Chronology: Israel

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Chronology: Israel


See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Palestinian Affairs

Apr. 24: Former Israeli President Ezer Weizman died at the age of 80. Weizman played a key military role in the Six-Day War in 1967 and later, as Defense Minister, was instrumental in negotiating Israel's peace treaty with Egypt, signed by then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin. In 1993 he was chosen as the seventh holder of the Israeli presidency, which until then had been a largely ceremonial post. But he became on of Israel's most respected public figures, with approval ratings reaching 70%. [BBC, 4/24]

Apr. 27: About 40,000 Israelis staged a rally against Israel's planned pullout from the Gaza Strip. Protesters gathered near the Gaza settlement of Neve Dekalim and then marched to the Mediterranean coast. [BBC, 4/27]

Apr. 28: On an historic first trip to Israel by a Russian President, Vladimir Putin sought to ease Israeli fears over Russia's plans to sell arms to Syria and give assistance to Iran's nuclear program. Putin met with President Moshe Katzav and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and conceded that Iran's nuclear program should be peaceful and internationally monitored. Russia and Israel restored ties in 1991. [BBC, 4/28]

May 2: The Israeli cabinet voted to confer university status on a college in a settlement in the West Bank. Thirteen ministers voted for the proposal to upgrade the College of Judea and Samaria in the Ariel settlement, while seven voted against it. Education Minister Limor Livnat had proposed the move as a response to a British academic boycott of Bar Ilan University. [BBC, 5/2]

May 27: Wahid Taysir, a former Israeli soldier, was found guilty of murdering British student Tom Hurndall in the Gaza Strip in April 2003. Hurndall was involved in protests against the Israeli military in the Palestinian town of Rafah when he was shot. He died nine months later of his injuries. [BBC, 6/27]

June 9: Israel's Supreme Court upheld the government's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, removing the last legal obstacle in the way of a pullout. The court rejected an appeal by Jewish settlers, who said the plan was a violation of their human rights. [BBC, 6/9]

June 21: Eight people were killed and almost 200 were wounded in one of Israel's worst train crashes. The packed passenger train was traveling from Tel Aviv to Be'er Sheva when it collided with a coal truck at a remote crossing near the town of Kiryat Gat. [BBC, 6/22]

June 24: Jerusalem authorities said they would ban the fourth annual gay pride parade planned for June 30. …

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