History of Israel; 1948-present

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  • El Al Established

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    Jerusalem divided between Israel and Jordan

    For 19 years we only had half of Jerusalem
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    Mass immigration from Arab and European Nations

  • Israel Born!

    Israel Born!
  • PM David Ben Gurion takes office

    PM David Ben Gurion takes office
  • Israel Defense Forces (IDF) established

    Israel Defense Forces (IDF) established
  • Israel Invaded by 5 Arab Nations

    Israel Invaded by 5 Arab Nations
    Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq
    plus Arabs from within Israel attack Jews as well
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    War of Independence

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    Mass Immigrations from Arab and European Countries

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    Jerusalem Divided between Jordan and Israel

  • Peace treaties signed:

    Egypt,Jordan,Syria and Lebanon
  • PM David Ben Gurion made official PM

    PM David Ben Gurion made official PM
  • Israel admitted to the United Nations (UN)

  • Law of Return

    Allows for Jews to "return home" to Israel, no questions asked. This opens the door for mass immigrations for Holocaust survivors, North Africans, Soviet Union, and others.
  • Snow falls in the Negev

    Snow falls for two days across the Negev.
  • Airport opened in Eilat

  • First State of Israel Bond sold

    My great grandfather Voli was a big supporter of Israeli bonds and arranged for sales in his shul every year.
  • Galei Tzahal Radio Station begins broadcasting

  • Yercham is founded!!

    Yercham is founded!!
  • Egged becomes cross country bus service

  • Reparations Agreement for Holocaust Survivors

    Israel and West Germany sign a deal for monies to be paid to Holocaust survivors.
  • Israel Prize awarded for the first time

  • PM Moshe Sharett takes office

    PM Moshe Sharett takes office
  • Israel obtains four Dead Sea Scrolls

  • PM Ben Gurion returns to office

    PM Ben Gurion returns to office
  • Sinai Campaign

  • Tel Aviv University Founded

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    Sinai Campaign: Operation Kadesh

    War between Israel and Egypt
  • Khan Yunis

  • First Chidon HaTanach

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    Eichmann Trials

    Eichmann tried in Israel for Nazi war crimes
  • Population Census: 2,179,491 people living in Israel

  • Israel's first rocket launched into space: Shavit 2

  • Eichmann executed by hanging

    Eichmann executed by hanging
  • PM Levi Eshkol takes office

    PM Levi Eshkol takes office
  • Israel Museum established

  • Eli Cohen hanged in Damascus, Syria

    Eli Cohen was an Israeli spy who was caught and killed in Syria.
  • Yerushalayim Shel Zahav released

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    Grandma Doris volunteers on Kibbutz Sa'ad

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    Six Day War

  • "Har HaBayit B'yadeinu!"

    Israel regains access and control of the Kotel, the Western Wall!
  • Kfar Etzion Re-established

    First settlement in West Bank after 1967 war gets us the land back
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    Egypt’s war of attrition of attrition against Israel

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    Ceasefire: Lebanon and Israel

  • PM Yigal Allon takes office

    PM Yigal Allon takes office
  • PM Golda Meir takes office

    PM Golda Meir takes office
  • Terror at Munich Olympics

    Black September terrorists kill Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics
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    Yom Kippur War

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    War of Attrition

  • PM Yitzchak Rabin takes office

    PM Yitzchak Rabin takes office
  • Operation Thunderbolt: Raid on Entebbe

    Operation Thunderbolt: Raid on Entebbe
    Hostages from the hikacked plane are rescued in Uganda. Yoni Netanyahu is killed.
  • PM Menachem Begin takes office

    PM Menachem Begin takes office
  • Egyptian President Anwar Sadat visits Jerusalem

    He is the first Arab leader to visit Israel
  • Operation Litani: South Lebanese conflict

    Israel pushes the PLO north of the Litani River in Lebanon.
  • Camp David Accords

    Begin (PM of Israel) and Sadat (President of Egypt) met in the US to create a framework for Middle East. Israel gives Sinai to the Egyptians after getting it in 1967. Israel, for the first time, is recognized by an Arab State.
  • Nobel Peace Prize: Begin and Sadat

  • Withdrawal from southern Lebanon

    Israel withdraws from security zone in Souther Lebanon/Northern Israel
  • Peace Treaty: Israel and Egypt

    Peace Treaty: Israel and Egypt
  • Operation Babylon

    IDF destroys Iraqi nuclear reactor right before it makes active
  • Withdrawal from Sinai Peninsula

    End of three stage withdrawal.
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    Lebanon War: Operation Peace of Galilee

  • PM Yitzhak Shamir takes office

    PM Yitzhak Shamir takes office
  • PM Shimon Peres takes office

    PM Shimon Peres takes office
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    Operation Moses

    7,000 Ethiopian Jews walk across the Sudan to reach Israel.
  • Free Trade Agreement

    Free Trade Agreement
    Between United States and Israel
  • Natan Scharansky arrives in Israel

    The same night he is released from a Russian prison he arrives in Israel. He is one of my mom's and my heroes.
  • PM Yitzhak Shamir returns to office

    PM Yitzhak Shamir returns to office
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    First Intifada

    Period of time when there were many terrorist attacks.
  • Ofek-1 Satellite launched

    Solar cells and radio transmission tests
  • Four Point Peace Initiative

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    Gulf War

    Iraq fires 42 missiles at Israel without provocation. Israel does not enter war after US asks them not to engage.
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    Operation Solomon

    In 36 hours and 34 planes Israel brings 14,500 Ethiopian Jews to Israel
  • My Aba's bar mitzvah at the Kotel

  • Oslo Accords

    Treaty between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel. Stated that:
    1. Palestinian Authority would have limited control to govern areas in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
    2. Recognized PLO as peace partner to Israel
  • Peace Treaty: Jordan and Israel

    Peace Treaty: Jordan and Israel
  • Yitzchak Rabin assasinated

    Yitzchak Rabin assasinated
  • PM Shimon Peres returns to office

    PM Shimon Peres returns to office
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    Operation Grapes of Wrath

    IDF fights back against rocket attacks from Hezbollah
  • PM Benyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu takes office

    PM Benyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu takes office
  • IDF Helicopter Disaster

    Two helicopters collide in midair killing 73 soldiers aboard
  • 50th Anniversary of Israel

    50th Anniversary of Israel
  • PM Ehud Barak takes office

    PM Ehud Barak takes office
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    Second Intifada

  • PM Ariel Sharon takes office

    PM Ariel Sharon takes office
  • Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran

    Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran
    Two boys are killed by terrorists In the region of Tekoa while riding bikes and exploring caves.
  • Israel Tourism Minister Assassinated

    Killed by 2 Arabs in a Jerusalem Hotel
  • Operation Defensive Shield

    Largest military event in the West Bank to counter terrorism during the Second Intifada
  • Ilan Ramon dies in shuttle crash

    He was the first Israeli astronaut. There is a Visitor's Center in Mtizpe Ramon all about him and his life.
  • Naomi Shemer dies

    Born July 13, 1930.
  • HaTikva officially established is National Anthem

    It was accepted as the anthem in 1948, but never made official until now.
  • Bnei Menashe recognized as one of the 10 Lost Tribes

    This opens the door for these residents from North East India to immigrate to Israel.
  • Israel completely withdraws from Gaza Strip

  • PM Ehud Olmert

    PM Ehud Olmert
  • Hamas takes control of the Gaza Strip

    They take control from Palestinian Authority.
  • Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser bodies are returned to Israel

    The exchange is made with Hezbollah for more than 200 prisoners.
  • Population Census: 7,465,500 residents in Israel

    75.5% Jewish,
    20.3% Arab,
    4.2% registered as "other"
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    Gaza War between Israel and Gaza

  • PM Bibi Netanyahu returns to office

    PM Bibi Netanyahu returns to office
  • Omri Caspi drafted to the NBA

    He is the first Israeli to be drafted in a first round pick. He joins the Sacramento Kings.
  • Ada Yonath wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  • Ofek -9 Renaissance Satellite launched

    from Palmachim Air Force Base
  • Helicopter Crash in Romania

    Four pilots and two mechanics dies in a joint exercise.
  • Bedouin Village Al-Araqeeb Destroyed

    This village is considered illegal and is on land that Israeli government wants to use. The village has been destroyed about 170 times and is always rebuilt, sometimes within days.
  • IAF Helicopter Crash in Machtesh Ramon

    Pilot and navigator are killed
  • Carmel Tunnel near Haifa opened

    Helps to relieve traffic in the area.
  • Forest Fire erupts in Israel - Largest in History

  • Fires finally under control

  • Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav convicted

  • Jerusalem Light Rail opens

  • Gilad Shalit Prisoner Exchange Approved

  • Former PM Ehud Olmert charged with birbery

  • Tal Law expires

    This was a law that let ultra-orthodox choose to not serve in the IDF.
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    Operation Pillar of Defense

    IDF and the Shin Bet killed Hamas chief Ahmed Jabari and violence erupts as a result.
  • Ceasefire: Hamas and Israel

    Negotiated by the US and Egypt
  • Storm Alexa

    Severe weather of rain and snow essentially shut down Israel.
  • Former PM Ariel Sharon dies

  • Heavy rockets from Gaza

    This is the first time that there are heavy rockets since November 2012. PIJ takes credit.
  • Three teens kidnapped and killed

    Three teens kidnapped and killed
    Gilad Shear, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Ifrach are kidnapped and killed by terrorists as they are on their way back to yeshiva
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    37th World Zionist Congress held in Jerusalem

  • 47 Israeli Athletes Compete in Olympics

    in Rio de Janiero Brazil from August 5 -21.
  • Israel sends 33 athletes to the ParaOlympics

    September 7-18
  • Israel Qualifies for 2017 World Baseball Classic

  • Agam Museum opens in Rishon L'Tzion

  • Syria shoots down Israeli F16

  • Start of Gaza Border Protests

    Gazans begin demonstrating every Friday that they want to be allowed into Israel. Sometimes there is violence.
  • Netta Barzalai wins Eurovision with Toy

  • U.S. Embassy opens in Jerusalem

  • IDF strikes missiles in Syria

  • Tel Aviv - Jerusalem Railway opens

  • Violence between Israel and Gaza

    Fighting erupts after IDF messes up a mission. Peace is achieved with Egyptian mediation.
  • Operation Northern Shield

    IDF lanches a misson to destroy Hezbollah terror tunnels in Lebanon
  • Yasu Released

    By: Static, Ben El Tabroi, Eden Ben Zaken, Stefan Legar (French/American/Isaeli)
  • Israel Legislative Election

  • Israeli Space Satellite Beresheet crashes on the Moon

    Israeli Space Satellite Beresheet crashes on the Moon
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    Tension a Gaza Border

    Increase in violence from Arabs in Gaza after 2 soldiers are killed by a sniper and IDF retaliates.
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    Eurovision filmed in Tel Aviv

  • Nechama Rivlin Dies

    First Lady of Israel dies. She was born in 1945
  • Lev Family makes Aliyah!

    Lev Family makes Aliyah!
    Negev too!
  • Israel's Second Legislative Elections

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    Operation Black Belt

    IDF kills leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). PIJ retaliates and fighting ensues.
  • Greece and Israel: Agreement for longest underwater gas pipeline

  • Kapit Echad Shel Tov Released

    by Staitc and Ben El
  • 75ht Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz

    President Rivlin meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda
  • Peace to Properity

    U.S. President Donald Trump unveils his Middle Eastern Peace Plan
  • Israel's Legislative Elections

  • HaRav Eliahu Bakshi Doron dies

    HaRav Eliahu Bakshi Doron dies
    He was a tremendous leader. He was born in 1941.
  • Yaldei HaMirpasot Released

    By Eyal Golan and his daughter to give people hope and support during Corona.
  • Netanyahu and Benny Gantz Coalition Government

  • 35th Government Formed after 2 elections

  • First COVID case in Israel

    Passenger from Diamond Princess Cruiseship is diagnosed.
  • Chabibalbi Released

    by Static and Ben El with Nasrin Kadry
  • Resisim Released

    By Reviv Chener
  • Peace Agreement: United Arab Emirates and Israel

  • She rak t'chayech Released

    by Yuval Dayan
  • Peace Agreement: Bahrain and Israel

  • Abraham Accords

    Abraham Accords
    Peace Treaty is signed in U.S. between UAE, Israel, and Bahrain
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