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Orna Barbivai receives the insignia of her new rank of major general from her husband, Moshe, and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz (right) on June 23, 2011. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who announced her promotion, stands to the side.

This week in Israeli history: June 17-23

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION June 18, 2021

June 17, 1939 — Refugee Ship St. Louis Returns to Europe The SS St. Louis, carrying Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria, completes its crossing of the Atlantic back to Europe after Cuba and the United States refused to admit almost all of its...

Joined by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates newly promoted Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on becoming the IDF chief of staff Feb. 14, 2011. Photo by Avi Ohayon, Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: June 3-9

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION June 3, 2021

June 3, 1974 — Rabin First Becomes Prime Minister After defeating Shimon Peres for the Labor Party leadership, Yitzhak Rabin becomes Israel’s fifth prime minister when he presents his coalition government to the Knesset. In succeeding Golda Meir,...

Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek in 1971

This week in Israeli history

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION May 28, 2021

May 27, 1911 — Longtime Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek Is Born Teddy Kollek, Jerusalem’s mayor from 1965 to 1993, is born in a Budapest suburb. His parents name him after Theodor Herzl. After growing up in Vienna, he moves to Palestine with his family...

MAY 26: Fourth Aliyah pioneers milk cows at Emek Zevulun’s Moshav Kfar Hasidim, founded by religious immigrants from Poland in April 1925.

This week in Israeli history: May 20-26

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION May 20, 2021

May 20, 1948 — Swede Is Named Peace Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish diplomat, is appointed by the U.N. Security Council to serve as the mediator for Middle East peace efforts five days into Israel’s War of Independence. Although he succeeds...

MAY 14 — David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, reads the state’s Declaration of Independence at the Tel Aviv Museum on May 14, 1948.

This week in Israeli history

Center for Israel Education May 13, 2021

May 13, 1975 — Israel, U.S. Sign Economic Pact The United States and Israel sign a wide-ranging economic agreement at the end of a two-day summit chaired by U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon and Israeli Foreign Minister Yehoshua Rabinowitz in Washington....

Before learning of the bombing in Rishon LeZion, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President George W. Bush meet at the White House on May 7, 2002, to discuss how to end the Second Intifada and make progress toward peace.

This week in Israeli history

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION May 6, 2021

May 6, 1947 — Lehi Teenager Disappears Alexander Rubowitz, 16, a member of the youth wing of Lehi (the Stern Gang), is chased, caught and forced into a car by a large, athletic man in Jerusalem’s Rehavia neighborhood while distributing propaganda....

President George W. Bush brings together Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (left) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a summit in Aqaba, Jordan, in June 2003.

This week in Israeli history

Center for Israel Education April 29, 2021

April 29, 1976 — Meretz Politician Tamar Zandberg Is Born Meretz legislator Tamar Zandberg is born in Ramat Gan. An urban environmentalist and social democrat known for advocacy on women’s issues, she wins a Tel Aviv City Council seat in 2008. She...

Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion tried to persuade Albert Einstein to serve as Israel’s second president.

This week in Israeli history: April 15-21

Center for Israel Education April 15, 2021

April 15, 1945 — Bergen-Belsen Is Liberated The British 11th Armored Division liberates the Nazis’ Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where Anne Frank is among an estimated 50,000 Jews and others who die in the final two years of World War II. About...

U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, shown outside the headquarters in the 1950s, failed to persuade Egypt to allow Israeli cargo through the Suez Canal. 

This week in Israeli history: Israeli commandos raid Beirut, suicide bombing in Haifa

Center for Israel Education (israeled.org) April 8, 2021

April 8, 1960 — U.N. Head Protests Egyptian Seizure of CargoU.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold for the first time publicly criticizes Egypt for confiscating Israeli cargo on ships passing through the Suez Canal. Israel fought Egypt in 1956 in large...

Photo by Amos Ben Gershom, Israeli Government Press OfficePresident Shimon Peres, who in 1996 was the target of protests over the dumping of Ethiopian Israeli blood, visits the Reshit school in Jerusalem in January 2012 in response to more episodes of discrimination toward Ethiopian Jews.

This week in Israel history

Center for Israel Education (israeled.org) January 28, 2021

Jan. 28, 1996 — Dumping of Ethiopian Blood Sparks RiotsAbout 10,000 Ethiopian Jews demonstrate outside Prime Minister Shimon Peres’ office to protest the government’s decision to accept blood donations from thousands of Ethiopian Israelis, only...

Eliyahu Dobkin and Henrietta Szold visit the Atlit transit camp in Palestine in 1943 to meet child refugees being brought from Europe via Tehran, Iran. Photo by Zoltan Kluger, Israeli National Photo Collection 

This week in Israeli history: Dec. 31-Jan. 6

By the Center for Israel Education (israeled.org) December 31, 2020

Dec. 31, 1898: Israel Museum Founder Is BornEliyahu Dobkin, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who founds the Israel Museum, is born in Bobruysk, Belarus. He immigrates to Palestine in 1932. He works with the Jewish Agency’s immigration department...

JULY 2 - Yossi Benayoun plays for Chelsea during the 2010-11 season.

This week in Israeli history: July 2 – July 8

July 2, 2020

July 2, 2010: Benayoun signs with ChelseaIsraeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun leaves Liverpool for fellow English Premier League club Chelsea, owned by Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich. Benayoun, born in Dimona in 1980, began his professional...

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