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Today in Israeli History

Ben-Gurion Forms First Elected Government

March 8, 1949 David Ben-Gurion’s Knesset-leading Mapai party joins the United Religious Front, the Progressive Party, the Sephardi and Mizrahi Communities, and the Arab-led Democratic List of Nazareth to form a government after Israel’s first parliamentary election Jan. 25, in which nearly 87% of eligible voters are estimated to have participated. As he did for […]

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Egypt Reveals Details About Captured Spy

March 7, 1965 Egyptian authorities release details about the arrest Feb. 22 of German-Israeli spy Wolfgang Lotz and his wife, Waldrud, on espionage charges. Some reports say Lotz’s arrest was part of a roundup of West Germans as a show for a visiting East German official, only for him to confess to being an Israeli […]

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Egypt Reveals Details About Captured Spy

March 7, 1965 Egyptian authorities release details about the arrest Feb. 22 of German-Israeli spy Wolfgang Lotz and his wife, Waldrud, on espionage charges. Some reports say Lotz’s arrest was part of a roundup of West Germans as a show for a visiting East German official, only for him to confess to being an Israeli […]

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PLO Attacks Savoy Hotel

March 6, 1975 An eight-man Palestine Liberation Organization raid planned by Abu Nidal hits the beach in Tel Aviv around 11 p.m. and, after being spotted by police, attacks the Savoy Hotel. The terrorists kill three civilians, seize hostages and demand the release of Palestinians held by Israel. They also fatally wound Pvt. Moshe Deutschmann […]

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Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman Born

March 5, 1934 Israeli-American behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman is born in Tel Aviv while his mother is visiting relatives. He spends his early childhood in Paris and is there when the Nazis defeat France in 1940. His father is caught in a roundup early in the occupation but is released because of his connections to […]

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Suicide Bombing Kills 14 at Dizengoff Center

March 4, 1996 Abdel-Rahim Ishaq, 24, a Palestinian resident of Ramallah, detonates a 45-pound bomb packed with nails outside the Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv, killing himself and 13 Israelis. Later identified by a caller to an Israeli radio station as a member of Hamas, Ishaq wants to enter the mall, Tel Aviv’s busiest, but […]

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Suicide Bombing Kills 14 at Dizengoff Center

March 4, 1996 Abdel-Rahim Ishaq, 24, a Palestinian resident of Ramallah, detonates a 45-pound bomb packed with nails outside the Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv, killing himself and 13 Israelis. Later identified by a caller to an Israeli radio station as a member of Hamas, Ishaq wants to enter the mall, Tel Aviv’s busiest, but […]

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Iraq Allows Jews to Leave

March 3, 1950 The Iraqi government retracts a policy banning emigration to move to Israel, on the condition that Jews give up their Iraqi citizenship when they leave the country. In addition, those who previously fled Iraq illegally are given two months to surrender their Iraqi citizenship. Iraq, which declared Zionism a capital offense in […]

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Doctors Begin 4-Month Strike

March 2, 1983 One of Israel’s largest and longest labor actions begins when the Israel Medical Association launches a strike to protest the government’s refusal to grant doctors a substantial pay raise after nearly 11 months of negotiations. The nearly four-month strike begins with doctors setting up private clinics and charging patients $10 for office […]

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Arab Raiders Attack Tel Hai

March 1, 1920 A Shiite Arab militia, accompanied by local Bedouins, attacks the Jewish agricultural settlement of Tel Hai, which has served as a border outpost in the Upper Galilee between British-controlled Palestine and French-controlled Syria since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The Battle of Tel Hai, part of the Franco-Syrian War […]

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