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, Palestinian Affairs, Regional Affairs, Jordan

April 21: Israel released Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in an Israeli prison on charges of espionage for revealing Israel's nuclear program at the Dimona facility. [WP, 4/22]

April 27: An estimated 60,000 Israelis rallied in the Jewish settlement of Gush Katif to protest Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan from the Gaza Strip. [Haaretz, 4/28]

May 2: Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan from the Gaza Strip was defeated by his opponents in a referendum held for registered Likud party members in which 60 percent opposed the plan while 39 percent supported it. [NYT, 5/3]

May 5: Israel's comptroller released a report saying the Housing Ministry had inappropriately channeled $6.5 million to settlement construction projects in the West Bank since January 2000. According to the report, out of the 77 contracts for projects in 33 West Bank areas, 18 were for outposts never approved by the government. [NYT, 5/6]

May 7: Israeli troops and Lebanese Hizbullah guerillas clashed along the border region in a third day of intense fighting near Shebaa Farms. [NYT, 5/8]

May 9: Ariel Sharon cancelled a visit to Washington after his Likud party rejected a US-endorsed plan to withdraw unilaterally from the Gaza Strip. [FT, 5/10]

May 26: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon presented cabinet ministers with a new plan for withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and a few settlements in the West Bank. [WP, 5/27]

June 4: To attain the cabinet majority needed to approve his Gaza withdrawal plan, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fired Transportation Minister Avidgor lieberman and Tourism Minister Benyamin Elon, both conservative ministers critical of the plan. [NYT, 6/5]

June 6: The Israeli Cabinet passed, 14-7, a revised version of Prime Minister Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. …

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