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St. Louis Jewish Light

July 17, 1888: President Zalman Shazar (left) and S.Y. Agnon (center) visit David Ben-Gurion at his Sde Boker home for the former prime minister’s 80th birthday in 1966. 

This week in Israeli history

July 16, 2020

July 16, 1926: Wertheimer bornStef Wertheimer, who becomes one of Israel’s wealthiest citizens with a net worth of $5 billion, is born in Kippenheim, Germany. He immigrates to Palestine with his family in 1937. He serves with the British Royal Air Force...

June 25, 2009: Bridge of Strings Opens - The Bridge of Strings is prominent in an aerial view of the entrance to Jerusalem in 2011.

This week in Israeli history

Provided by the Center for Israel Education June 25, 2020

June 25, 2009 — Bridge of Strings OpensJerusalem holds a $500,000 extravaganza to inaugurate the Chords Bridge, also known as the Bridge of Strings, to serve pedestrians and the new light-rail system at the entrance to the city. Its designer, Santiago...

(From left) Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, U.S. President George W. Bush and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas address the Annapolis Conference on Nov. 27, 2007.   

This week in Israeli history

November 21, 2019

Nov. 21, 1984: Operation MosesWorking with the CIA and Sudanese State Security, the Mossad launches Operation Moses to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Almost 8,000 Ethiopians are flown from refugee camps in Sudan via Brussels to Israel in less than seven...

‘Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power’ by Yaakov Katz; St. Martin’s Press, 306 pages, $28.99. 

Nail-biter ‘Shadow Strike’ details ultrasecret Israeli raid in Syria

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 25, 2019

The publication of “Shadow Strike” by Yaakov Katz, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, could not be more timely as he pulls back the layers of Israel’s daring and successful military and intelligence operations. For example, on Sept. 6, 2007,...

January 27: Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami (left) and Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei shake hands Jan. 21, 2001, during peace talks in Taba, Egypt.

This week in Israeli history

Center for Israel Education January 24, 2019

Jan. 24, 1964: Syrian police arrest Eli CohenSyrian police arrest businessman Kamel Amin Tha’abet at his Damascus home and charge him with espionage. Tha’abet is actually Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who speaks Arabic with an authentic Syrian accent after...

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