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, Regional Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, Jordan, Lebanon

1998

Apr. 23: Doron Shmueli, the director of Israel's "jubilee" celebration, marking Israel's 50th anniversary, banned references to the Oslo Accords from official celebrations. [4/30 NYT]

Apr. 29: Swiss authorities reported that Israel had paid $2 million in bail for a Mossad agent caught by Swiss authorities during an espionage operation in Bern in February 1998. [4/30 WP] Israel celebrated "Independence Day," marking the beginning of its jubilee celebration to commemorate Israel's 50th anniversary. [4/30 NYT]

May 1: In Jerusalem, protestors held a rally, to demonstrate against Education Minister Yitzhak Levy's religious objections to a modern-dance performance, which forced the Batsheva Dance Company to drop out of the jubilee celebration performances. [S/4 WP]

May 4: The Likud mayor of Tel Aviv, Roni Milo, announced that he would form a secular, centrist party to challenge the Likud Party for the office of prime minister in the next elections in 2000. [5/5 NYT, FT]

May 5: The state comptroller criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government for spending a disproportionate amount of money on religious parties to keep the coalition together. [5/6 FT]

May 11: Israel officially recognized American Jonathan Pollard as an agent for Israel. In 1985, Pollard was caught passing information about Arab countries to Israel. [5/12 NYT]

May 12: The justice ministry appointed an Arab judge, `Abd al-Rahman Zuwabi, to serve temporarily on the 14-seat Supreme Court. After six months, an appointment committee could make the position permanent. …

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