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Key dates in Israel since its creation in 1948

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:17 PM

A chronology of important events in the history of Israel

An Israeli flag hovers cars driving by the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on January 27, 2020. - Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called for international powers to boycott a US peace plan which they see as biased towards Israel as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz are set to meet Donald Trump in Washington, with the US President expected to reveal his long-delayed proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after 2 months

May 31, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The 3rd holiest site in Islam reopens its doors to worshippers after being closed for over two months due to the coronavirus

WORSHIPPERS. Muslim worshippers enter to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's 3rd holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City on May 31, 2020 after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reopen Sunday

May 23, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'Starting on Sunday 24th this most Holy Place will be accessible again to the faithful for visits and prayers,' says a statement by leaders of the 3 denominations that share the site

Christian worshippers pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after it reopened on February 28, 2018, following a three-day closure to protest against Israeli tax measures and a proposed law. Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, seen by many as the holiest site in Christianity, reopened on February 28 after a three-day closure to protest against Israeli tax measures and a proposed law. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

Israel further eases virus measures for shops, restaurants

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

The Israeli government hopes to reinvigorate the collapsing economy by allowing shops to reopen

ARRIVAL. A passenger looks on while wearing a protective mask at the arrival hall of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel's Benny Gantz says to be defense minister in new gov't

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu serve as premier for the first half of a three-year term. The premiership would then pass to Gantz in October next year, with elections 18 months later

Former Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz delivers his first electoral speech in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019. - The former Israeli military chief is regarded as the only serious challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to formally unveil his election campaign today, breaking his silence on his party's platform. His new party, Israel Resilience, could emerge as the second largest in parliament in the April 9 general election, according to polls carried out since its launch in December. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

Netanyahu announces thousands of new east Jerusalem settler homes

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announces approval to build a new settlement with several thousands of homes in Givat Hamatos, next to the mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa

NEW HOMES. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) points from an overview at the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (background) on February 20, 2020. Photo by Debbie Hill/ various sources/AFP

Israel plans new east Jerusalem settlement – watchdog

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Peace Now says the plan 'also includes the demolition of dozens of Palestinian residential units that were built in the area without permits throughout the years'

CONTROVERSIAL. A picture taken on December 13, 2017, shows the Israeli and US flags placed on the roof of an Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem and Jerusalem's Old City with the Dome of the Rock mosque in the center. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

U.N. identifies 112 firms linked to Israeli settlements

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:36 PM

The move is cheered by the Palestinians but slammed as 'shameful' by Israel

JEWISH SETTLEMENTS. Israeli soldiers walk with the buildings of the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit behind them to disperse a demonstration by Israel's controversial separation barrier (foreground) in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah, on January 31, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel troops wounded in Jerusalem car-ramming as violence flares

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:26 PM

A manhunt is underway for the driver in the car-ramming, who fled the scene in the heart of west Jerusalem after the attack

CAR-RAMMING. Israeli policemen inspect the site of a car-ramming attack targeting Israeli troops in Jerusalem that wounded several people on February 6, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/AFP

Israel strikes kill 1 in Gaza after first rockets in weeks

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Gaza Islamist rulers, Hamas, says the 'Zionist enemy bears full responsibility' of the pre-dawn air raids

AIRSTRIKE. Palestinian men walk behind a greenhouse damaged by an Israeli airstrike launched in response to rocket fire, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 2, 2019. AFP photo

Palestinian dies of wounds from Gaza-Israel border clashes

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:54 PM

At least 306 Palestinians have been killed since March 2018 by Israeli fire

BORDER CLASHES. Palestinian protesters flee from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration along the border with Israel near Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on August 30, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Palestinians to file complaint over Honduras' recognizing Jerusalem

Aug 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras announces that his country would open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem

PROTEST. The Palestinian national flag on the slope of the hill in the city of Rawabi built in the West bank. Shutterstock.com

Jared Kushner visits after Israel okays homes for Palestinians, settlers

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:08 AM

Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, visits Jordan and Israel

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.  President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported Friday evening, May 26, 2017. Kushner, then and now a close adviser to Trump, went so far as to suggest using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from being monitored, the Post said, quoting US officials briefed on intelligence reports.    / AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Jerusalem area

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Residents and activists are dragged out of the homes, many of which are still under construction

Israel arrests Palestinian minister in Jerusalem

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs Fadi al-Hadami was detained questioned for 'activities in Jerusalem,' according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld

SENSITIVE SITE. In his file photo, Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israeli court approves Jerusalem church land sale to settler group

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Israel's top court approves sale of properties by the Greek Orthodox Church to a Jewish pro-settlement organization in mainly Palestinian areas of annexed east Jerusalem

A member of Israeli security forces stands guard as a group of Jewish orthodox students wearing shirts bearing the Star of David tour the old city of Jerusalem on June 2, 2019 as Israelis mark Jerusalem Day. Jerusalem Day commemorates Israel's capture of the holy city's mainly Palestinian eastern sector in the 1967 Six-Day War. MENAHEM KAHANA / afp

Clashes erupt at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The incident between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police took place as Israel marked Jerusalem Day, which this year coincided with the final days of Ramadan

AL-ASQA MOSQUE. Clashes erupt between Muslim worshipers and Jewish visitors who visted the Al-Asqa Mosque for the end of Ramadan and Jerusalem day, respectively. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

2 Israelis wounded in Jerusalem stabbings, attacker killed – police

May 31, 2019 - 5:33 PM

The attack comes as Muslims are due to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the final Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan, two days before a controversial Israeli march through the predominantly Palestinian Old City

Israeli security forces stand guard in one of the alleys of Jerusalem's Old City following a knife attack early on May 31, 2019. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Jerusalem's dilemma over hordes of stray cats

May 11, 2019 - 7:25 PM

With nearly 2,000 cats per square kilometer, for total of some 240,000, the concentration of stray cats in the Holy City is among the highest in the Middle East or even the world

Ilana Ben Joya feeds stray cats near her home in Jerusalem on March 12, 2019. Captured in the streets of Jerusalem by city workers or brought in by residents, at least 15 cats a day are sterilised at the municipal veterinary centre. The concentration of stray cats in Jerusalem is among the highest in the Middle East or even the world, experts say. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Pompeo visits Western Wall with Netanyahu in break with diplomatic practice

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) It could be taken as tacit approval of Israel's sovereignty over the site, one of the holiest in Judaism and located in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem

TOGETHER. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019, during the second day of Pompeo's visit as part of his five-day regional tour of the Middle East. Photo by Abir Sultan/POOL/AFP

Palestinian attack kills Israeli soldier in West Bank – army

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, welcomes the attack, but is not claiming responsibility for it

ATTACK. Israeli police inspect a car at the site of an attack at the Ariel junction leading to the Israeli settlement of Ariel, in the occupied West Bank on March 17, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel shuts Jerusalem holy site after unrest

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Israeli police say they evacuated the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after a Molotov cocktail damaged a police post

CONTROVERSIAL. Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Einstein 'puzzle' solved as missing page emerges in new trove

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The handwritten page is discovered among the 110-page trove the university's Albert Einstein archives received some two weeks ago

SOLVED. A picture taken on March 6, 2019 shows some of Albert Einstein'€™s manuscript pages, currently on display in the Givat Ram Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem a question of 'when' not 'if' – Netanyahu

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro assured him of the move

THE MOVE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Brazil will be moving its embassy from Israel to Jerusalem. Photo from Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

A senior Palestinian official says the Australian decision to open a trade office in the city violated international law

PALESTINE REACTS. In this file photo, Palestine Liberation Organization's Secretary General Saeb Erekat speaks to journalists during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 11, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:53 AM

The move from Tel Aviv, which will defy Palestinians and most of the world, is the latest controversial announcement by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BRAZIL. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting, during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Netanyahu ally seeks Jerusalem mayor seat in Israeli local polls

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

One significant new element to the October 30 vote sees minority Druze cast ballots in 4 villages in the Golan Heights for the first time since Israel seized the strategic region from Syria in 1967

LOCAL ELECTIONS. An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks in a street littered with election campaign posters for the upcoming Jerusalem municipal elections, in Jerusalem on October 28, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

U.S. downgrades Palestinian mission into Israel embassy

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:02 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, is replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem

DOWNGRADE. The sign for the Office of the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission is taken down marking the office's closure in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Australia hesitates as Jerusalem embassy move draws fire

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Hours after first floating the idea, Scott Morrison says he will 'canvass views' from regional leaders about the decision to follow US President Donald Trump's lead

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Palestinians ask U.N. court to revoke U.S. Jerusalem embassy move

Sep 29, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the US at the International Court of Justice 'for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem'

INAUGURATION. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (C-L) claps as US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveils an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Thousands join gay pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of 'Pride and Tolerance'

Participants take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade on August 2, 2018. Thousands of people were expected to attend the parade in the holy city under heavy police guard, mindful of a fatal 2015 attack on marchers in the largely conservative city. This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of "Pride and Tolerance". MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The new legislation, which serves as a de facto constitution, provokes fears of discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel

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Prince William visits flashpoint Jerusalem mosque compound

Jun 28, 2018 - 5:24 PM

British officials say it is the first time a member of the royal family had ever visited the compound, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and the iconic golden-topped Dome of the Rock

CONTROVERSIAL VISIT. Britain's Prince William (right) visits the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem's Old City with the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock on June 28, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

In Israel, Prince William tastes somber and lighter sides

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Wearing an open-necked shirt and sunglasses, Prince William strolls along the sunny Mediterranean shoreline in Tel Aviv chatting with surfers about marine pollution

LIGHT CHAT. Britain's Prince William speaks with Israeli 2018 Eurovision song contest winner Netta Barzilai at Tel Aviv's first kiosk founded in 1910, during a tour of Rothschild Boulevard on June 27, 2018. Photo by Amir Cohen/Pool/AFP

Polemik larangan melancong ke Israel

Jun 01, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Pemerintah melarang turis Israel masuk ke Indonesia. Israel membalas dengan melarang pelancong asal Indonesia

PASPOR. Israel melarang pelancong negara berpaspor Indonesia berkunjung ke negaranya mulai 9 Juni mendatang. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

Israel says first to use F-35 stealth fighter jets in combat

May 22, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Calling the plane by its Hebrew name, an Israeli general says: 'The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions'

FIRST RUN. An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on December 27, 2017. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Israel hits Hamas base but Gaza protests fade

May 17, 2018 - 10:49 PM

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel

END THE KILLINGS. Palestinians hold posters bearing text in Arabic calling for the end of the killing of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza-Israel border during a demonstration next to the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed /AFP

Egypt President Sisi says in talks with Palestinians, Israel

May 17, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'I hope that this message reaches our Palestinian brothers that self-expression and protest over this decision does not lead them to measures that could lead to more victims,' Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says

TALKS. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urges Israel and the Palestinians to abstain from further steps that could lead to more Palestinian deaths. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Calling for 'dialogue, justice and peace,' Francis says violence 'has never led to peace. War incites war, violence incites violence'

POPE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis passes by a banner of Philippines' believers during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 16, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Andreas Solaro/AFP

Guatemala opens Israel embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

May 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Israeli and Guatemalan officials attend an inauguration ceremony at the new embassy at an office park in the disputed city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

ANOTHER EMBASSY. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (C) and his wife Hilda Patricia Marroquin (L) speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AFP

Gaza deaths spark widespread condemnation of Israel

May 15, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Here are some of the reactions from around the world following the violence on Monday, May 14

GAZA. A picture taken on May 14, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers keeping position and Palestinian protestors gathering along the border fence with Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

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U.S. blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN – diplomats

May 15, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest,' read a draft of the statement

GAZA PROTESTS. Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, following the the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

May 14, 2018 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) It is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war

US EMBASSY. US ambassador to Israel David Friedman delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

U.S. envoy sees peace, hope after Israel embassy move

May 13, 2018 - 6:13 PM

US Ambassador David Friedman confirms President Donald Trump has prepared a video to be played during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem

US-ISRAEL TIES. US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on February 15, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow U.S. example on embassy

May 08, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'We hope that some countries across Latin America won't go moving their embassies to Jerusalem, because that is against international law,' Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

First signs go up for U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

May 07, 2018 - 11:01 PM

The embassy is to get a festive inauguration on Monday next week, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the state of Israel

JERUSALEM ADDRESS. A new road sign indicating the way to the new US embassy in Jerusalem is set up on May 7, 2018. The embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is expected to occur on May 14. Photo by Thomas Coex/ AFP