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Israel History Timeline

1900s continued
  • (1956) Egypt's Colonel Nasser seized Suez Canal, closed the Canal and Straits of Tiran to Israeli and Israeli-bound ships
  • (1962) Adolf Eichmann tried and executed in Israel for his part in Holocaust
  • (1967) Six Day War – Israel captured Sinai, Golan Heights, West Bank and Jerusalem
  • (1973) Yom Kippur War – Egypt and Syria launched offensive against Israel, U.S. supported Israel which ended the conflict
  • (1978) Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords
  • (1979) Israel and Egypt signed peace treaty, ended 30 years of war
  • (1981) Iraqi nuclear reactor destroyed by Israel bombing raid
  • (1982) First Lebanon War: Israel invaded Lebanon, destroyed PLO infrastructure, created Israeli Security Zone in southern Lebanon
  • (1985) Free Trade Agreement signed with U.S.
  • (1987) First Intifada - Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza revolted against Israeli rule
  • (1987) Mount Carmel forest fire destroyed nearly 800 acres of natural forest areas
  • (1991) Israel attacked by Iraqi Scud missiles during Gulf War
  • (1992) Israel deported 415 Hamas activists to Lebanon
  • (1993) Israel and Jordan signed peace treaty, ended 46 years of war
  • (1995) Prime Minister Rabin assassinated at peace rally by Israeli radical
  • (1997) Two troop helicopters collided in northern Israel, killed 77 soldiers
  • (1997) While in Israel to participate in the Maccabiah Games, four Australian athletes were killed and 60 injured when Maccabiah bridge collapsed over Yarkon River
  • (2000) Israel withdrew forces from Israeli Security Zone in Lebanon
  • (2000) Second Intifada – Israelis and Palestinians disagreed with terms of peace treaty, Israel re-occupied West Bank, many civilians on both sides killed
  • (2001) Israeli Tourism Minister, Rehavam Zeevi, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Palestinian Arab gunmen
  • (2002) Construction of the West Bank Fence along Green Line border was begun to protect Israeli civilians from Palestinian terrorists
  • (2003) Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, was killed when U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry over Texas
  • (2005) Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced Israel would leave Gaza Strip, separated Palestinian territories from Israel
  • (2006) Prime Minister Sharon suffered stroke, Ehud Olmert became acting prime minister
  • (2006) New government established by Ehud Olmert following elections
  • (2006) Second Lebanon War: Israel and Lebanese group, Hezbollah, engaged in 33-day war. Hezbollah fired rockets into Israel, Israelis bombed Lebanese towns, villages
  • (2007) Israeli Air Force destroyed suspected nuclear reactor in Syria
  • (2008) Israel celebrated 60th anniversary
  • (2008) Truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza took effect
  • (2008) Truce ended – artillery exchange between Hamas in Gaza and Israel, 225 killed, 400 injured
  • (2008) Only power plant in Gaza Strip shut down due to lack of fuel, Palestinian authorities blamed Israel
  • (2009) Israel sent thousands of troops into Gaza, rockets were fired into southern Israel by Hamas
  • (2009) Benjamin Netanyahu elected prime minister in national election, formed coalition government
  • (2010) Israel joined Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • (2010) Israeli commandos stormed convoy of ships carrying aid to Gaza, nine people killed
  • (2010) Massive wildfire in northern Israel killed 40
  • (2010) Fierce storms sunk ship off Israeli coast, closed airports, disrupted shipping in Suez Canal
  • (2011) Two Islamic Jihad commanders killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza, set off wave of violence resulted in ten dead
  • (2011) Israel and Hamas reached accord for release of Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants for five years, Israel agreed to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
  • (2011) Former President, Moshe Katsav, sentenced to seven years in prison, two years probation, compensation payments on charges of rape, indecent assault, harassment and obstruction of justice
  • (2011) Police and Ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed
  • (2011) Israel announced plans to build 1,100 more homes on edge of Jerusalem, western powers said the settlement was illegal under international law
  • (2011) Thousands of Egyptian protesters stormed Israeli Embassy in Cairo
  • (2012) Iran terrorist group, People's Mujahedin, financed and trained by Israeli secret service, accused of killing Iranian nuclear scientists
  • (2012) Israeli Air Force struck four terror targets in Gaza following rocket and missile fire into Israeli territory by Gaza terrorists

Israel's Information

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Land Area 20,330 km2
Water Area 440 km2
Total Area 20,770km2 (#149)
Population 8,174,527 (#98)
Population Density 402.09/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Democracy
GDP (PPP) $297.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $34,800
Currency Shekel (ILS)
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.