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

2016        Jan 1, In Israel an unidentified gunman killed two people and wounded at least three others on a bustling thoroughfare in central Tel Aviv before fleeing. Media showed images of an abandoned ammunition clip that appeared to have come from a Spectre M4 machine-gun - a weapon rarely seen in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
    (Reuters, 1/1/16)
2016        Jan 2, The Israeli air force carried out attacks on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip early today, just hours after rockets from the enclave hit southern Israel.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)

2016        Jan 4, Israeli forces destroyed the east Jerusalem homes of two Palestinians who killed four Israelis on Oct 13, one of the deadliest days in the recent surge in violence.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)
2016        Jan 4, A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem before being shot and wounded.
    (AP, 1/4/16)
2016        Jan 4, Lebanon's Hezbollah movement said it had targeted an Israeli army border patrol with a bomb in an attack that prompted retaliatory fire from the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)

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

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

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

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

2016        Jan 13, The Israeli military carried out a rare airstrike in Gaza, targeting a group of Palestinian militants placing explosives along the border and killing one of them.
    (AP, 1/13/16)

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

2016        Jan 15, Palestinian Mohammad Qita (26) was killed in clashes with soldiers on the border between the Gaza strip and Israel in the second such fatality of the day.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)

2016        Jan 17, A Palestinian killed Israeli nurse Dafna Meir (38), a mother of six, in a stabbing attack at her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. A Palestinian who tried to stab soldiers in the West Bank was shot dead. Security forces detained suspect Murad Ideis (15) after two days of extensive searches. On June 11 Israel's army destroyed the home of the Palestinian teenager who killed Meir.
    (AP, 1/17/16)(AFP, 1/18/16)(AP, 1/19/16)(AFP, 6/11/16)

2016        Jan 18, A knife attack on a street in an Israeli West Bank settlement wounded a 30-year-old pregnant woman. The Palestinian assailant (17) was shot by security personnel and taken to hospital in severe condition after the attack in Tekoa.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)

2016        Jan 20, Officials and media reports said Israel is moving to declare 150 hectares in the occupied West Bank as state land in what would be the largest such seizure since 2014.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)

2016        Jan 21, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told the World Economic Forum in Davos that his country will need more US military aid because of the nuclear deal with Iran.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
2016        Jan 21, Israel confirmed it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation.
    (Reuters, 1/21/16)

2016        Jan 23, Israeli police said a Palestinian girl (13) was shot dead by an Israeli security guard as she tried to stab him at the entrance to the Anatot settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)

2016        Jan 25, Palestinians Ibrahim Allan (23) and Hussein Abu Ghosh (17) were shot dead by a security guard after stabbing two Israeli women in a West Bank minimarket. Shlomit Krigman (24) died of her wounds the next day.
    (AP, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/26/16)

2016        Jan 27, In Israel Im Tirtzu, a nationalist activist group, launched a new campaign on Facebook branding dozens of singers, actors and authors ó including famed writer Amos Oz, perennially touted as a potential favorite for the Nobel Prize ó as foreign agents because of their support for rights groups.
    (AP, 1/30/16)

2016        Jan 31, Israeli forces shot dead Amjad Sukkari (34), a policeman who worked as a bodyguard for the Palestinian attorney general, after he opened fire at a West Bank checkpoint and wounded three people.
    (AP, 1/31/16)
2016        Jan 31, Israel's Cabinet voted to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a historic show of government support for liberal streams of Judaism.
    (AP, 2/1/16)

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

2016        Feb 2, An Israeli court convicted former PM Ehud Olmert on two counts of obstruction of justice for pressuring a confidant not to testify in multiple legal cases against him.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
2016        Feb 2, Israel's parliament passed a law expanding police powers, allowing them to stop and frisk suspects without probable cause, the latest attempt to crack down on near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
2016        Feb 2, Israeli soldiers destroyed 24 structures in and around the village of Khirbet Jenbah south of Hebron, leaving a number of families homeless. Officials said the structures were illegal.
    (AFP, 2/2/16)

2016        Feb 3, Three Palestinians armed with automatic weapons, explosive devices and knives killed a female Israeli security officer (19) and seriously wounded another officer in Jerusalem before police shot and killed the attackers.
    (AP, 2/3/16)(AFP, 2/4/16)

2016        Feb 4, In central Israel two 13-year-old Arab Israeli girls stabbed and lightly wounded a security guard at a bus station in Ramle. Both girls were arrested.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)

2016        Feb 7, In Israel a Sudanese migrant stabbed and wounded a soldier in an apparent act of solidarity with Palestinians and was shot dead.
    (Reuters, 2/7/16)

2016        Feb 8, Palestinian and Israeli sources said Israel plans to increase the number of entry permits it grants to Palestinian workers, in a drive to ease economic hardship that has contributed to a wave of Palestinian attacks.
    (Reuters, 2/8/16)

2016        Feb 10, An Israeli court handed former prime minister Ehud Olmert one month of prison for obstructing justice, in addition to a previous 18-month sentence for bribery.
    (AFP, 2/10/16)
2016        Feb 10, Israeli forces shot at a Palestinian who was throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles on road near the refugee camp. Omar Jawabreh (16) of the al-Aroub refugee camp north of Hebron was killed.
    (AP, 2/10/16)

2016        Feb 14, Three Palestinian teenagers were shot and killed while attempting to attack Israeli security forces in two separate incidents in the West Bank. Palestinian woman Yasmin al-Zaru (20) tried to stab an Israeli policeman but was shot in the attempt in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron. Two armed Palestinians attacked Israeli police just outside the Old City walls before being shot dead by officers.
    (AP, 2/14/16)(AFP, 2/14/16)

2016        Feb 19, A Palestinian man (20) stabbed and wounded two policemen outside Jerusalem's Damascus Gate before they shot him dead.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)(AFP, 2/20/16)

2016        Feb 21, The Israeli military shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint, after security forces managed to disarm and apprehend two separate potential attackers in a non-lethal manner.
    (AP, 2/21/16)

2016        Feb 23, The Israeli military said its soldiers have been ordered to take their guns with them when off duty to allow them to intervene in the event of Palestinian attack. The military also said it has demolished the homes of two Palestinians who committed separate attacks against Israelis that killed five people.
    (AFP, 2/23/16)(AP, 2/23/16)
2016        Feb 23, More than 30 former Israeli generals, ministers and other officials called for the division of Jerusalem, saying a wall should be erected between the Jewish and Arab sides of the city.
    (AP, 2/23/16)

2016        Feb 24, Iran's ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, said that Tehran would offer $7,000 to the families of each Palestinian killed in what he called the "Jerusalem intifada". He sad Iran will also give $30,000 to Palestinian families whose homes have been destroyed by Israel because a member is accused of carrying out an anti-Israeli attack. The next day Israel denounced the Iranian decision.
    (AFP, 2/25/16)

2016        Feb 26, An Israeli man was stabbed multiple times in the West Bank, the latest in months of near-daily Palestinian assaults on Israeli forces and civilians.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
2016        Feb 26, Bulgarian authorities investigated the apparent shooting death of Omar Nayef Zayed, a Palestinian wanted by Israel for a 1986 killing, inside the Palestinian Authority's embassy in Sofia. Zayed (52) had escaped from Israeli custody 25 years ago and has lived in Sofia since 1994.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
2016        Feb 26, The family of Mohammed al-Qeq (33), a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for a record 94 days, said he will end his strike "today" and will be freed on May 21. Israel says he has been involved in militant activities linked to Hamas.
    (AP, 2/26/16)

2016        Feb 29, Israeli drinks firm SodaStream laid off its last Palestinian workers and lashed out at the government for refusing to grant them work permits after it relocated from the West Bank to southern Israel.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)

2016        Feb, In Israel a Palestinian girl (12) was caught with a knife as she approached an Israeli settlement. She later pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter in a plea bargain and was sentenced to 4Ĺ months in prison. She was released on April 24.
    (AP, 4/24/16)

2016        Mar 1, Two Israeli soldiers said to be using a traffic app mistakenly entered a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank overnight, sparking clashes that killed one Palestinian and wounded 15 people.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)

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

2016        Mar 3, Israeli authorities said a Palestinian girl (14) stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli policeman in a West Bank village while gunshots fired elsewhere in the territory wounded another Israeli officer.
    (AP, 3/3/16)

2016        Mar 7, In Indonesia the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit ended with a call for a ban on products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of the Palestinians. the move was not binding on member states.
    (AFP, 3/7/16)

2016        Mar 8,In Israel Amir Maimoni (29), an agent of the Shin Bet security service, was killed by friendly fire on the Gaza border after being mistaken for a Palestinian attacker.
    (AFP, 3/10/16)
2016        Mar 8, In Israel a Palestinian woman who tried to stab Israeli security forces was shot and killed by officers in Jerusalem's Old City. Another Palestinian was shot dead after attacking Israeli security forces with a knife in the Old City, and a third was shot and killed after stabbing an Israeli in the central city of Petah Tikvah. Taylor Force (28), a Vanderbilt University graduate student and a US military veteran, was killed and 11 people were wounded before police shot their attacker dead on a Tel Aviv beach.
    (AP, 3/8/16)(Reuters, 3/9/16)

2016        Mar 9, Two Palestinians opened fire on a bus and near Jerusalem's Old City, seriously wounding one person.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)

2016        Mar 11, Israeli forces raided a TV station run by the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in the West Bank as part of a crackdown to curb months of violence that Israel says has been fueled by incitement in the Palestinian media.
    (AP, 3/11/16)

2016        Mar 12, Israel staged a pre-dawn wave of air strikes hours after four rockets fired from the enclave by Palestinian militants hit southern Israel late March 11 without causing casualties. Israa Abu Khussa (6), wounded in the air strike, died of her injuries. Her brother Yassin (10) died earlier in the raid on a base of Hamas's military wing near their home in the northern Gaza village of Beit Lahiya.
    (AP, 3/12/16)

2016        Mar 14, Three Palestinians carried out two attacks, a shooting and a car-ramming, on Israelis in the southern occupied West Bank before they were shot dead.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)

2016        Mar 15, Israeli Army Radio said the government has appropriated 579 acres in the occupied West Bank near the Dead Sea and the Palestinian city of Jericho.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)

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

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

2016        Mar 19, A Palestinian teenager stabbed and wounded an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron before being shot dead.
    (AFP, 3/19/16)

2016        Mar 21, Israel said it has brought in 19 Jews from war-ravaged Yemen in what immigration officials described as the last covert operation to move members of a dwindling Jewish community dating back two millennia.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)

2016        Mar 22, Israel's military says troops raided a Palestinian university in the West Bank and seized militant propaganda linked to Hamas and other groups.
    (AP, 3/22/16)

2016        Mar 23, The Israeli military imposed a four-day closure on the West Bank, banning Palestinians from entering Israel during the Jewish festival of Purim.
    (AP, 3/23/16)

2016        Mar 24, Two knife-wielding Palestinians wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron before being shot dead by troops. The Israeli military detained Sergeant Elor Azaria who was captured on video shooting injured Palestinian Abd Elfatah Ashareef (21) lying on the ground.
    (AFP, 3/24/16)(AP, 3/24/16)(Reuters, 1/4/17)

2016        Mar 29, Israel said it has opened talks with China on a free trade deal which could see commerce double between the two countries. During the meeting in Jerusalem, 13 other agreements were signed on a range of topics.
    (AFP, 3/29/16)

2016        Mar, The UN Human Rights Council ordered the compilation of a database of companies that operate in Israelís West Bank settlements. About 100 Israeli companies later received warning that they would be on the list. Some 50 intíl. companies, mostly American European, were also warned.
    (SFC, 11/27/17, p.A4)

2016        Apr 3, The Israeli defense body that handles civilian issues with the Palestinians expanded the fishing zone. The new easing of restrictions allowed fishermen in Gaza to now sail farther from the coastal territory.
    (AP, 4/3/16)

2016        Apr 10, Israel's cabinet unanimously approved a plan for reducing greenhouse gases and increasing energy efficiency to benefit the economy. Government officials expected the cumulative benefit to Israel's economy would reach more than 30 billion shekels ($8 billion).
    (Reuters, 4/10/16)

2016        Apr 14, Israeli campaigners said Israel has approved plans for more than 200 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, adding to a sharp increase in settlement projects so far this year. The government disputed the claim, saying nearly all approvals involved "upgrading existing structures" and not new construction, without providing a more detailed breakdown.
    (AFP, 4/14/16)
2016        Apr 14, A Palestinian armed with an axe attacked an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank and was shot dead, ending a three-week lull in deadly incidents.
    (AFP, 4/14/16)

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

2016        Apr 19, Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz (51) died after battling cancer. She helped bring her country's films to the world and became a star in France. Her films included "The Girl on the Train" alongside Catherine Deneuve and "Ashes and Blood".
    (AFP, 4/19/16)

2016        Apr 20, Israeli police said they had arrested diamond dealer Hanan Abramovici, head of Hanan Abramovici Diamonds Ltd., on suspicion of embezzlement after a complaint was filed by members of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE).
    (Reuters, 4/20/16)
2016        Apr 20, In Israel a young Hamas militant (19), from Beit Jala near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, died from his wounds following an April 18 ďsuicide attack" on a bus that left 20 people wounded.
    (AFP, 4/21/16)

2016        Apr 24, In Israel a liberal women's group held a special Passover prayer service at a Jerusalem holy site, drawing criticism from the site's ultra-Orthodox rabbi, who called it a "provocation." The group planned to hold an all-female "priestly blessing," a prayer typically done by men, but Israel's attorney general banned it from doing so.
    (AP, 4/24/16)

2016        Apr 27, Israeli police shot dead Palestinian woman Maram Abu Ismail (24) and her brother, Ibrahim Taha (16), saying they were armed with knives and tried to carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Alaa Soboh, a Palestinian bus driver said he witnessed the incident, and that the pair appeared to be unfamiliar with crossing procedures and were swiftly challenged at the checkpoint.
    (Reuters, 4/27/16)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A2)

2016        May 3, Israel's Tax Authority said inspectors uncovered four tons of ammonium chlorideó enough to produce hundreds of rocketsó hidden inside sacks of salt about two weeks ago as the shipment was being transferred to Gaza.
    (AP, 5/3/16)

2016        May 4, It was reported that sewage has damaged Gazaís limited fresh water supplies, decimated fishing zones and is now floating northward and affecting Israel.
    (SFC, 5/4/16, p.A3)

2016        May 5, Israeli warplanes struck four new Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip, as a flare-up continued to threaten a 2014 ceasefire agreement. The army said Hamas had "repeatedly fired and launched mortar rounds" across the border. Israel's military said it had discovered a cross-border tunnel built by the Islamist Hamas group from the Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/5/16)

2016        May 6, Israeli warplanes launched new strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to mortar fire, as the worst cross-border violence since a 2014 war entered a third day.
    (AFP, 5/6/16)

2016        May 7, Israeli aircraft hit two Hamas targets in Gaza early today in response to rocket fire as the worst flare-up of violence since a 2014 war entered a fourth day.
    (AFP, 5/7/16)

2016        May 20, Israel's defense minister  Moshe Yaalon resigned, saying the nation was being taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" after PM Benjamin Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an effort to strengthen his coalition.
    (Reuters, 5/20/16)

2016        May 23, Israeli police forces shot dead a Palestinian woman after she tried to stab a police officer at a West Bank checkpoint.
    (AP, 5/23/16)
2016        May 23, Private cement deliveries to the Gaza Strip resumed after Israel lifted a six-week ban it imposed over the alleged diversion of materials by an official in the Palestinian territory.
    (AFP, 5/23/16)

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

2016        Jun 3, In Israel some 200,000 people joined the festivities of Tel Avivís annual gay pride parade.
    (SFC, 6/4/16, p.A2)

2016        Jun 6, Palestininan Jamal Dweika (20) died of wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers in clashes after stones at Jewish worshippers at the Joseph's Tomb in Nablus.
    (AP, 6/6/16)

2016        Jun 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for talks expected to focus on boosting bilateral ties and the situation in Syria.
    (AP, 6/7/16)

2016        Jun 8, Israel's army locked down the Palestinian town of Yatta after Palestinian gunmen shot dead 4 people at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot. One of the attackers was arrested, while the other was wounded by gunfire. Both were from Yatta.
    (AFP, 6/9/16)

2016        Jun 9, The Israeli military revoked permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel and said it would send hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank a day after a Palestinian gun attack that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv. Collective punishment is banned under international law.
    (AP, 6/10/16)

2016        Jun 10, The Israeli military said the West Bank will be closed off until the end of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot on June 12, due to security concerns following a Palestinian shooting attack this week that killed four civilians.
    (AP, 6/10/16)

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

2016        Jun 21, Israeli troops shot dead Mahmoud Rafat Badran (15), a Palestinian teenager, and wounded four others as they returned from a swimming pool after apparently mistaking them for stone-throwers, sparking outrage and drawing renewed attention to open fire rules.
    (AFP, 6/21/16)

2016        Jun 24, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian woman who rammed a vehicle into a parked car near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, injuring two people sitting inside.
    (AP, 6/24/16)

2016        Jun 26, Talks between Turkey and Israel to normalize relations advanced in talks as officials said a deal had been reached to end a rift dating back to 2010.
    (Reuters, 6/27/16)

2016        Jun 27, Palestinians and Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a second day straight, with Islamic officials accusing Israeli authorities of breaking a tacit agreement on access during Ramadan.
    (AFP, 6/27/16)

2016        Jun 28, Israeli police banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two days of clashes with Palestinian rioters at the site.
    (AP, 6/28/16)
2016        Jun 28, Turkey and Israel signed a deal to restore ties after a six-year rift. Terms of the deal included the transfer of $20 million by Israel to a humanitarian fund that will compensate families of Turkish nationals killed and wounded during a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
    (Reuters, 6/28/16)(SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A6)

2016        Jun 30, Palestinian Mohammed Nasser Tarayra (19) fatally stabbed American-Israeli Hallel Yaffa Ariel (13) in her bedroom in the occupied West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. Israeli guards shot the attacker dead. On August 15 the Israeli army destroyed Tarayraís home.
    (Reuters, 6/30/16)(AFP, 8/15/16)

2016        Jul 1, Palestinian Sarah Tarayreh (27) was killed when she pulled out a knife and threatened an officer at a checkpoint near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron. A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a family traveling in a car in the West Bank, killing Israeli Michael Mark (48) and wounding his wife and two teenage children.
    (AP, 7/1/16)(AFP, 7/2/16)

2016        Jul 2, The Israeli military struck a series of militant sites in Gaza early today in response to a rocket attack that hit a kindergarten in the Israeli border town of Sderot. No injuries were reported on either side
    (AP, 7/2/16)
2016        Jul 2, Israeli troops locked down the occupied West Bank's most populous city Hebron and surrounding villages after two Israelis were killed in Palestinian attacks nearby.
    (AFP, 7/2/16)

2016        Jul 3, Israeli firms announced that a consortium led by US firm Noble Energy has approved a $265-million project to sink a new well in the Tamar natural gas field off Israel.
    (AFP, 7/3/16)
2016        Jul 3, The Israeli army attacked two Syrian military targets on the Golan Heights after stray Syrian fire damaged the security fence along the demarcation line.
    (AFP, 7/4/16)
2016        Jul 3, Turkey delivered humanitarian aid and other non-military products to Gaza. The Panama-flagged Lady Leyla landed in the Israeli port of Ashdod with 11,000 tons of supplies, including food packages of flour, rice, and sugar, as well as 10,000 toys.
    (SFC, 7/4/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 4, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu started his four-nation tour of Africa with a visit to Uganda.
    (AP, 7/4/16)
2016        Jul 4, An official said Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a move likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks.
    (AP, 7/4/16)
2016        Jul 4, Israel forces demolished the West Bank homes of two assailantsí families who killed an Israeli citizen last December. Four Palestinian youths were wounded in clashes with troops demolishing the homes.
    (SFC, 7/5/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 5, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with Kenyaís President Uhuru Kenyatta on counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture, amid tight security on the second leg of his Africa tour.
    (AP, 7/5/16)

2016        Jul 6, Israel relaunched the bidding process to build 42 new homes in the  in Kiryat Arba settlement in the occupied West Bank where a Palestinian stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli last week.
    (AFP, 7/6/16)

2016        Jul 10, In Israel the finds from some three-decades of excavation unearthing a Philistine cemetery went on display at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem. Their presence between 1200 and around 600 BC is evident on a thin coastal strip running from present-day Gaza to Tel Aviv.
    (AFP, 7/10/16)
2016        Jul 10, Israel's government approved nearly $13 million in financing for the West Bank settlements of Kiryat Arba and within Hebron.
    (AFP, 7/11/16)

2016        Jul 11, Israel's parliament adopted a law seen as targeting left-wing groups critical of the government by forcing NGOs that receive most of their funding from foreign states to declare it.
    (AFP, 7/12/16)

2016        Jul 13, Officers with Israel's paramilitary border police were confiscating an arms-manufacturing machine when a car accelerated toward them. Security forces fired toward the car, killing  Anwar al-Salaymeh (22). Another Palestinian was taken to hospital, and a third Palestinian was detained for questioning.
    (AP, 7/13/16)

2016        Jul 17, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man (20) carrying pipe bombs and knives in his bag at a light railway station in Jerusalem during the morning rush hour.
    (AP, 7/17/16)
2016        Jul 17, Two Israeli soldiers were killed and three injured after a grenade one of the troops was holding exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
    (AP, 7/17/16)

2016        Jul 18, A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank before being shot. The soldiers were lightly wounded.
    (AP, 7/18/16)
2016        Jul 18, Clashes erupted in the West Bank as Israel's military demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of involvement in a February attack outside Jerusalem's Old City that killed a policewoman.
    (AFP, 7/18/16)

2016        Jul 20, Israel's parliament passed a charged bill that would allow the assembly to oust a sitting lawmaker deemed to be inciting against the state.
    (AP, 7/20/16)
2016        Jul 20, Israel said that it and the Republic of Guinea renewed diplomatic ties after 49 years.
    (Reuters, 7/20/16)

2016        Jul 25, Officials and rights groups said Israeli authorities have advanced plans for 770 new settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem, drawing condemnation from Palestinian leaders and the United Nations.
    (AFP, 7/25/16)

2016        Jul 26, Israel police said said that 56 suspected members of the "La Familia" group of Beitar Jerusalem fans were arrested in an overnight raid. Stun grenades, firecrackers and other banned pyrotechnics were confiscated. An undercover agent who had infiltrated the group over the past six months led to the breakthrough.
    (AP, 7/26/16)
2016        Jul 26, Israeli authorities destroyed 11 Palestinian homes in an area on the outskirts of Jerusalem divided from the city by Israel's separation wall. Authorities alleged the owners did not have building permits.
    (AFP, 7/26/16)

2016        Jul 27, Israeli forces fired anti-tank missiles at a house in the West Bank after a shootout overnight, killing a Hamas member accused of a deadly attack on a rabbi.
    (AFP, 7/27/16)

2016        Jul 31, Israel's cabinet approved legislation aimed at loosening the grip of the country's three largest banks on the credit supply market, despite opposition by the IMF and a risk that the reform could flood the economy with excess credit.
    (Reuters, 7/31/16)
2016        Jul 31, Palestinian Rami Awartani (31), armed with a knife, charged at Israeli soldiers on the outskirts of of Nablus in the occupied West Bank and was shot dead.
    (AFP, 7/31/16)

2016        Jul, Germanyís BMW, Israeli supplier Mobileye and US-based Intel said they were joining forces to build a self-driving car.
    (Econ, 9/24/16, p.63)

2016        Aug 2, Israeli lawmakers approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of "terrorist offences" in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians.
    (AFP, 8/3/16)

2016        Aug 4, Israel's internal security agency said Mohammed el-Halabi, a senior employee of the international aid group World Vision in the Gaza Strip, siphoned off millions of dollars of the charity's funds and transferred them to the Islamic militant group Hamas, assisting it in building tunnels and purchasing arms. El-Halabi was arrested in June as he was crossing from Israel into Gaza.
    (AP, 8/4/16)

2016        Aug 5, The Palestinian Prisoners Club said in a statement that 80 prisoners stopped eating today, joining 325 who have been fasting for the past two days at various prisons in Israel and the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 8/5/16)

2016        Aug 6, More than 300 Palestinian prisoners halted a hunger strike after Israel prison authorities agreed to end "humiliating" body searches and return recently transferred prisoners.
    (AFP, 8/6/16)

2016        Aug 9, Israel demolished five homes in the occupied West Bank, leaving 27 Palestinians homeless, more than half of them children. The structures had been built with EU aid after houses in the village, on the southern tip of the West Bank, were demolished at least eight times.
    (AP, 8/9/16)

2016        Aug 19, The Turkish parliament approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a delay caused by last month's attempted coup. Under the deal, Israel will pay Turkey $20 million (17.7 million euros) in compensation for a botched Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship in 2010 that left 10 Turks dead.
    (AFP, 8/20/16)

2016        Aug 23, Israel uncovered an illegal Palestinian weapons manufacturing network in the West Bank overnight in one of its largest raids during a months-long crackdown on illicit arms.
    (AP, 8/23/16)
2016        Aug 23, Israeli security forces rushed to the West Bank city of Nablus to rescue 60 ultra-Orthodox Hassids stoned by Palestinians as they visited Joseph's Tomb in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the city. Palestinians believe an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yussef Dweikat, was buried there two centuries ago.
    (AFP, 8/23/16)

2016        Aug 24, An Israeli soldier shot dead a Palestinian motorist who had stabbed him and threw rocks from his car at a military vehicle in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 8/25/16)

2016        Aug 26, Israeli soldiers shot and killed an apparently unarmed Palestinian who ran toward their position in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. The incident was under review.
    (Reuters, 8/26/16)

2016        Aug 30, Israel's military overnight destroyed the home in Dura of Mohammed Abed Almajid Mohammed El-Amaira (38), a Palestinian accused of involvement in the July 1 shooting attack in the occupied West Bank that led to the death of a rabbi.
    (AFP, 8/30/16)

2016        Aug 31, Israeli authorities shut down the Palestinian Al-Sanabel radio station in the occupied West Bank in an overnight operation in Dura over "incitement" to violence. Five people, including the station director, were arrested.
    (AFP, 8/31/16)

2016        Aug, Israelís agriculture minister said that local cannabis growers will soon be allowed to export medical marijuana.
    (Econ, 10/29/16, p.42)

2016        Sep 1, An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test in Florida, destroying the Israeli-built and -owned Amos 6 satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to sub-Saharan Africa.
    (AP, 9/2/16)

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

2016        Sep 4, Israelís transport minister, Yisrael Katz, canceled key train routes because of the delayed repairs. The government dispatched extra buses for some 90,000 affected commuters.
    (AP, 9/4/16)
2016        Sep 4, Israeli tank fire targeted a Hamas post on the Gaza Strip border overnight after gunfire at Israeli forces in the area, with no injuries reported.
    (AFP, 9/4/16)

2016        Sep 5, Israeli police opened fire during an alleged car-ramming attack targeting officers in the Shuafat refugee camp in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem killing passenger Mustafa Nimr (27). Israel's Channel 10 television later broadcast video of the incident that appeared to show shots being fired after the car was stopped, with Mustafa Nimr already on the ground either wounded or dead.
    (AFP, 9/7/16)
2016        Sep 5, In Israel a floor collapsed during the construction of a four-storey underground parking structure in Tel Aviv. At least 4 people were killed and three remained missing.
    (AP, 9/6/16)

2016        Sep 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, during a visit to the Netherlands, said the Dutch government will assist Israel in improving water and gas supplies to energy-strapped Gaza.
    (Reuters, 9/6/16)

2016        Sep 8, Israeli defense officials said that the government has begun work on a $530 million underground barrier along the border with Gaza meant to block Hamas militants from tunneling into Israel.
    (SFC, 9/9/16, p.A4)

2016        Sep 9, Palestinian Abdel-Rahman Al-Dabbagh (18) was killed during a rock-throwing protest near the Gaza-Israel border A Palestinian health official said Israeli soldiers shot him, but the Israeli army said troops were not responsible.
    (Reuters, 9/10/16)

2016        Sep 13, The Israeli military struck artillery positions in Syria after a projectile from that country's civil war hit the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, but denied a Syrian claim that Syrian forces shot down two Israeli aircraft.
     (AP, 9/13/16)
2016        Sep 13, Israelís former Pres. Shimon Peres (93) suffered a major stroke and was hospitalized in Tel Aviv.
    (SFC, 9/14/16, p.A3)

2016        Sep 14, The United States signed an unprecedented security agreement with Israel that will give the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years.
    (SFC, 9/15/16, p.A2)

2016        Sep 16, In Israel three alleged assailants were killed while carrying out attacks on Israelis, shattering weeks of relative calm in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
    (AFP, 9/16/16)

2016        Sep 17, Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system destroyed two rockets fired from Syria at the Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights in an apparent rise in tension between the uneasy neighbors.
    (AFP, 9/17/16)
2016        Sep 17, A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron before being shot dead, the army said, in the fourth such attack in under 24 hours. Forces at the scene shot the assailant, resulting in his death.
    (AFP, 9/17/16)

2016        Sep 18, A Palestinian attacker stabbed an Israeli army officer in the chest near a West Bank settlement and moderately wounded him, before Israeli soldiers shot the attacker and apprehended him.
    (AP, 9/18/16)

2016        Sep 19, Two Palestinians were killed as they tried to stab Israeli police in the West Bank city of Hebron. A third Palestinian was shot and wounded after stabbing and wounding two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 9/19/16)

2016        Sep 20, A Palestinian (16) who tried to stab an Israeli soldier was shot dead. An Israeli aircraft intercepted a drone launched by Hamas.
    (Reuters, 9/20/16)

2016        Sep 21, Israeli guards shot and wounded an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl after she did not stop at a checkpoint. The Israeli defence ministry said the girl was not carrying a weapon but told officers afterwards that she had wanted to die.
    (AFP, 9/21/16)
2016        Sep 21, In Turkey Osman Nuri Caliskan (41), reportedly mentally disturbed and wielding a knife, tried to storm the Israeli embassy in Ankara but was shot before reaching the building.
    (Reuters, 9/21/16)   
2016        Sep 21, Pres. Obama met with Israelís PM Benjamin Netanyahu in New York and expressed concern about continued settlement construction in the West Bank.
    (http://tinyurl.com/jhhq4j5)(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A6)

2016        Sep 28, Shimon Peres (b.1923), Israeli former president and prime minister, died two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. The Nobel Prize-winning visionary pushed his country toward peace during a remarkable seven-decade career.
    (Reuters, 9/28/16)

2016        Sep 30, In Jordan thousands of protesters staged a protest in Ammanto to demonstrate against a $10 billion gas deal between Jordan and Israel.
    (Reuters, 9/30/16)

2016        Oct 5, Israel's military struck several Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after a rocket launched from the Palestinian enclave hit a nearby Israeli city, with no casualties reported on either side.
    (AFP, 10/5/16)

2016        Oct 9, A Palestinian motorist launched a shooting spree near the Israeli police headquarters in Jerusalem, killing 2 people and wounding five others before being shot dead.
    (AP, 10/9/16)

2016        Oct 14, Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO, a day after the UN cultural agency adopted a draft resolution that Israel says denies the deep, historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 10/14/16)

2016        Oct 18, In the Gaza Strip a Hamas-run court sentenced a man to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel.
    (SFC, 10/19/16, p.A2)
2016        Oct 18, UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution condemning Israel's actions at a flashpoint holy site in east Jerusalem that has sparked fury in the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 10/18/16)

2016        Oct 19, Palestinian woman Raheeq Shajeyeh Youssef (19) approached Israeli border police with a knife in a tense area of the West Bank and was shot dead by officers. Video later emerged appearing to show officers open fire on the woman after she was already on the ground.
    (AP, 10/19/16)(AFP, 10/20/16)

2016        Oct 25, An Israeli man reportedly working on a border fence between Israel and Egypt was shot and killed when gunmen in Egypt opened fire at him. A senior Egyptian security official said that human traffickers shot at Israelis working on the barrier.
    (AP, 10/25/16)

2016        Oct 26, Israeli archaeologists made public a fragment of an ancient text which they say is the earliest Hebrew reference to Jerusalem outside the Bible. The piece of papyrus, dated by the Israel Antiquities Authority to the 7th century B.C., was presented at a news conference in Jerusalem shortly after Paris-based UNESCO adopted a resolution that Israel said denied Judaism's link to the ancient city.
    (Reuters, 10/26/16)

2016        Oct 28, A Palestinian attacked Israeli troops with his car late today and then with a knife in the occupied West Bank before being shot and seriously wounded.
    (AP, 10/29/16)

2016        Nov 2, In Israel protesters demanding equal prayer rights for women at one of Judaism's holiest sites scuffled with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they sought to approach Jerusalem's Western Wall.
    (AFP, 11/2/16)

2016        Nov 3, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier near Ofra in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 11/3/16)
2016        Nov 3, Avi Dichter, the former head of Israel's domestic intelligence agency, said Iran now commands a force of around 25,000 Shi'ite Muslim militants in Syria, mostly made up of recruits from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 11/3/16)

2016        Nov 9, The Israeli military said it has struck a Syrian army artillery position after a rocket from Syria hit the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights.
    (AP, 11/9/16)

2016        Nov 15, Israel appointed an ambassador to Turkey, its first since both countries recalled their envoys five years ago amid a spat over a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish vessel trying to reach the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 11/15/16)
2016        Nov 15, Swimmers crossed the Dead Sea from Jordan to Israel to raise awareness of what they said was an environmental disaster that has shrunk the inland lake's surface by a third in 30 years. They were the first people to thrash their way over the body of water so salty that it poisons anyone who drinks it.
    (Reuters, 11/15/16)

2016        Nov 16, Israel's parliament gave preliminary approval to a disputed bill that would retroactively legalize Jewish ettlement outposts built on privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 11/16/16)

2016        Nov 18, A Palestinian (26) was killed by Israeli soldiers in clashes along the Gaza border. Israeli soldiers said dozens of Palestinians had breached the buffer zone.
    (SFC, 11/19/16, p.A2)

2016        Nov 20, In Israel dozens of LGBT activists protested in Jerusalem against comments reportedly made by the city's chief rabbi disparaging the gay community. Rabbi Shlomo Amar told an Israeli newspaper last week that gay people were an "abomination" and homosexuality a "cult."
    (AP, 11/20/16)

2016        Nov 23, Israel revived plans to build 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 11/23/16)
2016        Nov 23, Israel Antiquities Authority unveiled a "unique" 3,800-year-old figurine showing a seated person, apparently deep in thought. It was discovered recently in excavations at Yehud, east of Tel Aviv.
    (AFP, 11/23/16)

2016        Nov 24, In Israel tens of thousands of residents were ordered to leave Haifa as wildfires tore across central and northern Israel. The country's chief of police said politically motivated arson may be behind some of the blazes.
    (AP, 11/24/16)

2016        Nov 25, In Israel foreign firefighting planes helped tackle a wave of wildfires that have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, as police announced a dozen related arrests. Israel received airborne assistance from Russia, Turkey, Greece and Croatia.
    (AFP, 11/25/16)

2016        Nov 26, In Israel fires raged in several locations for a fifth day, including in a Jewish West Bank settlement where 40 homes were burned and all 1,000-plus of its residents evacuated.
    (AP, 11/26/16)

2016        Nov 27, Israeli aircraft struck a machine gun-mounted vehicle inside, killing four Islamic State-affiliated militants after they had opened fire on a military patrol on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.
    (AP, 11/27/16)

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

2016        Dec 1, A Kenyan court charged two Iranian men with collecting information to facilitate a terrorist act after they were allegedly found with video footage of the Israeli embassy.
    (AP, 12/1/16)

2016        Dec 4, Israel was embroiled in fresh controversy over its purchase of submarines from German company ThyssenKrupp after reports that the country's arch-enemy Iran holds a stake in the firm.
    (AFP, 12/4/16)

2016        Dec 6, In Israel sculptor Itay Zalait placed a four meter (13 foot) tall effigy of Netanyahu on a white pedestal in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, adjacent to city hall, to test the limits of freedom of expression. The gilded statue was toppled by an onlooker after a brief public appearance.
    (Reuters, 12/6/16)

2016        Dec 12, British PM Theresa May introduced an official definition for anti-Semitism in hopes of curbing attacks against Jewish people. The definition states that "Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."
    (AP, 12/12/16)

2016        Dec 13, Kazakhstan and Israel signed agreements on cooperation in scientific research, civil aviation, medicine and agriculture following talks between Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visiting PM Benjamin Netanyahu. They also agreed to work more closely together in fighting terrorism.
    (AP, 12/14/16)

2016        Dec 14, In East Jerusalem a Palestinian youth wielding a screwdriver stabbed and lightly wounded two Israeli police officers before being shot and killed.
    (AP, 12/14/16)
2016        Dec 14, The Czech Republic's defense minister said the country's military has decided to purchase Israeli-made radars for its military. The army will pay 2.9 billion koruna ($114 million) for a total of eight ELM 2084 MMR radars made by the Israeli state-run IAI Elta company.
    (AP, 12/14/16)

2016        Dec 15, In Israel residents of the Amona outpost, a wildcat Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, rejected a proposal to leave voluntarily. Some 40 families were under a High Court order to be evacuated by December 25 since the settlement was found to have been built on private Palestinian land.
    (AFP, 12/15/16)
2016        Dec 15, European Union diplomats said Israel demolished 866 structures in 2016, leaving 1,221 Palestinians homeless, almost half of them children.
    (AP, 12/15/16)
2016        Dec 15, Mohammed Alzoari (49) was found gunned down in his car near his home in Sfax, Tunisia. He had joined the military wing of Hamas in 2006 and led the development of its drones. Hamas accused Israel of assassinating him.
    (AP, 12/18/16)

2016        Dec 16, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he will nominate attorney David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel, selecting an envoy who supports Israeli settlements and other changes to US policies in the region. Friedman already headed a settlement fundraising organization.
    (AP, 12/16/16)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.41)

2016        Dec 18, Israeli settlers due to be evicted from the Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank accepted a government-proposed deal to head off a forced evacuation and confrontation with troops.
    (Reuters, 12/18/16)
2016        Dec 18, An Israeli parole board ordered the release of former president Moshe Katsav after serving five years of a seven-year term for rape and other sexual offences.
    (AFP, 12/18/16)
2016        Dec 18, Israel forces shot and killed Ahmad Rimawi (19) after he hurled stones at Israeli troops in Beit Rima, near Ramallah.
    (AP, 12/18/16)

2016        Dec 19, Israeli authorities placed billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz (60) under house arrest over allegations of bribery and corruption in Guinea linked to his mining company, BSG Resources (BSGR). Asher Avidan, a top associate of Steinmetz, was also arrested in connection with the international investigation into suspected bribery of an official in Guinea.
    (Reuters, 12/19/16)(AP, 12/20/16)

2016        Dec 21, Israeli ex-president Moshe Katsav was freed from prison after prosecutors declined to appeal a parole board decision to release him after he served five years of a seven-year term for rape.
    (AFP, 12/21/16)

2016        Dec 22, In Israel Basel Ghattas, an Arab lawmaker in the Knesset, to have his parliamentary immunity stripped amid an investigation into suspicions he smuggled cellphones to Palestinian prisoners.
    (AP, 12/22/16)
2016        Dec 22, The UN Security Council postponed a vote on a draft resolution demanding that Israel halt its settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and east Jerusalem. Egypt requested the delay to allow time for consultations on the measure.
    (AFP, 12/22/16)

2016        Dec 23, The UN Security Council passed a landmark resolution condemning Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after the United States refrained from using its veto. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the US, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted. New Zealand, along with Senegal, Venezuela and Malaysia, co-sponsored the UN Security Council resolution.
    (Reuters, 12/23/16)(AFP, 12/24/16)(AP, 6/13/17)

2016        Dec 25, Israel summoned representatives of states that supported a UN resolution demanding it halts settlement activity, while cutting civilian coordination with Palestinians by way of rebuke.
    (AFP, 12/25/16)
2016        Dec 25, Israeli ministers approved a bill that would allow a court to order sites such as Facebook and YouTube to remove material found to be "incitement," which they say contributes to Palestinian violence.
    (AFP, 12/26/16)
2016        Dec 25, In Israel a fire erupted in a fuel tank at Oil Refineries Ltd in Haifa, sending thick black smoke into the sky above the northern port city.
    (Reuters, 12/25/16)

2016        Dec 27, Israel's foreign ministry said the country was "reducing" ties with nations that voted for last week's UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to settlement building in Palestinian territory.
    (AFP, 12/27/16)

2016        Dec 28, Israel released some 200,000 documents online from past government inquiries into the disappearance of about 1,000 children, mostly Jewish immigrants from Yemen and other Arab countries who disappeared in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
    (AP, 12/28/16)
2016        Dec 28, In Israel a Jerusalem municipal panel approved construction of a four-storey building for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem after postponing a vote on permits for hundreds of other homes in the Israeli-annexed area.
    (Reuters, 12/28/16)

2016        Dec 29, Israeli media reported that the attorney general Avichai Mandelblit has decided to order a criminal probe against PM Benjamin Netanyahu and he is to soon be questioned by police.
    (AFP, 12/29/16)

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

2016        Another 5,000 French Jews emigrated to Israel this year, continuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting the community.
    (AFP, 1/9/17)

2017        Jan 1, The Israeli government ruled that it would not release to their families the bodies of Hamas militants killed during attacks on Israelis but would instead bury them.
    (AFP, 1/1/17)

2017        Jan 4, The Israeli government said China has agreed for thousands of migrant construction laborers to work in Israel in a bid to alleviate a housing crisis.
    (AFP, 1/4/17)
2017        Jan 4, Israel released billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz from house arrest without charge, following his detention over bribery allegations involving BSGR in Africa.
    (Reuters, 1/4/17)
2017        Jan 4, Israeli Sergeant Elor Azaria, who shot dead a Palestinian assailant lying wounded and motionless on the ground in the occupied West Bank last March 24, was convicted of manslaughter in one of the most polarizing cases in Israel's history.
    (Reuters, 1/4/17)
2017        Jan 4, Palestinian fisherman Mohammed Al-Hissi (33) disappeared after colliding with an Israeli navy ship off the Gaza coast.
    (AP, 1/7/17)

2017        Jan 5, Israeli police questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a second time as part of a probe into whether he illegally accepted gifts from wealthy supporters.
    (AFP, 1/5/17)

2017        Jan 8, Palestinian Fadi Qunbar (28) rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers visiting a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding at least 15 people. Qunbar was killed as an Israeli soldier fired on the attacker and distributed video of him saying he shot after realizing it was not an accident. On Dec 9 Israeli police arrested nine people in relation to the attack including 5 Qunbar relatives.
    (AFP, 1/8/17)(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A2)

2017        Jan 9, Israeli authorities charged two Palestinians, arrested last month, with helping to smuggle hundreds of cameras to the Gaza Strip for the Islamic militant group Hamas and others.
    (AP, 1/9/17)

2017        Jan 10, Palestinian leaders called for prayers at mosques across the Middle East this week to protest plans by President-elect Donald Trump to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)
2017        Jan 10, Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian who attacked them during an overnight operation to arrest suspected militants at the Al-Fara refugee camp. A Palestinian rights group said the man was shot in his home at point blank range.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)

2017        Jan 11, The Israeli military said the Palestinian militant group Hamas has chatted up dozens of Israeli soldiers online using photos of young women and Hebrew slang to gain control of their phone cameras and microphones.
    (Reuters, 1/11/17)

2017        Jan 13, Syria accused Israel of firing missiles early today that landed near a military base west of Damascus.
    (SFC, 1/14/17, p.A2)

2017        Jan 15, In France representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians attended the conference.
    (AFP, 1/15/17)

2017        Jan 16, Israeli border police shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian youth as violence erupted near the town of Bethlehem between a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli troops.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)

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

2017        Jan 18, In Israel demolitions in the Arab Israeli village of in Umm al-Heiran, that activists say has been targeted by racist policies, sparked violence in which a policeman and his alleged attacker were killed.
    (AFP, 1/18/17)
2017        Jan 18, Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu was convicted of violating the terms of his release, more than a decade after completing an 18-year jail term. Vanunu was convicted of meeting with two US nationals in Jerusalem in 2013 without having permission to do so, and will be sentenced in two months.
    (AP, 1/23/17)

2017        Jan 22, In Israel the municipality of Jerusalem granted final approval for the construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while a hard-line Cabinet minister pushed the government to annex a major West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the presidency of Donald Trump.
    (AP, 1/22/17)

2017        Jan 24, Israel announced plans for 2,500 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the second such declaration since US President Donald Trump took office signaling he would be less critical of such projects than his predecessor.
    (Reuters, 1/24/17)
2017        Jan 24, A Jerusalem court reached a plea bargain with a former chief rabbi of Israel that will have him serve time for corruption. Yona Metzger will serve 3.5 years in prison and pay a $1.3 million fine.
    (AP, 1/25/17)

2017        Jan 26, Israeli officials gave final approval to 153 east Jerusalem settler homes, adding to a sharp increase in such projects since US Pres. Donald Trump took office.
    (AFP, 1/26/17)

2017        Jan 30, Former Israeli chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was found guilty of taking bribes on multiple occasions, as well as fraud and obstructing justice. He faced three-and-a-half years in prison and a fine $1.3 million. Metzger stepped down in July 2013 after 10 years in office.
    (AFP, 1/30/17)

2017        Jan 31, Israeli authorities said that nine Venezuelan Jewish converts will be allowed to move to Israel in light of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, reversing an earlier decision to keep them out.
    (AP, 1/31/17)

2017        Jan 31, In Israel rightist protesters scuffled with Israeli police carrying out a court order to evict settlers from the illegal Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank, hours after the government announced more construction in larger settlements.
    (Reuters, 2/1/17)

2017        Feb 2, Israeli police forced hardline Jewish settlers from the barricaded synagogue of the wildcat Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank, completing an emotive battle to evict residents.
    (AFP, 2/2/17)

2017        Feb 5, Israel's Supreme Court gave a small group of settlers in the occupied West Bank a brief respite from a demolition order, giving them until March 5 to leave.
    (AFP, 2/5/17)

2017        Feb 6, Israelís parliament passed a new law legalizing dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land.
    (AFP, 2/7/17)
2017        Feb 6, A Palestinian rocket launched from Gaza struck Israel, causing no casualties or damage, in a rare attack that drew Israeli air strikes against Palestinian militant targets.
    (Reuters, 2/6/17)

2017        Feb 7, Palestinian Pres. Mahmud Abbas called a new Israeli law legalizing dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land an "attack against our people".
    (AFP, 2/7/17)

2017        Feb 8, Israeli and Palestinian rights groups petitioned the Supreme Court asking it to strike down a new law allowing expropriation of private Palestinian land for Jewish settlers.
    (AFP, 2/8/17)

2017        Feb 9, In central Israel a Palestinian (18) opened fire and stabbed shoppers with a screwdriver near a busy open air market wounding at least six people in Petah Tikva.
    (AP, 2/9/17)

2017        Feb 12, An Israeli court ordered Haifa Chemicals to shut down the country's largest ammonia tank, which has been a point of contention for years, with residents and environmental groups warning it is a major health hazard.
    (Reuters, 2/12/17)

2017        Feb 15, President Donald Trump and PM Benjamin Netanyahu renewed the US-Israel partnership in defiance of international pressure for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Shortly before Trump was to welcome Netanyahu to the White House, a senior US official briefed reporters that Washington would no longer insist that any peace deal lead to a recognized Palestinian state.
    (AFP, 2/15/17)

2017        Feb 21, Israeli Sergeant Elor Azaria, who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant on March 24, 2016, was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage after one of the most divisive trials in Israel's history.
    (Reuters, 2/21/17)

2017        Feb 23, An Israeli court ordered Nael Barghouti, a senior Hamas member, to complete his life sentence, after the man was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of inmates for an Israeli soldier held by Hamas.
    (AP, 2/23/17)
2017        Feb 23, An Israeli fighter jet shot down a drone belonging to the Islamist group Hamas that had taken off from the Gaza Strip.
    (Reuters, 2/23/17)

2017        Feb 24, Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried out by a far-right Jewish settler.
    (AFP, 2/24/17)

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

2017        Feb 27, Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes in Gaza, wounding at least four people, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory hit an empty area in southern Israel.
    (Reuters, 2/27/17)

2017        Mar 1, A Palestinian broke into a home in a West Bank settlement near Hebron and stabbed an Israeli, who then shot and killed the intruder.
    (AP, 3/1/17)

2017        Mar 6, Israeli police questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth time in a corruption investigation that has prompted political rivals to start looking to a "post-Bibi" Israel.
    (Reuters, 3/6/17)
2017        Mar 6, Palestinian militant Basil al-Araj (31) was killed in a shootout with Israeli forces in the West Bank. Police said he headed a group planning attacks against Israeli targets and collected weapons for the group.
    (AP, 3/6/17)

2017        Mar 13, Intel said it will buy Israeli car tech firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, in a deal signaling the US computer chip giant's commitment to technology for self-driving vehicles.
    (AFP, 3/13/17)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.65)

2017        Mar 14, Israel ordered the closure of an office in Arab East Jerusalem as it was suspected of being funded by the Palestinian Authority and involved with monitoring the sale of Palestinian property to Jews.
    (Reuters, 3/14/17)
2017        Mar 14, In northern Israel a fireworks warehouse went up in flames, killing two people, injuring at least two more and setting off a series of loud explosions in a village near Netanya.
    (AFP, 3/14/17)
2017        Mar 14, In Israel an elderly man burnt nurse Tova Kararo (56) at a clinic after apparently being dissatisfied by the treatment he had received in Holon. Kararo died after the man poured flammable fluid on the nurse taking care of him.
    (AP, 3/14/17)

2017        Mar 16, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he would honor his commitment to build a new settlement in the occupied West Bank, the first in two decades.
    (Reuters, 3/16/17)

2017        Mar 17, Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria overnight, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.
    (AFP, 3/17/17)

2017        Mar 18, The Israeli military carried out the airstrikes early today against two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a projectile that landed in an open field. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the firing.
    (AP, 3/18/17)
2017        Mar 18, Rima Khalaf, a UN undersecretary-general, resigned after refusing to withdraw her report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. She had authored a recent report that accused Israel of establishing an "apartheid regime." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas soon informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she would receive the Palestine Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her "courage and support" for the Palestinian people.
    (AP, 3/19/17)

2017        Mar 19, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu backed out of an agreement to establish a new broadcasting authority, creating a coalition crisis with one of his key partners that could lead to early elections.
    (AP, 3/19/17)

2017        Mar 20, The United States criticized the UN Human Rights Council, saying addressing the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories as part of its agenda exhibited the group's "long-standing bias against Israel."
    (Reuters, 3/20/17)

2017        Mar 21, Israel's Shin Bet security agency said that it had arrested Muhammad Murtaja, a Palestinian employee of a humanitarian program run by the Turkish government, on suspicion of diverting funds to militants.
    (AP, 3/21/17)

2017        Mar 23, Israeli police arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and other institutions in the US, marking a potential breakthrough in the case after an international manhunt with the FBI.
    (AP, 3/23/17)

2017        Mar 24, Hamas official Mazen Faqha (38) was shot dead by an unknown gunman at his home in the Gaza Strip. Israeli media said Faqha was responsible for cells of Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. On May 11 Hamas said it has apprehended the killer of Mazen Fuqaha and that he carried out the assassination on Israel's orders.
    (AFP, 3/25/17)(Reuters, 5/11/17)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.42)

2017        Mar 26, Hamas shut the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave.
    (AFP, 3/26/17)
2017        Mar 26, Iran sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the US. The list included ITT Corp., missile-maker Raytheon Co., United Technologies Corp. Denver's Re/Max Holdings Inc., a real estate company and truck maker Oshkosh.
    (AP, 3/26/17)

2017        Mar 27, Israeli police arrested more than 20 Jewish ultra-Orthodox suspected sex offenders whose alleged crimes were known to their insular communities but concealed from the authorities.
    (AFP, 3/27/17)
2017        Mar 27, Hamas authorities partially reopened the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel, after a one-day closure following the assassination of one of the group's leaders.
    (AFP, 3/27/17)

2017        Mar 29, Israeli paramilitary police officers shot and killed a Palestinian woman who tried to attack them with a knife outside Jerusalem's walled Old City.
    (Reuters, 3/29/17)

2017        Mar 30, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahuís Security Cabinet approved a plan to create Israel's first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than 20 years despite international concern over the issue. Netanyahu also ordered limitations on settlement expansion in territory Palestinians claim for a state.
    (AFP, 3/30/17)(AP, 3/31/17)(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A2)   

2017        Mar 31, Palestinian Hatem al-Maghari returned overnight to his family in Gaza after 17 years in an Israeli jail. He had been arrested and convicted of murder after the brutal lynching of two Israeli soldiers in 2000, but was released this week after new evidence emerged. He was still found guilty of aggression against a soldier and not preventing an offence and sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison, but with time already served was released immediately.
    (AFP, 3/31/17)

2017        Apr 1, A Palestinian from the occupied West Bank stabbed and wounded three Israelis in Jerusalem's Old City before being shot dead by border guards.
    (AFP, 4/1/17)

2017        Apr 6, A Palestinian man carried out a car-ramming next to a bus stop near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding another.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)

2017        Apr 10, Israel closed its Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula following warnings by its anti-terrorism office of an "imminent" militant attack there and urged its citizens to leave Egypt hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many secular Israelis.
    (AP, 4/9/17)

2017        Apr 14, A Palestinian man fatally stabbed Hannah Bladon (20), a British woman, on Jerusalem's transit network, as Christians marked Good Friday and Muslims held prayers at respective holy sites nearby. Police officers restrained Jamil Tamimi (57) and carried him away. Tamimi was convicted in 2011 for sexually assaulting his daughter. On May 11 Tamimi was charged with premeditated murder.
    (Reuters, 4/14/17)(AFP, 5/11/17)

2017        Apr 17, Hundreds of Druze on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched for Syrian independence day, carrying portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and chanting anti-Israel slogans.
    (AFP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails began a hunger strike in response to a call by prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a possible future Palestinian president. Palestinians termed the open-ended strike a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)

2017        Apr 18, Israel vowed not to negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian detainees on the second day of a hunger strike led by prominent prisoner and popular leader Marwan Barghouti.
    (AFP, 4/18/17)

2017        Apr 19, A Palestinian assailant rammed his car into a West Bank bus stop, wounding an Israeli man, before Israeli troops shot and killed the driver.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Two Palestinian sisters from Gaza were caught trying to smuggle explosives hidden in medicine containers into Israel as they were headed for cancer treatment at a Jerusalem hospital.
    (AP, 4/20/17)

2017        Apr 20, Several dozen Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces outside the Ofer Prison where detainees were on a hunger strike. A group of Israeli hardliners nearby taunted prisoners by barbecuing.
    (AFP, 4/20/17)

2017        Apr 23, An Israeli attack against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National Defence Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, Israel said it has signed a deal with China to bring Chinese construction workers to Israel, but the workers will reportedly be barred from building in West Bank settlements at China's insistence.
    (AP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, In Israel a Palestinian stabbed and slightly wounded four people along Tel Aviv's beachfront. Police arrested him and described the attack as terrorism-related.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)

2017        Apr 25, Israel appointed its first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system. Hana Khatib, an attorney from the northern town of Tamra, was selected by an Israeli justice committee alongside three men to become a religious judge.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)

2017        Apr 27, Pres. Mahmoud Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) told Israel it would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory, whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Palestinians across the West Bank observed a general strike in support of hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Syria's state media reported that Israel has attacked a military installation near the Damascus International Airport.
    (AP, 4/27/17)

2017        Apr 28, Israelís Housing Ministry said it intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem, despite US President Donald Trump's request to "hold back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
    (Reuters, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, The Israeli military said about 2000 Palestinians "participated in violent riots" at several places in the West Bank. Palestinian health officials said dozens of protesters were wounded at West Bank demonstrations in support of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel. Some 6.500 Palestinians were currently in Israeli lockups.
    (AP, 4/28/17)(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A2)

2017        May 1, The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas dropped its long-standing call for Israel's destruction as well as its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document issued today. This amended the founding charter of 1988.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)(Econ 5/6/17, p.45)

2017        May 3, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he will withhold $1 million in payments to the United Nations following a resolution adopted by its cultural agency that he says diminishes Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/3/17)

2017        May 5, The executive board of the UN's cultural agency ratified a resolution that identifies Israel as "the occupying power" in Jerusalem and calls on it to rescind any move changing the city's "character and status."
    (AFP, 5/5/17)

2017        May 7, More than 880 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike, the 21st day of their protest as Israel released a video, purporting to show Marwan Barghouti snacking in his cell. Supporters of Barghouti said the video is a fabrication intended to break the prisoners' morale.
    (AP, 5/9/17)

2017        May 8, New Hamas leader Ismail Haniya pledged support for hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in his first comments since being elected as head of the movement that runs the Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 5/8/17)

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

2017        May 11, Six protesters were wounded by Israeli fire at a West Bank demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, now in its 25th day.
    (AP, 5/11/17)

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

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

2017        May 15, An Israeli patrol boat fired at Palestinian fishermen accused of breaching the blockade off the northern Gaza Strip, leaving  Mohammed Majed Bakr (25) dead. Four other crewmen were arrested and two more arrests were made when the military boarded another Gaza boat overnight.
    (AFP, 5/15/17)

2017        May 18, A Palestinian protester was killed during a clash in the northern West Bank, and an Associated Press photographer was shot and wounded while covering the unrest. An Israeli settler had opened fire on a crowd of Palestinian protesters after his car was attacked by demonstrators.
    (AP, 5/18/17)

2017        May 22, Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian who ran with a knife at officers near Abu Dis, a Palestinian town on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 22, US President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)

2017        May 22, US President Donald Trump arrived in Israel and made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall. Trump held talks separately with PM Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a stopover lasting barely 28 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Palestinians observed a general strike in solidarity with prisoners refusing food in Israeli jails for more than a month over their conditions.
    (AFP, 5/22/17)

2017        May 23, US Pres. Donald Trump met with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Following the meeting he called on Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises for peace as he wrapped up a closely watched visit, but offered no specifics on how he would resolve the decades-old conflict.
    (AFP, 5/23/17)

2017        May 24, Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces as Israeli demonstrators march through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the city's eastern half.
    (AP, 5/24/17)

2017        May 25, Israel says it will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be scaled back.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   

2017        May 27, Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17 ended their mass protest after Israel agreed a deal following weeks of refusing to negotiate.
    (AFP, 5/27/17)

2017        Jun 1, A Palestinian girl (15) was shot after stabbing an Israeli soldier near a settlement in the West Bank. Nouf Infeat died of her wounds the next day.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 1, The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) found "part of a tunnel in Gaza that passed under two adjacent agency schools in the Maghazi camp" during construction work while the schools were empty during the summer holiday.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 1, US Pres. Donald Trump signed an order keeping the US Embassy in Tel Aviv for at least another six months.
    (SFC, 6/2/17, p.A2)

2017        Jun 8, Israel said seven Arabs have been arrested over a plot to kill army officers for Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers to avenge the killing of one its members.
    (AP, 6/8/17)

2017        Jun 9, In Israel over 200,000 people celebrated the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, where the theme this year is "Bisexuality Visibility".
    (AP, 6/9/17)

2017        Jun 11, Israel's security cabinet decided to reduce the daily amount of electricity supplied to Gaza by between 45 and 60 minutes. Gazans currently receive only three or four hours of electricity a day. Israeli authorities said the move was taken after funding cuts by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who has reportedly been seeking to further pressure his rivals in Islamist movement Hamas.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)

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

2017        Jun 14, Israeli author David Grossman won the Mann Booker Intíl. Prize for his novel ďA Horse Walks Into a Bar." Jessica Cohen shared the prize for translating the book into English from Hebrew.
    (Econ 6/24/17, p.42)

2017        Jun 15, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and Greece.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 16, Three Palestinian militants were killed after stabbing and shooting attacks left dead Israeli female police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka (23) on duty near Jerusalem's Old City. Hamas and People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) soon claimed responsibility denying Islamic State claims for the attack.
    (AP, 6/17/17)

2017        Jun 18, Israel revoked the permits of 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel that were approved for the holy month of Ramadan following two near simultaneous Palestinian attacks on police that killed a young female officer near Jerusalem's Old City two days earlier.
    (AP, 6/18/17)

2017        Jun 19, Israel's national electric company cut back its already limited electricity shipments to the Gaza Strip. The step was expected to worsen the power crunch plaguing the Hamas-controlled seaside territory.
    (AP, 6/19/17)

2017        Jun 20, Israelís PM Benjamin Netanyahu said ground has been broken in the West Bank for the first new Israeli settlement in two decades to compensate for the Amona outpost demolished earlier this year.
    (AP, 6/20/17)

2017        Jun 21, In Israel an 83-year-old woman won a lawsuit against the national airline after being asked to move seats on a transatlantic flight because an ultra-Orthodox man did not want to sit next to her.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)

2017        Jun 25, Israel's government formally suspended plans for a mixed-gender prayer space at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, The Israeli military said it attacked a series of Syrian military targets after several projectiles landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a 2nd day.
    (SFC, 6/26/17, p.A2)

2017        Jun 30, An Israeli warplane struck a Syrian army post, hours after stray fire from Syria's civil war hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    (AFP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, In Israel large amounts of highly acidic wastewater poured into the Negev desert when a wall of an evaporation pool partially collapsed at the Rotem Amfert facility of Potash and fertilizer producer Israel Chemicals (ICL). Complete rehabilitation was expected to take years.
    (AP, 7/2/17)(Reuters, 7/4/17)

2017        Jul 2, Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert (71) left prison after winning early release from a parole board, capping an ignominious chapter of Israeli history that transformed the once-powerful leader into the first premier ever to be placed behind bars.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, Israeli authorities re-arrested Khalida Jarrar (54), a prominent Palestinian lawmaker, in an overnight raid in the Ramallah area over her leadership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel considers a terrorist organization.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)

2017        Jul 4, Indiaís PM Narendra Modi arrived in Israel for the first ever visit by an Indian premier, amid growing ties between the two countries including billions of dollars in defence deals.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)

2017        Jul 5, Israel and India signed several agreements on cooperation in the fields of technology, water and agriculture on the second day of a landmark visit by the Indian PM Narendra Modi to the Jewish state.
    (AP, 7/5/17)

2017        Jul 7, UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, described Hebron's Old City as a Palestinian world heritage site in danger, prompting a walkout by Israel's ambassador to the organization.
    (AP, 7/7/17)

2017        Jul 9, It was reported that Israelís Chief Rabbinate has compiled a blacklist of overseas rabbis whose authority they refuse to recognize when it comes to certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in Israel.
    (AP, 7/9/17)

2017        Jul 10, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz made a rare appearance in the occupied West Bank and signed an agreement on electricity with Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah. They announced a boost in electricity supply in the area that comes with a payment guarantee from the Palestinians and unveiled a new substation.
    (AFP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, Israel troops shot dead a Palestinian driver who tried to run down and then stab Israeli soldiers near a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)

2017        Jul 12, The Addameer rights NGO said Prominent Palestinian politician and rights campaigner Khalida Jarrar (54) has been ordered detained for six months without trial by Israeli authorities.
    (AP, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 13, Israel and the Palestinians said they have reached a water-sharing deal to bring relief to parched Palestinian communities, a modest but promising breakthrough announced during the latest visit by US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt.
    (AP, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 14, Three attackers opened fire near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, killing two Israeli officers. Police immediately shot them dead. Security forces locked down the area and the Al-Aqsa mosque was closed to Friday prayers. Israeli security forces detained Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, grand mufti of Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 7/14/17)

2017        Jul 15, Israeli security forces locked down parts of Jerusalem's Old City and an ultra-sensitive holy site remained closed after an attack that killed two police officers and heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
    (AFP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, Hamas described the closure of the site in a statement as a "religious war" and spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on the Palestinian "uprising" to target the Israeli army and West Bank settlers.
    (AP, 7/15/17)

2017        Jul 16, Israeli soldiers and police on an arrest mission in the town of Nabi Salah in the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian early today. The man was suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in the West Bank a day earlier and opened fire at soldiers and policemen who had tracked him down. The man was identified as Amar Tirawi (34) from Kafr Ein.
    (AFP, 7/16/17)(Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, Israel reopened Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound, drawing a protest by Muslim religious authorities over the installation of metal detectors at entrances two days after a deadly shooting.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)

2017        Jul 17, Islamic leaders called on Muslims to boycott a Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a gesture of protest after Israel set up metal detectors at the site's entrance gates following a deadly Arab attack there last week.
    (AP, 7/17/17)

2017        Jul 18, Muslims boycotted a Jerusalem holy site for the third day running after Israeli authorities installed metal detectors and cameras at entrances to the sensitive compound following an attack that killed two policemen.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, A Palestinian carried out a car-ramming attack near the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers before being shot dead.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban told visiting Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu that his country stood firmly against anti-Semitism today after the "crime" of failing to protect its Jewish citizens during World War Two. Netanyahu's visit is the first to Hungary by a serving Israeli prime minister since the fall of communism. He will also meet the Polish, Czech and Slovak leaders in Budapest on July 19.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)

2017        Jul 19, In Hungary Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. He was caught by a live microphone railing against the European Union's "crazy" insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting Israel as essential to its prosperity and survival.
    (AP, 7/19/17)

2017        Jul 20, The Israeli military shot and killed a Palestinian attacker (26) who tried to stab soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint near Hebron.
    (AP, 7/20/17)

2017        Jul 21, Israeli police clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem after Muslim prayers were held in protest outside a major shrine. Israeli police said they were barring men under 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for Friday Muslim prayers.
    (AP, 7/21/17)(AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, In Israel Michael Ganor, a retired naval captain and former representative for ThyssenKrupp in Israel, signed a stateís witness arrangement with the justice ministry agreeing to serve a reduce sentence of a year in prison and pay a 10m shekel fine in return for disclosing all that he knows about arms deals.
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017        Jul 21, A Palestinian broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)

2017        Jul 22, Two Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces as the army moved in to seal off an attacker's home after violence over security measures at an ultra-sensitive holy site.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)

2017        Jul 23, Israel installed metal detectors at the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount after a weekend of violence left eight people dead, with fears more unrest could follow.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 23, In Jordan an Israeli security guard shot and killed two Jordanians after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver in Amman. Mohammed Jawawdeh (16) was killed after he argued with an Israeli guard during a furniture delivery next to the Israeli Embassy. A bystander was also killed in the altercation.
    (AP, 7/24/17)(AP, 7/25/17)(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A2)

2017        Jul 24, Israel struck a position of Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, hours after a missile was fired across the border from the Palestinian enclave.
    (AP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, A Palestinian assailant (21) stabbed an Arab citizen (32) of Israel in the neck in central Israel, apparently mistaking him for a Jew.
    (AP, 7/24/17)

2017        Jul 25, Israel removed metal detectors from entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City in favor of CCTV cameras, hoping to calm days of bloodshed. Palestinians said the modified security measures were still unacceptable.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)

2017        Jul 27, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas backed calls for worshippers to return to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after Israeli authorities removed controversial new security measures from the entrance to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)

2017        Jul 28, Israel barred men under 50 from Friday prayers at the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after two weeks of tensions and deadly unrest. Thousands of Palestinians held mass prayers outside. Violence flared in the West Bank, where a Palestinian was killed after he attacked soldiers.
    (AFP, 7/28/17)(AP, 7/28/17)

2017        Jul 30, An Israeli military appeal court upheld a manslaughter conviction and 18-month jail sentence for Elor Azaria, a former army conscript who killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank in March 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30,  Israeli police arrested five antiquities dealers from east Jerusalem for large-scale tax offenses.
    (AP, 7/30/17)

2017        Jul 31, A Jerusalem court upheld controversial real estate deals involving Israeli pro-settlement organization Ateret Cohanim and the Greek Orthodox church for two hotel properties in a mainly Palestinian area of occupied and annexed east Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)

2017        Aug 2, Palestinian Ismail Ibrahim Abu Aram (19) stabbed an Israeli (42) in Yavne near Tel Aviv. Aram was apprehended at the scene, and the victim taken to hospital.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)

2017        Aug 6, Israel said it plans to ban Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera news network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, Israel offered asylum to Neda Amin, a Turkey-based Iranian blogger, who it said faced forcible deportation to Iran, where she would be at risk given her work for an Israeli news site.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)

2017        Aug 10, The Israeli military said it has identified two residential buildings in the northern Gaza Strip as potential military targets after discovering Hamas militant tunnels underneath them.
    (AP, 8/10/17)

2017        Aug 11, Israel Kristal, the world's oldest man, passed away in Israel just a month short of his 114th birthday. He had lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp.
    (AP, 8/12/17)

2017        Aug 12, A Palestinian woman stabbed and wounded an Israeli man next to the Old City's Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, before she was arrested.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)

2017        Aug 14, Israeli police detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of an international money laundering investigation.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, Austria's Social Democratic Party announced that it is severing business relations with an Israeli political consultant after Israeli authorities arrested him on suspicion of money laundering, obstruction of justice, bribery and related crimes. Tal Silberstein was one of four suspects arrested in Israel following a joint investigation with Swiss and American authorities.
    (AP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 16, Israel said it is revoking the press credentials of an Al-Jazeera reporter Elias Karram after he told another TV station that the work of Palestinian journalists is part of the "resistance."
    (AP, 8/16/17)   
2017        Aug 16,  Israeli forces demolished the home of Palestinian Omar al-Abed (19), who fatally stabbed three Israelis in a nearby Jewish settlement last July 21 at a time when tensions soared over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
    (AP, 8/16/17)   

2017        Aug 17, An Israeli court extended the detention of Arab Israeli Raed Salah accused of inciting violence in connection with deadly tensions last month over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. The firebrand Islamic cleric was arrested a day earlier.
    (AFP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, Israel's Supreme Court froze implementation of a law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a "thick red line".
    (AFP, 8/18/17)

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

2017        Aug 27, Israelís defence ministry said it has finalized a deal to purchase 17 more Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the ultra-high-tech jets already ordered.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 28, Israelís PM Benjamin Netanyahu vowed never to evacuate Jewish settlement from occupied land.
    (SFC, 8/30/17, p.A2)

2017        Aug 30, UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises" he had seen.
    (AFP, 8/30/17)

2017        Sep 5, Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family from their home in east Jerusalem on Tuesday to make way for new Jewish tenants who claimed ownership. Officials backed by police enforced a court order to remove the six-member Shamasneh family from a home claimed by heirs of a Jewish family forced to abandon it in 1948, when it came under Jordanian control following an Arab-Israeli war.
    (AP, 9/5/17)

2017        Sep 7, Syria's army accused Israeli warplanes of hitting one of its positions, killing two people in an attack that a monitor said targeted a site where the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons. The strike hit a training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), an institution that Washington has accused of helping develop the sarin gas.
    (AFP, 9/7/17)(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.
    (AP, 9/9/17)

2017        Sep 12, In Israel a Supreme Court decision struck down a law exempting ultra-Orthodox men engaged in religious study from military service.
    (AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 12, The posthumous memoir "No Room for Small Dreams" by Shimon Peres came out as Israel began marking the anniversary of his passing at the age of 93.
    (AP, 9/12/17)

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

2017        Sep 19, The Israeli military shot down an Iranian-made spy drone operated by the Hezbollah militant group as it approached the Golan Heights, and vowed to take further tough action against any attempts by its archenemies to violate the country's sovereignty.
    (AP, 9/19/17)

2017        Sep 20, Palestinian human rights lawyers and activists handed a 700-page dossier to the International Criminal Court alleging that Israeli authorities are responsible for crimes including apartheid and persecution in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
    (AP, 9/20/17)

2017        Sep 26, A Palestinian opened fire at Israeli security personnel at the entrance to a West Bank settlement where he had worked, killing three and wounding another before being shot dead.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)

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

2017        Oct 3, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to build "thousands" of new homes in a major West Bank settlement east of Jerusalem, insisting it would one day be part of Israel.
    (AFP, 10/3/17)

2017        Oct 8, Israel's domestic security agency said it has arrested two Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli Reuven Shmerling found dead last week.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women trekked through a biblical desert landscape, converging on the shores of the Jordan River in a march for peace.
    (Reuters, 10/8/17)

2017        Oct 16, Israeli authorities approved permits for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the occupied West Bank, the first such approvals for the flashpoint city since 2002.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Israel's military carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)

2017        Oct 17, Israeli authorities advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in a new push by PM Benjamin Netanyahu's government to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 10/17/17)

2017        Oct 18, Israeli authorities approved another large set of plans for settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total for the week to more than 2,600.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)

2017        Oct 20, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Germany will wait for Israeli prosecutors to conclude all investigations in a corruption scandal involving PM Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering three submarines in a $2 billion defense deal.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)

2017        Oct 21, The Israeli army attacked Syrian government artillery after fire across the armistice line hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned it would step up such retaliation in the future. Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns.
    (AFP, 10/21/17)(Reuters, 10/21/17)

2017        Oct 22, Israeli police arrested 15 suspected Jewish extremists overnight following an undercover investigation into a group accused of tracking down and threatening Arab men dating Jewish women. Israeli radio said that among those taken in for questioning was Benzi Gopstein, a prominent leader of the extreme-right group Lehava.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 23, In Israel several thousand ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem and protested in other areas as part of a series of demonstrations against serving in the Israeli military.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)

2017        Oct 25, Israeli authorities approved a major expansion of a Jewish settler enclave in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem, issuing building permits for 176 new housing units. The construction was swiftly condemned by the Palestinians as a violation of international law.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)

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

2017        Oct 30, The Israeli military discovered and detonated a militant tunnel that was dug from Gaza into Israel. Seven militants, including two Hamas members, suffocated in the tunnel trying to rescue five missing Islamic Jihad militants. The remains of the five missing were on the Israeli side of the tunnel.
    (AP, 10/30/17)(AP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 1, In the Israeli occupied West Bank secretive British street artist Banksy held a special event to apologize for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration outside his hotel. Banksy opened the Walled-Off Hotel near Bethlehem in March, with all the rooms facing directly onto Israel's separation wall.
    (AFP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Hamas handed over control of Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.
    (AP, 11/1/17)

2017        Nov 2, Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest across the West Bank marking a century since the Balfour Declaration, Britain's promise to Zionists to create a Jewish home in what is now Israel.
    (AP, 11/2/17)

2017        Nov 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledged 200 million shekels ($57 million) to build safe bypass roads for Jewish West Bank settlers, in a move that looks to satisfy a key constituent but anger Palestinians who consider it a further encroachment upon their hoped for future state.
    (AP, 11/6/17)

2017        Nov 7, Israelís 2018 Genesis Prize, known as ďthe Jewish Nobel Prize," was awarded to actress Natalie Portman in recognition of her commitment to social causes.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.A2)

2017        Nov 8, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's administration said it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July, and sought sole security control of the Gaza Strip, where Hamas Islamist forces dominate.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)

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

2017        Nov 11, The Israeli military shot down an unmanned aircraft that tried to infiltrate its airspace from neighboring Syria. The military said it intercepted the drone above the Golan Heights using a Patriot missile.
    (AP, 11/11/17)

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

2017        Nov 22, A young Israeli succumbed to her wounds, six years after being seriously wounded in a bomb attack. Hodaya Asulin, then 14, was seriously injured on March 23, 2011 when a bomb hidden in a bag exploded near the bus stop where she was standing in Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 11/22/17)

2017        Nov 26, Israel's health minister Yaakov Litzman, who heads a powerful ultra-Orthodox political party in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, resigned saying he opposed continued maintenance work on the country's railways on the Sabbath, when all labor is strictly prohibited by Jewish law. Netanyahu met with his ultra-Orthodox party allies and agreed to a series of measures to limit labor on the Jewish Sabbath and preserve the religious status quo in exchange for their continued allegiance.
    (AP, 11/26/17)(AP, 11/27/17)

2017        Nov 27, An Israeli court blocked Uber's ride-sharing services in a victory for the country's traditional taxi operators, saying the US firm's private drivers lacked proper insurance.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)

2017        Nov 29, Israel launched a new shuttle service for Gazans who need to travel to the US Consulate in Jerusalem ó briefly easing one of the many restrictions it places on Palestinians who want to exit the blockaded territory.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, An Israeli court sentenced three Palestinians to life in prison over a gun attack that left four people dead at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot in June, 2016.
    (AP, 11/29/17)

2017        Nov 30, Israeli aircraft and tanks struck a number of militant targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a volley of mortar fire from the Palestinian territory.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 30, An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank, in what the Israeli army said was a response to an attack by Palestinians throwing rocks, which Palestinians denied.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Israeli soldier Ron Yitzhak Kokia (20), was stabbed to death late today in the southern city of Arad and his weapon was stolen. His assailants fled the scene. On Dec. 4 the internal security service said it has arrested two residents of southern Israel suspected in the stabbing death.
    (AP, 12/4/17)

2017        Dec 1, The Palestinians accused the organizers of the Giro d'Italia cycle race of being "complicit in Israel's military occupation" by starting the 2018 race from Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)

2017        Dec 2, In Israel tens of thousands poured into the streets of Tel Aviv for an anti-corruption rally calling on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign. It was one of the largest demonstrations yet against Netanyahu's lengthy rule.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 2, Syrian state news said Israel has fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military post near Damascus early today, causing material damage but no casualties. The report also said that Syrian air defenses shot down two of the Israeli missiles.
    (AP, 12/2/17)

2017        Dec 5, A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said US President Donald Trump informed Abbas that he intends to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)

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

2017        Dec 7, Israeli army gunfire and rubber bullets wounded at least 31 people in Palestinian protests in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip after the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 8, Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Arab and Muslim countries across the world to protest against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. At least one Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli troops.
    (AFP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Israeli troops shot dead two protesters in skirmishes along Gaza's border.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 8, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States to put forward detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and described as "unhelpful" a decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/8/17)

2017        Dec 9, Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed two Palestinian gunmen after rockets were fired from the enclave, in violence that erupted over President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)

2017        Dec 10, The Israeli military said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters (yards) into Israeli territory.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Israel a Palestinian man (24) from the occupied West Bank stabbed a security guard after approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the Jerusalemís central bus station. The guard was in critical condition and the assailant was taken into custody after a passer-by tackled him.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international law.
    (AP, 12/10/17)

2017        Dec 11, In Israel the Nazareth District Court sentenced Yinon Reuveni (22) over his involvement in the 2015 attack on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. Reuveni was also ordered to pay $14,000 to the church in compensation.
    (AP, 12/12/17)

2017        Dec 12, In Israel Rabbi Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman (b.1913), considered the leading spiritual authority for ultra-Orthodox Judaism, died. Hundreds of thousands attended his funeral ceremonies.
    (AFP, 12/12/17)

2017        Dec 13, An Israeli undercover unit infiltrated a Palestinian protest on the outskirts of Ramallah before dispersing it by firing into the air. Three Palestinians were reported injured during the protests.
    (AFP, 12/13/17)

2017        Dec 14, Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business. The company said 14,000 workers would be let go over the next two years.
    (AP, 12/14/17)

2017        Dec 15, Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others, as protests over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week. Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh (29), who lost both his legs in an Israeli attack a decade ago, was among five Palestinians killed during the protests.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)(SFC, 12/16/17, p.A4)(AFP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 15, A video showed two Palestinian cousins, Nour (20) and Ahed Tamimi (16), approaching two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and telling them to leave their family yard before shoving, kicking and slapping them. 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.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian carrying an explosive device as he approached a military court in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 12/17/17)

2017        Dec 18, The UN Security Council scheduled a vote today on a resolution that would require the US to rescind its declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump's declaration to be withdrawn was vetoed by the United States in the 15-member UN Security Council.
    (AP, 12/18/17)(Reuters, 12/19/17)

2017        Dec 21, South Africa's ruling ANC decided to downgrade its embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office over a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, ahead of a UN vote today on a resolution urging Washington to drop the move.
    (Reuters, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Yemen's UN ambassador introduced a UN resolution calling the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void" and urging all "peace-loving countries" to vote in favor of it. US Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened the 193 UN member states and the UN with funding cuts if the UN General Assembly approves a the resolution.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 for a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trump's Dec. 6 Jerusalem declaration. The nine countries voting "no" were the US, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, the Marshall Islands and Togo. The vote did little to calm Palestinian anger over his reversal of decades-old US policy on the contested holy city.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)(AP, 12/22/17)

2017        Dec 22, Israeli troops shot dead at least two Palestinians, as protests intensified against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)

2017        Dec 23, Thousands of Israelis held a demonstration in Tel Aviv for the fourth week running calling for the resignation of the "corrupt" government and its head.
    (AFP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 23, Palestinian Sharaf Shalash (28) died after being wounded by Israeli fire on Dec. 17, during a protest on the Gaza border against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (AFP, 12/23/17)

2017        Dec 24, A vice president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) said seven Israeli players have been denied visas to participate in the Dec. 26-30 speed chess championship hosted by Saudi Arabia this week.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Guatemala's Pres. President Jimmy Morales announced that his country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of US Pres. Donald Trump in ordering the change. Guatemala and Israel have long had close ties, especially in security matters and Israeli arms sales to Guatemala.
    (AP, 12/25/17)

2017        Dec 25, The Palestinian foreign ministry slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision a day earlier to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognized the city as the capital of Israel.
    (AFP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Pope Francis used his Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after US Pres. Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)

2017        Dec 28, Israel's parliament passed legislation curbing a police practice of recommending indictments in high-profile cases before charges are pressed. The bill was pushed by Benjamin Netanyahu's party as he faces corruption allegations and critics said it was designed to shield the long-ruling prime minister.
    (AP, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 29, Israelís military retaliated to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip with strikes on posts used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the territory. The exchange caused no casualties on either side.
    (AP, 12/29/17)

2017        Dec 30, Palestinian Jamal Musleh (20), injured in clashes with Israeli forces along the border, succumbed to wounds sustained from a gunshot to the chest a day earlier.
    (AP, 12/30/17)

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

2017        Yaakov Katz authored ďThe Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower."
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017        Israelís PM Netanyahu canceled a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel because he insisted on meeting with Breaking the Silence, a group of former fighters who served in the West Bank and now collect testimonies about the damaging impact of the occupation. The group was led by Dean Issacharoff, a former Israeli combat officer turned whistleblower.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        In Israel a deposit law went into effect this year whereby employers are required to deposit 20 percent of an asylum seekerís salary in a designated fund. The money is to be returned to the employee only if and when he leaves the country. In 2018 the state reduced the deposit to 6 percent for women and men over the age of 60, and began exempting humanitarian cases such as victims of trafficking, minors, and anyone who can prove any serious health problems.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ydfakssp)(SFC, 8/16/18, p.A3)
2017        The Jewish population in Israel numbered about 6.4 million and included those in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and 1.8 million Arabs.
    (Econ, 2/11/17, p.43)

2018        Jan 2, Israel's parliament passed an amendment that would make it harder for it to cede control over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinians, who condemned the move as undermining any chance to revive talks on statehood.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Indiaís defense ministry announced it is to buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from Israel in a $70 million deal, ahead of a visit by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. An Israeli arms company said India has cancelled a $500 million deal ahead of a visit by pm Benjamin Netanyahu. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. said in a statement the Indian Defense Ministry cancelled the Spike missile deal.
    (AFP, 1/2/18)(AP, 1/3/18)

2018        Jan 3, Israel said it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, Palestinian Musab Tamemi (17) was killed in clashes with the Israeli army, which says troops fired at an armed protester.
    (AP, 1/3/18)

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.
    (AFP, 1/4/18)

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.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
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.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/7/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
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.
    (AP, 1/10/18)

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.
    (AFP, 1/11/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
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.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)

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 shot dead.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/18)

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.
    (AFP, 1/30/18)
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 death camps.
    (AP, 1/30/18)

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".
    (Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, The UN human rights office said that 206 companies ó mostly Israeli and American ó are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.
    (AP, 1/31/18)

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 last month.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
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 indefinitely.
    (AP, 2/4/18)

2018        Feb 5, A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man to death at a bus stop near a West Bank settlement before fleeing the scene.
    (AP, 2/5/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
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 boundaries.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/9/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/10/18)

2018        Feb 12, Israelís Education Ministry announced that celebrated Israeli author David Grossman (64) has been awarded the country's highest literary accolade, the Israel Prize for Literature, for this year. Grossman also won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel "A Horse Walks Into a Bar." It was the Israel Prize winner for 2018.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
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.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
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.
    (AP, 2/12/18)

  2018        Feb 13, Israeli police recommended that PM Benjamin Netanyahu (68) be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of public trust in two corruption investigations.
    (AFP, 2/14/18)
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.
    (AFP, 2/13/18)

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 notice.
    (AP, 2/14/18)

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 corruption cases.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)

2018        Feb 17, An Israeli military tank struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the detonation of an explosive device along its border. Palestinian teenagers Salam Sabah and Abdullah Abu Sheikha, both 17, were killed east of Rafah in the south of the enclave. Palestinian officials said the target belonged to the Islamic Jihad militant group and there were no casualties.
    (AP, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/18/18)

2018        Feb 18, Israelís security agency Shin Bet said that six Palestinians have been arrested suspected of planning attacks targeting Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other Israelis in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 2/18/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)

2018        Feb 19, Israelís PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced a "historic" $15 billion contract for sales of natural gas to Egypt.
    (AFP, 2/19/18)

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 case.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
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 the country.
    (AFP, 2/22/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)

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.
    (AFP, 2/22/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/25/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/25/18)

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 protest.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/18)

2018        Feb 28, Tourists and pilgrims returned to Jerusalemís Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built at the site many see as the holiest in Christianity, as it reopened following a rare three-day closure in protest at Israeli measures.
    (AFP, 2/28/18)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/18)

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.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)

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 tenure.
    (AFP, 3/2/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/18)

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.
    (AFP, 3/5/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/8/18)

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 shot him.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)
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.
    (AFP, 3/18/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/19/18)
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 14-month sentence.
    (AP, 3/19/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
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.
    (AFP, 3/25/18)

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.
    (AFP, 3/28/18)
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 privacy.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/18)

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 14.
    (AFP, 3/30/18)(Reuters, 3/30/18)(Reuters, 3/31/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/2/18)

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 base.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, A Palestinian man (25) was killed east of Bureij where he was throwing stones toward Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 4/3/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/4/18)

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 Gaza-Israel border.
    (AP, 4/5/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)

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 contentious vote.
    (AP, 4/13/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/13/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/15/18)

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.
    (AFP, 4/17/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/22/18)

2018        Apr 24, The Israeli government said it was abandoning a plan to forcibly deport African migrants who had entered the country illegally.
    (Reuters, 4/24/18)
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.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/24/18)

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 his wounds.
    (AP, 4/25/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)

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 Hama provinces.
    (AFP, 4/30/18)

2018        Apr 30, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
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 "extreme circumstances".
    (AP, 5/3/18)
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.
    (AFP, 4/30/18)
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.
    (AP, 5/2/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/2/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 5/3/18)

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 fence.
    (AP, 5/4/18)

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".
    (AP, 5/6/18)

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 bombings.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/9/18)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)

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 on Israel.
    (AP, 5/9/18)

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 violent.
    (Reuters, 5/12/18)
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, 5/15/18)(Reuters, 5/16/18)
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.
    (AFP, 8/13/18)

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 controversial move.
    (AFP, 5/16/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/17/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/18/18)

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.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)

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.
    (AFP, 5/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/22/18)

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 state.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/18)
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 government.
    (AP, 5/25/18)

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.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/27/18)

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.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/29/18)

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 targets.
    (AFP, 5/29/18)

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 barrages stopped.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
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 30.
    (AFP, 5/30/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)

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 Israeli fire.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram a tractor into soldiers and civilians in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)

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.
    (AFP, 6/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 6/4/18)

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.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
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 stake.
    (AP, 6/6/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/8/18)

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.
    (AFP, 6/11/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/12/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/18/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/17/18)
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.
    (AFP, 6/17/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/18/18)

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.
    (AFP, 6/20/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
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.
    (AP, 6/22/18)

2018        Jun 26, Two Israeli missiles hit near Damascus airport overnight.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
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.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)

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 country's south.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
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 of them.
    (AP, 7/2/18)

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 their smartphones.
    (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.
    (AFP, 7/3/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/4/18)

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 "deceptions".
    (AFP, 7/5/18)

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 demolition proceedings.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)

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.
    (AFP, 7/9/18)

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 Hamas-run enclave.
    (AFP, 7/10/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
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 surveillance.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)

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 week.
    (AP, 7/13/18)

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 effect.
    (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 Ozkan-Brunson swap.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
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
    (AFP, 7/16/18)

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 farmland.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 7/17/18)

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 right-wing views.
    (AFP, 7/18/18)

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 special status.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)

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.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)
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.
    (AP, 7/21/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)

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 Aviv.
    (AFP, 7/22/18)

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.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet with surface-to-air missiles after the plane infiltrated airspace it controls.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
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 enclave.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)

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 dead.
    (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.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
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.
    (AP, 7/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
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 Jorit Agoch.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)

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.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
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 represents.
    (AP, 7/29/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, In Israel thousands of people attended Jerusalem's annual Gay Pride parade under heavy police guard.
    (AFP, 8/2/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
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.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)

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.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)

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.
    (AFP, 8/5/18)

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.
    (AFP, 8/7/18)

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.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)

2018        Aug 11, The Israeli army carried out four drone attacks, targeting Palestinians who were flying balloons carrying incendiary devices across the border into Israel.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)
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 abroad.
    (Reuters, 8/12/18)
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.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/15/18)

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.
    (AFP, 8/19/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
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".
    (AP, 8/19/18)

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.
    (AFP, 8/21/18)
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 Borders.
    (AP, 8/28/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)

2018        Aug 22, An Israeli watchdog group said the government has advanced plans to build over 1,000 new homes in West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 8/22/18)

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.
    (AFP, 8/23/18)

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.
    (AFP, 8/24/18)

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 enclave.
    (AFP, 8/27/18)

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 month's attack.
    (AP, 8/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/31/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/2/18)

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 supplier.
    (AP, 9/4/18)

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 Palestinian protests.
    (Reuters, 9/5/18)
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".
    (AP, 9/6/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/6/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/8/18)

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.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)

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.
    (AFP, 9/12/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
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 fire.
    (AFP, 9/15/18)(Reuters, 9/17/18)

2018        Sep 15, Israeli missiles late today targeted Syria's Damascus international airport.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
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.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)

2018        Sep 16, A Palestinian (17) fatally stabbed Ari Fuld (45), an American-born Jewish settler, in the occupied West Bank then was himself shot and seized by armed civilians who gave chase.
    (Reuters, 9/16/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/18/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/18/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/18/18)

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 Bank.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/28/18)
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.
    (AP, 9/27/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/29/18)

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.
    (AFP, 9/30/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/1/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/9/18)

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".
    (AFP, 10/5/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/4/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/5/18)
2018        Oct 5, Three Palestinians, among them a 13-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli troops during protests at five locations along the frontier. 376 were wounded, including 126 with bullet wounds. Israel said the demonstrators threw grenades at the soldiers, adding that they also tore at parts of the fence with bolt cutters.
    (AP, 10/6/18)(AFP, 10/6/18)

2018        Oct 6, Israel announced new restrictions on Gaza, weeks after the territory's Hamas rulers stepped up protests along the enclave's land and sea borders with Israel. Israel's defence minister ordered the fishing zone to be reduced to six nautical miles (11 km) from nine nautical miles. Under the Oslo Accords of the early 1990s, fishermen are supposed to be allowed to operate up to 20 nautical miles off the coast.
    (AP, 10/6/18)(AFP, 10/6/18)

2018        Oct 7, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahuís wife, Sara, appeared in court for the first hearing in the fraud trial against her, in which she is alleged to have misused state funds in ordering catered meals.
    (Reuters, 10/7/18)
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.
    (AP, 10/7/18)

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 enclave.
    (AFP, 10/9/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/12/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/11/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/12/18)
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.
    (AFP, 10/13/18)
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.
    (AFP, 10/13/18)
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 stone-throwing attack.
    (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 traveling in.
    (AFP, 10/13/18)

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 Israel.
    (AP, 10/14/18)

2018        Oct 15, A Palestinian was shot dead after trying to stab an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 10/15/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/17/18)

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 Israel.
    (AP, 10/18/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/19/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/21/18)
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.
    (AP, 10/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/22/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/24/18)
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.
    (AFP, 10/24/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/26/18)
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 efforts.
    (AFP, 10/26/18)

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 Gulf emirate.
    (AFP, 10/28/18)
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.
    (AFP, 10/28/18)
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 fence.
    (Reuters, 10/29/18)

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 with Israel.
    (Reuters, 10/29/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/8/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/12/18)

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 three severely.
    (AFP, 11/13/18)

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.
    (AFP, 11/14/18)
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.
    (AFP, 11/14/18)
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 week.
    (Reuters, 11/16/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/16/18)

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 seek statehood.
    (Reuters, 11/19/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/18)

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 December 10-11.
    (AFP, 11/20/18)
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.
    (AFP, 11/20/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/22/18)

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.
    (AFP, 11/25/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/25/18)

2018        Nov 26, Israeli police arrested 32 Palestinians in east Jerusalem, accusing them of illegally working with Palestinian security services.
    (AP, 11/26/18)
2018        Nov 26, A Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank before being shot and killed.
    (AP, 11/26/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/28/18)

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.
    (AFP, 11/29/18)
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 targets".
    (AFP, 11/30/18)

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 terrorism.
    (AP, 11/30/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/2/18)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/18)
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 Jamal Khashoggi.
    (AP, 12/3/18)

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 Hezbollah.
    (AP, 12/4/18)
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".
    (AP, 12/4/18)
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 problem.
    (AFP, 12/4/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/9/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/10/18)

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.
    (AFP, 12/10/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/10/18)
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.
    (AFP, 12/10/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/11/18)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/18)
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 anti-migration views.
    (AP, 12/11/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/13/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/13/18)
2018        Dec 13, A group of Israelis beat up a Palestinian bus driver, Nidal Sake, near a West Bank settlement.
    (AP, 12/14/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/15/18)
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 from Lebanon.
    (AP, 12/16/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/18/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/22/18)

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 the Nazis.
    (AP, 12/23/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/26/18)
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 in Bethlehem.
    (AFP, 1/3/19)
2018        Dec 25, Syrian air defenses reportedly destroyed 14 of 16 Israeli missiles launched against unspecified targets near Damascus.
    (Reuters, 12/26/18)

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.
    (AFP, 12/26/18)
2018        Dec 26, It was reported that Israeli authorities have advanced plans for nearly 2,200 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 12/26/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/27/18)

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 flare-up.
    (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.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amos_Oz)(AFP, 12/28/18)
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.
    (AFP, 12/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/30/18)

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 mentally ill.
    (Reuters, 12/31/18)

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.
    (AFP, 1/1/19)
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 million.
    (AP, 1/1/19)

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.
    (AFP, 1/3/19)
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 allies.
    (AFP, 1/3/19)

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.
    (AFP, 1/6/19)

2019        Jan 7, Moshe Arens (93), a former Israeli defense minister, foreign minister and an early political mentor to PM Benjamin Netanyahu, died.
    (AP, 1/7/19)

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 during protests.
    (AFP, 1/11/19)
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 of them.
    (Reuters, 1/12/19)

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 Hezbollah guerrillas.
    (Reuters, 1/13/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/20/19)
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 Syria frontier.
    (Reuters, 1/20/19)
2019        Jan 20, Syrian state media say air defenses have repelled an Israeli air raid near the international airport south of Damascus.
    (AP, 1/20/19)

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.
    (AFP, 1/21/19)
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.
    (AFP, 1/21/19)

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.
    (AP, 1/24/19)
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).
    (AFP, 1/24/19)

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 and agriculture.
    (AP, 1/27/19)
2019        Jan 27, Israel officially recognized Venezuela's National Assembly chief Juan Guaido as president.
    (AFP, 1/27/19)

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.
    (AP, 1/29/19)

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 Jerusalem.
    (Reuters, 1/30/19)
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.
    (AFP, 1/30/19)

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.
    (AFP, 2/3/19)

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.
    (AFP, 2/1/19)
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.
    (AP, 2/2/19)

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 2002.
    (AP, 2/5/19)

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 disputed borders.
    (Reuters, 2/6/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/7/19)

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.
    (AFP, 2/8/19)

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.
    (AFP, 2/10/19)

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 anti-Israeli attacks.
    (AFP, 2/13/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/17/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/18/19)
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.
    (AFP, 2/18/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/19/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/20/19)

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 mothers' milk".
    (AP, 2/22/19)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/22/19)
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.
    (AFP, 2/22/19)

2019        Feb 27, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin expected to focus on regional security and Syria.
    (AP, 2/27/19)

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 the disabled.
    (AFP, 2/28/19)

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 priority.
    (AFP, 3/1/19)

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 toward Israel.
    (AFP, 3/3/19)   

2019        Mar 3, Jordan accused Israeli authorities of barring top Palestinian Muslim officials from Al-Aqsa mosque in annexed east Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 3/3/19)

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.
    (AFP, 3/4/19)
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.
    (AFP, 3/4/19)
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".
    (AFP, 3/6/19)

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 allegiances.
    (AP, 3/8/19)

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.
    (AFP, 3/9/19)

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.
    (AFP, 3/9/19)

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 court.
    (AP, 3/11/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/12/19)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/19)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/13/19)
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.
    (AFP, 3/13/19)

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.
    (AFP, 3/15/19)

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 escaping.
    (Reuters, 3/17/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/18/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/22/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/22/19)
2019        Mar 22, Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in separate border clashes.
    (AFP, 3/24/19)
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 territory.
    (Reuters, 3/22/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/19)

2019        Mar 24, Israeli aircraft targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early today after Palestinians there threw explosive devices at the border fence during "riots".
    (AFP, 3/24/19)

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 rocket attack.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/26/19)

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 those wounded.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/31/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/19)

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.
    (AFP, 4/1/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 4/1/19)
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.
    (AFP, 4/1/19)

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.
    (AFP, 4/8/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 4/3/19)

2019        Apr 3, A Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli in the occupied West Bank before being shot dead by a local civilian.
    (AFP, 4/3/19)

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 Rafah.
    (AP, 4/7/19)

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.
    (AP, 4/8/19)

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, 4/12/19)

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.
    (AFP, 4/11/19)
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.
    (AP, 4/12/19)

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 buildings.
    (AP, 4/13/19)
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.
    (AFP, 4/13/19)

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).
    (AP, 4/19/19)   

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.
    (AP, 4/28/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/4/19)

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 car.
    (Reuters, 5/05/19)
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 Israeli civilians.
    (AP, 5/06/19)

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.
    (AP, 5/06/19)

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 cards.
    (Reuters, 5/07/19)

2019        May 8, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weaponry.
    (Reuters, 5/08/19)

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.
    (AFP, 5/10/19)

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 held.
    (AFP, 5/12/19)

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.
    (AFP, 5/15/19)

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 disinformation.
    (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 year's edition.
    (AP, 5/19/19)

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.
    (AP, 5/21/19)
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.
    (AP, 5/21/19)

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 the border.
    (AP, 5/23/19)
2019        May 23, In Israel wildfires fed by tinder dry conditions destroyed around 40 homes.
    (AFP, 5/24/19)

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 Palestinian enclave.
    (AFP, 5/26/19)
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 opioid epidemic.
    (AFP, 5/27/19)

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.
    (AFP, 5/29/19)

2019        May 30, Israel embarked on an unprecedented snap election campaign ó the second this year ó after PM Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition and instead dissolved parliament.
    (AP, 5/30/19)

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 1967.
    (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 10.
    (AFP, 6/6/19)

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.
    (AFP, 6/6/19)

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.
    (AP, 6/13/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 6/10/19)
2019        Jun 10, Palestinian paramedic Mohammed al-Judeili (36) succumbed to wounds inflicted by Israeli fire at a border protest a month before.
    (AP, 6/10/19)

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.
    (AP, 6/11/19)

2019        Jun 12, Syria's state-run news agency said that Israel has attacked a military position in southern Syria, causing material damage.
    (AP, 6/12/19)

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.
    (AP, 6/14/19)
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.
    (AFP, 6/16/19)

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 territory.
    (AP, 6/25/19)

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.
    (AP, 6/28/19)

2019        Jun 30, Israeli police clashed overnight with residents of a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem, leaving at least 15 Palestinians and two officers wounded.
    (AP, 6/30/19)
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.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
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 Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)

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.
    (AP, 7/1/19)
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.
    (AFP, 7/2/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)
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 children dead.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/1/19)

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).
    (AP, 7/3/19)

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.
    (AP, 7/3/19)

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 perimeter fence.
    (AP, 7/8/19)

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.
    (AP, 7/11/19)

2019        Jul 12, An Egyptian delegation arrived in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to call for calm between Palestinian factions and Israel.
    (AP, 7/12/19)

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.
    (AP, 7/18/19)

2019        Jul 19, In northern Iraq an unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shi'ite paramilitary groups, killing at least one person. Two Iranian military commanders were killed. US officials later confirmed that Israel was responsible for the bombing. A Turkish soldier was killed and six wounded in an operation in northern Iraq during clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)(AP, 8/23/19)

2019        Jul 22, Israeli work crews began demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood, in one of the largest operations of its kind in years. Israel said the buildings were erected too close to its West Bank separation barrier. Residents say the buildings are on West Bank land, and the Palestinian Authority gave them construction permits.
    (AP, 7/22/19)

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".
    (AP, 7/23/19)

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 speech.
    (AP, 7/24/19)

2019        Jul 25, In Israel a trio of forces on the Israeli left ó including former PM Ehud Barak ó united ahead of the country's upcoming elections. The newly formed "Democratic Union" said in a joint statement it would be made up of Barak's "Democratic Israel" faction, the dovish Meretz party and senior Labor Party official Stav Shaffir.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Diplomats said the United States has blocked an attempt to get the UN Security Council to condemn Israelís demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/26/19)

2019        Jul 28, Police in Cyprus arrested a 19-year-old British woman on suspicion of filing a false complaint of gang rape for which a dozen Israeli teens had been detained as suspects. A lawyer said Cyprus police will release all seven Israeli teenagers who were being detained as suspects in the alleged rape of a British woman. Investigators questioning the woman concluded that her allegations "didn't stand to reason".
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)(AP, 7/28/19)

2019        Jul 28, Israel's defence ministry said tests of the Arrow-3 system were carried out in the US state of Alaska and it successfully intercepted targets above the atmosphere. The Arrow system, partly financed by the United States, was developed and produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries in partnership with Boeing.
    (AFP, 7/28/19)

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.
    (AP, 7/29/19)

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.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
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).
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)

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 overnight shootout.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
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".
    (AP, 8/1/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/7/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
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.
    (AP, 8/10/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/11/19)
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.
    (AP, 8/11/19)

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 the Palestinians.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
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 site.
    (AP, 8/15/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/20/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/21/19)

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 months.
    (AP, 8/22/19)

2019        Aug 23, An explosion at a water spring near a West Bank settlement killed an Israeli girl (17) and wounded her brother (21) and father (46). Israel said this was a Palestinian attack.
    (AP, 8/23/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/25/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
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.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
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.
    (AP, 8/26/19)

2019        Aug 28, Lebanese army gunners opened fired at two of three Israeli reconnaissance drones after they entered Lebanese airspace.
    (AP, 8/28/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/31/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/1/19)

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 base.
    (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 authority's investigation.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/6/19)

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 the deaths.
    (AP, 9/7/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/7/19)

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 election.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
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.
    (AP, 9/9/19)
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.
    (AP, 9/10/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
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.
    (AP, 9/10/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/16/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
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.
    (AP, 9/17/19)

2020        Israelís population was expected to reach 8 million with a density of 857 people per sq. km. compared with 400 for Holland and 26 per sq. km. in the US.
    (SFEM, 5/31/98, p.16)

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