Timeline Israel (E) 2016 to Present
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Israel A: to 1960
Israel B: 1961-1995
Israel C: 1996- 2004
Israel D: 2005- 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016        May 4, It was reported that sewage has damaged Gazas 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 Avivs 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 Tarayras home.
    (Reuters, 6/30/16)(AFP, 8/15/16)

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

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

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

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

2016        Jul 5, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with Kenyas 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, Germanys 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, Israels 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, Israels 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, Israels 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, Israels 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 Israels 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, Israels 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 Netanyahus 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, Israels 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 Intl. Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. Jessica Cohen shared the prize for translating the book into English from Hebrew.
    (Econ 6/24/17, p.42)

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

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

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

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

2017        Jun 20, Israels 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, Indias 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 Israels 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 states 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, Israels 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, Israels 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, Israels 2018 Genesis Prize, known as the Jewish Nobel Prize, was awarded to actress Natalie Portman in recognition of her commitment to social causes.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.A2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017        Dec 10, The Israeli military said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters (yards) into Israeli territory.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Israel a Palestinian man (24) from the occupied West Bank stabbed a security guard after approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the Jerusalems 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, Israels 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, Israels ruling Likud Party's central committee unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for the annexation of Israeli West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 1/1/18)

2017        Yaakov Katz authored The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower.
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017        Israels 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 seekers 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, Indias 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 mostly Israeli and American 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, Israels 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, Israels 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, Israels 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 Jerusalems 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        May, A Palestinian was shot in the back by an Israeli policewoman nearly 20 seconds after walking away from a West Bank checkpoint. In 2019 she was charged with assault and reckless use of a weapon for allegedly shooting the unarmed man.
    (AP, 11/21/19)

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, Palestinian Khalil Jabarin (17) fatally stabbed Ari Fuld (45), an American-born Jewish settler, in the occupied West Bank then was himself shot and seized by armed civilians. Camera footage showed Fuld firing a weapon at his attacker before collapsing. He later died of his wounds. On July 21, 2020, Jabarin (19) was sentenced to life in prison.
    (Reuters, 9/16/18)(AP, 7/21/20)

2018        Sep 17, The Israeli military attacked a group late today suspected of tampering with the border fence. Two people were found dead near the site of an Israeli missile strike at the Gaza border.
    (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 Netanyahus 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 20, Ahmad Manasra (22) was traveling home from a wedding when he spotted a family in distress on the side of a West Bank road. Moments later, the Palestinian was fatally shot while another Palestinian driver was seriously wounded both by an Israeli soldier in a nearby watchtower. In 2020 a plea bargain offered the soldier three months of community service. In Dec. 2020, an Israeli military tribunal upheld the contentious plea bargain.
    (AP, 9/8/20)(AP, 12/10/20)

2019        Mar 21, US President Donald Trump's recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The Golan Heights are scattered with villages inhabited by 22,000 Druze, an Arab minority who practice an offshoot of Islam. Around 20,000 Jewish settlers live in the Golan itself, many working in farming, leisure and tourism.
    (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        Apr, In Russia Naama Issachar (26), a US-Israeli woman, was arrested while in transit while travelling from India to Israel. Authorities said more than nine grams of hashish were found in her luggage Issachar. She arrested at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and was soon sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)(AP, 1/22/20)

2019        May 3, Two Israeli soldiers were wounded by Gaza gunfire near the border. A retaliatory Israeli air strike killed two militants from the Islamist Hamas group that governs Gaza. Two other Palestinians protesting near the frontier were also killed by Israeli forces.
    (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 the second this year 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 in Amirli, Salaheddin province. A Turkish soldier was killed and six wounded in an operation in northern Iraq during clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)(AP, 8/23/19)(SFC, 8/24/19, p.A4)

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 including former PM Ehud Barak united ahead of the country's upcoming elections. The newly formed "Democratic Union" said in a joint statement it would be made up of Barak's "Democratic Israel" faction, the dovish Meretz party and senior Labor Party official Stav Shaffir.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Diplomats said the United States has blocked an attempt to get the UN Security Council to condemn Israels 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." On October 15 the teenager said that she feared for her life after aggressive police allegedly forced her to sign a retraction.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)(AP, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph, 10/15/19)
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 arrested Heba al-Labadi (32) at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. She was reportedly detained "because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security violations." On Sept. 26 she began a hunger strike to protest her detention without formal charges.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
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 the Ein Bubin water spring near the Dolev West Bank settlement killed Rina Schnerb (17), an Israeli girl, and wounded her brother (21) and father (46). Israel said this was a Palestinian attack. Shin Bet launched a massive manhunt following the attack. The Shin Bet later identified Samer Arbeed (44) as the mastermind of the attack and the bombmaker. It said Qassem Barghouti (22) took part in the bombing and other attacks, and that Walid Hanatsheh (51) was a senior commander in the group's armed wing. Arbeed's interrogators beat him for 36 hours, leaving him with kidney failure and 11 broken rib. Lawyers and family members of the three main suspects said they were tortured to the point of being hospitalized.
    (AP, 8/23/19)(SFC, 8/24/19, p.A2)(AP, 2/9/20)

2019        Aug 24, Israel bombed Iranian forces in Syria. One Iranian and two fighters from Hezbollah, the Shiite Lebanese militia backed by Iran, were killed in the airstrike in Aqraba, south-east of Damascus late today.
    (The Telegraph, 8/25/19)

2019        Aug 25, Lebanese and Hezbollah officials said two Israeli drones crashed in a Hezbollah stronghold in the Lebanese capital overnight. They said the first fell on the roof of a building housing the group's media office while the second landed in a plot behind it. Israeli aircraft continued to violate Lebanese airspace, flying low over Beirut hours after the drones had crashed, raising fears of a wider conflict.
    (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)

2019        Sep 18, Israel's two main political parties were deadlocked after an unprecedented repeat election, with PM Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job. Exit polls showed Gantz's Blue and White party with a slight lead over Netanyahu's Likud.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, In Israel private security guards at a checkpoint near Jerusalem shot and killed a Palestinian woman after she pulled out a knife at the crossing.
    (AP, 9/18/19)

2019        Sep 19, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu invited his political rival Benny Gantz to join a unity government with him and his religious allies, an offer that was greeted coolly amid continued deadlock following this week's election.
    (AP, 9/19/19)

2019        Sep 22, Israel's national electric company said it has begun reducing power supplies to Palestinian areas of the occupied West Bank due to a financial dispute.
    (AP, 9/22/19)

2019        Sep 25, Israeli police arrested the Palestinian minister of Jerusalem affairs for conducting political activity in east Jerusalem. He was charged with allegedly breaking a law prohibiting political activity in Jerusalem by the Palestinian Authority.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Benjamin Netanyahu was tasked by Israel's president to form a new government for the sixth time in his lengthy political career. He was given up to six weeks to attempt to resolve the political impasse.
    (AP, 9/26/19)

2019        Sep 26, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took to the world stage to slam the United States for "depriving the peace process of any credibility" and undermining prospects for a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    (AP, 9/26/19)

2019        Sep 27, Israel's centrist Blue and White party, which won the most seats in elections earlier this month, rejected what it said were demands from PM Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.
    (AP, 9/27/19)

2019        Oct 2, An Israeli court ordered Malka Leifer, a former educator accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia, released on house arrest while she fights extradition proceedings.
    (AP, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, In Israel a shootout in Majd al-Krum killed two brothers, Ahmed and Khalil Manaa, and a third man Mohammed Sabea. Protests soon followed over police negligence in Arab communities.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y4735jgf)

2019        Oct 3, Israel swore in its newly elected parliament for what could be a very short term after the countrys second inconclusive election of the year left it with no new government on the horizon.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, Arab citizens of Israel observed a general strike and held protests over a wave of deadly violence within the minority community.
    (AP, 10/3/19)

2019        Oct 4, Palestinian officials said the Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel months after declining them in protest. The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to what the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and those killed in the conflict, including slain militants.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Palestinian Alaa Hamdan (28) was killed by Israeli gunfire during the weekly protest along the Gaza-Israel frontier.
    (AP, 10/4/19)

2019        Oct 6, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said he was seeking "non-aggression" agreements with Gulf Arab nations that do not formally recognize the country as a prelude to possible future peace deals.
    (AFP, 10/6/19)

2019        Oct 11, Israel said it has asked Russia to show leniency to an Israeli tourist arrested on drug charges and has rejected an apparent swap involving a detained Russian national subject to extradition to the US. Naama Issachar (26) was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison today after being arrested at Moscow's international airport in April.
    (AP, 10/11/19)

2019        Oct 13, Israel's Pres. Reuven Rivlin in a letter asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon Naama Issachar, a young Israeli woman, imprisoned on drug charges in Russia.
    (AP, 10/13/19)

2019        Oct 21, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty.
    (AP, 10/21/19)

2019        Oct 23, Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz received an official mandate to form the country's next government. He had few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Gantz will have 28 days to form a coalition.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Lebanon's state-run news agency said a Lebanese man shot down an Israeli drone with a hunting rifle near the border village of Kfar Kila.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Michael Lynk, the UN independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories, called for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements as a step to potentially end Israel's 52-year "illegal occupation".
    (AP, 10/23/19)

2019        Oct 24, Israeli rights group B'Tselem said Israeli authorities have demolished at least 140 Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem this year, the highest annual number since it began keeping records in 2004.
    (AP, 10/24/19)

2019        Oct 29, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he is establishing a committee to address violence and crime in Israel's Arab community after a spike in deadly violence this year.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, WhatsApp filed a lawsuit against Israeli hacking tool developer NSO Group. The Facebook-owned software giant alleged that NSO Group built and sold a hacking platform that exploited a flaw in WhatsApp-owned servers to help clients hack into the cellphones of at least 1,400 users. Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc's WhatsApp to take over users' phones.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)

2019        Oct 30, Israeli police officers shot a Palestinian woman who attempted to stab troops outside a contested holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron. The woman was treated by Israeli paramedics and hospitalized in critical condition.
    (AP, 10/30/19)

2019        Oct 31, Israeli forces rearrested former Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar (57) from her home in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Jarrar, a senior official with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was released in February from 20 months of administrative detention.
    (AP, 10/31/19)

2019        Nov 2, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed a Palestinian man as aircraft pounded militant sites in response to barrages of rockets launched toward Israel from the seaside enclave.
    (AP, 11/2/19)

2019        Nov 3, India's main opposition Congress party said that its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had been informed by messaging service WhatsApp that her phone was hacked during this year's election campaign by malware from Israeli surveillance firm NSO.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)

2019        Nov 4, Israeli-based RedHill Biopharma Ltd's said its three-drug combination therapy to treat Helicobacter pylori bacterial infections had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, sending its shares up 25%. Talicia, is an oral capsule comprising two antibiotics, amoxicillin and rifabutin, as well as omeprazole, a common treatment for heartburn.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, The European Union criticized Israel's approval of plans to build over 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 11/4/19)

2019        Nov 5, Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Omar Shakir, the local director of Human Rights Watch, which sought to block the Israeli government's attempt to expel him for allegedly supporting an international boycott movement against Israel.
    (AP, 11/5/19)

2019        Nov 6, Israeli authorities released two Jordanian citizens who'd been detained for two months and returned them to Jordan, easing a standoff that has soured relations between the countries just as they marked a chilly 25th anniversary of their historic peace deal. Israel arrested Heba al-Labadi (32) on Aug. 20 and Abdul Rahman Miri (29) on Sept. 2 as they entered the West Bank from Jordan through an Israeli-controlled crossing.
    (AP, 11/6/19)

2019        Nov 10, Jordan's king announced that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their 1994 landmark peace deal.
    (AP, 11/10/19)

2019        Nov 11, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian (22) during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in Al-Aroub refugee camp, near Hebron city in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)

2019        Nov 12, An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta (42), a senior militant with the Islamic Jihad group, as well as his wife. Eight others were killed, including at least seven militants. Israel said more than 50 rockets were fired in just a few hours following the attack, with at least 20 intercepted by its Iron Dome defense system. Israeli warplanes responded with a series of airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, An Israeli airstrike in Damascus targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed.
    (AP, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, The EU's top court (ECJ) ruled that goods from Israeli settlements must be labelled as produced in occupied territory, a decision hailed by Palestinians and condemned by Israel, which said it would try to persuade countries to ignore it.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)

2019        Nov 13, Israeli airstrikes pounded Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza and militants resumed rocket fire toward Israel after a brief overnight lull, as the death toll rose to 23 Palestinians, including a 7-year-old boy and two other minors, in the heaviest round of fighting in months.
    (AP, 11/13/19)

2019        Nov 14, Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border, but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms. Militants in Gaza fired a barrage of rockets into Israel hours after a cease-fire was declared to bring to an end to two days of intense fighting. The fighting has killed at least 34 Palestinians, among them three women, eight children and 18 militants. The Israeli airstrike in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah came in the closing hours of a fierce two-day burst of fighting between Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group. Nine members of a Palestinian family were killed.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)(AP, 11/14/19)(AP, 12/24/19)

2019        Nov 15, Israel said it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. The Palestinian territorys Hamas rulers cancelled the weekly protests they organize along the perimeter fence without explanation apparently in an effort to preserve the calm.
    (AP, 11/15/19)

2019        Nov 16, Israeli aircraft hit military sites for Gazas Hamas rulers early today after two rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   

2019        Nov 18, The Trump administration said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians effort to gain statehood.
    (AP, 11/18/19)

2019        Nov 19, Israels PM Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the West Bank to celebrate the US's announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to violate international law.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, The Israeli military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria and explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, The UN and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory remain in breach of international law, rejecting the Trump administration's position accepting them.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)

2019        Nov 20, Israeli officials announced that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on combatting anti-Semitism amid a global spike in violence against Jews.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Israel struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria in a wide-scale operation in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. The airstrikes killed at least 23 people, including 15 non-Syrians, some of them Iranians. The airstrikes targeted several areas in the capital Damascus and its suburbs.
    (AP, 11/20/19)

2019        Nov 21, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted with all three charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery relating to a series of corruption scandals.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)

2019        Nov 22, Palestinian officials said Israeli settlers attacked five villages in the occupied West Bank overnight, torching vehicles and olive trees, and leaving graffiti on the walls of homes.
    (AP, 11/22/19)

2019        Nov 24, Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch since October 2016, said he will remain in his position and continue doing the important, urgent work of documenting violations in Israel and the Palestinian territories from abroad. Shakir is being deported from Israel over his alleged advocacy for an economic boycott of Israel or its settlements in occupied territory.
    (AP, 11/24/19)

2019        Nov 26, Thousands of Palestinian protesters took part in a day of rage across the occupied West Bank, with some groups clashing with Israeli forces to protest the US announcement that it no longer believes Israeli settlements violate international law.
    (AP, 11/26/19)

2019        Nov 27, Israeli aircraft attacked several sites for Gazas Hamas rulers early today in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. There were no reports of injuries.
    (AP, 11/27/19)

2019        Nov 28, Bolivia said it will restore diplomatic ties with Israel, a decade after then-President Evo Morales severed relations because of an Israeli military offensive in Gaza.
    (AP, 11/28/19)

2019        Nov 29, Israeli troops shot dead Palestinian teen Fahed al-Astal (16) near the Gaza-Israel frontier and Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel in the evening, apparently in response to the fatal shooting. Earlier today an Islamic Jihad militant died of wounds he sustained during the fighting, becoming the 20th gunman to have been killed in the round of violence. Fifteen non-combatants also died in the fighting.
    (AP, 11/29/19)

2019        Dec 2, Israels attorney general officially submitted his indictment against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, giving him 30 days to appeal for immunity. Netanyahu was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases.
    (AP, 12/2/19)

2019        Dec 4, An expose by Israels public broadcaster Kan found that the military doubled or even tripled the number of ultra-Orthodox men drafted for the past several years. In recent years the army has said ultra-Orthodox draft figures have surged.
    (AP, 12/4/19)

2019        Dec 5, The Czech Republics defense ministry said it has signed a deal to buy eight mobile MADR 3D radars from Israel for 3.5 billion crowns ($152 million).
    (AP, 12/5/19)

2019        Dec 6, Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza-Israel frontier as the territorys Hamas rulers resumed the regular protests after a three-week pause. 14 Palestinians were reported wounded by Israeli fire, four of them with live gunshots.
    (AP, 12/7/19)

2019        Dec 7, US Pres. Donald Trump energized an audience that numbered in the hundreds at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida by recounting his record on issues of importance to Jews, including an extensive riff on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and relocate the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 12/7/19)

2019        Dec 8, Israeli aircraft bombed several militants sites in Gaza early today, hours after three rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave toward southern Israel.
    (AP, 12/8/19)

2019        Dec 9, Israeli police said vandals overnight slashed the tires of over 160 vehicles and sprayed slogans such as Arabs=enemies in a Palestinian neighborhood of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
    (AP, 12/9/19)

2019        Dec 10, Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky was awarded Israel's prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms.
    (AP, 12/10/19)

2019        Dec 11, The Israeli parliament began voting to dissolve itself and pave the path to an unprecedented third election within a year. The preliminary vote passed without objections. Barring a nearly unfathomable about-face, three more measures are expected to pass and call a new election for March 2, 2020.
    (AP, 12/11/19)

2019        Dec 18, The UN Mideast envoy said that Israel advanced or approved plans for over 22,000 housing units in West Bank settlements and east Jerusalem in the three years since the Security Council adopted a resolution condemning settlements in lands the Palestinians want for their future state.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, An international team of researchers said it has discovered a 7,000-year-old-seawall along Israel's Mediterranean coast, providing evidence that coastal communities protected themselves against rising waters even in ancient times. The seawall, found about 120 meters (130 yards) off the coast, is the only structure of its kind found in Israel's coastal region. The Neolithic era village, called Tel Hreiz, was abandoned and eventually swallowed by the sea.
    (AP, 12/19/19)

2019        Dec 19, The Arab League condemned Brazils opening of a trade office in the contested city of Jerusalem, warning the move will seriously damage Brazils political and economic interests in the Arab world.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket toward southern Israel early today and Israeli aircraft responded with airstrikes in the Hamas-ruled territory.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Dozens of Palestinians protested outside an Israeli military court in the occupied West Bank calling for the release of a prisoner who has been on a partial hunger strike for nearly three months.
    (AP, 12/19/19)

2019        Dec 20, At The Hague the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court took a major step toward opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, asking judges exactly what territory a future investigation could cover.
    (AP, 12/20/19)   

2019        Dec 22, Israel announced that it will allow Christians in the Gaza Strip to travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank for Christmas.
    (AP, 12/22/19)

2019        Dec 23, An Israeli missile strike overnight near the Damascus killed at least three foreigners, who were most likely Iranians.
    (AP, 12/23/19)

2019        Dec 29, The Israeli Security Cabinet voted to withhold $43 million of tax funds from the Palestinians, saying the money has been used to promote violence.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 29, The Israeli government appointed Yaacov Litzman as health minister, sparking a litany of condemnations from Australia's staunchly pro-Israel Jewish community. Litzman is suspected of aiding an alleged sexual abuser wanted in Australia.
    (AP, 12/30/19)

2020        Jan 5, Canndoc, an Israeli producer of medical grade cannabis, received a shipment of 250 kilos of dried whole cannabis flowers that it says will help alleviate a local shortage. It came from Canada's Tilray's production plant in Portugal.
    (Reuters, 1/5/20)

2020        Jan 9, The Israeli the Justice Ministry confirmed that a psychiatric panel has determined that Malka Leifer, a woman facing dozens of sex-abuse charges in Australia, is fit to stand trial for extradition.
    (AP, 1/9/20)

2020        Jan 13, Israeli police said they had raided a cult-like group in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem in which dozens of women and children were being held and abused under extreme slavery conditions.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

2020        Jan 16, Israeli advocacy group Ir Amim said 104 housing units were demolished in 2019, compared() to 72 units in 2018. The 44% spike also ends what had been a decline in demolitions between 2016 and 2018.
    (AP, 1/16/20)

2020        Jan 16, An Israeli attack helicopter struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip late today in response to the launch of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory earlier in the day.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine established a bloc called the East Mediterranean Gas Forum.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EastMed_Gas_Forum)    (Econ., 8/22/20, p.50)

2020        Jan 19, Israel's military said it has begun construction of an underground defense system along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against cross-border tunnels. the construction would all be on the Israeli side of the border and that United Nations peacekeepers along the frontier had been notified.
    (AP, 1/19/20)

2020        Jan 23, Dozens of world leaders gathered in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating rising modern-day anti-Semitism.
    (AP, 1/23/20)
2020        Jan 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a bronze monument, named "Memorial Candle," in the heart of Jerusalem commemorating the citizens and defenders of Leningrad during the 1941-1944 Nazi siege of the city.
    (AFP, 1/23/20)

2020        Jan 25, Israeli aircraft struck several sites for Gaza militants late today in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave.
    (AP, 1/26/20)

2020        Jan 26, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington to meet Pres. Donald Trump for the unveiling of a much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    (SFC, 1/27/20, p.A2)
2020        Jan 26, Israel's Interior Ministry said that it will now allow Israelis to travel to Saudi Arabia for religious or business visits. In the past, such visits required special permission from the government.
    (AP, 1/26/20)

2020        Jan 27, The Islamic State group vowed in an audio message released today that the extremists will start a new phase of attacks that will focus on Israel and blasted the US administration's plan to resolve the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    (AP, 1/27/20)

2020        Jan 30, Naama Issachar, a US-Israeli woman jailed for drug trafficking in Russia, was released and flew out with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu after she was pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.
    (AFP, 1/30/20)

2020        Jan 31, Palestinians held demonstrations across the region to protest President Donald Trump's Middle East initiative, while militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets and mortar rounds at Israel, drawing retaliatory strikes.
    (AP, 1/31/20)

2020        Feb 1, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority has cut security ties with both Israel and the US in a speech at an Arab League meeting in Cairo in which he denounced the White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    (Reuters, 2/1/20)

2020        Feb 2, In Lebanon more than 200 Lebanese and Palestinians held a protest near the US Embassy in Beirut against a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    (AP, 2/2/20)

2020        Feb 3, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Uganda, saying his country is returning to Africa in a big way" and urging the East African country to open an embassy in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 2/3/20)
2020        Feb 3, Israels Channel 13 TV reported that PM Netanyahu was pushing to have the US recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara, which Morocco seized after colonial power Spain pulled out in 1975, in a step that isnt internationally recognized.
    (Bloomberg, 2/6/20)
2020        Feb 3, Sudans military leader, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda and agreed to work toward normalizing relations, in what would be a historic step for the Arab League member thats never officially recognized the Jewish state.
    (Bloomberg, 2/4/20)

2020        Feb 4, The EU rejected US President Donald Trumps proposal for securing peace in the Middle East and expressed concern about Israels plans to annex more Palestinian land.
    (AP, 2/4/20)

2020        Feb 5, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian (17) during clashes with demonstrators in the West Bank, the first death since tensions rose following the release of President Donald Trump's Mideast plan.
    (AP, 2/5/20)

2020        Feb 6, Israel carried out airstrikes near Damascus early today, wounding eight soldiers. An opposition war monitoring group said the strikes targeted army positions as well as Iran-backed fighters, killing 23.
    (AP, 2/6/20)
2020        Feb 6, Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank and a third in Jerusalem after he opened fire at police, hours after a car-ramming attack elsewhere in the city wounded 12 Israeli soldiers.
    (AP, 2/6/20)

2020        Feb 7, The director of Israeli crossings informed all exporters and all relevant parties that all Palestinian agriculture products would be banned from export to world markets through the Jordanian crossing starting Feb. 9.
    (Reuters, 2/8/20)

2020        Feb 9, The Israeli military blocked Palestinian agricultural exports in the latest escalation of a months-long trade war that comes amid fears of renewed violence as well.
    (AP, 2/9/20)

2020        Feb 10, A cybersecurity expert said a security breach in an app used by Israel's ruling conservative party has exposed the personal information of nearly 6.5 million Israelis to hackers.
    (AP, 2/10/20)
2020        Feb 10, An Israeli court sentenced Raed Salah, head of the outlawed northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, to 28 months in prison for inciting to terror in a series of speeches he made after a deadly attack in 2017 on Israeli police at a contested Jerusalem holy site.
    (AP, 2/10/20)

2020        Feb 11, In northern Israel vandals slashed the tires of dozens of vehicles in an Arab village and spray painted slogans on buildings warning of Jewish-Arab assimilation.
    (AP, 2/11/20)

2020        Feb 12, The UN human rights office issued a report on companies it said have business ties to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a long-delayed move likely to draw the ire of Israel and its main ally the United States. It said 94 of the companies were domiciled in Israel and 18 in six other states.
    (Reuters, 2/12/20)

2020        Feb 15, Israeli police shot Malik Eissa (9) in the face just after he had gotten off a school bus in east Jerusalem. He was hospitalized after being struck by a non-lethal munition and later lost vision in the eye following surgeries. In December Israeli authorities cleared police of any wrongdoing in the case.
    (AP, 2/20/20)(AP, 12/6/20)

2020        Feb 16, The Israeli military said it has thwarted an attempt by the Hamas militant group to hack soldiers' phones by posing as young, attractive women on social media, striking up friendships and persuading them into downloading malware.
    (AP, 2/16/20)

2020        Feb 18, A Tel Aviv court ordered Facebook Inc to unblock the private account of a worker at Israeli surveillance company NSO Group. Similar rulings were expected for other employees in the coming days. Facebook's messaging service WhatsApp had accused the Israeli firm of helping government spies break into the phones of about 1,400 users in a hacking spree targeting diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials across the globe.
    (Reuters, 2/18/20)
2020        Feb 18, Israel said it will provide hundreds of additional work permits for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, in a new step aimed at solidifying an informal cease-fire with the Hamas militant group.
    (AP, 2/18/20)

2020        Feb 21, An Israeli doctor said one of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested positive for the new virus that emerged in China late last year, the first case to be reported inside the country. Another four Israelis were hospitalized in Japan after testing positive for the virus.
    (AP, 2/21/20)

2020        Feb 22, Israeli police officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly tried to stab a soldier outside Jerusalems Old City.
    (AP, 2/22/20)
2020        Feb 22, Israeli and Palestinian authorities sought to quell fears of a potential local outbreak of the coronavirus after learning that South Korean pilgrims who had toured some of the holy land's most popular sites were later found to be carrying the virus.
    (Reuters, 2/22/20)
2020        Feb 22, A South Korean Air flight with 188 passengers that landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport was taxied away from the allotted terminal while authorities allowed only 11 Israelis to enter the country. The next day the plane returned to South Korea with the rest of the passengers.
    (AP, 2/23/20)

2020        Feb 23, The Israeli military said it shot two Palestinian militants trying to place an explosive device along the border with Gaza, one of whom was reportedly killed.
    (AP, 2/23/20)
2020        Feb 23, Israel struck multiple targets near the Syrian capital late today, killing two members of a Palestinian militant faction and triggering anti-aircraft fire from the country's air defenses that shook Damascus.
    (AP, 2/23/20)
2020        Feb 23, South Korean health authorities said that 18 of the 39 South Koreans from the southeastern region who had made a group pilgrimage to sites in Israel later tested positive for the virus.
    (AP, 2/23/20)

2020        Feb 24, Gaza militants resumed their intense bombardment of southern Israel, with some rockets slipping through Israel's Iron Dome defense system and one landing in the yard of a kindergarten. The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it had ended its "military response" against Israel after two days of Gaza rockets and Israeli air strikes.
    (AP, 2/24/20)(Reuters, 2/24/20)

2020        Feb 25, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he was advancing settlement construction in a contentious open area of the West Bank. The move was seen as a bid by Netanyahu to secure electoral support from West Bank settlers.
    (AP, 2/25/20)

2020        Feb 26, OurCrowd, a leading Israeli venture capital firm, said it has hired the Trump administration's former Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt as a business developer for the region.
    (AP, 2/26/20)

2020        Feb 27, Israel's Supreme Court ruled against a 2018 surrogacy law that critics said discriminated against same-sex couples and which sparked uproar in the LGBT community when it was passed.
    (AP, 2/27/20)
2020        Feb 27, In southern Syria an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car, killing one person,. An opposition war monitor said the man targeted was an anti-Israel operative. Quneitra Gov. Humam Dibyat identified the person killed as Adel Tawil and said he worked at a police station and was targeted while returning home from work.
    (AP, 2/27/20)

2020        Mar 2, Israel held its third parliamentary elections in under 12 months as PM Benjamin Netanyahu faced off against former army chief Benny Gantz. The Netanyahu-led alliance stood to capture 59 of parliaments 120 seats, following a four-seat gain by Likud, versus 54 for the generals camp.
    (AP, 3/2/20)(3, 3/3/20)

2020        Mar 4, Israel ordered travelers arriving from Germany, France, Spain, Austria and Switzerland to go into home quarantine over coronavirus concerns. The Health Ministry also ordered all international conferences in Israel cancelled and banned gatherings of more than 5,000 participants.
    (Reuters, 3/4/20)
2020        Mar 4, It was reported that Palestinians have launched protests in the occupied West Bank after Israeli bulldozers began clearing land in what villagers fear is an attempt to confiscate it for future Jewish settlements.
    (Reuters, 3/4/20)

2020        Mar 5, Israeli military forces demolished the homes of two Palestinians accused of being behind a deadly blast in the West Bank last year. Israel says Walid Hanatsheh and Yazan Mughamis were part of a cell that carried out the attack in August, which killed Israeli Rina Shnerb (17) and injured her father and brother as they hiked down to a spring in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 3/5/20)
2020        Mar 5, Israeli warplanes fired missiles early today toward military positions in central Syria. State news agency SANA said all were shot down by Syrian air defenses before reaching their targets.
    (AP, 3/5/20)

2020        Mar 7, People were not permitted to leave or enter Bethlehem, as per a decision made by Israeli and Palestinian authorities after 17 cases of novel coronavirus were confirmed in the city in the last 48 hours. 14 American citizens were being tested and have been quarantined in the Angles hotel in the city of Bethlehem for now.
    (Good Morning America, 3/7/20)

2020        Mar 10, It was reported that the coronavirus outbreak in Israel, largely contained, began to gain pace in recent days, with a total of 58 cases diagnosed as of today. 26 confirmed cases have been reported in the Palestinian Territories.
    (AP, 3/10/20)

2020        Mar 11, Palestinian Mohammed Hamayel (15) was shot in the head by a live bullet during confrontations with Israeli soldiers in the village of Beita near the West Bank city of Nablus and died in a hospital shortly after.
    (AP, 3/11/20)

2020        Mar 12, Israel shut down its education system due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ultra-Orthodix schools continued to operate.
    (Economist, 4/4/20, p.38)

2020        Mar 13, In Israel 126 cases of the disease have been reported and another 35 in the occupied West Bank. Muslims gathered in smaller-than-usual numbers at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after religious authorities decided to keep Islam's third holiest site open for prayers but enact health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/13/20)

2020        Mar 15, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a six-month "emergency government" to confront the coronavirus crisis and end a political deadlock after the country's third inconclusive election in less than a year. Israel delayed PM Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial for two months due to the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/15/20)(Reuters, 3/16/20)

2020        Mar 15, Israel's Pres. Reuven Rivlin said he has decided to give opposition leader Benny Gants the first opportunity to form a new government. PM Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a six-month "emergency government" to confront the coronavirus crisis and end a political deadlock after the country's third inconclusive election in less than a year. Israel delayed PM Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial for two months due to the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/15/20)(Reuters, 3/16/20)(SFC, 3/16/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 16, Israel government authorized Shin Bet, the internal security service, and the police to use their technical knowledge to track and access the mobile phones of those who have been infected with the coronavirus.
    (Econ, 3/28/20, p.16)

2020        Mar 17, Peace Now, an Israeli monitoring group that opposes West Bank settlements, said that Israel's average annual construction rate has risen 25% since President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
    (AP, 3/18/20)

2020        Mar 19, Israel's attorney general approved for the first time the use of a generic version of a patent-protected drug to treat coronavirus patients. The anti-viral drug Kaletra, produced by AbbVie Inc, is a treatment for HIV but Israel's Health Ministry found it could be a possible treatment for COVID-19 and a preliminary permit for the drug was issued.
    (Reuters, 3/19/20)
2020        Mar 19, Palestinians defied their government's call to cease work in Israeli settlements over coronavirus concerns, saying bringing money home to their families came first. 529 cases of infection have been confirmed in Israel, and nearly 50 in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 3/19/20)

2020        Mar 20, Israel recorded its first death from the coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/21/20)

2020        Mar 22, In Israel new rules prohibiting most Israelis from leaving their homes for the next seven days took effect as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases soared to 945. The Health Minsitry has reported one death.
    (Bloomberg, 3/22/20)(AP, 3/22/20)

2020        Mar 24, Israel appeared on the verge of a constitutional crisis as top members of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud urged their party colleague and parliament speaker to defy a Supreme Court order to hold an election for his successor.
    (AP, 3/24/20)

2020        Mar 25, Israel's Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein abruptly resigned, dealing a blow to PM Benjamin Netanyahu and deepening the country's political turmoil as the embattled leader tries to cling to power amid a fast-spreading outbreak of the coronavirus and a looming corruption trial.
    (AP, 3/25/20)

2020        Mar 26, In Israel Benny Gantz was chosen as the new speqker of parliament. Local media reported that Gantz and PM Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed on a broad coalition in which Netanyahu would remain as prime minister with Gantz as foreign minister. The two would swap posts in September 2021.
    (SFC, 3/27/20, p.A2)

2020        Mar 27, Israel has recorded 12 deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, and over 3,000 infections.
    (AP, 3/28/20)
2020        Mar 27, Microsoft said it is pulling its investments from a facial-recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints, even though the tech giant couldn't substantiate claims that the startup's technology is used unethically.
    (AP, 3/27/20)

2020        Mar 29, In Israel more than 4,300 people have been infected with the new virus and 15 have died.
    (AP, 3/29/20)

2020        Mar 30, Israel said it is offering its second-biggest airport as a place for foreign carriers to park planes grounded by the coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 3/30/20)

2020        Mar 31, Syrian state media said government air defenses opened fire on missiles launched from Israeli warplanes on the central province of Homs, shooting down some of them. Israeli warplanes reportedly fired eight missiles at the Shayrat air base in Homs province.
    (AP, 3/31/20)

2020        Apr 1, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu restricted movement into and out of the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, the country's 9th largest city, due to its high number of coronavirus cases.
    (Economist, 4/4/20, p.38)

2020        Apr 2, Israel's Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, a powerful ultra-Orthodox politician meant to lead the battle against the virus, was confirmed to be infected. Ultra-Orthodox residents of Bnei Brak, obeying their religious leaders, have ignored pleas to stay home in the face of the coronavirus threat. Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, home to large ultra-Orthodox communities, have the largest concentrations.
    (AP, 4/3/20)

2020        Apr 3, Israeli police arrested Fadi al-Hidmi, the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs early today, for allegedly violating an Israeli ban on Palestinian political activities in east Jerusalem. Palestinian officials said al-Hidmi was working to assist residents as part of their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 4/3/20)
2020        Apr 3, Israel has reported more than 7,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 36 deaths. Officials said Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that the April 18 Holy Fire ceremony is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak.
    (AP, 4/3/20)

2020        Apr 5, In Israel a small group of Franciscan monks and Roman Catholic faithful took to the streets of Jerusalems Christian Quarter in the Old City to distribute olive branches after the traditional Palm Sunday procession was cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. More than 8,000 people in Israel have contracted the coronavirus and 46 have died. In the West Bank, nearly 200 cases have been reported, including a large outbreak in the biblical town of Bethlehem.
    (AP, 4/5/20)

2020        Apr 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover holiday to control the country's coronavirus outbreak.
    (AP, 4/6/20)
2020        Apr 6, The Bank of Israel shifted course by cutting interest rates and adding new market-based tools. The bank's monetary committee reduced the key rate back down to the all-time low of 0.1% from 0.25%.
    (Bloomberg, 4/6/20)
2020        Apr 6, RedHill Biopharma said the first patient with a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis was dosed with opaganib in Israel, and additional patients are expected to be treated in the coming days. The company said pre-clinical data demonstrated anti-viral effects in other viruses, anti-inflammatory activities and the potential to reduce lung inflammation.
    (Bloomberg, 4/6/20)
2020        Apr 6, Peace activists in the Gaza Strip took part in a web conference with Israeli activists. Within days Hamas-run security forces arrested several of the activists on treason charges.
    (AP, 4/9/20)

2020        Apr 7, Israel's domestic security agency said it arrested an Israeli citizen last month alleged to have spied for Iran. The man was indicted today for serious security-related offenses.
    (AP, 4/7/20)

2020        Apr 9, In Israel, more than 10,000 people have contracted the coronavirus and 92 have died.
    (AP, 4/9/20)

2020        Apr 12, The Israeli government approved a tight quarantine of several areas of Jerusalem, including the historic Old City, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the city's most susceptible neighborhoods.
    (AP, 4/12/20)

2020        Apr 13, Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems said it had repurposed assembly lines to manufacture thousands of automatic ventilation machines as the country eyes local production to off-set global shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 4/13/20)

2020        Apr 14, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, former military chief Benny Gantz, met in an effort to finalize an agreement on an emergency government that would tackle the coronavirus threat and prevent another costly and divisive election.
    (AP, 4/14/20)
2020        Apr 14, In Israel, more than 11,800 people have contracted the coronavirus with at least 117 deaths.
    (SFC, 4/15/20, p.A4)

2020        Apr 15, In Syria two missiles from an Israeli drone targeted a four-wheel-drive vehicle carrying two members of Lebanon's Hezbollah near the Syria-Lebanon border, but neither person was hurt.
    (AP, 4/15/20)

2020        Apr 16, Israels Pres. Reuven Rivlin asked the Knesset to choose a new prime minister after prime minister-designate, former military chief Benny Gantz, and PM Benjamin Netanyahu failed to reach a power-sharing deal by a midnight deadline. Rivlin gave parliament three weeks to agree upon a leader or plunge the country into an unprecedented fourth consecutive election in just over a year.
    (AP, 4/16/20)
2020        Apr 16, Israel's military said it has begun converting common home-use respirators into ventilators capable of providing potentially life-saving breathing support for COVID-19 patients. Israel has reported nearly 12,600 cases of the coronavirus and 140 deaths.
    (Reuters, 4/16/20)

2020        Apr 20, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and centrist rival Benny Gantz announced a deal to form an emergency unity government.
    (The Week, 4/21/20)
2020        Apr 20, An Israeli airstrike in central Syria killed nine fighters, including six who were not Syrians and some who were loyal to the militant Hezbollah group.
    (AP, 4/21/20)

2020        Apr 22, A Palestinian attacker was shot and killed after he rammed his vehicle into an Israeli checkpoint and stabbed a police officer near the settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. A sweep of the area found a pipe bomb at the scene.
    (AP, 4/22/20)

2020        Apr 25, Several thousand Israelis rallied to demonstrate against a unity government deal reached last week that leaves PM Benjamin Netanyahu in power as he prepares to go on trial for corruption charges.
    (AP, 4/25/20)

2020        Apr 26, Israel's Labor party voted on proposal to join a government headed by arch-rival Benjamin Netanyahu despite repeated campaign promises to never sit with a prime minister facing criminal indictments.
    (AP, 4/26/20)
2020        Apr 26, Israel permitted some businesses to reopen and said it would consider allowing children back to school as part of trial efforts to ease coronavirus restrictions and help the struggling economy.
    (Reuters, 4/26/20)
2020        Apr 26, Israel's Foreign Ministry condemned a new Egyptian TV drama set in the year 2120 that predicts Israel's destruction as well as the breakup of the United States. The Egyptian series El-Nehaya Arabic for The End is about a computer engineer living in a dystopian future dominated by cyborg clones.
    (AP, 4/26/20)

2020        Apr 27, Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus early today, killing three civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missiles hit positions belonging to Iran and its regional proxies, killing four fighters and causing damage south of Damascus.
    (AP, 4/27/20)
2020        Apr 27, Israeli cancer immunotherapy firm Compugen said it had positive initial results from an ongoing early-stage study of its COM701 therapy in patients with advanced solid tumors who have exhausted all standard treatments.
    (Reuters, 4/27/20)

2020        Apr 28, A Palestinian teenager (19) stabbed an Israeli woman (62) before being shot and wounded by a bystander in Kfar Saba, a town near Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 4/28/20)

2020        Apr 30, Jordan's Foreign Ministry said that Israeli farmers will no longer be allowed to work their fields in an enclave of southern Jordan, ending a more than 25-year arrangement meant to shore up a historic peace agreement.
    (AP, 4/30/20)

2020        Apr, Uganda exported its first batch of medical cannabis. The local Industrial Hemp company teamed with a subsidiary of Together Pharma, an Israeli firm, to ship 250kg of medical cannabis to Israel.
    (Econ., 5/9/20, p.35)

2020        May 2, Several thousand Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv, demonstrating against PM Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition deal with his chief rival a day before the country's Supreme Court is to begin debating a series of legal challenges to the agreement.
    (AP, 5/2/20)

2020        May 3, Israel reopened some schools but the bid to edge back to normality as coronavirus concerns ease was boycotted by several municipalities and many parents who cited poor government preparation.
    (AP, 5/3/20)
2020        May 3, The Lebanese military said it detained five Sudanese citizens near the border with Israel and was questioning them. This was hours after the Israeli military said it had detained the five on suspicion they were trying to infiltrate the heavily-guarded border. Israeli media said the five were job seekers who were returned to Lebanon.
    (AP, 5/3/20)

2020        May 4, In Israel former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, winner of the 2020 Genesis Prize, announced that he will donate the $1 million award to organizations fighting the coronavirus pandemic and assisting people most affected by the outbreak.
    (AP, 5/4/20)
2020        May 4, Israeli airstrikes late today in eastern Syria killed 14 Iranian and Iraqi fighters and wounded others, some seriously. The strikes in eastern Deir el-Zour province targeted positions of Iranian and Iran-backed fighters.
    (AP, 5/5/20)

2020        May 6, The Israeli military said it struck three Hamas militant posts in Gaza early today, in response to the first case of rocket fire from the territory in more than a month.
    (AP, 5/6/20)

2020        May 7, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu formally received the support of a majority of lawmakers to lead a new government, paving the way for a controversial power-sharing deal with rival-turned-partner Benny Gantz.
    (AP, 5/7/20)
2020        May 7, It was reported that Georgian-Israeli billionaire Michael Mirilashvili sent a water-making machine, made by his company Watergen, to the Al-Rantisi Medical Center in Gaza City. The electric machine, installed last qweek, will soon be connected to solar panels and is capable of generating 200 gallons of water a day.
    (SFC, 5/7/20, p.A3)

2020        May 8, Palestinian officials said that Israel is forcing banks in the occupied West Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli jails to prevent the Palestinian Authority from providing stipends to them.
    (AP, 5/8/20)

2020        May 10, Israel partly reopened nurseries and kindergartens, increasing the number of children who have returned to daycare as part of efforts to revive the economy as coronavirus worries subside.
    (Reuters, 5/10/20)

2020        May 11, The Israeli military demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of being behind a deadly blast in the West Bank last year. Israel says Qassem Barghouti (22) carried out the August 23 attack, which killed Israeli Rina Shnerb (17) and wounded her father and brother.
    (AP, 5/11/20)

2020        May 12, An Israeli soldier (21) was killed during a West Bank arrest raid in Jenin when a rock thrown off a rooftop struck him in the head. The raid was aimed at arresting four Palestinians wanted for stone-throwing at Israeli vehicles and other recent attacks.
    (AP, 5/12/20)
2020        May 12, Israeli police arrested over 300 people as officers attempted to control crowds that had assembled at a religious site in northern Israel in violation of coronavirus restrictions. Jews observed the holiday of Lag B'Omer, on which ultra-Orthodox Jews customarily gather at the tomb of a prominent rabbi in antiquity on Mount Meron.
    (AP, 5/12/20)

2020        May 13, Israel-based CyberArk Software Ltd. reported first-quarter earnings of $2.4 million and net income of 6 cents per share. The company makes software that detects attacks on privileged accounts.
    (Reuters, 5/13/20)

2020        May 14, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz postponed the swearing-in of their controversial new government as the Israeli leader rushed to quell infighting within his Likud party. Like past leaders Netanyahu broke up existing ministries and created new ones to reward allies and buy off opponents.
    (AP, 5/15/20)(Econ., 7/6/20, p.36)
2020        May 14, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly rammed his car into a soldier in the southern West Bank.
    (AP, 5/14/20)

2020        May 17, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu swore in his new government. It was the most bloated in Israeli history with 36 Cabinet ministers and 16 deputies.
    (AP, 5/17/20)
2020        May 17, Du Wei (58), the Chinese ambassador to Israel, was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv. Police said his death was believed to be from natural causes.
    (AP, 5/17/20)

2020        May 18, An Israeli district court convicted Jewish settler Amiram Ben-Uliel (25) of murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents. The case that had sent shock waves through Israel and helped fuel months of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
    (AP, 5/18/20)

2020        May 19, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority will no longer be committed to any signed agreements with Israel or the United States, following Israel's pledge to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 5/19/20)

2020        May 20, The Israeli military thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons into the country from neighboring Jordan, firing upon and arresting one of the smugglers. Nine pistols, six rifles and additional smuggled weapons were seized in the early morning operation.
    (AP, 5/20/20)
2020        May 20, The UAE delivered 14 tons of protective gear, medical items and ventilators to help curb the spread of the new virus in the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian Authority later said it was not informed about the aid shipment.
    (AP, 5/22/20)

2020        May 22, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel a cancerous tumor that will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed in an annual speech in support of the Palestinians, renewing threats against Iran's archenemy in the Middle East.
    (AP, 5/22/20)

2020        May 24, Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopened to visitors after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Church authorities limited entrance to 50 people at a time, and required that those entering the cavernous site maintain social distance and avoid touching any of the churchs stones, icons or other religious items.
    (AP, 5/24/20)

2020        May 26, Bethlehem's storied Church of the Nativity reopened to visitors, after a nearly three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Israels Health Ministry has reported over 16,700 confirmed cases of the disease and 279 deaths.
    (AP, 5/26/20)

2020        May 28, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley will remain in what he described as an enclave after Israel annexes the territory and will not be granted Israeli citizenship.
    (AP, 5/28/20)

2020        May 29, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian after he attempted to run over them with his vehicle north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 5/29/20)
2020        May 29, Israeli archaeologists said theyve found cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion. The discovery from an 8th-century BC shrine at Tel Arad offers the first proof for the use of mind-altering substances as part of cultic rituals in Judah, including the first Jewish Temple that stood in Jerusalem at the same time.
    (AP, 6/1/20)

2020        May 30, Israeli police shot dead Iyad Halak (32), a Palestinian near Jerusalem's Old City, who they had suspected was carrying a weapon but turned out to be unarmed. Halak was mentally disabled and was heading to a nearby school for people with special needs. Security cameras in the closely monitored area were later said not to have been operating properly at the time of the shooting. In 2021 the border police officer who shot Halak was charged with reckless manslaughter.
    (AP, 5/30/20)(AP, 7/14/20)(AP, 6/17/21)

2020        Jun 3, Lebanese PM Hassan Diab said Israel violated Lebanon's sovereignty by land, sea and air over 1,000 times in the last five months.
    (AP, 6/4/20)

2020        Jun 6, In eastern Syria at least 12 Iraqi and Afghan fighters in a pro-Iran base in rural Deir Ezzor province died in eight strikes by unidentified aircraft. Israel was believed to have carried out the attack.
    (AFP, 6/7/20)

2020        Jun 7, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers to reimpose tough sanctions against Iran, vowing to curb Tehran's regional "aggression" hours after another deadly strike on pro-Iranian fighters in Syria.
    (AFP, 6/7/20)

2020        Jun 9, Israel's internal security service Shin Bet said it has halted its cell-phone tracking of coronavirus carriers, citing the success of alternatives to the controversial method of containing contagions.
    (Reuters, 6/9/20)
2020        Jun 9, Israel's highest court struck down a contentious law that sought to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land.
    (AP, 6/9/20)
2020        Jun 9, The Palestinians said they proposed a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem with one-to-one land exchanges with Israel as a counteroffer to President Donald Trump's Mideast plan.
    (AP, 6/9/20)

2020        Jun 14, An Israeli cabinet minister said the government approved plans to build a new settlement in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after President Donald Trump. Ramat Trump Hebrew for Trump Heights will house 300 families.
    (AP, 6/14/20)

2020        Jun 18, The Israeli military said a soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman near the Gaza frontier in 2018 has been given 45 days of community service after an army investigation concluded he fired without authorization. Nawaf al-Attar, a 23-year-old fisherman, was shot and killed by Israeli troops near the northern beach frontier on Nov. 14, 2018.
    (AP, 6/18/20)

2020        Jun 21, Zeev Sternhell (85), a prominent Israeli academic and expert in the study of fascism who issued dire warnings about the state of Israeli democracy, died. Sternhell was an outspoken critic of Israels policies toward the Palestinians and an opponent to Israels settler movement.
    (AP, 6/21/20)

2020        Jun 22, Israeli company Sonovia said it expects that a fabric it has developed will be able to neutralize close to 99% of the coronavirus, even after being washed multiple times, following a successful lab test. Israel has reported over 20,000 confirmed cases and at least 305 deaths.
    (Reuters, 6/22/20)(SFC, 6/22/20, p.A3)

2020        Jun 23, Israel's parliament approved a request by PM Benjamin Netanyahu for tax exemptions for official benefits that could exceed $150,000. Opposition lawmakers blasted the committee for granting the tax rebates, both for the timing and the lack of transparency.
    (AP, 6/24/20)
2020        Jun 23, A letter signed by more than a thousand European lawmakers protesting Israels planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank was published. It said such a move would be fatal to hopes for a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    (AP, 6/24/20)
2020        Jun 23, A Palestinian driver died after he was shot by an Israeli policeman at a checkpoint in the West Bank in what police said was an attempted attack on Israeli military personnel. The family of Ahmed Erekat (27) cast doubt on the police account, saying he was planning to get married next week and had no reason to attack Israeli security forces. In 2021 an international research group examining the fatal shooting challenged Israeli self-defense claims, saying the man had emerged from his car after it crashed into a checkpoint, did not approach troops and was instantly shot six times.
    (AP, 6/23/20)(AP, 2/26/21)

2020        Jun 24, Syrian air defenses responded to Israeli attacks on military posts in a central province early today, shortly after similar attacks in the south killed two soldiers.
    (AP, 6/24/20)
2020        Jun 24, The United Nations and the Arab League joined in calling for Israel to abandon its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 6/24/20)

2020        Jun 25, Israel and the United Arab Emirates said they will cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, a possible boost to Israeli efforts to normalize relations with Gulf Arab countries.
    (Reuters, 6/26/20)

2020        Jun 28, Israeli regulators announced they ordered a US-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license.
    (AP, 6/28/20)
2020        Jun 28, Hamas militant Izz el-Din Hussein (24) fled Gaza to escape family problems and unspecified persecution by Hamas commanders. Israeli naval forces spotted him in the Mediterranean Sea and arrested him before he reached the shore.
    (AP, 7/30/20)
2020        Jun 28, A Jerusalem court early today ordered the release of Retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haske, a leading activist opposed to PM Benjamin Netanyahu's rule. His arrest had prompted hundreds to protest outside the Israeli leader's residence.
    (AP, 6/28/20)

2020        Jun 29, Israel's defense minister said PM Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to begin annexing West Bank territory will have to wait due to the country's coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 6/29/20)

2020        Jul 1, Israel's parliament approved a law granting the country's internal security agency limited authority to use phone surveillance to track coronavirus cases as the country struggles to contain a second outbreak.
    (AP, 7/1/20)

2020        Jul 3, Two Israeli defence contractors said they will partner with Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42 to develop technologies to help fight the new coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 7/3/20)

2020        Jul 5, Israel ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed while Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases in both areas. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that more than 30,000 people were notified they must enter quarantine since July 2. Israel has seen more than 29,000 cases and 330 deaths.
    (AP, 7/5/20)
2020        Jul 5, Israeli military aircraft struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip late today following a barrage of rocket fire into southern Israel. No casualties were reported on either side.
    (AP, 7/5/20)

2020        Jul 6, Israel launched a new spy satellite that could help monitor Irans nuclear activity, as Israeli officials remained evasive about recent incidents at Iranian industrial facilities that have raised suspicions of foreign sabotage.
    (The Telegraph, 7/6/20)

2020        Jul 9, Israeli troops shot and killed Ibrahim Abu Yakoub (29), a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank, who they said was one of two men throwing firebombs at a guard post near the village of Kifl Haris. Palestinian officials say they merely strolling through their village.
    (AP, 7/10/20)

2020        Jul 11, Thousands of Israelis demonstrated in downtown Tel Aviv, protesting what is widely seen as PM Benjamin Netanyahus failure to address economic woes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 7/11/20)

2020        Jul 12, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu promised to provide speedy financial help for self-employed workers following protests over the government's failure to address economic woes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 7/13/20, p.A6)

2020        Jul 13, Israeli police and Jerusalem municipal officials scuffled with protesters demonstrating against PM Benjamin Netanyahu as officers dismantled tents set up by the demonstrator's outside the premier's residence.
    (AP, 7/13/20)

2020        Jul 15, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced a plan to distribute hundreds of dollars in grants to every Israeli in order to stimulate the country's sagging economy, days after thousands of people took to the streets to protest his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 7/15/20)

2020        Jul 16, Israel's Health Ministry reported 1,898 new cases of the virus. The country has registered more than 44,500 total cases. At least 380 Israelis have died of COVID-19.
    (AP, 7/16/20)

2020        Jul 17, Israel announced sweeping new restrictions in response to a new surge in coronavirus cases, including weekend closures of many businesses and limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery. Israel has recorded over 56,000 cases, but just 430 deaths.
    (AP, 7/17/20)(Econ., 7/25/20, p.35)

2020        Jul 19, It was reported that automotive sensor developer Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd said it will begin a pilot project in Israel for its COVID-19 symptom detection technology.
    (Reuters, 7/19/20)

2020        Jul 20, An Israeli court acquitted a soldier and a prison guard in the 2015 killing of Habtom Zerhom (29), an Eritrean man, who was shot and beaten to death by a mob in the aftermath of a terror attack after being mistaken for an assailant.
    (AP, 7/20/20)
2020        Jul 20, The Syrian military said the countrys air defenses responded to Israeli air raids in south Damascus, saying they wounded seven soldiers and caused material damage. Israeli airstrikes on military posts south of Damascus reportedly killed five foreign fighters and wounded several others.
    (AP, 7/21/20)

2020        Jul 24, Israeli police used water cannons to disperse protesters in central Jerusalem and arrested at least 55 of them as clashes broke out overnight after thousands staged a protest against PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
    (AP, 7/24/20)

2020        Jul 26, Israeli police said they arrested more than a dozen Israelis in country-wide protests the previous night that drew thousands of people in a growing and persistent show of force against PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 7/26/20)
2020        Jul 26, An Israeli military drone crashed in southern Lebanon as regional tensions ran high.
    (AP, 7/26/20)

2020        Jul 27, Israeli forces exchanged fire with Hezbollah militants along the volatile Israeli-Lebanese frontier, as Israeli civilians living in the area were ordered to remain indoors amid the heaviest fighting between the bitter enemies in nearly a year.
    (AP, 7/27/20)
2020        Jul 27, Israeli settlers tried to burn down a mosque overnight near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Settlers attacked the mosque after midnight, spray painting anti-Palestinian slogans in Hebrew and then hurling fire bombs inside that burned part of the structure.
    (AP, 7/27/20)
2020        Jul 27, Zebra Medical Vision, an Israeli medical imaging analytics company, said it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its mammography technology.
    (Reuters, 7/27/20)

2020        Jul 31, The United States sold the ambassadors residence in Tel Aviv, Israel, for more than $67 million to US casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The sale helped to cement Pres. Trump's controversial decision to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem in 2018 and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (AP, 12/29/20)

2020        Aug 2, The Israeli military reportedly intercepted a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip late today in a rare attack punctuating months of relative calm.
    (AP, 8/2/20)

2020        Aug 3, The Israeli military said it thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria early today staged by four suspected militants it accused of trying to plant explosives. Later today Israeli jets struck several Syrian military targets, including intelligence-collection systems, observation posts, antiaircraft artillery facilities, and command and control centers, in response to the militant attack.
    (AP, 8/3/20)(SFC, 8/4/20, p.A2)

2020        Aug 5, The Israeli military said it was establishing a coronavirus task force aimed at cutting the chain of infection in the country. Since reopening the economy in May new cases have spiked to record highs, with upwards of 2,000 infections a day.
    (AP, 8/5/20)

2020        Aug 7, Israeli operatives, at the behest of the United States, assassinated Abu Muhammad al-Masri, al Qaeda's second-highest leader, in Tehran according to a NY Times report in November. Iran at this time identified the victims as Habib Daoud, a Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese history professor, and his daughter. Intelligence officials later said those were aliases. Al-Masri was a mastermind behind the 1998 attacks on American embassies in multiple African countries. Iran denied the NY Times report.
    (NY Times, 11/14/20)
2020        Aug 7, Dalia Samoudi (23), a Palestinian woman, died after being shot in the chest by an apparent stray bullet during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
    (AP, 8/7/20)

2020        Aug 8, In Israel thousands of demonstrators thronged the streets near the official residence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu in central Jerusalem, in a renewed show of strength as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader showed no signs of slowing.
    (AP, 8/8/20)

2020        Aug 11, Dozens of Palestinians protested outside the German diplomatic office in the West Bank, seeking to draw attention to Israel's arrest of a leading coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. Mahmoud Nawajaa was arrested on July 30 and remains in Israeli custody. He has not been charged.
    (AP, 8/11/20)

2020        Aug 12, Israel said it foiled a cyberattack targeting its defense industry by the Lazarus Group, a shadowy entity that the US has linked to North Korea.
    (AP, 8/12/20)

2020        Aug 13, President Donald Trump, PM Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates, agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE. The Abraham accords required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex occupied West Bank land sought by the Palestinians.
    (AP, 8/13/20)(Econ., 10/31/20, p.23)
2020        Aug 13, Israel's Defense Ministry said it has conducted a successful test of the Arrow-2 interceptor, the countrys advanced missile defense system against long-range ballistic attacks.
    (AP, 8/13/20)
2020        Aug 13, The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early today in response to continued launches of explosives-laden balloons from the Palestinian territory into Israel.
    (AP, 8/13/20)
2020        Aug 13, Israel's largest medical center said a newly developed saliva test aims to determine in less than a second whether or not you are infected with the novel coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 8/13/20)
2020        Aug 13, Israel charged five members of its border security force with stealing from Palestinians who were crossing illegally into Israel from the West Bank.
    (AP, 8/13/20)

2020        Aug 14, Palestinians across Gaza and the occupied West Bank rallied against an agreement brokered by US President Donald Trump, Israel and the UAE announced a day earlier that they will normalize diplomatic ties.
    (Reuters, 8/14/20)
2020        Aug 14, Israeli aircraft and tanks hit several militant sites in the Gaza Strip late today, responding to explosive-laden incendiary balloons launched across the frontier into Israeli territory.
    (AP, 8/14/20)

2020        Aug 16, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that a deal to establish full diplomatic ties with the UAE proves that Israel doesn't need to retreat from occupied land sought by the Palestinians in order to achieve peace and normalization with Arab states. Telephone service between Israel and the United Arab Emirates began working.
    (AP, 8/16/20)(The Week, 8/16/20)
2020        Aug 16, Israel closed the Gaza Strip's offshore fishing zone following a night of cross-border fighting with Palestinian militants, the most intense escalation of hostilities in recent months.
    (AP, 8/16/20)

2020        Aug 17, Israeli security guards shot and wounded a Palestinian (60) who is deaf and couldn't hear their commands to stop at a West Bank checkpoint.
    (AP, 8/17/20)

2020        Aug 18, The US government sued Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, accusing the firm of causing the submission of false claims to Medicare by using kickbacks to boost sales of its multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.
    (Reuters, 8/18/20)
2020        Aug 18, Gaza's sole power plant shut down, leaving the territory's 2 million residents with only around four hours of electricity a day after Israel cut off fuel supplies in response to incendiary balloons launched by Palestinian militants.
    (AP, 8/18/20)

2020        Aug 21, Palestinian militants fired 12 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight, nine of which were intercepted. Israel responded with three airstrikes on targets linked to the territory's militant Hamas rulers. There were no reports of casualties.
    (AP, 8/21/20)

2020        Aug 22, Thousands of Israelis protested outside the prime ministers official residence as summer-long demonstrations against Benjamin Netanyahu maintained their momentum.
    (AP, 8/22/20)

2020        Aug 23, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had accepted a proposal to extend budget negotiations, preventing the government from collapsing and plunging the country into a new election.
    (AP, 8/23/20)

2020        Aug 24, Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of a trove of early Islamic gold coins found during recent salvage excavations near the central city of Yavne. The collection of 425 complete gold coins mostly dated to the Abbasid period around 1,100 years ago.
    (AP, 8/24/20)

2020        Aug 25, Israel's military bombed militant positions in the Gaza Strip early today in response to incendiary balloons launched into southern Israel farmlands a day earlier.
    (AP, 8/25/20)
2020        Aug 25, The US Justice Department charged Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries with conspiring with rivals to raise generic-drug prices.
    (The Week, 8/26/20)

2020        Aug 26, A Palestinian man (46) fatally stabbed an Israeli man (39) near Petah Tikva. The suspect had entered Israel on a work permit and fled the scene, but was soon arrested.
    (SFC, 8/27/20, p.A2)

2020        Aug 28, The Israeli military struck militant targets in Gaza, including a weapons manufacturing site, after six rockets were fired from the territory.
    (AP, 8/28/20)

2020        Aug 30, The Israeli military struck militant targets in Gaza early today in response to continued launches of explosives-laden balloons out of the Hamas-run territory.
    (AP, 8/30/20)

2020        Aug 31, An Israeli airliner made a historic first flight from Tel Aviv to the United Arab Emirates, emphasizing new diplomatic ties between the two countries.
    (The Telegraph, 8/31/20)
2020        Aug 31, Israels military reportedly fired missiles late today on areas south of the capital Damascus killing two soldiers, wounding seven and causing material damage.
    (AP, 8/31/20)
2020        Aug 31, Gazas Hamas rulers said they have reached an agreement through international mediators to end the latest round of cross-border violence with Israel. Under the deal, Hamas is to halt the launches of explosives-laden balloons and rocket fire into Israel, while Israel said it will ease a blockade that has been tightened in recent weeks.
    (AP, 8/31/20)

2020        Sep 2, Israel recorded a record-high 3,000 new cases in a day as the countrys coronavirus czar is set to submit a list of more detailed recommended restrictions where infection rates have been highest.
    (AP, 9/3/20)

2020        Sep 4, President Donald Trump announced that Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalize economic ties as part of US-brokered talks that include Belgrade moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, and mutual recognition between Israel and Kosovo.
    (AP, 9/4/20)

2020        Sep 5, Thousands of Israelis again gathered outside PM Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence, calling for his resignation over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and corruption charges.
    (AP, 9/6/20)

2020        Sep 6, Israel's death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 1,000, as the government mulled steps for imposing new restrictions to quell a resurgence in infections. Overall, Israel has recorded nearly 130,000 cases of the virus.
    (AP, 9/6/20)

2020        Sep 11, Israeli warplanes fired missiles on suburbs of Syria's northern city of Aleppo early today, amid increased airstrikes in recent weeks. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
    (AP, 9/11/20)
2020        Sep 11, Bahrain agreed to establish normal diplomatic relations with Israel, which agreed to temporarily suspend its plans to annex West Bank territory. US Pres. Donald Trump announced the agreement, following a three-way phone call he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
    (AP, 9/11/20)

2020        Sep 12, Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside PM Benjamin Netanyahus official residence in central Jerusalem late Saturday, demanding he resign over his trial on corruption charges and what is widely seen as his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 9/12/20)

2020        Sep 13, An Israeli court sentence top model Bar Refaeli (35) to nine months of community service and her mother, Zipi, to 16 months in prison on tax evasion charges.
    (SFC, 9/14/20, p.A2)

2020        Sep 14, A suspected Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria killed 10 fighters, including eight Iraqis. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrike also destroyed arms depots and ambulances were seen rushing to the area.
    (AP, 9/14/20)
2020        Sep 14, An Israeli court handed down three life sentences to Jewish extremist Amiram Ben-Uliel, convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents.
    (AP, 9/14/20)

2020        Sep 15, Bahrain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed peace agreements in Washington, heralding a new era of friendship between wealthy Gulf nations and the Jewish state.
    (The Telegraph, 9/15/20)

2020        Sep 16, The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early today in response to rocket fire toward Israel the previous night that coincided with the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House.
    (AP, 9/16/20)
2020        Sep 16, An Israeli court sentenced a young man to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in the 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents in the West Bank village of Duma.
    (AP, 9/16/20)
2020        Sep 16, Israel's Betalin Therapeutics said it is preparing an initial public offering that will value the biotech firm between $150-170 million to fund trials for its diabetes treatment. Betalin is developing an artificial micro-pancreas that is implanted in the thigh of diabetics to help control the level of sugar in their blood.
    (Reuters, 9/16/20)

2020        Sep 17, The Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges announced they had struck a deal to boost trade.
    (AP, 9/17/20)

2020        Sep 18, Israel went back into a full lockdown to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting.
    (AP, 9/18/20)

2020        Sep 19, Police in London clashed with protesters at a rally against coronavirus restrictions, even as the mayor warned that it was increasingly likely that the British capital would soon need to introduce tighter rules to curb a sharp rise in infections. Demonstrators took the streets of London, Tel Aviv and other cities to protest coronavirus restrictions as the global death toll approached 1 million.
    (AP, 9/19/20)

2020        Sep 20, Thousands of Israelis resumed their weekly protest outside PM Benjamin Netanyahus official residence in central Jerusalem, despite a new nationwide lockdown order aimed at curbing a raging coronavirus outbreak.
    (AP, 9/20/20)

2020        Sep 21, The Abu Dhabi Film Commission, the Israel Film Fund and the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film and Television School said they have signed a cooperation agreement for training and production. The agreement includes plans for an annual regional film festival rotating between Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and Israel.
    (Reuters, 9/21/20)
2020        Sep 21, An Israeli court approved the extradition of Malka Leifer, a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle.
    (AP, 9/21/20)

2020        Sep 23, Israel reported 6,861 new coronavirus cases, a new record level of daily cases, shortly before government officials were to meet to discuss tightening a new nationwide lockdown.
    (AP, 9/23/20)
2020        Sep 23, The first known direct commercial flight between Israel and Bahrain landed in the island kingdom, just a week after it signed a deal alongside the UAE to normalize relations.
    (AP, 9/23/20)

2020        Sep 24, Israel moved to further tighten its 2nd countrywide lockdown as coronavirus cases continued to soar, ordering all nonessential businesses to close and requiring people to stay within 1,000 meters of their homes. Israel is currently reporting nearly 7,000 new daily cases.
    (AP, 9/24/20)

2020        Sep 27, The solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur began in a nation already under a sweeping coronavirus lockdown. Israelis have been ordered to stay within 1,000 meters (yards) of their homes throughout the High Holidays, which began last week with the Jewish New Year and continue to mid-October.
    (AP, 9/27/20)

2020        Sep 29, Hundreds of Israeli motorists protested in Jerusalem against a proposed measure to curtail public demonstrations during the current nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 9/29/20)

2020        Sep 30, Israel's parliament passed a law that would allow the government to curtail public protests during the country's nationwide coronavirus lockdown, a measure that drew fierce opposition a day earlier.
    (AP, 9/30/20)
2020        Sep 30, Israel-based Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd reported positive results in a clinical trial of the immunotherapy firm's Allocetra treatment in COVID-19 patients in severe or critical condition.
    (Reuters, 9/30/20)

2020        Oct 1, Israel and Lebanon said they have reached an agreement on a framework of indirect, US-mediated talks over a longstanding disputed maritime border between the two countries.
    (AP, 10/1/20)

2020        Oct 2, Asaf Zamir, Israel's tourism minister, resigned from the fractious government, saying he doesn't have an ounce of trust in PM Benjamin Netanyahu and accusing him of putting his personal and legal issues ahead of the response to the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, A US federal appeals court reinstated a 2017 jury verdict ordering Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to pay GlaxoSmithKline Plc $235.5 million for selling a generic version of Glaxo's heart drug Coreg.
    (Reuters, 10/2/20)

2020        Oct 3, Tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrated in hundreds of locations across Israel against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, pressing ahead with their campaign against the Israeli leader late today after the government banned large, centralized demonstrations as part of a new coronavirus lockdown.
    (AP, 10/3/20)

2020        Oct 5, In Israel thousands of people showed up for the funeral of a revered ultra-Orthodox rabbi who died of COVID-19, ignoring social distancing rules and clashing with police who tried to disperse the mass gathering.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, An Israeli aircraft struck what the army said was a Hamas military target in the southern Gaza Strip late today, shortly after Gaza militants fired a rocket into Israel.
    (AP, 10/5/20)

2020        Oct 7, Israeli police clashed with hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews overnight as they sought to enforce restrictions on public gatherings during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Police said 17 people were arrested.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, The Israeli government extended an emergency provision that bars public gatherings, including widespread protests against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, for an additional week.
    (AP, 10/8/20)

2020        Oct 8, Israeli drugmaker Redhill Biopharma Ltd said it has signed a manufacturing deal with two companies in Europe and Canada to ramp up production of its coronavirus treatment candidate. Opaganib is being currently tested in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19 pneumonia in two mid-stage trials.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)

2020        Oct 9, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told his Ethiopian counterpart that his country has the intention to immediately bring over some 2,000 Ethiopian Jews.
    (AP, 10/10/20)

2020        Oct 10, Tens of thousands of Israelis calling on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign demonstrated across the country this evening, saying he is unfit to rule while on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the nations coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, It was reported that fires in war-torn Syria have killed two people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border.
    (AP, 10/10/20)

2020        Oct 11, The Israeli military opened a new coronavirus unit in a converted parking garage at a hospital in northern Israel, in a first-of-its-kind effort by the army to assist the countrys overloaded health care system.
    (AP, 10/11/20)

2020        Oct 12, The Israeli government unanimously approved the country's recently signed normalization agreement with the UAE ahead of a ratification vote by parliament.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Israel decided to admit 2,000 members of the Falash Mura, descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity over a century ago.
    (Econ., 10/17/20, p.42) 

2020        Oct 14, Israel and Lebanon held productive talks on their disputed maritime border.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)

2020        Oct 15, Israel decided to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown that was meant to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Israel pressed forward on plans for more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes, making 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building.
    (AP, 10/15/20)

2020        Oct 17, Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu late today, resuming the weekly protest against the Israeli leader after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a coronavirus lockdown were lifted.
    (AP, 10/17/20)

2020        Oct 18, Bahrain and Israel agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations in a US-brokered agreement , making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel.
    (AP, 10/18/20)

2020        Oct 19, Israeli biopharmaceutical firm Kamada Ltd said it will supply Israel's Health Ministry with its experimental plasma-derived immunoglobulin COVID-19 treatment for 500 patients in Israel.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)

2020        Oct 20, The Israeli military said that militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens of meters (yards) deep that crossed under the security fence around the territory before it was detected by underground sensors. Later in the day Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters struck an underground infrastructure for the militant Hamas group. There were no reports of casualties in either attack.
    (AP, 10/21/20)

2020        Oct 21, A group of nurses from the Gaza Strip staged a protest in a public square, saying an Israeli travel ban has led the Jerusalem hospital where they worked for many years to fire them.
    (AP, 10/21/20)

2020        Oct 23, President Donald Trump announced that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of US-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day.
    (AP, 10/23/20)

2020        Oct 24, Thousands of Israelis demonstrated late today outside the official residence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding the Israeli leaders resignation.
    (AP, 10/25/20)

2020        Oct 25, A Palestinian (18) died early today after being chased by Israeli troops in the West Bank, but the circumstances of his death remain in dispute. Relatives of Amer Snobar said that Israeli troops had beaten him to death, while the Israeli army said the man fell and hit his head while troops were chasing him.
    (AP, 10/25/20)

2020        Oct 28, Lebanon and Israel held a second round of US-mediated talks over their disputed maritime border and agreed to continue discussions on the next day. The talks were held in a tent at a UN post along the border known as Ras Naqoura.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, The United States and Israel amended a series of scientific cooperation agreements to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law.
    (AP, 10/28/20)

2020        Oct 29, The United States announced a new policy that will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents.
    (AP, 10/29/20)

2020        Oct 31, Thousands of Israelis protested in Jerusalem in the latest weekly demonstration against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, his handling of the coronavirus crisis and the corruption charges he faces.
    (AP, 11/1/20)

2020        Nov 2, Israeli military troops demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli in a stabbing attack earlier this year. Palestinian Khalil Dweikat (46) was accused of stabbing to death an Israeli man (39) in Petah Tikva in August.
    (AP, 11/2/20)

2020        Nov 3, Israel demolished most of the Bedouin village in the village of Khirbet Humsah in the occupied West Bank, displacing 73 Palestinians - including 41 children - in the largest such demolition in years.
    (AP, 11/5/20)

2020        Nov 4, The Israeli military said that troops killed a Palestinian man who had shot at soldiers near an army checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 11/4/20)

2020        Nov 6, It was reported that Natan Zach (89), an Israeli writer who had a major impact on the development of modern Hebrew poetry, has died.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Maher al-Akhras (49), a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel, agreed to end more than 100 days of hunger strike. His family and a prisoner rights advocate said he had received assurances from Israeli authorities that his open-ended detention wouldn't be extended beyond the end of November.
    (AP, 11/6/20)

2020        Nov 8, Israel allowed most retail stores to reopen for the first time in nearly two months, in the latest phase of its exit from a second coronavirus lockdown.
    (SFC, 11/9/20, p.A6)

2020        Nov 10, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he made no distinction between Democrats and Republicans and intended to stand up for Israels interests in the face of a new American administration.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Israel's parliament ratified (62-14) the country's recent agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations with the Gulf state of Bahrain.
    (AP, 11/10/20)

2020        Nov 12, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel agreed to step up military cooperation they said will keep their armed forces better prepared, help create more jobs and bolster security in a fraught region.
    (AP, 11/12/20)

2020        Nov 13, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has signed a deal with Pfizer Inc to receive 8 million doses of the drugmaker's potential COVID-19 vaccine, enough to cover close to half of Israel's population.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)

2020        Nov 14, In Israel several thousand protesters gathered outside PM Benjamin Netanyahus official residence in Jerusalem late today in what has become a weekly demonstration calling for the Israeli leader to resign.
    (AP, 11/14/20)

2020        Nov 15, The Israeli military struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early today after militants fired two rockets from the Palestinian territory.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, A settlement watchdog group said Israel is moving ahead with new construction of hundreds of homes in a strategic east Jerusalem settlement that threatens to cut off parts of the city claimed by Palestinians from the West Bank.
    (AP, 11/15/20)

2020        Nov 17, Palestinian officials said the PA would restore all cooperation with Israel, including security coordination, and that meetings would be held in the coming days to facilitate the tax transfers.
    (AP, 11/17/20)

2020        Nov 18, Israel said its warplanes hit multiple targets in Syria overnight, including a secret facility in Damascus. Syrian state media reported that the airstrikes left three Syrian soldiers dead and a fourth wounded.
    (The Week, 11/18/20)

2020        Nov 20, The US Justice Department announced that Jonathan Pollard, the former US Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s, had completed his parole, freeing him to move to Israel. He was arrested in 1985 after trying unsuccessfully to gain asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington and pleaded guilty.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 20, US Sec. of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a trip to Israel. He announced a new policy allowing settlement products to be labeled "made in Israel" and a new initiative to combat the Palestinian-led international boycott movement.
    (SFC, 11/21/20, p.A2)

2020        Nov 21, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a rocket toward Israel late today, setting off air-raid sirens in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
    (AP, 11/22/20)

2020        Nov 22, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly made an unprecedented clandestine visit to Saudi Arabia late today, fuelling speculation that the Gulf state might be the next to normalize relations with Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 22, Israeli aircraft struck multiple sites in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired earlier from the Palestinian territory.
    (AP, 11/22/20)

2020        Nov 24, Syria's military said suspected Israeli warplanes struck locations south of the capital Damascus late today, causing only material damage.
    (AP, 11/24/20)

2020        Nov 25, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who police say tried to carry out a car-ramming attack at a West Bank checkpoint.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, A UN report said Israels blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing.
    (AP, 11/25/20)

2020        Nov 26, The low-cost carrier FlyDubai began regular flights to Tel Aviv, the latest sign of the normalization deal taking hold between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
    (AP, 11/26/20)

2020        Nov 27, Iran said Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, one of its most prominent nuclear scientists, was assassinated in an attack on his car outside Tehran. Iran accused arch foe Israel of being behind the attack.
    (AFP, 11/27/20)

2020        Nov 28, About 1,000 protesters gathered outside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem late today, pressing ahead with their months-long campaign demanding his resignation.
    (AP, 11/28/20)

2020        Dec 2, Israel transferred over $1 billion in taxes and customs duties it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority after a six-month hiatus in which the Palestinians had severed ties with Israel over its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 12/2/20)

2020        Dec 3, Some three hundred Ethiopian immigrants arrived to a festive ceremony at Israels international airport, as the government took a step toward carrying out its pledge to reunite hundreds of families split between the two countries.
    (AP, 12/3/20)

2020        Dec 4, Israeli police arrested a Jewish man after he poured out a flammable liquid inside the Catholic Church of All Nations, built on the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane, in what they described as a "criminal" incident.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank killed Ali Abu Alia (13) in the Almugayer village, where the Palestinian youth was hit in the stomach and died later at a hospital.
    (AP, 12/5/20)

2020        Dec 5, Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians erupted, at the funeral of a 13-year-old killed by Israeli gunfire a day earlier in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 12/5/20)

2020        Dec 9, Israel received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines and a distributor predicted the country would have enough for about a quarter of the population by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)

2020        Dec 10, US Pres. Donald Trump has announced that Morocco has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, as a part of a deal which sees the US recognize its claim over the disputed Western Sahara region.
    (AP, 12/10/20)

2020        Dec 16, Israels justice minister said he has signed an extradition order to send former teacher Malka Leifer to Australia to face charges of child sex abuse.
    (AP, 12/16/20)

2020        Dec 20, Israel's Justice Ministry said Facebook has taken down content that spread lies in Israel against coronavirus vaccinations as the government seeks to drum up support for the program.
    (Reuters, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Israeli woman Esther Horgen 52) a mother of six from Tal Menashe, disappeared. Her body was soon found with signs of violence in a forest near a West Bank settlement. On Dec. 24  Israel's internal security agency said it detained a Palestinian suspected of killing Horgen. Suspect Muhammad Cabha (40) was detained on Dec. 24.
    (AP, 12/21/20)(AP, 12/24/20)(AP, 1/4/21)
2020        Dec 20, Israel began its coronavirus inoculation drive, seeking to vaccinate some 60,000 people a day in a bid to stamp out the illness.
    (SFC, 12/21/20, p.A4)

2020        Dec 21, Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian attacker who opened fire at a group of officers in Jerusalem's Old City.
    (AP, 12/21/20)

2020        Dec 22, Israels government collapsed, pushing the country into yet another early election, the fourth in two years. Parliament automatically dispersed at midnight after failing to meet the legal deadline for approving a budget for 2020.
    (NY Times, 12/22/20)

2020        Dec 23, Israel's health ministry said it has detected four cases of the new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain.
    (AP, 12/23/20)

2020        Dec 24, A new Iranian computer-hacking group targeted Portnox, an Israeli cyber-security firm, whose clients include electronics company Elbit Systems, which produces defence systems for military aircraft, vehicles and drones. The group, known as "Pay2Key", boasted of carrying out dozens of cyber-attacks on high-profile targets since last month, including two in the last week.
    (The Telegraph, 12/25/20)

2020        Dec 25, Palestinian militants fired two rockets fired aimed at the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, but air defenses intercepted them.
    (AP, 12/25/20)
2020        Dec 25, Syrian media said Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli attack near the town of Masyaf, Hama province. Masyaf is a significant military area for Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime that includes a military academy and a scientific research center.
    (AP, 12/25/20)

2020        Dec 26, Israeli aircraft struck several sites in the Gaza Strip early today after Palestinian militants fired two rockets toward southern Israel.
    (AP, 12/26/20)
2020        Dec 26, Hundreds of Israelis protested against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, calling on the long-serving leader to resign just days after the country was plunged into a new national election.
    (AP, 12/26/20)

2020        Dec 27, Israel became the first country to enter a third coronavirus lockdown as officials ramped up vaccinations to a pace PM Benjamin Netanyahu said may allow an emergence from the pandemic by March.
    (Reuters, 12/27/20)(Econ., 1/2/21, p.34)

2020        Dec 30, Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard arrived in Israel, more than three decades after the former US Navy analyst was imprisoned for passing secrets to the US ally.
    (The Week, 12/31/20)
2020        Dec 30, Syria's military said that Israeli jets fired missiles on targets near Damascus early today, killing one Syrian soldier and wounding three.
    (AP, 12/30/20)

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

2021        Jan 1, Israel forces tried to stop Palestinians building a house in a village in southern Hebron and seized an electricity generator belonging to Abu Aram (24). Aram was shot in the neck and was left quadriplegic.
    (AP, 1/2/21)

2021        Jan 2, Thousands of Israelis protested again against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that the long-serving leader resign over corruption charges against him and for allegedly mishandling the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 1/2/21)

2021        Jan 5, An Israeli security officer shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to carry out a stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 1/5/21)

2021        Jan 6, An Israeli military court found Issa Amro, a prominent Palestinian activist, guilty on six charges related to his participation in demonstrations in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron against Jewish settlements and alleged human rights violations.
    (AP, 1/6/21)

2021        Jan 7, Israel's government prepared for a two-week shutdown as the countrys infection rate soared again.
    (AP, 1/7/21)

2021        Jan 9, Thousands of Israelis renewed weekly demonstrations against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for the long-serving leader to resign over corruption charges against him and his alleged mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 1/9/21)

2021        Jan 10, Israeli military jets carried out several low flying flights over Beirut as reconnaissance drones also buzzed overhead in what has become a daily occurrence.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Israel's coronavirus vaccination campaign, the world's fastest per capita, shifted to booster shots in a bid to protect the most vulnerable citizens by next month and ease curbs on the economy.
    (Reuters, 1/10/21)

2021        Jan 12, Leading Israeli human rights group BTselem said that while Palestinians live under different forms of Israeli control in the occupied West Bank, blockaded Gaza, annexed east Jerusalem and within Israel itself, they have fewer rights than Jews in the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Israel's Biond Biologics Ltd said it had forged an exclusive global license agreement, potentially worth more than $1 billion, with French drugmaker Sanofi for the development and commercialization of its BND-22 cancer drug.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Lebanon said it will file an urgent complaint with the UN against Israel's daily violations of its airspace amid intensifying drone reconnaissance and mock raids around the country.
    (AP, 1/12/20)

2021        Jan 13, Dozens of Israeli protesters carrying lit torches, megaphones and flags gathered at dawn outside PM Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence to highlight his corruption trial, which is set to resume next month.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria early today, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces as the region is on high alert. At least 57 fighters were killed and dozens were wounded, according to a Syrian opposition war monitoring group.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

2021        Jan 15, It was reported that Pres. Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its global command structure to include Israel in the military sphere managed by the head of US Central Command.
    (AP, 1/15/21)

2021        Jan 16, In Israel hundreds of protesters braved a cold night in Jerusalem to press on with their calls for PM Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over corruption charges against him.
    (AP, 1/16/21)

2021        Jan 18, Israeli military aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip early today in response to two rockets fired from the Palestinian territory.
    (AP, 1/18/21)

2021        Jan 19, An Israeli watchdog group said that the government approved nearly 2,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 1/19/21)

2021        Jan 22, In Israel ultra-orthodox Jews attacked an unmarked Israeli police vehicle overnight, pelting it with stones and smashing the windows while officers were inside, and igniting a riot in which at least six people were arrested.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early today, killing a family of four including two children and wounding four other people. The Israeli military said it downed a drone that had crossed into Israel from Lebanon.
    (AP, 1/22/21)

2021        Jan 23, In Israel over a thousand protesters gathered in Jerusalem for weekly demonstrations demanding PM Benjamin Netanyahu step down over corruption charges, as smaller protests were staged at intersections and bridges across the country.
    (AP, 1/23/21)

2021        Jan 24, Israel's Labor Party chose Merav Michaeli (54), a veteran lawmaker and former journalist, as its new leader ahead of March elections.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Israel said it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, following through on last years US-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf country. The UAE cabinet approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 1/24/21)

2021        Jan 25, Israeli authorities extradited Malka Leifer (54), a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her former students in Australia, capping a six-year legal battle that had strained relations between the two governments and antagonized Australia's Jewish community.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, It was reported that former US President Donald Trump's administration in its final week in office, eased sanctions against Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler that were imposed for alleged corruption in Congo. The license was not announced publicly. Anti-graft campaigners urged President Joe Biden's Treasury to revoke the license.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)

2021        Jan 26, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian suspected of trying to attack a female soldier at a West Bank intersection. The alleged attacker was identified as Atallah Mohammad Riyan (17), a resident of the nearby village of Qarawat Bani Hassan.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Israel said it has not registered a single serious COVID-19 case among the 6% of citizens already given a full set of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations, even as infections surge in the wider population.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)

2021        Jan 30, Israeli police sprayed a crowd of protesters with a water cannon late today as they tried to disperse demonstrators calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's resignation over corruption charges.
    (AP, 1/30/21)

2021        Jan 31, Israel said it has agreed to transfer 5,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinians to immunize front-line health workers.
    (SFC, 2/1/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 31, In Israel thousands of ultra-Orthodox thronged the funeral of Rabbi Meshulam Soloveitchik, a prominent rabbi in Jerusalem, flouting the country's ban on large public gatherings during the pandemic. media said Soloveitchik (99), a leading religious scholar who headed a number of well-known seminaries, had recently suffered from COVID-19.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, An Israeli soldier shot dead a Palestinian suspected of attempting an attack on troops in the West Bank. The army said that an armed assailant with three knives connected to a stick attempted to attack soldiers at a West Bank junction south of Bethlehem.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, In Israel Abraham J. Twerski (90), an esteemed Hassidic rabbi and acclaimed psychiatrist who championed treatment for substance abuse and authored over 80 books on subjects both spiritual and scientific, died in Jerusalem after suffering from COVID-19.
    (AP, 2/1/21)

2021        Feb 1, Kosovo and Israel formally established diplomatic ties in a ceremony held digitally due to the pandemic lockdown.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Activists from Palestine Action and Extinction Rebellion chained the gates of the Israeli-owned Elbit Ferranti factory in Greater Manchester early today, where they claim deadly weapons are made.
    (AP, 2/1/21)

2021        Feb 3, Israel said it will expand COVID-19 vaccinations to include anyone over the age of 16, after turnout for shots ebbed.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, An Israeli drone reportedly came under anti-aircraft fire during a routine operation over the skies of Lebanon, but the aircraft was not hit and continued on its mission.
    (AP, 2/3/21)

2021        Feb 4, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu said vaccination of Israelis over the age of 60 has reduced the rate of that age group getting COVID-19 by almost half and the number of serious cases in that cohort by more than a quarter in the last two weeks.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, The Joint List alliance of Arab parties in Israel finalized its breakup, setting up the possibility that a small Islamist party could hold the key to PM Benjamin Netanyahu remaining in office and avoiding prosecution on corruption charges.
    (AP, 2/4/21)

2021        Feb 5, The Israeli military shot and killed Khaled Nofal (34), an unarmed Palestinian man, in a West Bank settlement after he allegedly tried to break into a home and fought with a guard.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Ruth Dayan (103), Israeli fashion designer and peace activist who was married to one of the country's most revered generals, died. Dayan founded the Maskit fashion house in 1954, whose designs were inspired by the cultural heritage of Jewish immigrants as well as Israel's Arab community.
    (AP, 2/5/21)

2021        Feb 6, In Israel thousands of Arab citizens demonstrated in Tamra to protest a rising crime wave and what is seen as poor police protection in Israel's Arab community. The protest came in the wake of the death of nursing student Ahmad Hejazi (22), a passerby who was killed in a shootout between police and criminals after he walked out of his home.
    (AP, 2/7/21)

2021        Feb 11, A senior Israeli military commander said the Hamas militant group ruling Gaza has replenished its arsenal since a 2014 war with Israel and now has a vast collection of rockets, guided missiles and drones.
    (AP, 2/11/21)

2021        Feb 14, Cyprus and Israel announced a tourism agreement to allow citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel between the countries without the need to quarantine. Israel reached a similar deal with Greece last week.
    (AP, 2/14/21)

2021        Feb 15, Israel fired several missiles early today targeting areas near Damascus. An opposition war-monitoring group said the strikes killed nine Iran-backed fighters.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, The Israel-based Dan David Foundation named Dr. Anthony Fauci (80) as the winner of one of three prizes for defending science and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 2/15/21)

2021        Feb 16, Suspected Israeli settlers vandalized several vehicles belonging to Palestinian workers in the occupied West Bank in broad daylight in an incident caught by security cameras.
    (AP, 2/16/21)

2021        Feb 17, An Israeli healthcare provider said that Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine was 95% effective in a trial of 602,000 people, reinforcing the drugmaker's efficacy findings.
    (Reuters, 2/17/21)

2021        Feb 18, New satellite images published by the International Panel on Fissile Material (IPFM), an independent expert group, indicated that Israel is carrying out a major expansion of its Dimona nuclear facility in the Negev desert.
    (AP, 2/18/21)

2021        Feb 19, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that Equatorial Guinea would move its embassy to Jerusalem in the latest sign of improving ties with African nations.
    (AP, 2/19/21)

2021        Feb 20, Hundreds of volunteers took part in a cleanup operation of the Israeli shoreline as investigations are underway to determine the cause of an oil spill that threatens the beach and wildlife.
    (AP, 2/20/21)

2021        Feb 21, Israel lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions and started reopening its economy as the country's vaccination drive and third nationwide lockdown have started to bring down infections.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, Israel closed all its Mediterranean beaches until further notice, days after an offshore oil spill deposited tons of tar across more than 100 miles (160 km) of coastline in what officials are calling one of the country's worst ecological disasters.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, It was reported that Israel paid Russia $1.2 million to provide the Syrian government with coronavirus vaccines as part of a deal that secured the release of an Israeli woman held captive in Damascus. Israel announced on Feb. 19 it had reached a Russian-mediated deal to bring home a young woman who had crossed into Syria earlier this month.
    (AP, 2/21/21)

2021        Feb 22, The Israeli government approved a plan to offer $50 million in compensation to the families of hundreds of Yemenite children who disappeared in the early years of the countrys establishment.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Israeli researchers said Chinese spies used code first developed by the US National Security Agency to support their hacking operations.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)

2021        Feb 23, It was reported that Israeli, Palestinian, Qatari and European interests have converged in recent weeks with the aim of getting gas flowing to Gaza in 2023.
    (AP, 2/23/21)

2021        Feb 24, It was reported that Israel is to donate nearly 100,000 surplus doses of Covid-19 vaccine to nearly 20 countries, apparently as a reward for diplomatic support in its ongoing bid to have Jerusalem recognized as its capital by the international community.
    (AP, 2/24/21)

2021        Feb 25, Qatar pledged $60 million to help construct a natural gas pipeline running from Israel into the Gaza Strip. The project aims to ease the energy crisis that long has afflicted the impoverished Palestinian enclave.
    (AP, 2/25/21)

2021        Feb 26, The MV Helios Ray, an Israeli-owned cargo ship, suffered a mysterious explosion in the Gulf of Oman. On Feb 28 it arrived in Dubai for repairs.
    (AP, 2/28/21)

2021        Feb 28, Israel announced plans to vaccinate tens of thousands of Palestinians who work inside Israel and its West Bank settlements, at a time of vast disparities in access to vaccines between the Israeli and Palestinian populations.
    (AP, 2/28/21)

2021        Mar 1, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, a mysterious explosion that further spiked security concerns in the region.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is looking to buy 36 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines, three times the number it has already bought, in case booster shots are needed later in the year.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Israel's Supreme Court banned the government from sweeping use of mobile phone tracking of coronavirus carriers, calling the measure a grave infraction of civil liberties.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Israel's Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the country's powerful Orthodox establishment, ruling that people who convert to Judaism through the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel are also Jewish and entitled to become citizens.
    (AP, 3/1/21)

2021        Mar 2, Defence Minister Benny Gantz said Israel estimates that hundreds of its citizens might be subject to war crimes probes by the International Criminal Court, whose jurisdiction it rejects, and is working on how to protect them.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, An Israeli military court sentenced prominent Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar to two years in prison in a plea bargain that convicted her of belonging to an outlawed group. But the court found insufficient evidence to press more serious charges against her.
    (AP, 3/2/21)

2021        Mar 3, Israeli authorities said that a Libyan-owned tanker suspected of smuggling oil from Iran to Syria was responsible for spilling tons of crude into the eastern Mediterranean last month, causing one of Israel's worst environmental disasters.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, The Hague-based International Criminal Court prosecutor said her office will formally investigate war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, a move welcomed by the Palestinian Authority and denounced by Israel.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)

2021        Mar 4, Austria, Denmark and Israel said they would set up a joint research and development fund and possibly production facilities for COVID-19 vaccines to ensure they had long-term supplies for booster shots or to contend with virus mutations.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)

2021        Mar 7, Israel reopened most of its economy as part of its final phase of lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions, some of them in place since September. Nearly 40% of its population has been immunized in just over two months.
    (AP, 3/7/21)

2021        Mar 8, Israel started vaccinating Palestinians who work inside the country and its West Bank settlements, more than two months after launching an immunization blitz of its own population.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Cyprus, Greece and Israel signed an agreement to speed up technical work a 2,000 megawatt undersea electricity cable.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, PayPal Holdings Inc said it would buy Israel-based digital asset security provider Curv, as the payments processor looks to strengthen support to cryptocurrencies.
    (AP, 3/8/21)

2021        Mar 11, Top US and Israeli national security officials met by secure video conference for their first round of talks on Iran and other regional issues as the Biden administration looks to avoid antagonizing Israel while attempting to resurrect the US-Iran nuclear deal.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, The Wall Street Journal reported that since 2019, Israel has been targeting ships carrying Iranian oil and other cargo. At least a dozen ships were bombed, the newspaper added, citing US and regional officials.
    (The Telegraph, 3/12/21)

2021        Mar 14, Kosovos Foreign Ministry said it has formally opened its embassy to Israel in the disputed city of Jerusalem.
    (AP, 3/14/21)

2021        Mar 16, The Israeli Defense Ministry announced it has completed an upgrade of the country's Iron Dome rocket-defense system to cope with an additional array of aerial threats.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, The Israeli Antiquities Authority said archeologists racing against treasure hunters to search caves near the Dead Sea have discovered a trove of artefacts, including fragments of a biblical text, the like of which has not been seen for decades. The parchment fragments, about 2,000 years old, bear biblical verse, written in Greek, and match a scroll discovered about 60 years ago called the "Book of the 12 Minor Prophets".
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)

2021        Mar 19, Israeli troops shot and killed Atef Hanaisheh (45), a Palestinian protester, during clashes in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Dagan.
    (AP, 3/19/21)

2021        Mar 20, Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu late today, calling for the longtime prime minister's ouster in a final show of force ahead of this weeks parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 21, Israel revoked the VIP permit of Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki after he returned to the West Bank from a trip to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
    (AP, 3/21/21)

2021        Mar 22, It was reported that Israel is preparing for another tender to allocate more fifth generation (5G) mobile frequencies as soon as late 2021. Fifth-generation technology, which is 10 times faster than widespread 4G, is expected to power everything from high-speed video transmissions to self-driving cars.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, It was reported that Israel and New Zealand have given interim approval for the sale of Canada-based biotech firm SaNOtize Research and Development's Nitric Oxide Nasal Spray (NONS) which could help prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)

2021        Mar 23, Israelis began voting in the country's fourth parliamentary election in two years a highly charged referendum on the divisive rule of PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Israelis vote for parties, not individual candidates. PM Benjamin Netanyahus party held a lead in Israels fourth election in two years, but its unclear if he will have enough votes to form a majority government.
    (AP, 3/23/21)(NY Times, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 23, The United Nations, United States, Russia and the European Union met virtually to discuss relaunching their long-stalled effort to get Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a two-state solution to their decades-old conflict.
    (AP, 3/23/21)

2021        Mar 25, Israel's final election results showed political deadlock with PM Netanyahu's Likud party and allies winning 52 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. A diverse array of parties committed to ousting him won 57 seats.
    (SFC, 3/26/21, p.A6)

2021        Mar 28, Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher opened to the public on Palm Sunday, allowing Christians to attend mass at the start of Holy Week on the site where they believe Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead.
    (Reuters, 3/28/21)

2021        Mar 29, Israel's National Security Agency advised tourists against travel to the UAE and other countries across the region, citing the threat of attack by arch-enemy Iran.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 29, Israeli police shot and killed Munir Anabtawi (33), a disabled Arab man, who appeared to be wielding a knife, drawing renewed accusations that law enforcement officers use excessive force against Arab suspects.
    (AP, 3/29/21)

2021        Mar 30, Israel's Health Ministry said on new coronavirus strain has been identified in Israel, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, used primarily in a swift nationwide inoculation drive, appeared to be effective against it.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)

2021        Apr 6, Israels Pres. Reuven Rivlin handed PM Benjamin Netanyahu the difficult task of trying to form a government from the countrys splintered parliament, giving the embattled leader a chance to prolong his lengthy term in office while he stands trial on corruption charges.
    (AP, 4/6/21)
2021        Apr 6, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man early today at a temporary vehicle checkpoint in the occupied West Bank near Jerusalem. The man's wife, who was in the car with him and was wounded by the gunfire, said the couple followed the soldiers' instructions and posed no threat.
    (AP, 4/6/21)
2021        Apr 6, An apparent Israeli mine attack damaged an Iranian military vessel in the Red Sea, an escalation of recent skirmishes.
    (NY Times, 4/7/21)

2021        Apr 8, Israel reportedly carried out a missile attack near the Damascus and its southern suburbs early today that wounded four soldiers.
    (AP, 4/8/21)
2021        Apr 8, Israel's top court upheld a Cabinet minister's decision to temporarily block Oded Goldreich, a prominent academic, from receiving the country's highest honor after he called on the EU to halt funding for an Israeli university located in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 4/8/21)
2021        Apr 8, Israel said it would formally reject the International Criminal Court's decision to launch a probe into potential war crimes against the Palestinians, denying that it has committed such crimes and saying the court lacks the jurisdiction to investigate.
    (AP, 4/8/21)

2021        Apr 9, A video began circulating online showing Israeli police punching Ofer Cassif, a member of parliament, and wrestling him to the ground at a protest against planned evictions in east Jerusalem. Cassif was taking part in a weekly protest in the mostly Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where rights groups say dozens of people are at risk of being evicted after a long court battle with Jewish settler groups.
    (AP, 4/9/21)

2021        Apr 12, Iran accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging its key Natanz nuclear site a day earlier and vowed revenge in the latest episode of a long-running covert war.
    (Reuters, 4/12/21)
2021        Apr 12, Lebanons outgoing minister of public works said that he has signed a decree that would increase the area claimed by the Mediterranean country in a maritime border dispute with Israel. The decree would formally extend Lebanons claims by 1,430 square km (550 square miles). The decree still required the signatures of the defense minister, prime minister and president to go into effect.
    (AP, 4/12/21)

2021        Apr 16, Israeli aircraft early today hit three facilities belonging to Hamas, the militant group ruling Gaza. The airstrikes targeted a weapons manufacturing site, a tunnel for arms smuggling and a training site. This followed the firing of a projectile from the Gaza Strip last evening. The Israeli military said Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza into the countrys south, the second incident in 24 hours. In response, Israeli fighter jets and helicopters hit five sites of the militant Hamas group.
    (AP, 4/16/21)

2021        Apr 18, Israel lifted its outdoor mask mandate, while schools fully reopened for the first time since September.
    (NY Times, 4/18/21)

2021        Apr 19, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has signed a deal to buy millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations from Pfizer through 2022.
    (AP, 4/19/21)
2021        Apr 19, Sudan abolished a 1958 law on boycotting Israel, part of efforts to establish normal ties with the Jewish state. There are at least 6,000 Sudanese in Israel.
    (AP, 4/19/21)

2021        Apr 22, The Israeli military struck back at Syria after a missile from the country triggered air raid sirens near the Dimona nuclear reactor as it landed in southern Israel.
    (AFP, 4/22/21)

2021        Apr 23, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired some three dozen rockets into Israel late today. Israel launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip in response to the rocket attacks, as tensions in Jerusalem spilled over into the worst round of cross-border violence in months.
    (AP, 4/23/21)(NBC News, 4/24/21)

2021        Apr 26, Delek Drilling, owned by the Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva, said that it signed a memorandum of understanding with Mubadala Petroleum, part of a conglomerate owned by the government of Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 4/26/21)
2021        Apr 26, In Israel dozens of members of a polygamous, vegan sect received deportation orders from the government, despite much of the community having received permanent residency in 2003 under arrangements with Israel. The African Hebrew Israelites began arriving in Israel in 1969, following Ben Carter, a Chicago steelworker who renamed himself Ben Ammi Ben Israel and claimed to be Gods representative on earth.
    (AP, 4/26/21)

2021        Apr 27, The Israeli military said it shot down a drone belonging to Lebanons Hezbollah militant group that entered Israeli airspace.
    (AP, 4/27/21)

2021        Apr 30, In Israel a stampede early today at a mountainside religious celebration left 45 people dead and scores more injured. An estimated 100,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews had gathered on Mount Meron to celebrate the holiday, Lag bOmer, to dance and make bonfires around the tomb of a prominent rabbi from antiquity.
    (NY Times, 4/30/21)(AP, 5/2/21)

2021        May 2, Gunmen in a passing car opened fire at Israelis standing at a major intersection in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, injuring three of them. The assailants reportedly escaped in a car with Palestinian license plates.
    (AP, 5/2/21)

2021        May 3, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian village of Jaloud in the occupied West Bank overnight, setting brush fires and hurling stones in an apparent revenge attack following a drive-by shooting.
    (AP, 5/3/21)

2021        May 4, Lebanon and Israel resumed indirect talks with US mediation over their disputed maritime border.
    (AP, 5/4/21)
2021        May 4, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a new government by today's midnight deadline, putting his political future in jeopardy as he stands trial on corruption charges and prolonging a political deadlock that has only worsened after four elections in two years.
    (NY Times, 5/5/21)
2021        May 4, Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of the armed wing of the Islamic militant group Hamas, issued his first public statement in nearly seven years, warning Israel it will pay a heavy price if it evicts Palestinians from their homes in east Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/5/21)

2021        May 5, Israel's military and the Shin Bet security service arrested Palestinian suspect Muntasser Shalaby (44) in a weekend drive-by shooting in the West Bank that left one Israeli dead and two injured.
    (AP, 5/6/21)
2021        May 5, Syrian state media reported that Israel fired missiles toward northwest Syria early today, killing one person and wounding six.
    (AP, 5/5/21)

2021        May 7, Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians and wounded a third after the men opened fire on a base in the occupied West Bank. At least 178 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/7/21)(Reuters, 5/8/21)

2021        May 8, Unrest continued in Jerusalem late today as Israeli police again cracked down on Palestinians protesting Israel's plans for potentially evicting Palestinian families from their homes in east Jerusalem.
    (BBC, 5/9/21)

2021        May 9, In Israel thousands of Muslim worshippers skirmished anew with police at the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Police gave the go-ahead to tomorrow's annual Jerusalem Day parade, a flag-waving display of Israeli claims to all of the contested city, despite days of unrest and soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
    (AP, 5/9/21)

2021        May 10, The Israeli police raided the Aqsa Mosque, one of Islams holiest sites, after days of protests there. At least 330 Palestinians and 21 Israeli officers were injured. In response, Hamas militants fired rockets at Jerusalem that caused no injuries.
    (NY Times, 5/11/21)

2021        May 11, The Israeli military said it has assassinated Samih al-Mamluk, a senior commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza. Other senior militants in the organization were also killed in the same strike. The militant group vowed retaliation. Over the last 24 hours Gaza militants have fired hundreds of rockets toward Israel. Israeli airstrikes overnight killed 24 people, including nine children. Israel struck 130 targets of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups killing 15 people.
    (AP, 5/11/21)(SFC, 5/11/21, p.A2)(SFC, 5/12/21, p.A2)
2021        May 11, Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades after mourners started throwing stones at officers during the funeral of an Arab man allegedly killed by a Jewish resident in central Israel.
    (AP, 5/11/21)

2021        May 12, Israeli police said they arrested nearly 400 people allegedly involved in riots and disturbances across the country.
    (AP, 5/12/21)

2021        May 13, Israel deployed tanks and troops to the Gaza border. Israel carried out more airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, where the death toll rose to 83 people since the fighting began early this week. Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel. Gazas Health Ministry said the death toll has climbed to 87 Palestinians, including 18 children and eight women. Seven people have been killed in Israel.
    (NY Times, 5/13/21)(AP, 5/13/21)(BBC, 5/13/21)

2021        May 14, Israel launched an intense air and ground assault on the Gaza Strip early today, pounding targets with warplanes, artillery and tank fire in the largest single operation of a four-day conflict with Palestinian militants. Israeli aircraft leveled a multistory building housing a bank affiliated with the Hamas militant group in Gaza City. It was the third Hamas bank destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in this week's deadly escalation and fighting. The death toll in Gaza from the fighting rose to 122 killed, including 31 children and 20 women.
    (NY Times, 5/14/21)(AP, 5/14/21)

2021        May 15, Israel destroyed a 12-storey tower block in Gaza housing the offices of the US-based Associated Press and other news media, saying the building was also used by the Islamist militant group Hamas. Violence continued early today when an Israeli air raid in Gaza City killed at least 10 Palestinians, reportedly mostly children, in a refugee camp. More than 130 people have been killed in Gaza, as well as eight people in Israel, since the violence began.
    (AP, 5/15/21)(Reuters, 5/15/21)

2021        May 16, The Israeli security cabinet decided to continue the Gaza operation. Israeli officials said a cease-fire is not on the table right now. Israeli bombing in Gaza City killed at least 33 people, including 12 women and eight children, and wounded 50 others. Israel said it has killed 75 Palestinian militants, primarily Hamas operatives, and accuses the group of using civilians as human shields.
    (Axios, 5/16/21)(NY Times, 5/16/21)
2021        May 16, In Israel at least two people were killed and more than 150 injured when a bleacher collapsed at an unfinished ultra-Orthodox synagogue in the West Bank.
    (AP, 5/16/21)
2021        May 16, International pressure to bring an end to the raging conflict between Israel and Hamas militants mounted, even as local health officials said an Israeli airstrike in Gaza overnight killed at least 33 people, the single deadliest attack of the current hostilities. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate end to fighting.
    (NY Times, 5/16/21)(Reuters, 5/16/21)(BBC, 5/16/21)

2021        May 17, Israeli warplanes unleashed a fierce air bombardment on Gaza City before dawn as Hamas militants in the coastal enclave continued to target towns in southern Israel with barrages of rockets, bringing the conflict into a second, grinding week of bloodshed and destruction.
    (NY Times, 5/17/21)
2021        May 17, In Israel Yigal Yehoshua (56) died several days after being pelted with rocks during clashes between Arabs and Jews in the mixed city of Lod. In June eight Arab suspects were arrested in relation to Yehoshua's death.
    (AP, 6/20/21)
2021        May 17, China renewed calls for the US to play a constructive role in ending the conflict in Gaza and stop blocking efforts at the UN to demand an end to the bloodshed.
    (AP, 5/17/21)
2021        May 17, US Pres. Joe Biden expressed support for a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers in a call to PM Benjamin Netanyahu, but stopped short of demanding an immediate stop to the eight days of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket barrages.
    (SFC, 5/17/21, p.A3)

2021        May 18, Dozens of Israeli jets launched more than 100 missiles into the Gaza Strip overnight as the fighting entered its second week and hours after President Joe Biden said he would support a cease-fire in the conflict.
    (NBC News, 5/18/21)
2021        May 18, Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel stopped work for the day, as did other Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and in Gaza, protesting violence against Arab Israelis, the unfolding Israeli military campaign targeting Hamas militants in Gaza and the looming eviction of several families from their homes in East Jerusalem.
    (NY Times, 5/18/21)
2021        May 18, In Israel Jana Kiswani (16) was standing just outside the front gate of her home in the flashpoint neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah when a police officer ordered her, her brother and father to go into their house. Kiswani was shot in the back with a rubber-coated bullet and was hospitalized with a broken vertebra. The officer involved in the shooting in east Jerusalem was later suspended pending an investigation.
    (AP, 5/26/21)

2021        May 19, The United States said it opposes a proposed UN Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Gazas Hamas rulers, reiterating that it could interfere with the Biden administrations efforts to end the hostilities.
    (AP, 5/19/21)

2021        May 20, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel eased overnight. Officials on both sides expressed optimism that a cease-fire could come within days.
    (NY Times, 5/20/21)

2021        May 21, An Egyptian-mediated cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect after 11 days of fighting that killed 243 people in Gaza and 12 people in Israel.
    (AP, 5/21/21)

2021        May 22, Egyptian mediators held talks to firm up an Israel-Hamas cease-fire as people in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip began to assess the damage from 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment. A 130-truck convoy carrying urgent humanitarian aid headed to Gaza.
    (AP, 5/22/21)

2021        May 23, Israel reopened its borders to foreign tourists after a fall in COVID-19 infections but said it would take time for visitors to start arriving and to revive the tourism industry.
    (Reuters, 5/23/21)

2021        May 24, An Israeli soldier and a civilian were stabbed near a light rail station in east Jerusalem before the assailant was shot and killed by police, who described it as a terrorist attack.
    (AP, 5/24/21)

2021        May 25, Israeli defence electronics specialist Elbit Systems reported higher quarterly profit and said it expects its night-vision business and other acquired operations to prosper as global defence spending continues to rise.
    (Reuters, 5/25/21)
2021        May 25, Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced that the US would be reopening the Consulate General in Jerusalem that handled relations with the Palestinians but was shut down by the Trump administration.
    (Axios, 5/25/21)

2021        May 26, Yehiyeh Sinwar, Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, said 80 militants were killed during the 11-day war with Israel that ended last week, providing the groups first official tally for losses sustained in the fighting. Gazas Hamas-run Health Ministry has put the number of Palestinians killed in the Israeli offensive this month at 254, including 66 children, 39 women, and 17 people above the age of 60.
    (AP, 5/26/21)

2021        May 27, The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate possible "violations of international humanitarian law" during the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas.
    (Axios, 5/27/21)

2021        May 28, A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli troops during a protest against settlement expansion near the town of Beita in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 5/28/21)

2021        May 30, In Israel Naftali Bennett, leader of the small hardline Yamina party and a former ally of PM Benjamin Netanyahu, said he would seek to form a coalition government with the Israeli leader's opponents, taking a major step toward ending the rule of the longtime premier.
    (AP, 5/30/21)

2021        Jun 1, In Israel Isaac Herzog, a veteran politician and the scion of a prominent Israeli family, was elected president, a largely ceremonial role that is meant to serve as the nations moral compass and promote unity.
    (AP, 6/1/21)

2021        Jun 3, In Israel opposition leader Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner, Naftali Bennett, declared that they had reached a deal to form a new government and muster a majority in the 120-member Knesset.
    (SFC, 6/4/21, p.A2)

2021        Jun 6, In Israel Avi Har-Even (84), former headed Israels space agency (1995-2004), died of injuries sustained during riots that erupted across the country last month.
    (AP, 6/7/21)

2021        Jun 7, Israeli police blocked a planned procession by Jewish ultranationalists through parts of Jerusalem's Old City, following warnings that it could reignite tensions that led to a punishing 11-day war with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers last month.
    (AP, 6/7/21)

2021        Jun 9, Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin during what appeared to be an overnight Israeli arrest raid.
    (AP, 6/9/21)

2021        Jun 11, Palestinian teenager Mohammed Hamayel (15) was killed by Israeli fire during clashes between protesters and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 6/11/21)

2021        Jun 12, In Israel a private security guard at a checkpoint near Jerusalem shot and killed a woman (28) who allegedly planned to carry out a stabbing attack.
    (AP, 6/12/21)

2021        Jun 13, Israeli lawmakers voted to remove PM Benjamin Netanyahu from power, replacing the countrys longest-serving leader with the head of a fragile alliance formed from eight ideologically diffuse parties.
    (NY Times, 6/13/21)

2021        Jun 16, The Israeli military conducted airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early today, after officials said that the militant group Hamas had sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel from Gaza. The Israeli military said it is reining in a controversial practice of conducting late-night raids of Palestinian homes in the West Bank aimed at gathering information about the houses and their inhabitants.
    (NY Times, 6/15/21)(AP, 6/16/21)
2021        Jun 16, Palestinian woman Mai Afaneh (28) was shot and killed by Israeli troops, allegedly after carrying out an attempted car-ramming attack.
    (AP, 6/16/21)

2021        Jun 17, Palestinian teenager Ahmad Shamsa (15) died of a gunshot wound after being shot a day earlier by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank during a protest against a settlement outpost. He was the fourth demonstrator to be killed since the outpost was established last month.
    (AP, 6/17/21)

2021        Jun 21, Israel eased some restrictions on the Gaza Strip that have threatened a fragile cease-fire. Hamas, however, said the move was really Israel's attempt to pressure the militant group into making concessions.
    (AP, 6/21/21)
2021        Jun 21, The Israeli military said it has successfully tested an airborne high-power laser that can shoot down drones, technology it hopes to deploy on a larger scale in the coming years.
    (AP, 6/21/21)

2021        Jun 23, An Israeli defense ministry body advanced plans for 31 West Bank settlement construction projects, the first such move under the countrys new government.
    (AP, 6/23/21)

2021        Jun 24, Israel announced a further easing of its blockade on Gaza, saying it would expand the coastal territory's fishing zone and allow the import of raw materials for essential civilian factories.
    (AP, 6/24/21)
2021        Jun 24, Honduras opened its embassy in contested Jerusalem, becoming the fourth country to follow the US move under former President Donald Trump to relocate its chief diplomatic mission in Israel from Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 6/24/21)
2021        Jun 24, Scientists reported that bones found in an Israeli quarry are from a branch of the human evolutionary tree and are 120,000 to 140,000 years old. The fragments of a skull, lower jaw bone and tooth were uncovered in Nesher Ramla in 2010. Researchers determined that the fossils likely came from a hominin group closely related to Neanderthals and sharing many of their features, such as the shape of the lower jaw.
    (AP, 6/24/21)
2021        Jun 24, The United Nations accused Israel of flagrantly violating international law by expanding settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying settlements are illegal and urging the countrys new government to halt their enlargement immediately.
    (AP, 6/24/21)

2021        Jun 25, In Israel tens of thousands of people attended a Pride parade in Tel Aviv in one of the largest public gatherings in Israel since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 6/25/21)

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