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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)

Israel warned at U.N. against annexation but U.S. gives green light

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:04 AM

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president who leads Trump in polls, voices opposition to annexation

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

West Bank plan will create 'apartheid' – U.N. experts

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:04 PM

The United Nations experts say the annexation would be a 'serious violation' of the UN charter and the Geneva Conventions, and would only intensify human rights violations in the West Bank

WEST BANK. A view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on November 23, 2017. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Iran's Khamenei: Fight to 'liberate Palestine' is 'Islamic duty'

May 22, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Khamenei lashes out at Western governments and their Arab 'puppets' for supporting the Jewish state, in his first ever address marking Jerusalem Day

U.N. calls for '2 state' solution to be respected in Middle East

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The UN reiterates its support for a solution 'where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders'

UNREST. Palestinians shout slogans against the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. Photo by Mohammed Abad/AFP

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza, Syria after Palestinian rocket barrage

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The Israeli military says it had struck 'dozens' of Islamic Jihad targets throughout Gaza

EXPLOSION. A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike at Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early on February 23, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/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

Pompeo says settlement report shows U.N.'s 'unrelenting anti-Israel bias'

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:01 AM

This is in response to the UN's list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, including major US firms Airbnb, Expedia, and TripAdvisor

SETTLED. Israeli soldiers walk along the buildings of the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit on January 31, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinian leader warns U.N. on Trump's 'Swiss cheese' peace

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:12 AM

'Who among you would accept such a state?' Abbas asks, as he warns that Israel would create an 'apartheid' situation if it moves ahead with annexation

MAPS. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of (L to R) historical Palestine, the 1947 United Nations partition plan on Palestine, the 1948-1967 borders between the Palestinian territories and Israel, and a current map of the Palestinian territories without Israeli-annexed areas and settlements. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Pan-Islamic body O.I.C. rejects Trump's Middle East plan

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:57 AM

The pan-Islamic body represents more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide

DRACULA. Palestinians carry a mock coffin bearing the portrait of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus on January 28, 2020. Photo by Jaafar Ashitiyeh/AFP

No Palestinian recognition if peace plan goals unmet – Kushner

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:29 AM

Trump's son-in-law says that if Palestinians are unable to meet the conditions of the plan he crafted, Israel should not take 'the risk to recognize them as a state'

KUSHNER. This handout picture provided by the US Embassy in Jerusalem shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shaking hands with the US president's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner in the holy city on May 30, 2019. Photo by Matty Stern/AFP

How the world is reacting to Trump's Middle East plan

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The plan ignites a furious rebuke from key Muslim countries who denounce it as betrayal of the Palestinians

ANTI. Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans against US President Donald Trump during a protest against his expected announcement of a peace plan, in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on January 28, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Trump ignores critics, to unveil Israel-Palestinian peace plan

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Netanyahu, praising Trump as 'the greatest friend that Israel's had in the White House,' describes the peace plan as 'the deal of the century'

SLAMMING TRUMP. Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans against US President Donald Trump during a protest against his expected announcement of a peace plan, in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on January 28, 2020. Photo by said Khatib AFP

Trump to present long-delayed Middle East peace plan

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Trump repeatedly boasts that he is the most pro-Israeli US president in history

WAR. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip December 26, 2019.  Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israelis celebrate, Palestinians rail against U.S. settlement move

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The decision is the latest in a series of pro-Israeli moves by Donald Trump's administration

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on November 19, 2019 from the Palestinian village of Kifl Hares shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Revava. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Banned from visiting Palestine by Israel? There's an app for that

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:59 PM

A new virtual reality application is launched to give everyone the chance to tour specific sites in the Palestinian Territories

PALESTINE VR. Salem Barameh, executive director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, watches a video on the computer for 'Palestine VR,' a new application allowing users to virtually visit key Palestinian sites with local tour guides, on October 10, 2019 in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

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

Israel to attend U.S. Mideast peace conference – minister

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'Israel will be represented at the Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on,' Foreign Minister Israel Katz writes on Twitter

PEACE CONFERENCE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) listens to Israel Katz at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on May 12, 2019. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Germany says 2 states 'only solution' to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Heiko Maas reaffirms his country's support for a two-state solution ahead of a long-awaited United States peace plan

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / 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

U.N. agency for Palestinians rejects U.S. call to dismantle it

May 24, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'The fact that UNRWA still exists today is an illustration of the failure of the parties and the international community to resolve the issue politically – and one cannot deflect the attention onto a humanitarian organization'

Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned in the Egyptian capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Kushner: Mideast plan to come after Ramadan

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, says he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace proposal around June and that it would include a 'robust business plan' for the Palestinians

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner speaks during the Time 100 Summit event April 23, 2019 in New York. Kushner said that he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace plan after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan ends in early June. Don Emmert / AFP

Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli military – ministry

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The Israeli army says it will investigate the incident

POSITION. Israeli soldiers gather at a position over an earth barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border from the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2019, as Palestinians (background) protest to mark the first anniversary of the 'March of Return' protests. Photo by Jack Guez / AFP

Turkey denounces Israel's decision over Hebron monitoring

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Turkey has observers in the Norway-led team tasked with promoting security for Palestinians in Hebron, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews and has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Australia reaffirms Israel decision despite backlash

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:30 PM

A contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv – a proposal made during a crucial Sydney by-election that critics said was timed to attract Jewish voters – will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved

DISPUTED. A picture taken from the Mount of Olives shows the Old City of Jerusalem, on December 7, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Australia also commits to recognizing a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel gives Bedouin villagers until end of month to leave

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn international concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it

Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

'The report's suggestions will only enable the Palestinians' continued rejectionism,' says Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon

CONFLICT. In this file photo, Israeli security forces are seen during clashes between them and Palestinian demonstrators at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians is necessary for the proposals to work, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza city on August 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The recent violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Gaza truce largely holds after Israeli strikes over soldier death

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) There are no reports of injuries in that strike and there is no major Israeli bombing campaign overnight or mortar fire from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Israel hits more Hamas sites, denies ceasefire claims

May 30, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Israel's Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz denies talk of a deal

CEASEFIRE? Israeli soldiers walk near an Israeli army tank patrolling along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on May 29, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan

May 18, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Egypt president Sisi says the decision to keep the crossing open was taken 'to alleviate the suffering' of residents in the Palestinian enclave

OPEN. Palestinians wait to travel to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 18, 2018. Photo by Said Khatiob/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

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May 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

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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

Gazans bury their dead after bloodiest day in years

Mar 31, 2018 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declares Saturday a day of national mourning. In a speech, he holds Israel fully responsible for the deaths.

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib / AFP

UN Security Council hears Gaza restraint calls

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:28 AM

(UPDATED) Kuwait has requested the meeting to discuss the unraveling situation in Gaza

UNSC ON GAZA. The UN Security council holds emergency talks following clashes in the Israel-Gaza border. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Palestinians plan Gaza border tent protests for refugees

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Palestinian families are to set up hundreds of tents – possibly thousands – for the protests running from March 30 to May 15, organizers say

TENT LIVING. A picture taken on February 12, 2018, shows the children of Fadel al-Deree gathering around their tent in the middle of Gaza City. File photo by Mohamed Abed/AFP

Turkey says U.S. embassy Jerusalem opening in May 'extremely worrying'

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Ankara says the decision showed the US does not hear, 'and worse still, does not care about the voice of the international community’s conscience'

'WORRYING.' Turkey says the United States' decision to open its embassy in Jerusalem is 'extremely worrying'. AFP file photo

U.S. to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel's 70th anniversary

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel's capital and say the embassy move could destroy a two-state solution to the decades-old Middle East conflict

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

Israel military trial of Palestinian teen opens behind closed doors

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Trials of minors in military court are typically closed, but Tamimi's lawyer says previous hearings for the teenager were open and she argued for it to remain that way

AHED TAMIMI. Seventeen-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi (R), a well-known campaigner against Israel's occupation, arrives for the beginning of her trial in the Israeli military court at Ofer military prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on February 13, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Pence in Jerusalem pledges embassy move by end of 2019, faces protest

Jan 22, 2018 - 11:10 PM

Pence's speech, filled with biblical references and praise of Israel, is greeted with loud applause by Israeli Jewish lawmakers

MIKE PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on January 22, 2018. Photo by Ariel Schalit/AFP

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Clashes also erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians marked another "day of rage" following US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

PROTEST. A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a stone through the smoke of burning tires during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 11, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex / AFP

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Philippines denies plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Dec 27, 2017 - 9:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano makes the clarification in response to a news report that the Philippines is among the countries contemplating the move

INCOMING DFA CHIEF. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions from media in Beijing, China. Malacañang photo

Jerusalem tensions cast shadow over Holy Land Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) Bethlehem is normally flooded by tourists at this time of year, but has at times appeared almost empty of visitors as nearby clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army keep people away

CHRISTMAS TENSION. A picture taken on December 23, 2017 shows Palestinians standing in the Manger Square in the West Bank town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas eve. Photo by AFP

Philippines abstains from UN vote on Jerusalem

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:07 AM

The Philippines joins 34 other countries in abstaining from voting on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

UN VOTE. The results of the vote on Jerusalem are seen on display boards at the General Assembly hall. Photo from AFP

EU leaders say Jerusalem stance 'unchanged' after Trump move

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The statement by the bloc's heads of state and government adds fresh weight to the criticism of US President Donald Trump's move, which upended 7 decades of US policy on Jerusalem and triggered protests across the Islamic world

DISPUTED CITY. A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP