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, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Palestinian Affairs

Oct. 17: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejected a demand by the Yesha Council, the main group representing Israeli settlers, that he hold a national referendum on his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. [NYT, 10/ 18]

Oct. 21: A study commissioned by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon found that Israeli government ministries paid millions of dollars to help finance the infrastructure of illegal settlements in the West Bank. [Al-Jazeera, 10/21]

Oct. 24: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's cabinet easily approved a plan to compensate Jewish settlers who would be uprooted from the Gaza Strip under his withdrawal plan. [NYT, 10/25]

Oct. 25: The Knesset approved Ariel Sharon's Gaza disengagement plan by a majority of 67-45. Seven members abstained from the vote, and one was absent due to illness. [Haaretz, 10/25]

Nov. 9: Israeli Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu withdrew his threat to resign over plans to withdraw Jewish settlers from Gaza. He announced that he had changed his mind because the possible death of 'Arafat could create "a new reality." [BBC, 11/9]

Nov. 11: The Israeli former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu, released in April after 18 years in jail, was re-arrested. …

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