Israeli-Palestine Conflict Time-Line Since 1947

  • U.N. General Assembly Resolution - Civil War

    U.N. General Assembly Resolution - Civil War
    United Nations passed a General Assembly Resolution recognizing the right for the Jews of Mandatory Palestine and the Arabs of Mandatory Palestine to have their own seperate states. Arabs everywhere are angry and a civil war begins. Image: Jews in Tel Aviv celebrating the resolution of their own state.
  • British leaves Palestine to U.N. - Israel created

    British leaves Palestine to U.N. - Israel created
    British leaders realize how hard it is to controll a contry with two opposing groups and decide to leave it to the U.N. The new establishment made was a Jewish home in Palestine named Israel. Image: Newspaper post of the state of Israel being created.
  • Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) founded

    Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) founded
    The PLO's overall goal is to liberate Palestine and was finally recognized as the representation of the Palestinian people, since it was considered a terrorist organization until the 1990's. Image: PLO Emblem.
  • Six-Day War

    Six-Day War
    Israel seized the Golan Heights, Sinai, and Gaza from neighbouring countries, also pushing Jordanian forces out of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. According to the U.N., the conflict displaced about another 500,000 Palestinians who fled to Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Image: The pink land is what Israel had conquered over the six days.
  • UN Security Council Resolution 242

    UN Security Council Resolution 242
    A peace plan in which the Israeli armed forces withdraw from territories occupied in recent comflict. Image: UN Security Council in a meeting.
  • PLO attacks Israelis and other targets - 1970's

    PLO attacks Israelis and other targets - 1970's
    PLO, along with other militant Palestinian groups such as Abu Nidal, launched a series of attacks on Israelis and other targets throughout the 1970's. Such as an attack in 1972 in the Munich Olympics, where 11 Israeli athletes were killed. Image: A kidnapper at the Summer Olympics in Munich overlooking the balcony of the Israel Team quarters.
  • Yom Kippur/October War

    Yom Kippur/October War
    Egypt and Syria launched massive attacks against Israel on the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur. Israel ended up conquering beyond the Six Day War territory, eventually returning to normal. Image: Egyptian forces crossing the Suez Canal on October 7.
  • Camp David Accords Signed

    Camp David Accords Signed
    Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin signed the Camp David Accords, a peace proposal. Anwar Sadat was then assassinated not even 3 years later by Islamic extremists in 1981. Image: Celebrating the signing of the Camp David Accords.
  • Lebanese Civil War

    Lebanese Civil War
    PLO routinely attacks Israel during the war, documenting over 270 attacks. Israel aircrafts bombs PLO offices in Beirut on 17 July, 1981, resulting in 300 civilians killed and 800 wounded. Image: A street in Beirut destroyed during the violence.
  • Palestinian Intifada

    Palestinian Intifada
    This was a mass uprising against the Israeli occupation which began in Gaza and spread to the West Bank quickly, which was backed up by the entire Palestinian population living under Israeli occupation. Israeli Defense Forces responded by killing many. There was a loss of more than 1,000 lives in these clashes which lasted until 1993. Image: One of the first intifada posters.
  • The Madrid Conference

    The Madrid Conference
    This was designed to follow up the Egypt-Israel treaty by encouraging other Arab countries to sign their own treaties with Israel. There was then a peace treaty in 1994 between Jordan and Israel. Image: Heads of states and heads of delegations attending the conference.
  • The Oslo Peace Process (Declaration of Principles)

    The Oslo Peace Process (Declaration of Principles)
    This attempt to create a resolution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the first face-to-face agreement of the government of Israel and the PLO. This lay down general guidelines for negotiations to come. Image: Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, and Yasser Arafat celebrating the Oslo 1 Accord.
  • Declaration of Principles Outcome

    Declaration of Principles Outcome
    Israel and the PLO reached an agreement in Cairo which specified Israel's military withdrawal from most of the Gaza Strip, excluding Jewish settlements and land around them, and from the Palestinian town of Jericho in the West Bank. Image: Yasser Araft (former PLO chairman) triumphant return after agreements.
  • Oslo 2 and assassination of Rabin

    Oslo 2 and assassination of Rabin
    Oslo 2 agreement divided West Bank into three zones: Zone A - 7% of territory into Palestinian full control, Zone B - 21% territory into Palestinian-Israel shared control, and Zone C - stayed in Israel hands. Israel also released Palestinian prisoners. Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated, ending their momentum towards peace. Image: Yitzhak Rabin - 5th prime minister of Israel.
  • Camp David

    Camp David
    President Bill Clinton brought together Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to negotiate. But, the maximum that Israel offered was less than the minimum Palestine would accept, so there was no agreement. This was followed by a renewal of the Palestinian uprising. Image: President Bill Clinton with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.
  • Pres. Clinton Keeps Trying To Make Peace

    Pres. Clinton Keeps Trying To Make Peace
    First in Washington, then Cairo and Taba in Egypt, the Taba Talks were not at the highest level but differences were narrowed without being overcome. There was more flexibility on land ownership but it was impossible to reach understanding on all the issues they had. Image: Map of Taba, Egypt, where some of the talks were held. Image:
  • Arab Peace Inititative (Saudi Peace Plan)

    Arab Peace Inititative (Saudi Peace Plan)
    With these plans, Israel would withdraw to the border lines of 1967, a Palestinian state would be set up in the West Bank and Gaza, and there would be a solution to the refugees. In return, Arab countries would recognize Israel. The plan was re-endorsed by another Arab summit in 2007. Image: Map of Israel - West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights are highlighted.
  • Roadmap For Peace

    Roadmap For Peace
    A plan by the U.S., Russia, Europe, and the U.N. suggesting how a settlement might be made. It was supposed to be finally agreed upon in 2005, but was largely overtaken by events and was pushed aside -- it still remains a reference point for negotiations. Image: Mahmoud Abbas (far left) served as Palestinian prime minister for four months.
  • Geneva Accord

    Geneva Accord
    The accord reverses the concept of the roadmap -- the growth of security and confidence make a agreement -- they wish to form the concept where they agree first providing security and peace. The Palestinians would give up their "right of return" for nearly all of the West Bank and Israel would give up some major settlements. Also pictured return to 1967 lines, a open Jerusalem, and end of Palestinian right to return to former homes. Image: Demonstration in Tel Aviv supporting Geneva Accords.
  • Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza

    Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza
    All Israeli settlements and troops were removed from the Gaza strip on orders of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Image: Thousands of troops oversaw the Israel settlements and troops withdrawal from Gaza.
  • Annapolis Conference

    Annapolis Conference
    President George W Bush had a conference at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland which was aimed to relaunch the peace process. They envisioned a full peace deal by the end of 2008. Image: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Omert, President George W. Bush, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Annapolis Conference.
  • Gaza War (Operation Cast Lead)

    Gaza War (Operation Cast Lead)
    Israel's goal was to rocket fire into Israel and stop weapon smuggling into the Gaza Strip. The 3 week war ended on January 18, 2009 with both sides in ceasefire. This conflict ended the idea of the Annapolis Conference. Image: Gaza War map.
  • Arab Spring

    Arab Spring
    A revolutionary wave of violent and nonviolent demonstrations and uprisings against the government in the Arab world. Rulers have been forced from power in many countries and there were border clashes in Israel, May 2011. The Arab Spring is currently still going on in many Arab countries. Here is Part One to a Documentary of the Arab Spring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnPR90dJ3Gk Image: Arab Spring uprising photo.