Chronology: Israel

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July 17: Former Mossad chief Major General Meir Amit died at the age of 88. In addition to a long military career, Amit served as Israel's chief intelligence officer between 1963 and 1968. While much of his career remained secret, Amit was best known for overseeing key intelligence efforts which contributed to Israel's victory in the June 1967 war. [Haaretz, 7/17]

July 21: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman arrived in Brazil at the start of a tenday official tour of South American countries. Lieberman's visit was the first visit to the region by an Israeli Foreign Minister in a number of years. According to Israel's Foreign Ministry, the aim of the trip was to "curb Iranian influence." [Haaretz, 7/21]

Aug. 1: A 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were killed and at least 12 others were wounded when a masked gunman opened fire at a gay community center in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the site of the attack days later to express his condolences, saying the shooting "bears the markings of a terror attack." The incident was the worst attack on Israel's gay community in history. [The Guardian, 8/2, JP, 8/6]

Aug 3: Israel's National Fraud Squad announced that it had accumulated enough evidence in a 13-year-long investigation of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for him to be indicted for a number of crimes, including money laundering and accepting bribes. The charges were related to allegations that, prior to becoming Foreign Minister, Lieberman had set up a number of front businesses and bank holdings which allowed him to garner more than $2.5 million in illicit funds. Hours after the announcement, Lieberman issued a statement asserting that the charges were baseless and politically motivated. [Haaretz, 8/3]

Aug. 17: An article accusing the Israel Defense Force (IDF) of harvesting the organs of Palestinians wounded or killed by soldiers was printed in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. …