Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Israel

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Israel

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Lebanon, Turkey

Jan. 22: Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party won a narrow victory in the 2013 parliamentary elections. Exit polls showed that voters valued domestic policy concerns more than the goals of religious hardliners. [Reuters, 1/23]

Jan. 27: At least one Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed following prime minister Netanyahu's meeting with Israeli security chiefs a week earlier. Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom confirmed that Israel was prepared to take action if Syrian chemical weapons stores fell into the hands of Syrian opposition forces. [NYT, 1/27]

Jan. 29: Israel boycotted the United Nations Human Rights Committee review of its humanitarian situation, becoming the first country to do so. Although Israel was not a member of the committee, all 193 UN member nations were required to submit to Universal Periodic Reviews. Members of the international community worried that Israel's abstention would cause a precedent of non-cooperation. [AJE, 1/29]

Feb. 12: An Australian report announced the identity of a secret prisoner, previously known only as "Prisoner X," who committed suicide in an Israeli maximum security prison in 2010. The report identified the prisoner as Ben Zygier, and suggested that Mossad recruited him. Official sources neither confirmed nor denied the Australian reports. [BBC, 2/13]

Feb. 17: Former foreign minister, and key ally of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman was charged with fraud after he allegedly promoted an Israeli diplomat in exchange for information on an investigation focused on Lieberman at the time. …

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