited a flaw in WhatsApp-owned servers
to help clients hack into the cellphones of at least 1,400 users.
Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were
targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook
Inc's WhatsApp to take over users' phones.
2019 Oct 30, Israeli police
officers shot a Palestinian woman who attempted to stab troops
outside a contested holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron. The
woman was treated by Israeli paramedics and hospitalized in critical
2019 Oct 31, Israeli forces
rearrested former Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar (57) from her
home in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Jarrar, a senior official
with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was released
in February from 20 months of administrative detention.
2019 Nov 2, Israeli airstrikes
on Gaza killed a Palestinian man as aircraft pounded militant sites
in response to barrages of rockets launched toward Israel from the
2019 Nov 3, India's main
opposition Congress party said that its general secretary Priyanka
Gandhi Vadra had been informed by messaging service WhatsApp that
her phone was hacked during this year's election campaign by malware
from Israeli surveillance firm NSO.
2019 Nov 4, Israeli-based
RedHill Biopharma Ltd's said its three-drug combination therapy to
treat Helicobacter pylori bacterial infections had been approved by
the US Food and Drug Administration, sending its shares up 25%.
Talicia, is an oral capsule comprising two antibiotics, amoxicillin
and rifabutin, as well as omeprazole, a common treatment for
2019 Nov 4, The European Union
criticized Israel's approval of plans to build over 2,000 new homes
in West Bank settlements.
2019 Nov 5, Israel's Supreme
Court rejected an appeal by Omar Shakir, the local director of Human
Rights Watch, which sought to block the Israeli government's attempt
to expel him for allegedly supporting an international boycott
movement against Israel.
2019 Nov 6, Israeli authorities
released two Jordanian citizens who'd been detained for two months
and returned them to Jordan, easing a standoff that has soured
relations between the countries just as they marked a chilly 25th
anniversary of their historic peace deal. Israel arrested Heba
al-Labadi (32) on Aug. 20 and Abdul Rahman Miri (29) on Sept. 2 as
they entered the West Bank from Jordan through an Israeli-controlled
2019 Nov 10, Jordan's king
announced that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two
pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations
between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary
of their 1994 landmark peace deal.
2019 Nov 11, Israeli forces
shot dead a Palestinian (22) during confrontations with
stone-throwing protesters in Al-Aroub refugee camp, near Hebron city
in the occupied West Bank.
2019 Nov 12, An Israeli
airstrike in the Gaza Strip killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta (42), a senior
militant with the Islamic Jihad group, as well as his wife. Eight
others were killed, including at least seven militants. Israel said
more than 50 rockets were fired in just a few hours following the
attack, with at least 20 intercepted by its Iron Dome defense
system. Israeli warplanes responded with a series of airstrikes on
Islamic Jihad targets.
2019 Nov 12, An Israeli
airstrike in Damascus targeted another Islamic Jihad commander,
Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed.
2019 Nov 12, The EU's top court
(ECJ) ruled that goods from Israeli settlements must be labelled as
produced in occupied territory, a decision hailed by Palestinians
and condemned by Israel, which said it would try to persuade
countries to ignore it.
2019 Nov 13, Israeli airstrikes
pounded Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza and militants resumed rocket
fire toward Israel after a brief overnight lull, as the death toll
rose to 23 Palestinians, including a 7-year-old boy and two other
minors, in the heaviest round of fighting in months.
2019 Nov 14, Palestinian
militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to
hostilities across the Gaza Strip border, but a lasting ceasefire
appeared tenuous as they differed on terms. Militants in Gaza fired
a barrage of rockets into Israel hours after a cease-fire was
declared to bring to an end to two days of intense fighting. The
fighting has killed at least 34 Palestinians, among them three
women, eight children and 18 militants. The Israeli airstrike in the
central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah came in the closing hours of a
fierce two-day burst of fighting between Israel and the Islamic
Jihad militant group. Nine members of a Palestinian family were
(Reuters, 11/14/19)(AP, 11/14/19)(AP, 12/24/19)
2019 Nov 15, Israel said it has
completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic
Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that
rattled a day-old truce. The Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers
cancelled the weekly protests they organize along the perimeter
fence without explanation — apparently in an effort to preserve the
2019 Nov 16, Israeli aircraft
hit military sites for Gaza’s Hamas rulers early today after two
rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave.
2019 Nov 18, The Trump
administration said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in
the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four
decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’
effort to gain statehood.
2019 Nov 19, Israel’s PM
Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the West Bank to celebrate the US's
announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to
violate international law.
2019 Nov 19, The Israeli
military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria and
explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after
another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the
2019 Nov 19, The UN and
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that Israeli
settlements in occupied Palestinian territory remain in breach of
international law, rejecting the Trump administration's position
2019 Nov 20, Israeli officials
announced that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for
the largest-ever gathering focused on combatting anti-Semitism amid
a global spike in violence against Jews.
2019 Nov 20, Israel struck
dozens of Iranian targets in Syria in a “wide-scale" operation in
response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the
day before. The airstrikes killed at least 23 people, including 15
non-Syrians, some of them Iranians. The airstrikes targeted several
areas in the capital Damascus and its suburbs.
2019 Nov 21, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted with all three charges of fraud,
breach of trust and bribery relating to a series of corruption
2019 Nov 22, Palestinian
officials said Israeli settlers attacked five villages in the
occupied West Bank overnight, torching vehicles and olive trees, and
leaving graffiti on the walls of homes.
2019 Nov 24, Omar Shakir, the
Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch since October
2016, said he will remain in his position and continue doing the
“important, urgent work" of documenting violations in Israel and the
Palestinian territories from abroad. Shakir is being deported from
Israel over his alleged advocacy for an economic boycott of Israel
or its settlements in occupied territory.
2019 Nov 26, Thousands of
Palestinian protesters took part in a “day of rage" across the
occupied West Bank, with some groups clashing with Israeli forces to
protest the US announcement that it no longer believes Israeli
settlements violate international law.
2019 Nov 27, Israeli aircraft
attacked several sites for Gaza’s Hamas rulers early today in
response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. There were no
reports of injuries.
2019 Nov 28, Bolivia said it
will restore diplomatic ties with Israel, a decade after
then-President Evo Morales severed relations because of an Israeli
military offensive in Gaza.
2019 Nov 29, Israeli troops
shot dead Palestinian teen Fahed al-Astal (16) near the Gaza-Israel
frontier and Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern
Israel in the evening, apparently in response to the fatal shooting.
Earlier today an Islamic Jihad militant died of wounds he sustained
during the fighting, becoming the 20th gunman to have been killed in
the round of violence. Fifteen non-combatants also died in the
2019 Dec 2, Israel’s attorney
general officially submitted his indictment against PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, giving him 30 days to appeal for immunity. Netanyahu was
charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate
2019 Dec 4, An expose by
Israel’s public broadcaster Kan found that the military “doubled or
even tripled" the number of ultra-Orthodox men drafted for the past
several years. In recent years the army has said ultra-Orthodox
draft figures have surged.
2019 Dec 5, The Czech
Republic’s defense ministry said it has signed a deal to buy eight
mobile MADR 3D radars from Israel for 3.5 billion crowns ($152
2019 Dec 6, Thousands of
Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza-Israel frontier as the
territory’s Hamas rulers resumed the regular protests after a
three-week pause. 14 Palestinians were reported wounded by Israeli
fire, four of them with live gunshots.
2019 Dec 7, US Pres. Donald
Trump energized an audience that numbered in the hundreds at the
Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida by recounting
his record on issues of importance to Jews, including an extensive
riff on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital
and relocate the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
2019 Dec 8, Israeli aircraft
bombed several militants’ sites in Gaza early today, hours after
three rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave toward
2019 Dec 9, Israeli police said
vandals overnight slashed the tires of over 160 vehicles and sprayed
slogans such as “Arabs=enemies" in a Palestinian neighborhood of
Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
2019 Dec 10, Former Soviet
dissident Natan Sharansky was awarded Israel's prestigious 2020
Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and
2019 Dec 11, The Israeli
parliament began voting to dissolve itself and pave the path to an
unprecedented third election within a year. The preliminary vote
passed without objections. Barring a nearly unfathomable about-face,
three more measures are expected to pass and call a new election for
March 2, 2020.
2019 Dec 18, The UN Mideast
envoy said that Israel advanced or approved plans for over 22,000
housing units in West Bank settlements and east Jerusalem in the
three years since the Security Council adopted a resolution
condemning settlements in lands the Palestinians want for their
2019 Dec 18, An international
team of researchers said it has discovered a 7,000-year-old-seawall
along Israel's Mediterranean coast, providing evidence that coastal
communities protected themselves against rising waters even in
ancient times. The seawall, found about 120 meters (130 yards) off
the coast, is the only structure of its kind found in Israel's
coastal region. The Neolithic era village, called Tel Hreiz, was
abandoned and eventually swallowed by the sea.
2019 Dec 19, The Arab League
condemned Brazil’s opening of a trade office in the contested city
of Jerusalem, warning the move will “seriously damage" Brazil’s
political and economic interests in the Arab world.
2019 Dec 19, Palestinian
militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket toward southern Israel
early today and Israeli aircraft responded with airstrikes in the
2019 Dec 19, Dozens of
Palestinians protested outside an Israeli military court in the
occupied West Bank calling for the release of a prisoner who has
been on a partial hunger strike for nearly three months.
2019 Dec 20, At The Hague the
prosecutor of the International Criminal Court took a major step
toward opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in the
occupied Palestinian territories, asking judges exactly what
territory a future investigation could cover.
2019 Dec 22, Israel announced
that it will allow Christians in the Gaza Strip to travel to
Jerusalem and the West Bank for Christmas.
2019 Dec 23, An Israeli missile
strike overnight near the Damascus killed at least three foreigners,
who were most likely Iranians.
2019 Dec 29, The Israeli
Security Cabinet voted to withhold $43 million of tax funds from the
Palestinians, saying the money has been used to promote violence.
2019 Dec 29, The Israeli
government appointed Yaacov Litzman as health minister, sparking a
litany of condemnations from Australia's staunchly pro-Israel Jewish
community. Litzman is suspected of aiding an alleged sexual abuser
wanted in Australia.
2020 Jan 5, Canndoc, an Israeli
producer of medical grade cannabis, received a shipment of 250 kilos
of dried whole cannabis flowers that it says will help alleviate a
local shortage. It came from Canada's Tilray's production plant in
2020 Jan 9, The Israeli the
Justice Ministry confirmed that a psychiatric panel has determined
that Malka Leifer, a woman facing dozens of sex-abuse charges in
Australia, is fit to stand trial for extradition.
2020 Jan 13, Israeli police
said they had raided a cult-like group in an ultra-Orthodox
neighborhood of Jerusalem in which dozens of women and children were
being held and abused under extreme “slavery" conditions.
2020 Jan 16, Israeli advocacy
group Ir Amim said 104 housing units were demolished in 2019,
compared() to 72 units in 2018. The 44% spike also ends what had
been a decline in demolitions between 2016 and 2018.
2020 Jan 16, An Israeli attack
helicopter struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip late
today in response to the launch of incendiary balloons into Israeli
territory earlier in the day.
2020 Jan 16, Cyprus, Greece,
Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine established a bloc called the
East Mediterranean Gas Forum.
(Econ., 8/22/20, p.50)
2020 Jan 19, Israel's military
said it has begun construction of an underground defense system
along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against
cross-border tunnels. the construction would all be on the Israeli
side of the border and that United Nations peacekeepers along the
frontier had been notified.
2020 Jan 23, Dozens of world
leaders gathered in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused
on commemorating the Holocaust and combating rising modern-day
2020 Jan 23, Russian President
Vladimir Putin inaugurated a bronze monument, named "Memorial
Candle," in the heart of Jerusalem commemorating the citizens and
defenders of Leningrad during the 1941-1944 Nazi siege of the city.
2020 Jan 25, Israeli aircraft
struck several sites for Gaza militants late today in response to
incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave.
2020 Jan 26, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington to meet Pres. Donald Trump
for the unveiling of a much-anticipated plan to resolve the
(SFC, 1/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 26, Israel's Interior
Ministry said that it will now allow Israelis to travel to Saudi
Arabia for religious or business visits. In the past, such visits
required special permission from the government.
2020 Jan 27, The Islamic State
group vowed in an audio message released today that the extremists
will start a new phase of attacks that will focus on Israel and
blasted the US administration's plan to resolve the decades-old
2020 Jan 30, Naama Issachar, a
US-Israeli woman jailed for drug trafficking in Russia, was released
and flew out with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu after she was
pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.
2020 Jan 31, Palestinians held
demonstrations across the region to protest President Donald Trump's
Middle East initiative, while militants in the Gaza Strip fired
rockets and mortar rounds at Israel, drawing retaliatory strikes.
2020 Feb 1, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority has cut
security ties with both Israel and the US in a speech at an Arab
League meeting in Cairo in which he denounced the White House plan
for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
2020 Feb 2, In Lebanon more
than 200 Lebanese and Palestinians held a protest near the US
Embassy in Beirut against a White House plan for ending the
2020 Feb 3, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu arrived in Uganda, saying his country is "returning to
Africa in a big way" and urging the East African country to open an
embassy in Jerusalem.
2020 Feb 3, Israel’s Channel 13
TV reported that PM Netanyahu was pushing to have the US recognize
Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara, which Morocco seized
after colonial power Spain pulled out in 1975, in a step that isn’t
2020 Feb 3, Sudan’s military
leader, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, met with Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu in Uganda and agreed to work toward normalizing relations,
in what would be a historic step for the Arab League member that’s
never officially recognized the Jewish state.
2020 Feb 4, The EU rejected US
President Donald Trump’s proposal for securing peace in the Middle
East and expressed concern about Israel’s plans to annex more
2020 Feb 5, Israeli forces shot
and killed a Palestinian (17) during clashes with demonstrators in
the West Bank, the first death since tensions rose following the
release of President Donald Trump's Mideast plan.
2020 Feb 6, Israel carried out
airstrikes near Damascus early today, wounding eight soldiers. An
opposition war monitoring group said the strikes targeted army
positions as well as Iran-backed fighters, killing 23.
2020 Feb 6, Israeli forces
killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank and a
third in Jerusalem after he opened fire at police, hours after a
car-ramming attack elsewhere in the city wounded 12 Israeli
2020 Feb 7, The director of
Israeli crossings informed all exporters and all relevant parties
that all Palestinian agriculture products would be banned from
export to world markets through the Jordanian crossing starting Feb.
2020 Feb 9, The Israeli
military blocked Palestinian agricultural exports in the latest
escalation of a months-long trade war that comes amid fears of
renewed violence as well.
2020 Feb 10, A cybersecurity
expert said a security breach in an app used by Israel's ruling
conservative party has exposed the personal information of nearly
6.5 million Israelis to hackers.
2020 Feb 10, An Israeli court
sentenced Raed Salah, head of the outlawed northern branch of the
Islamic Movement in Israel, to 28 months in prison for “inciting to
terror" in a series of speeches he made after a deadly attack in
2017 on Israeli police at a contested Jerusalem holy site.
2020 Feb 11, In northern Israel
vandals slashed the tires of dozens of vehicles in an Arab village
and spray painted slogans on buildings warning of Jewish-Arab
2020 Feb 12, The UN human
rights office issued a report on companies it said have business
ties to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a long-delayed move
likely to draw the ire of Israel and its main ally the United
States. It said 94 of the companies were domiciled in Israel and 18
in six other states.
2020 Feb 15, Israeli police
shot Malik Eissa (9) in the face just after he had gotten off a
school bus in east Jerusalem. He was hospitalized after being struck
by a non-lethal munition and later lost vision in the eye following
surgeries. In December Israeli authorities cleared police of any
wrongdoing in the case.
(AP, 2/20/20)(AP, 12/6/20)
2020 Feb 16, The Israeli
military said it has thwarted an attempt by the Hamas militant group
to hack soldiers' phones by posing as young, attractive women on
social media, striking up friendships and persuading them into
2020 Feb 18, A Tel Aviv court
ordered Facebook Inc to unblock the private account of a worker at
Israeli surveillance company NSO Group. Similar rulings were
expected for other employees in the coming days. Facebook's
messaging service WhatsApp had accused the Israeli firm of helping
government spies break into the phones of about 1,400 users in a
hacking spree targeting diplomats, political dissidents, journalists
and senior government officials across the globe.
2020 Feb 18, Israel said it
will provide hundreds of additional work permits for Palestinians in
the Gaza Strip, in a new step aimed at solidifying an informal
cease-fire with the Hamas militant group.
2020 Feb 21, An Israeli doctor
said one of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being
quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested positive for the
new virus that emerged in China late last year, the first case to be
reported inside the country. Another four Israelis were hospitalized
in Japan after testing positive for the virus.
2020 Feb 22, Israeli police
officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly tried to stab a
soldier outside Jerusalem’s Old City.
2020 Feb 22, Israeli and
Palestinian authorities sought to quell fears of a potential local
outbreak of the coronavirus after learning that South Korean
pilgrims who had toured some of the holy land's most popular sites
were later found to be carrying the virus.
2020 Feb 22, A South Korean Air
flight with 188 passengers that landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion
airport was taxied away from the allotted terminal while authorities
allowed only 11 Israelis to enter the country. The next day the
plane returned to South Korea with the rest of the passengers.
2020 Feb 23, The Israeli
military said it shot two Palestinian militants trying to place an
explosive device along the border with Gaza, one of whom was
2020 Feb 23, Israel struck
multiple targets near the Syrian capital late today, killing two
members of a Palestinian militant faction and triggering
anti-aircraft fire from the country's air defenses that shook
2020 Feb 23, South Korean
health authorities said that 18 of the 39 South Koreans from the
southeastern region who had made a group pilgrimage to sites in
Israel later tested positive for the virus.
2020 Feb 24, Gaza militants
resumed their intense bombardment of southern Israel, with some
rockets slipping through Israel's Iron Dome defense system and one
landing in the yard of a kindergarten. The Palestinian militant
group Islamic Jihad said it had ended its "military response"
against Israel after two days of Gaza rockets and Israeli air
(AP, 2/24/20)(Reuters, 2/24/20)
2020 Feb 25, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he was advancing settlement construction in
a contentious open area of the West Bank. The move was seen as a bid
by Netanyahu to secure electoral support from West Bank settlers.
2020 Feb 26, OurCrowd, a
leading Israeli venture capital firm, said it has hired the Trump
administration's former Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt as a business
developer for the region.
2020 Feb 27, Israel's Supreme
Court ruled against a 2018 surrogacy law that critics said
discriminated against same-sex couples and which sparked uproar in
the LGBT community when it was passed.
2020 Feb 27, In southern Syria
an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car, killing one person,. An
opposition war monitor said the man targeted was an anti-Israel
operative. Quneitra Gov. Humam Dibyat identified the person killed
as Adel Tawil and said he worked at a police station and was
targeted while returning home from work.
2020 Mar 2, Israel held its
third parliamentary elections in under 12 months as PM Benjamin
Netanyahu faced off against former army chief Benny Gantz. The
Netanyahu-led alliance stood to capture 59 of parliament’s 120
seats, following a four-seat gain by Likud, versus 54 for the
(AP, 3/2/20)(3, 3/3/20)
2020 Mar 4, Israel ordered
travelers arriving from Germany, France, Spain, Austria and
Switzerland to go into home quarantine over coronavirus concerns.
The Health Ministry also ordered all international conferences in
Israel cancelled and banned gatherings of more than 5,000
2020 Mar 4, It was reported
that Palestinians have launched protests in the occupied West Bank
after Israeli bulldozers began clearing land in what villagers fear
is an attempt to confiscate it for future Jewish settlements.
2020 Mar 5, Israeli military
forces demolished the homes of two Palestinians accused of being
behind a deadly blast in the West Bank last year. Israel says Walid
Hanatsheh and Yazan Mughamis were part of a cell that carried out
the attack in August, which killed Israeli Rina Shnerb (17) and
injured her father and brother as they hiked down to a spring in the
occupied West Bank.
2020 Mar 5, Israeli warplanes
fired missiles early today toward military positions in central
Syria. State news agency SANA said all were shot down by Syrian air
defenses before reaching their targets.
2020 Mar 7, People were not
permitted to leave or enter Bethlehem, as per a decision made by
Israeli and Palestinian authorities after 17 cases of novel
coronavirus were confirmed in the city in the last 48 hours. 14
American citizens were being tested and have been quarantined in the
Angles hotel in the city of Bethlehem for now.
(Good Morning America, 3/7/20)
2020 Mar 10, It was reported
that the coronavirus outbreak in Israel, largely contained, began to
gain pace in recent days, with a total of 58 cases diagnosed as of
today. 26 confirmed cases have been reported in the Palestinian
2020 Mar 11, Palestinian
Mohammed Hamayel (15) was shot in the head by a live bullet during
confrontations with Israeli soldiers in the village of Beita near
the West Bank city of Nablus and died in a hospital shortly after.
2020 Mar 12, Israel shut down
its education system due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ultra-Orthodix
schools continued to operate.
(Economist, 4/4/20, p.38)
2020 Mar 13, In Israel 126
cases of the disease have been reported and another 35 in the
occupied West Bank. Muslims gathered in smaller-than-usual numbers
at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after religious authorities decided
to keep Islam's third holiest site open for prayers but enact health
measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 15, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a six-month "emergency government" to
confront the coronavirus crisis and end a political deadlock after
the country's third inconclusive election in less than a year.
Israel delayed PM Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial for two
months due to the coronavirus.
(Reuters, 3/15/20)(Reuters, 3/16/20)
2020 Mar 15, Israel's Pres.
Reuven Rivlin said he has decided to give opposition leader Benny
Gants the first opportunity to form a new government. PM Benjamin
Netanyahu proposed a six-month "emergency government" to confront
the coronavirus crisis and end a political deadlock after the
country's third inconclusive election in less than a year. Israel
delayed PM Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial for two months due
to the coronavirus.
(Reuters, 3/15/20)(Reuters, 3/16/20)(SFC,
2020 Mar 16, Israel government
authorized Shin Bet, the internal security service, and the police
to use their technical knowledge to track and access the mobile
phones of those who have been infected with the coronavirus.
(Econ, 3/28/20, p.16)
2020 Mar 17, Peace Now, an
Israeli monitoring group that opposes West Bank settlements, said
that Israel's average annual construction rate has risen 25% since
President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
2020 Mar 19, Israel's attorney
general approved for the first time the use of a generic version of
a patent-protected drug to treat coronavirus patients. The
anti-viral drug Kaletra, produced by AbbVie Inc, is a treatment for
HIV but Israel's Health Ministry found it could be a possible
treatment for COVID-19 and a preliminary permit for the drug was
2020 Mar 19, Palestinians
defied their government's call to cease work in Israeli settlements
over coronavirus concerns, saying bringing money home to their
families came first. 529 cases of infection have been confirmed in
Israel, and nearly 50 in the occupied West Bank.
2020 Mar 20, Israel recorded
its first death from the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 22, In Israel new
rules prohibiting most Israelis from leaving their homes for the
next seven days took effect as the number of confirmed coronavirus
cases soared to 945. The Health Minsitry has reported one death.
(Bloomberg, 3/22/20)(AP, 3/22/20)
2020 Mar 24, Israel appeared on
the verge of a constitutional crisis as top members of Benjamin
Netanyahu's Likud urged their party colleague and parliament speaker
to defy a Supreme Court order to hold an election for his successor.
2020 Mar 25, Israel's Knesset
Speaker Yuli Edelstein abruptly resigned, dealing a blow to PM
Benjamin Netanyahu and deepening the country's political turmoil as
the embattled leader tries to cling to power amid a fast-spreading
outbreak of the coronavirus and a looming corruption trial.
2020 Mar 26, In Israel Benny
Gantz was chosen as the new speqker of parliament. Local media
reported that Gantz and PM Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed on a broad
coalition in which Netanyahu would remain as prime minister with
Gantz as foreign minister. The two would swap posts in September
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 27, Israel has
recorded 12 deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the
coronavirus, and over 3,000 infections.
2020 Mar 27, Microsoft said it
is pulling its investments from a facial-recognition startup that
scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints, even though the tech
giant couldn't substantiate claims that the startup's technology is
2020 Mar 29, In Israel more
than 4,300 people have been infected with the new virus and 15 have
2020 Mar 30, Israel said it is
offering its second-biggest airport as a place for foreign carriers
to park planes grounded by the coronavirus outbreak.
2020 Mar 31, Syrian state media
said government air defenses opened fire on missiles launched from
Israeli warplanes on the central province of Homs, shooting down
some of them. Israeli warplanes reportedly fired eight missiles at
the Shayrat air base in Homs province.
2020 Apr 1, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu restricted movement into and out of the ultra-Orthodox
city of Bnei Brak, the country's 9th largest city, due to its high
number of coronavirus cases.
(Economist, 4/4/20, p.38)
2020 Apr 2, Israel's Health
Minister Yaakov Litzman, a powerful ultra-Orthodox politician meant
to lead the battle against the virus, was confirmed to be infected.
Ultra-Orthodox residents of Bnei Brak, obeying their religious
leaders, have ignored pleas to stay home in the face of the
coronavirus threat. Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, home to large
ultra-Orthodox communities, have the largest concentrations.
2020 Apr 3, Israeli police
arrested Fadi al-Hidmi, the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem
affairs early today, for allegedly violating an Israeli ban on
Palestinian political activities in east Jerusalem. Palestinian
officials said al-Hidmi was working to assist residents as part of
their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Apr 3, Israel has reported
more than 7,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 36 deaths.
Officials said Israel is working with foreign governments and
Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that the
April 18 Holy Fire ceremony is not extinguished by the coronavirus
2020 Apr 5, In Israel a small
group of Franciscan monks and Roman Catholic faithful took to the
streets of Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter in the Old City to
distribute olive branches after the traditional Palm Sunday
procession was cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the
spread of the coronavirus. More than 8,000 people in Israel have
contracted the coronavirus and 46 have died. In the West Bank,
nearly 200 cases have been reported, including a large outbreak in
the biblical town of Bethlehem.
2020 Apr 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu announced a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover
holiday to control the country's coronavirus outbreak.
2020 Apr 6, The Bank of Israel
shifted course by cutting interest rates and adding new market-based
tools. The bank's monetary committee reduced the key rate back down
to the all-time low of 0.1% from 0.25%.
2020 Apr 6, RedHill Biopharma
said the first patient with a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis was
dosed with opaganib in Israel, and additional patients are expected
to be treated in the coming days. The company said pre-clinical data
demonstrated anti-viral effects in other viruses, anti-inflammatory
activities and the potential to reduce lung inflammation.
2020 Apr 6, Peace activists in
the Gaza Strip took part in a web conference with Israeli activists.
Within days Hamas-run security forces arrested several of the
activists on treason charges.
2020 Apr 7, Israel's domestic
security agency said it arrested an Israeli citizen last month
alleged to have spied for Iran. The man was indicted today for
“serious security-related offenses".
2020 Apr 9, In Israel, more
than 10,000 people have contracted the coronavirus and 92 have died.
2020 Apr 12, The Israeli
government approved a tight quarantine of several areas of
Jerusalem, including the historic Old City, in a bid to slow the
spread of the coronavirus in the city's most susceptible
2020 Apr 13, Israeli defence
firm Elbit Systems said it had repurposed assembly lines to
manufacture thousands of automatic ventilation machines as the
country eyes local production to off-set global shortages due to the
2020 Apr 14, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, former military chief Benny
Gantz, met in an effort to finalize an agreement on an emergency
government that would tackle the coronavirus threat and prevent
another costly and divisive election.
2020 Apr 14, In Israel, more
than 11,800 people have contracted the coronavirus with at least 117
(SFC, 4/15/20, p.A4)
2020 Apr 15, In Syria two
missiles from an Israeli drone targeted a four-wheel-drive vehicle
carrying two members of Lebanon's Hezbollah near the Syria-Lebanon
border, but neither person was hurt.
2020 Apr 16, Israel’s Pres.
Reuven Rivlin asked the Knesset to choose a new prime minister after
prime minister-designate, former military chief Benny Gantz, and PM
Benjamin Netanyahu failed to reach a power-sharing deal by a
midnight deadline. Rivlin gave parliament three weeks to agree upon
a leader or plunge the country into an unprecedented fourth
consecutive election in just over a year.
2020 Apr 16, Israel's military
said it has begun converting common home-use respirators into
ventilators capable of providing potentially life-saving breathing
support for COVID-19 patients. Israel has reported nearly 12,600
cases of the coronavirus and 140 deaths.
2020 Apr 20, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu and centrist rival Benny Gantz announced a deal
to form an emergency unity government.
(The Week, 4/21/20)
2020 Apr 20, An Israeli
airstrike in central Syria killed nine fighters, including six who
were not Syrians and some who were loyal to the militant Hezbollah
2020 Apr 22, A Palestinian
attacker was shot and killed after he rammed his vehicle into an
Israeli checkpoint and stabbed a police officer near the settlement
of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. A sweep of the area found a pipe
bomb at the scene.
2020 Apr 25, Several thousand
Israelis rallied to demonstrate against a unity government deal
reached last week that leaves PM Benjamin Netanyahu in power as he
prepares to go on trial for corruption charges.
2020 Apr 26, Israel's Labor
party voted on proposal to join a government headed by arch-rival
Benjamin Netanyahu despite repeated campaign promises to never sit
with a prime minister facing criminal indictments.
2020 Apr 26, Israel permitted
some businesses to reopen and said it would consider allowing
children back to school as part of trial efforts to ease coronavirus
restrictions and help the struggling economy.
2020 Apr 26, Israel's Foreign
Ministry condemned a new Egyptian TV drama set in the year 2120 that
predicts Israel's destruction as well as the breakup of the United
States. The Egyptian series “El-Nehaya" — Arabic for “The End" — is
about a computer engineer living in a dystopian future dominated by
2020 Apr 27, Israeli warplanes
flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus early
today, killing three civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said the missiles hit positions belonging to Iran
and its regional proxies, killing four fighters and causing damage
south of Damascus.
2020 Apr 27, Israeli cancer
immunotherapy firm Compugen said it had positive initial results
from an ongoing early-stage study of its COM701 therapy in patients
with advanced solid tumors who have exhausted all standard
2020 Apr 28, A Palestinian
teenager (19) stabbed an Israeli woman (62) before being shot and
wounded by a bystander in Kfar Saba, a town near Tel Aviv.
2020 Apr 30, Jordan's Foreign
Ministry said that Israeli farmers will no longer be allowed to work
their fields in an enclave of southern Jordan, ending a more than
25-year arrangement meant to shore up a historic peace agreement.
2020 Apr, Uganda exported its
first batch of medical cannabis. The local Industrial Hemp company
teamed with a subsidiary of Together Pharma, an Israeli firm, to
ship 250kg of medical cannabis to Israel.
(Econ., 5/9/20, p.35)
2020 May 2, Several thousand
Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv, demonstrating against PM
Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition deal with his chief rival a day
before the country's Supreme Court is to begin debating a series of
legal challenges to the agreement.
2020 May 3, Israel reopened
some schools but the bid to edge back to normality as coronavirus
concerns ease was boycotted by several municipalities and many
parents who cited poor government preparation.
2020 May 3, The Lebanese
military said it detained five Sudanese citizens near the border
with Israel and was questioning them. This was hours after the
Israeli military said it had detained the five on suspicion they
were trying to infiltrate the heavily-guarded border. Israeli media
said the five were job seekers who were returned to Lebanon.
2020 May 4, In Israel former
Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, winner of the 2020 Genesis Prize,
announced that he will donate the $1 million award to organizations
fighting the coronavirus pandemic and assisting people most affected
by the outbreak.
2020 May 4, Israeli airstrikes
late today in eastern Syria killed 14 Iranian and Iraqi fighters and
wounded others, some seriously. The strikes in eastern Deir el-Zour
province targeted positions of Iranian and Iran-backed fighters.
2020 May 6, The Israeli
military said it struck three Hamas militant posts in Gaza early
today, in response to the first case of rocket fire from the
territory in more than a month.
2020 May 7, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu formally received the support of a majority of lawmakers
to lead a new government, paving the way for a controversial
power-sharing deal with rival-turned-partner Benny Gantz.
2020 May 7, It was reported
that Georgian-Israeli billionaire Michael Mirilashvili sent a
water-making machine, made by his company Watergen, to the
Al-Rantisi Medical Center in Gaza City. The electric machine,
installed last qweek, will soon be connected to solar panels and is
capable of generating 200 gallons of water a day.
(SFC, 5/7/20, p.A3)
2020 May 8, Palestinian
officials said that Israel is forcing banks in the occupied West
Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli
jails to prevent the Palestinian Authority from providing stipends
2020 May 10, Israel partly
reopened nurseries and kindergartens, increasing the number of
children who have returned to daycare as part of efforts to revive
the economy as coronavirus worries subside.
2020 May 11, The Israeli
military demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of being
behind a deadly blast in the West Bank last year. Israel says Qassem
Barghouti (22) carried out the August 23 attack, which killed
Israeli Rina Shnerb (17) and wounded her father and brother.
2020 May 12, An Israeli soldier
(21) was killed during a West Bank arrest raid in Jenin when a rock
thrown off a rooftop struck him in the head. The raid was aimed at
arresting four Palestinians wanted for stone-throwing at Israeli
vehicles and other recent attacks.
2020 May 12, Israeli police
arrested over 300 people as officers attempted to control crowds
that had assembled at a religious site in northern Israel in
violation of coronavirus restrictions. Jews observed the holiday of
Lag B'Omer, on which ultra-Orthodox Jews customarily gather at the
tomb of a prominent rabbi in antiquity on Mount Meron.
2020 May 13, Israel-based
CyberArk Software Ltd. reported first-quarter earnings of $2.4
million and net income of 6 cents per share. The company makes
software that detects attacks on privileged accounts.
2020 May 14, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz
postponed the swearing-in of their controversial new government as
the Israeli leader rushed to quell infighting within his Likud
party. Like past leaders Netanyahu broke up existing ministries and
created new ones to reward allies and buy off opponents.
(AP, 5/15/20)(Econ., 7/6/20, p.36)
2020 May 14, Israeli troops
shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly rammed his car into
a soldier in the southern West Bank.
2020 May 17, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu swore in his new government. It was the most
bloated in Israeli history with 36 Cabinet ministers and 16
2020 May 17, Du Wei (58), the
Chinese ambassador to Israel, was found dead in his home north of
Tel Aviv. Police said his death was believed to be from natural
2020 May 18, An Israeli
district court convicted Jewish settler Amiram Ben-Uliel (25) of
murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and
his parents. The case that had sent shock waves through Israel and
helped fuel months of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
2020 May 19, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority will no
longer be committed to any signed agreements with Israel or the
United States, following Israel's pledge to annex large parts of the
occupied West Bank.
2020 May 20, The Israeli
military thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons into the country
from neighboring Jordan, firing upon and arresting one of the
smugglers. Nine pistols, six rifles and additional smuggled weapons
were seized in the early morning operation.
2020 May 20, The UAE delivered
14 tons of protective gear, medical items and ventilators to help
curb the spread of the new virus in the Palestinian territories. The
Palestinian Authority later said it was not informed about the aid
2020 May 22, Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel a “cancerous tumor" that
“will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed" in an annual speech in
support of the Palestinians, renewing threats against Iran's
archenemy in the Middle East.
2020 May 24, Jerusalem's Church
of the Holy Sepulcher reopened to visitors after a two-month closure
due to the coronavirus pandemic. Church authorities limited entrance
to 50 people at a time, and required that those entering the
cavernous site maintain social distance and avoid touching any of
the church’s stones, icons or other religious items.
2020 May 26, Bethlehem's
storied Church of the Nativity reopened to visitors, after a nearly
three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Israel’s Health
Ministry has reported over 16,700 confirmed cases of the disease and
2020 May 28, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said that Palestinians living in the Jordan
Valley will remain in what he described as an “enclave" after Israel
annexes the territory and will not be granted Israeli citizenship.
2020 May 29, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian after he attempted to run over them
with his vehicle north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
2020 May 29, Israeli
archaeologists said they’ve found cannabis residue on artifacts from
an ancient temple in southern Israel — providing the first evidence
of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion. The
discovery from an 8th-century BC shrine at Tel Arad offers the first
proof for “the use of mind-altering substances as part of cultic
rituals in Judah," including the first Jewish Temple that stood in
Jerusalem at the same time.
2020 May 30, Israeli police
shot dead Iyad Halak (32), a Palestinian near Jerusalem's Old City,
who they had suspected was carrying a weapon but turned out to be
unarmed. Halak was mentally disabled and was heading to a nearby
school for people with special needs. Security cameras in the
closely monitored area were later said not to have been operating
properly at the time of the shooting.
(AP, 5/30/20)(AP, 7/14/20)
2020 Jun 3, Lebanese PM Hassan
Diab said Israel violated Lebanon's sovereignty by land, sea and air
over 1,000 times in the last five months.
2020 Jun 6, In eastern Syria at
least 12 Iraqi and Afghan fighters in a pro-Iran base in rural Deir
Ezzor province died in eight strikes by unidentified aircraft.
Israel was believed to have carried out the attack.
2020 Jun 7, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu urged world powers to reimpose tough sanctions against
Iran, vowing to curb Tehran's regional "aggression" hours after
another deadly strike on pro-Iranian fighters in Syria.
2020 Jun 9, Israel's internal
security service Shin Bet said it has halted its cell-phone tracking
of coronavirus carriers, citing the success of alternatives to the
controversial method of containing contagions.
2020 Jun 9, Israel's highest
court struck down a contentious law that sought to retroactively
legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on
private Palestinian land.
2020 Jun 9, The Palestinians
said they proposed a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West
Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem with one-to-one land exchanges with
Israel as a counteroffer to President Donald Trump's Mideast plan.
2020 Jun 14, An Israeli cabinet
minister said the government approved plans to build a new
settlement in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after
President Donald Trump. Ramat Trump — Hebrew for “Trump Heights" —
will house 300 families.
2020 Jun 18, The Israeli
military said a soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman
near the Gaza frontier in 2018 has been given 45 days of community
service after an army investigation concluded he fired without
authorization. Nawaf al-Attar, a 23-year-old fisherman, was shot and
killed by Israeli troops near the northern beach frontier on Nov.
2020 Jun 21, Zeev Sternhell
(85), a prominent Israeli academic and expert in the study of
fascism who issued dire warnings about the state of Israeli
democracy, died. Sternhell was an outspoken critic of Israel’s
policies toward the Palestinians and an opponent to Israel’s settler
2020 Jun 22, Israeli company
Sonovia said it expects that a fabric it has developed will be able
to neutralize close to 99% of the coronavirus, even after being
washed multiple times, following a successful lab test. Israel has
reported over 20,000 confirmed cases and at least 305 deaths.
(Reuters, 6/22/20)(SFC, 6/22/20, p.A3)
2020 Jun 23, Israel's
parliament approved a request by PM Benjamin Netanyahu for tax
exemptions for official benefits that could exceed $150,000.
Opposition lawmakers blasted the committee for granting the tax
rebates, both for the timing and the lack of transparency.
2020 Jun 23, A letter signed by
more than a thousand European lawmakers protesting Israel’s planned
annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank was published. It said
such a move would “be fatal" to hopes for a peaceful resolution of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
2020 Jun 23, A Palestinian
driver died after he was shot by an Israeli policeman at a
checkpoint in the West Bank in what police said was an attempted
attack on Israeli military personnel. The family of Ahmed Erekat
(27) cast doubt on the police account, saying he was planning to get
married next week and had no reason to attack Israeli security
2020 Jun 24, Syrian air
defenses responded to Israeli attacks on military posts in a central
province early today, shortly after similar attacks in the south
killed two soldiers.
2020 Jun 24, The United Nations
and the Arab League joined in calling for Israel to abandon its
plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
2020 Jun 25, Israel and the
United Arab Emirates said they will cooperate in the fight against
the coronavirus, a possible boost to Israeli efforts to normalize
relations with Gulf Arab countries.
2020 Jun 28, Israeli regulators
announced they ordered a US-based evangelical broadcaster taken off
the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it
applied for a license.
2020 Jun 28, Hamas militant Izz
el-Din Hussein (24) fled Gaza to escape family problems and
unspecified “persecution" by Hamas commanders. Israeli naval forces
spotted him in the Mediterranean Sea and arrested him before he
reached the shore.
2020 Jun 28, A Jerusalem court
early today ordered the release of Retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haske, a
leading activist opposed to PM Benjamin Netanyahu's rule. His arrest
had prompted hundreds to protest outside the Israeli leader's
2020 Jun 29, Israel's defense
minister said PM Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to begin annexing West
Bank territory will have to wait due to the country's coronavirus
2020 Jul 1, Israel's parliament
approved a law granting the country's internal security agency
limited authority to use phone surveillance to track coronavirus
cases as the country struggles to contain a second outbreak.
2020 Jul 3, Two Israeli defence
contractors said they will partner with Abu Dhabi-based technology
company Group 42 to develop technologies to help fight the new
2020 Jul 5, Israel ordered
thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone
surveillance program resumed while Palestinians in the West Bank
returned to life under lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases in
both areas. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that more than 30,000
people were notified they must enter quarantine since July 2. Israel
has seen more than 29,000 cases and 330 deaths.
2020 Jul 5, Israeli military
aircraft struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip late today
following a barrage of rocket fire into southern Israel. No
casualties were reported on either side.
2020 Jul 6, Israel launched a
new spy satellite that could help monitor Iran’s nuclear activity,
as Israeli officials remained evasive about recent incidents at
Iranian industrial facilities that have raised suspicions of foreign
(The Telegraph, 7/6/20)
2020 Jul 9, Israeli troops shot
and killed Ibrahim Abu Yakoub (29), a Palestinian in the occupied
West Bank, who they said was one of two men throwing firebombs at a
guard post near the village of Kifl Haris. Palestinian officials say
they merely strolling through their village.
2020 Jul 11, Thousands of
Israelis demonstrated in downtown Tel Aviv, protesting what is
widely seen as PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to address economic
woes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Jul 12, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu promised to provide speedy financial help for
self-employed workers following protests over the government's
failure to address economic woes brought on by the coronavirus
(SFC, 7/13/20, p.A6)
2020 Jul 13, Israeli police and
Jerusalem municipal officials scuffled with protesters demonstrating
against PM Benjamin Netanyahu as officers dismantled tents set up by
the demonstrator's outside the premier's residence.
2020 Jul 15, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu announced a plan to distribute hundreds of
dollars in grants to every Israeli in order to stimulate the
country's sagging economy, days after thousands of people took to
the streets to protest his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
2020 Jul 16, Israel's Health
Ministry reported 1,898 new cases of the virus. The country has
registered more than 44,500 total cases. At least 380 Israelis have
died of COVID-19.
2020 Jul 17, Israel announced
sweeping new restrictions in response to a new surge in coronavirus
cases, including weekend closures of many businesses and limiting
restaurants to takeout and delivery. Israel has recorded over 56,000
cases, but just 430 deaths.
(AP, 7/17/20)(Econ., 7/25/20, p.35)
2020 Jul 19, It was reported
that automotive sensor developer Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd
said it will begin a pilot project in Israel for its COVID-19
symptom detection technology.
2020 Jul 20, An Israeli court
acquitted a soldier and a prison guard in the 2015 killing of Habtom
Zerhom (29), an Eritrean man, who was shot and beaten to death by a
mob in the aftermath of a terror attack after being mistaken for an
2020 Jul 20, The Syrian
military said the country’s air defenses responded to Israeli air
raids in south Damascus, saying they wounded seven soldiers and
caused material damage. Israeli airstrikes on military posts south
of Damascus reportedly killed five foreign fighters and wounded
2020 Jul 24, Israeli police
used water cannons to disperse protesters in central Jerusalem and
arrested at least 55 of them as clashes broke out overnight after
thousands staged a protest against PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
2020 Jul 26, Israeli police
said they arrested more than a dozen Israelis in country-wide
protests the previous night that drew thousands of people in a
growing and persistent show of force against PM Benjamin Netanyahu
and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
2020 Jul 26, An Israeli
military drone crashed in southern Lebanon as regional tensions ran
2020 Jul 27, Israeli forces
exchanged fire with Hezbollah militants along the volatile
Israeli-Lebanese frontier, as Israeli civilians living in the area
were ordered to remain indoors amid the heaviest fighting between
the bitter enemies in nearly a year.
2020 Jul 27, Israeli settlers
tried to burn down a mosque overnight near the West Bank city of
Ramallah. Settlers attacked the mosque after midnight, spray
painting anti-Palestinian slogans in Hebrew and then hurling fire
bombs inside that burned part of the structure.
2020 Jul 27, Zebra Medical
Vision, an Israeli medical imaging analytics company, said it has
received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its
2020 Jul 31, The United States
sold the ambassador’s residence in Tel Aviv, Israel, for more than
$67 million to US casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The sale helped to
cement Pres. Trump's controversial decision to relocate the US
Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem in 2018 and to
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2020 Aug 2, The Israeli
military reportedly intercepted a rocket fired by Palestinian
militants from the Gaza Strip late today in a rare attack
punctuating months of relative calm.
2020 Aug 3, The Israeli
military said it thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria early
today staged by four suspected militants it accused of trying to
plant explosives. Later today Israeli jets struck several Syrian
military targets, including intelligence-collection systems,
observation posts, antiaircraft artillery facilities, and command
and control centers, in response to the militant attack.
(AP, 8/3/20)(SFC, 8/4/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 5, The Israeli
military said it was establishing a coronavirus task force aimed at
cutting the chain of infection in the country. Since reopening the
economy in May new cases have spiked to record highs, with upwards
of 2,000 infections a day.
2020 Aug 7, Israeli operatives,
at the behest of the United States, assassinated Abu Muhammad
al-Masri, al Qaeda's second-highest leader, in Tehran according to a
NY Times report in November. Iran at this time identified the
victims as Habib Daoud, a Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese history
professor, and his daughter. Intelligence officials later said those
were aliases. Al-Masri was a mastermind behind the 1998 attacks on
American embassies in multiple African countries. Iran denied the NY
(NY Times, 11/14/20)
2020 Aug 7, Dalia Samoudi (23),
a Palestinian woman, died after being shot in the chest by an
apparent stray bullet during an Israeli raid in the occupied West
Bank city of Jenin.
2020 Aug 8, In Israel thousands
of demonstrators thronged the streets near the official residence of
PM Benjamin Netanyahu in central Jerusalem, in a renewed show of
strength as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader showed no
signs of slowing.
2020 Aug 11, Dozens of
Palestinians protested outside the German diplomatic office in the
West Bank, seeking to draw attention to Israel's arrest of a leading
coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel.
Mahmoud Nawajaa was arrested on July 30 and remains in Israeli
custody. He has not been charged.
2020 Aug 12, Israel said it
foiled a cyberattack targeting its defense industry by the Lazarus
Group, a shadowy entity that the US has linked to North Korea.
2020 Aug 13, President Donald
Trump, PM Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Sheikh Mohammed Bin
Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the
United Arab Emirates, agreed to the full normalization of relations
between Israel and the UAE. The Abraham accords required Israel to
halt its contentious plan to annex occupied West Bank land sought by
(AP, 8/13/20)(Econ., 10/31/20, p.23)
2020 Aug 13, Israel's Defense
Ministry said it has conducted a successful test of the Arrow-2
interceptor, the country’s advanced missile defense system against
long-range ballistic attacks.
2020 Aug 13, The Israeli
military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early today
in response to continued launches of explosives-laden balloons from
the Palestinian territory into Israel.
2020 Aug 13, Israel's largest
medical center said a newly developed saliva test aims to determine
in less than a second whether or not you are infected with the novel
2020 Aug 13, Israel charged
five members of its border security force with stealing from
Palestinians who were crossing illegally into Israel from the West
2020 Aug 14, Palestinians
across Gaza and the occupied West Bank rallied against an agreement
brokered by US President Donald Trump, Israel and the UAE announced
a day earlier that they will normalize diplomatic ties.
2020 Aug 14, Israeli aircraft
and tanks hit several militant sites in the Gaza Strip late today,
responding to explosive-laden incendiary balloons launched across
the frontier into Israeli territory.
2020 Aug 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said that a deal to establish full diplomatic
ties with the UAE proves that Israel doesn't need to retreat from
occupied land sought by the Palestinians in order to achieve peace
and normalization with Arab states. Telephone service between Israel
and the United Arab Emirates began working.
(AP, 8/16/20)(The Week, 8/16/20)
2020 Aug 16, Israel closed the
Gaza Strip's offshore fishing zone following a night of cross-border
fighting with Palestinian militants, the most intense escalation of
hostilities in recent months.
2020 Aug 17, Israeli security
guards shot and wounded a Palestinian (60) who is deaf and couldn't
hear their commands to stop at a West Bank checkpoint.
2020 Aug 18, The US government
sued Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, accusing
the firm of causing the submission of false claims to Medicare by
using kickbacks to boost sales of its multiple sclerosis drug
2020 Aug 18, Gaza's sole power
plant shut down, leaving the territory's 2 million residents with
only around four hours of electricity a day after Israel cut off
fuel supplies in response to incendiary balloons launched by
2020 Aug 21, Palestinian
militants fired 12 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight,
nine of which were intercepted. Israel responded with three
airstrikes on targets linked to the territory's militant Hamas
rulers. There were no reports of casualties.
2020 Aug 22, Thousands of
Israelis protested outside the prime minister’s official residence
as summer-long demonstrations against Benjamin Netanyahu maintained
2020 Aug 23, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had accepted a proposal to
extend budget negotiations, preventing the government from
collapsing and plunging the country into a new election.
2020 Aug 24, Israeli
archaeologists announced the discovery of a trove of early Islamic
gold coins found during recent salvage excavations near the central
city of Yavne. The collection of 425 complete gold coins mostly
dated to the Abbasid period around 1,100 years ago.
2020 Aug 25, Israel's military
bombed militant positions in the Gaza Strip early today in response
to incendiary balloons launched into southern Israel farmlands a day
2020 Aug 25, The US Justice
Department charged Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries with
conspiring with rivals to raise generic-drug prices.
(The Week, 8/26/20)
2020 Aug 26, A Palestinian man
(46) fatally stabbed an Israeli man (39) near Petah Tikva. The
suspect had entered Israel on a work permit and fled the scene, but
was soon arrested.
(SFC, 8/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 28, The Israeli
military struck militant targets in Gaza, including a weapons
manufacturing site, after six rockets were fired from the territory.
2020 Aug 30, The Israeli
military struck militant targets in Gaza early today in response to
continued launches of explosives-laden balloons out of the Hamas-run
2020 Aug 31, An Israeli
airliner made a historic first flight from Tel Aviv to the United
Arab Emirates, emphasizing new diplomatic ties between the two
(The Telegraph, 8/31/20)
2020 Aug 31, Israel’s military
reportedly fired missiles late today on areas south of the capital
Damascus killing two soldiers, wounding seven and causing material
2020 Aug 31, Gaza’s Hamas
rulers said they have reached an agreement through international
mediators to end the latest round of cross-border violence with
Israel. Under the deal, Hamas is to halt the launches of
explosives-laden balloons and rocket fire into Israel, while Israel
said it will ease a blockade that has been tightened in recent
2020 Sep 2, Israel recorded a
record-high 3,000 new cases in a day as the country’s coronavirus
czar is set to submit a list of more detailed recommended
restrictions where infection rates have been highest.
2020 Sep 4, President Donald
Trump announced that Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalize
economic ties as part of US-brokered talks that include Belgrade
moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, and mutual recognition
between Israel and Kosovo.
2020 Sep 5, Thousands of
Israelis again gathered outside PM Benjamin Netanyahu's official
residence, calling for his resignation over his handling of the
coronavirus pandemic and corruption charges.
2020 Sep 6, Israel's death toll
from the coronavirus surpassed 1,000, as the government mulled steps
for imposing new restrictions to quell a resurgence in infections.
Overall, Israel has recorded nearly 130,000 cases of the virus.
2020 Sep 11, Israeli warplanes
fired missiles on suburbs of Syria's northern city of Aleppo early
today, amid increased airstrikes in recent weeks. There were no
immediate reports of casualties.
2020 Sep 11, Bahrain agreed to
establish normal diplomatic relations with Israel, which agreed to
temporarily suspend its plans to annex West Bank territory. US Pres.
Donald Trump announced the agreement, following a three-way phone
call he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
2020 Sep 12, Thousands of
Israelis demonstrated outside PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s official
residence in central Jerusalem late Saturday, demanding he resign
over his trial on corruption charges and what is widely seen as his
mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Sep 13, An Israeli court
sentence top model Bar Refaeli (35) to nine months of community
service and her mother, Zipi, to 16 months in prison on tax evasion
(SFC, 9/14/20, p.A2)
2020 Sep 14, A suspected
Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria killed 10
fighters, including eight Iraqis. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said the airstrike also destroyed arms depots and ambulances
were seen rushing to the area.
2020 Sep 14, An Israeli court
handed down three life sentences to Jewish extremist Amiram
Ben-Uliel, convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed a
Palestinian toddler and his parents.
2020 Sep 15, Bahrain, Israel
and the United Arab Emirates signed peace agreements in Washington,
heralding a new era of friendship between wealthy Gulf nations and
the Jewish state.
(The Telegraph, 9/15/20)
2020 Sep 16, The Israeli
military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early today
in response to rocket fire toward Israel the previous night that
coincided with the signing of normalization agreements between
Israel and two Arab countries at the White House.
2020 Sep 16, An Israeli court
sentenced a young man to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in the
2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents
in the West Bank village of Duma.
2020 Sep 16, Israel's Betalin
Therapeutics said it is preparing an initial public offering that
will value the biotech firm between $150-170 million to fund trials
for its diabetes treatment. Betalin is developing an artificial
micro-pancreas that is implanted in the thigh of diabetics to help
control the level of sugar in their blood.
2020 Sep 17, The Israeli and
Dubai diamond exchanges announced they had struck a deal to boost
2020 Sep 18, Israel went back
into a full lockdown to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that
has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued
by indecision and infighting.
2020 Sep 19, Police in London
clashed with protesters at a rally against coronavirus restrictions,
even as the mayor warned that it was “increasingly likely" that the
British capital would soon need to introduce tighter rules to curb a
sharp rise in infections. Demonstrators took the streets of London,
Tel Aviv and other cities to protest coronavirus restrictions as the
global death toll approached 1 million.
2020 Sep 20, Thousands of
Israelis resumed their weekly protest outside PM Benjamin
Netanyahu’s official residence in central Jerusalem, despite a new
nationwide lockdown order aimed at curbing a raging coronavirus
2020 Sep 21, The Abu Dhabi Film
Commission, the Israel Film Fund and the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film
and Television School said they have signed a cooperation agreement
for training and production. The agreement includes plans for an
annual regional film festival rotating between Abu Dhabi, the
capital of the United Arab Emirates, and Israel.
2020 Sep 21, An Israeli court
approved the extradition of Malka Leifer, a former teacher wanted in
Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way
for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle.
2020 Sep 23, Israel reported
6,861 new coronavirus cases, a new record level of daily cases,
shortly before government officials were to meet to discuss
tightening a new nationwide lockdown.
2020 Sep 23, The first known
direct commercial flight between Israel and Bahrain landed in the
island kingdom, just a week after it signed a deal alongside the UAE
to normalize relations.
2020 Sep 24, Israel moved to
further tighten its 2nd countrywide lockdown as coronavirus cases
continued to soar, ordering all nonessential businesses to close and
requiring people to stay within 1,000 meters of their homes. Israel
is currently reporting nearly 7,000 new daily cases.
2020 Sep 27, The solemn Jewish
holiday of Yom Kippur began in a nation already under a sweeping
coronavirus lockdown. Israelis have been ordered to stay within
1,000 meters (yards) of their homes throughout the High Holidays,
which began last week with the Jewish New Year and continue to
2020 Sep 29, Hundreds of
Israeli motorists protested in Jerusalem against a proposed measure
to curtail public demonstrations during the current nationwide
lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Sep 30, Israel's
parliament passed a law that would allow the government to curtail
public protests during the country's nationwide coronavirus
lockdown, a measure that drew fierce opposition a day earlier.
2020 Sep 30, Israel-based
Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd reported positive results in a clinical
trial of the immunotherapy firm's Allocetra treatment in COVID-19
patients in severe or critical condition.
2020 Oct 1, Israel and Lebanon
said they have reached an agreement on a framework of indirect,
US-mediated talks over a longstanding disputed maritime border
between the two countries.
2020 Oct 2, Asaf Zamir,
Israel's tourism minister, resigned from the fractious government,
saying he doesn't have an “ounce of trust" in PM Benjamin Netanyahu
and accusing him of putting his personal and legal issues ahead of
the response to the coronavirus crisis.
2020 Oct 2, A US federal
appeals court reinstated a 2017 jury verdict ordering Israel-based
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to pay GlaxoSmithKline Plc $235.5
million for selling a generic version of Glaxo's heart drug Coreg.
2020 Oct 3, Tens of thousands
of Israelis demonstrated in hundreds of locations across Israel
against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, pressing ahead with their campaign
against the Israeli leader late today after the government banned
large, centralized demonstrations as part of a new coronavirus
2020 Oct 5, In Israel thousands
of people showed up for the funeral of a revered ultra-Orthodox
rabbi who died of COVID-19, ignoring social distancing rules and
clashing with police who tried to disperse the mass gathering.
2020 Oct 5, An Israeli aircraft
struck what the army said was a Hamas military target in the
southern Gaza Strip late today, shortly after Gaza militants fired a
rocket into Israel.
2020 Oct 7, Israeli police
clashed with hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews overnight as they
sought to enforce restrictions on public gatherings during a
nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Police said 17 people were
2020 Oct 7, The Israeli
government extended an emergency provision that bars public
gatherings, including widespread protests against PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, for an additional week.
2020 Oct 8, Israeli drugmaker
Redhill Biopharma Ltd said it has signed a manufacturing deal with
two companies in Europe and Canada to ramp up production of its
coronavirus treatment candidate. Opaganib is being currently tested
in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19 pneumonia in two
2020 Oct 9, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu told his Ethiopian counterpart that his country has the
intention to “immediately" bring over some 2,000 Ethiopian Jews.
2020 Oct 10, Tens of thousands
of Israelis calling on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign demonstrated
across the country this evening, saying he is unfit to rule while on
trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the
nation’s coronavirus crisis.
2020 Oct 10, It was reported
that fires in war-torn Syria have killed two people and left dozens
suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. Wildfires
around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting forced
thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines
along the Lebanon-Israel border.
2020 Oct 11, The Israeli
military opened a new coronavirus unit in a converted parking garage
at a hospital in northern Israel, in a first-of-its-kind effort by
the army to assist the country’s overloaded health care system.
2020 Oct 12, The Israeli
government unanimously approved the country's recently signed
normalization agreement with the UAE ahead of a ratification vote by
2020 Oct 12, Israel decided to
admit 2,000 members of the Falash Mura, descendants of Ethiopian
Jews who converted to Christianity over a century ago.
(Econ., 10/17/20, p.42)
2020 Oct 14, Israel and Lebanon
held productive talks on their disputed maritime border.
2020 Oct 15, Israel decided to
relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide
lockdown that was meant to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak.
2020 Oct 15, Israel pressed
forward on plans for more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes,
making 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building.
2020 Oct 17, Thousands of
Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of PM Benjamin
Netanyahu late today, resuming the weekly protest against the
Israeli leader after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a
coronavirus lockdown were lifted.
2020 Oct 18, Bahrain and Israel
agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations in a US-brokered
agreement , making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to
normalize ties with Israel.
2020 Oct 19, Israeli
biopharmaceutical firm Kamada Ltd said it will supply Israel's
Health Ministry with its experimental plasma-derived immunoglobulin
COVID-19 treatment for 500 patients in Israel.
2020 Oct 20, The Israeli
military said that militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens
of meters (yards) deep that crossed under the security fence around
the territory before it was detected by underground sensors. Later
in the day Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters “struck an
underground infrastructure" for the militant Hamas group. There were
no reports of casualties in either attack.
2020 Oct 21, A group of nurses
from the Gaza Strip staged a protest in a public square, saying an
Israeli travel ban has led the Jerusalem hospital where they worked
for many years to fire them.
2020 Oct 23, President Donald
Trump announced that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel,
making it the third Arab state to do so as part of US-brokered deals
in the run-up to Election Day.
2020 Oct 24, Thousands of
Israelis demonstrated late today outside the official residence of
PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding the Israeli leader’s resignation.
2020 Oct 25, A Palestinian (18)
died early today after being chased by Israeli troops in the West
Bank, but the circumstances of his death remain in dispute.
Relatives of Amer Snobar said that Israeli troops had beaten him to
death, while the Israeli army said the man fell and hit his head
while troops were chasing him.
2020 Oct 28, Lebanon and Israel
held a second round of US-mediated talks over their disputed
maritime border and agreed to continue discussions on the next day.
The talks were held in a tent at a UN post along the border known as
2020 Oct 28, The United States
and Israel amended a series of scientific cooperation agreements to
include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further
blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under
2020 Oct 29, The United States
announced a new policy that will allow Americans born in disputed
Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and
2020 Oct 31, Thousands of
Israelis protested in Jerusalem in the latest weekly demonstration
against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, his handling of the coronavirus
crisis and the corruption charges he faces.
2020 Nov 2, Israeli military
troops demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of
killing an Israeli in a stabbing attack earlier this year.
Palestinian Khalil Dweikat (46) was accused of stabbing to death an
Israeli man (39) in Petah Tikva in August.
2020 Nov 3, Israel demolished
most of the Bedouin village in the village of Khirbet Humsah in the
occupied West Bank, displacing 73 Palestinians - including 41
children - in the largest such demolition in years.
2020 Nov 4, The Israeli
military said that troops killed a Palestinian man who had shot at
soldiers near an army checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
2020 Nov 6, It was reported
that Natan Zach (89), an Israeli writer who had a major impact on
the development of modern Hebrew poetry, has died.
2020 Nov 6, Maher al-Akhras
(49), a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel, agreed to end more than
100 days of hunger strike. His family and a prisoner rights’
advocate said he had received assurances from Israeli authorities
that his open-ended detention wouldn't be extended beyond the end of
2020 Nov 8, Israel allowed most
retail stores to reopen for the first time in nearly two months, in
the latest phase of its exit from a second coronavirus lockdown.
(SFC, 11/9/20, p.A6)
2020 Nov 10, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he made no distinction between Democrats and
Republicans and intended to stand up for Israel’s interests in the
face of a new American administration.
2020 Nov 10, Israel's
parliament ratified (62-14) the country's recent agreement
establishing formal diplomatic relations with the Gulf state of
2020 Nov 12, The defense
ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel agreed to step up military
cooperation they said will keep their armed forces better prepared,
help create more jobs and bolster security in a fraught region.
2020 Nov 13, PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said Israel has signed a deal with Pfizer Inc to receive 8
million doses of the drugmaker's potential COVID-19 vaccine, enough
to cover close to half of Israel's population.
2020 Nov 14, In Israel several
thousand protesters gathered outside PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s
official residence in Jerusalem late today in what has become a
weekly demonstration calling for the Israeli leader to resign.
2020 Nov 15, The Israeli
military struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early today after
militants fired two rockets from the Palestinian territory.
2020 Nov 15, A settlement
watchdog group said Israel is moving ahead with new construction of
hundreds of homes in a strategic east Jerusalem settlement that
threatens to cut off parts of the city claimed by Palestinians from
the West Bank.
2020 Nov 17, Palestinian
officials said the PA would restore all cooperation with Israel,
including security coordination, and that meetings would be held in
the coming days to facilitate the tax transfers.
2020 Nov 18, Israel said its
warplanes hit multiple targets in Syria overnight, including a
secret facility in Damascus. Syrian state media reported that the
airstrikes left three Syrian soldiers dead and a fourth wounded.
(The Week, 11/18/20)
2020 Nov 20, The US Justice
Department announced that Jonathan Pollard, the former US Navy
analyst convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s, had completed
his parole, freeing him to move to Israel. He was arrested in 1985
after trying unsuccessfully to gain asylum at the Israeli Embassy in
Washington and pleaded guilty.
2020 Nov 20, US Sec. of State
Mike Pompeo wrapped up a trip to Israel. He announced a new policy
allowing settlement products to be labeled "made in Israel" and a
new initiative to combat the Palestinian-led international boycott
(SFC, 11/21/20, p.A2)
2020 Nov 21, Palestinian
militants in Gaza fired a rocket toward Israel late today, setting
off air-raid sirens in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
2020 Nov 22, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly made an unprecedented clandestine
visit to Saudi Arabia late today, fuelling speculation that the Gulf
state might be the next to normalize relations with Tel Aviv.
2020 Nov 22, Israeli aircraft
struck multiple sites in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket
fired earlier from the Palestinian territory.
2020 Nov 24, Syria's military
said suspected Israeli warplanes struck locations south of the
capital Damascus late today, causing only material damage.
2020 Nov 25, Israeli forces
shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who police say tried to carry
out a car-ramming attack at a West Bank checkpoint.
2020 Nov 25, A UN report said
Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside
territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent
poverty and unemployment skyrocketing.
2020 Nov 26, The low-cost
carrier FlyDubai began regular flights to Tel Aviv, the latest sign
of the normalization deal taking hold between the United Arab
Emirates and Israel.
2020 Nov 27, Iran said Mohsen
Fakhrizadeh, one of its most prominent nuclear scientists, was
assassinated in an attack on his car outside Tehran. Iran accused
arch foe Israel of being behind the attack.
2020 Nov 28, About 1,000
protesters gathered outside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's official
residence in Jerusalem late today, pressing ahead with their
months-long campaign demanding his resignation.
2020 Dec 2, Israel transferred
over $1 billion in taxes and customs duties it collects on behalf of
the Palestinian Authority after a six-month hiatus in which the
Palestinians had severed ties with Israel over its plans to annex
parts of the occupied West Bank.
2020 Dec 3, Some three hundred
Ethiopian immigrants arrived to a festive ceremony at Israel’s
international airport, as the government took a step toward carrying
out its pledge to reunite hundreds of families split between the two
2020 Dec 4, Israeli police
arrested a Jewish man after he poured out a “flammable liquid"
inside the Catholic Church of All Nations, built on the traditional
site of the Garden of Gethsemane, in what they described as a
2020 Dec 4, Israeli gunfire in
the occupied West Bank killed Ali Abu Alia (13) in the Almugayer
village, where the Palestinian youth was hit in the stomach and died
later at a hospital.
2020 Dec 5, Clashes between
Israeli security forces and Palestinians erupted, at the funeral of
a 13-year-old killed by Israeli gunfire a day earlier in the
occupied West Bank.
2020 Dec 9, Israel received its
first shipment of coronavirus vaccines and a distributor predicted
the country would have enough for about a quarter of the population
by the end of the year.
2020 Dec 10, US Pres. Donald
Trump has announced that Morocco has agreed to normalize relations
with Israel, as a part of a deal which sees the US recognize its
claim over the disputed Western Sahara region.
2020 Dec 16, Israel’s justice
minister said he has signed an extradition order to send former
teacher Malka Leifer to Australia to face charges of child sex
2020 Dec 20, Israel's Justice
Ministry said Facebook has taken down content that spread lies in
Israel against coronavirus vaccinations as the government seeks to
drum up support for the program.
2020 Dec 20, Israeli woman
Esther Horgen 52) a mother of six from Tal Menashe, disappeared. Her
body was soon found with signs of violence in a forest near a West
Bank settlement. On Dec. 24 Israel's internal security agency
said it detained a Palestinian suspected of killing Horgen. Suspect
Muhammad Cabha (40) was detained on Dec. 24.
(AP, 12/21/20)(AP, 12/24/20)(AP, 1/4/21)
2020 Dec 20, Israel began its
coronavirus inoculation drive, seeking to vaccinate some 60,000
people a day in a bid to stamp out the illness.
(SFC, 12/21/20, p.A4)
2020 Dec 21, Israeli police
shot and killed a Palestinian attacker who opened fire at a group of
officers in Jerusalem's Old City.
2020 Dec 22, Israel’s
government collapsed, pushing the country into yet another early
election, the fourth in two years. Parliament automatically
dispersed at midnight after failing to meet the legal deadline for
approving a budget for 2020.
(NY Times, 12/22/20)
2020 Dec 23, Israel's health
ministry said it has detected four cases of the new, highly
infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain.
2020 Dec 24, A new Iranian
computer-hacking group targeted Portnox, an Israeli cyber-security
firm, whose clients include electronics company Elbit Systems, which
produces defence systems for military aircraft, vehicles and drones.
The group, known as "Pay2Key", boasted of carrying out dozens of
cyber-attacks on high-profile targets since last month, including
two in the last week.
(The Telegraph, 12/25/20)
2020 Dec 25, Palestinian
militants fired two rockets fired aimed at the Israeli coastal city
of Ashkelon, but air defenses intercepted them.
2020 Dec 25, Syrian media said
Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli attack near the town of
Masyaf, Hama province. Masyaf is a significant military area for
Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime that includes a military
academy and a scientific research center.
2020 Dec 26, Israeli aircraft
struck several sites in the Gaza Strip early today after Palestinian
militants fired two rockets toward southern Israel.
2020 Dec 26, Hundreds of
Israelis protested against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, calling on the
long-serving leader to resign just days after the country was
plunged into a new national election.
2020 Dec 27, Israel began a
coronavirus lockdown as officials ramped up vaccinations to a pace
PM Benjamin Netanyahu said may allow an emergence from the pandemic
2020 Dec 30, Convicted spy
Jonathan Pollard arrived in Israel, more than three decades after
the former US Navy analyst was imprisoned for passing secrets to the
(The Week, 12/31/20)
2020 Dec 30, Syria's military
said that Israeli jets fired missiles on targets near Damascus early
today, killing one Syrian soldier and wounding three.
2020 Israel’s population
was expected to reach 8 million with a density of 857 people per sq.
km. compared with 400 for Holland and 26 per sq. km. in the US.
(SFEM, 5/31/98, p.16)
2021 Jan 1, Israel forces tried
to stop Palestinians building a house in a village in southern
Hebron and seized an electricity generator belonging to Abu Aram
(24). Aram was shot in the neck and was left quadriplegic.
2021 Jan 2, Thousands of
Israelis protested again against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding
that the long-serving leader resign over corruption charges against
him and for allegedly mishandling the coronavirus crisis.
2021 Jan 5, An Israeli security
officer shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to
carry out a stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank.
2021 Jan 6, An Israeli military
court found Issa Amro, a prominent Palestinian activist, guilty on
six charges related to his participation in demonstrations in the
occupied West Bank city of Hebron against Jewish settlements and
alleged human rights violations.
2021 Jan 7, Israel's government
prepared for a two-week shutdown as the country’s infection rate
2021 Jan 9, Thousands of
Israelis renewed weekly demonstrations against PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, calling for the long-serving leader to resign over
corruption charges against him and his alleged mishandling of the
2021 Jan 10, Israeli military
jets carried out several low flying flights over Beirut as
reconnaissance drones also buzzed overhead in what has become a
2021 Jan 10, Israel's
coronavirus vaccination campaign, the world's fastest per capita,
shifted to booster shots in a bid to protect the most vulnerable
citizens by next month and ease curbs on the economy.
2021 Jan 12, Leading Israeli
human rights group B’Tselem said that while Palestinians live under
different forms of Israeli control in the occupied West Bank,
blockaded Gaza, annexed east Jerusalem and within Israel itself,
they have fewer rights than Jews in the entire area between the
Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
2021 Jan 12, Israel's Biond
Biologics Ltd said it had forged an exclusive global license
agreement, potentially worth more than $1 billion, with French
drugmaker Sanofi for the development and commercialization of its
BND-22 cancer drug.
2021 Jan 12, Lebanon said it
will file an urgent complaint with the UN against Israel's daily
violations of its airspace amid intensifying drone reconnaissance
and mock raids around the country.