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. Palestinian Affair's. Saudi Arabia. Syria

May 13: Fonner prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison on corruption charges. He was convicted of two counts of bribery that he coimnitted while serving as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1993 to 2003. Ohnert was the first fonner Israeli head of government to be charged with a criminal offense. [Reuters, 5/13]

May 26: Israel approved the construction of 50 new homes for Jewish settlers in the Har Homa neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) stated that they would not return to the negotiating table without a complete halt in Israeli settlement construction. Israel had approved the construction of 14,000 new settler homes throughout the previous nine months of peace negotiations with the PLO. [DS, 5/26]

May 29: Over 300 Jewish Israelis entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, sparking conflict with worshipping Palestinian Muslims. According to eyewitness accounts, Israeli police allowed the Israelis into the compound. The ensuing violence left three Turkish nationals wounded and resulted in mounting tensions at one of the holiest sites for both Jews and Muslims. [DS, 5/29]

June 10: Fonner Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin was elected Israel's tenth president after a controversial series of presidential campaigns and shaky support from Prune Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. During the campaign, two presidential candidates dropped out due to separate scandals, and Netanyahu reluctantly endorsed Rivlin only after the public showed clear support for his candidacy. …

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