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Today in Israeli History

Egypt Wants Sinai Peacekeepers to Leave

May 16, 1967 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser requests that the United Nations withdraw its peacekeeping troops from the Sinai, clearing an obstacle to war between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The Six-Day War begins 20 days later. The U.N. Emergency Force was deployed after the Suez crisis in 1956 to deter hostilities by acting […]

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U.N. Special Committee on Palestine Formed

May 15, 1947 The United Nations establishes its Special Committee on Palestine, known as UNSCOP, to study and propose options for the future of British Mandatory Palestine. The committee’s formation comes in response to a British request for the world body to resolve the situation in an increasingly violent Palestine, where both Jews and Arabs […]

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American Embassy Moves to Jerusalem

May 14, 2018 On the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, President Donald Trump fulfills a campaign promise and moves the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Although Israel has made Jerusalem its capital since 1949, few nations have recognized that claim. The small number that ever had their embassies in Jerusalem have […]

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Archaeologist Ehud Netzer Is Born

May 13, 1934 Archaeologist Ehud Netzer is born in Jerusalem to teachers Joseph and Pua Menczel. After graduating from the Technion with a degree in architecture in 1958, Netzer earns a doctorate in archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His interest in archaeology is piqued when he participates in digs at Masada with Yigael […]

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First Israeli Scales Mount Everest

May 12, 1992 Doron Erel, the 33-year-old son of Holocaust survivors who made aliyah on the Exodus 1947, becomes the first Israeli to reach the summit of Mount Everest in an expedition with 13 other climbers led by Rob Hall, a New Zealander who makes it to the top of Everest five times but dies […]

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Dulles Travels to Middle East

May 11, 1953 U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles arrives in Cairo at the start of a 2½-week fact-finding trip to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Libya. Dulles emphasizes that his primary purpose in the Middle East is to show that new Republican President Dwight Eisenhower offers a fresh […]

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Israel Invited to Join OECD

May 10, 2010 The 31 member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development unanimously vote to invite Israel to join the organization, reflecting Israel’s economic strength and importance in the world economy. Israel, Estonia, Slovenia and Chile are inducted into the OECD in Paris on May 27. The OECD is a group of […]

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Dana International Wins Eurovision

May 9, 1998 Dana International wins the Eurovision Song Contest, becoming the third Israeli and the first since 1979 to do so, with her performance of the techno-pop song “Diva” in Birmingham, England. Her victory earns Israel the right to host the 1999 Eurovision contest at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem on May 29. […]

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Herod’s Tomb Discovered

May 8, 2007 May 8, 2007 Herod’s Tomb Discovered A public announcement reveals that the tomb of King Herod the Great has been found at Herodium in the Judean Desert of the West Bank in an excavation led by archaeologist Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Found in the ruins of the burial […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 15 While Bush, Sharon Meet

May 7, 2002 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flies home to Israel, cutting short a visit to the United States, after a suicide bomber kills 15 Israelis and wounds 55 others in a pool hall in Rishon LeZion at the same time Sharon is meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House. Sharon blames […]

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