Oil Weaponized Against Israel’s Allies

October 17

Oil ministers from Arab states cut exports by 5% and recommend an embargo of Israel’s allies in response to the U.S. airlift of military supplies to Israel during the Yom Kippur War.

Terrorists Capture Flier Ron Arad

October 16

Ron Arad, the 28-year-old navigator of an Israeli F-4 Phantom II, is captured by the Shia terrorist group Amal after parachuting out of his burning aircraft over Lebanon.

Political Cartoonist Ze’ev Dies

October 15

Yaakov Farkash, known by the pen name Ze’ev and considered the father of Israeli political cartoons, dies at age 79 near Tel Aviv.

Intellectual Dov Sadan Dies

October 14

Israeli intellectual and former Knesset member Dov Sadan dies at the age of 87.

Allon Proposes Home Rule for West Bank

October 13

Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon, a former IDF general, reveals in remarks to the Foreign Press Association of Israel his plan for “home rule” for Arabs living in the West Bank.

Christian Extremists Denied Entry to Israel

October 12

Israel refuses to let 26 Irish and Romanian tourists enter the country at the port of Haifa for being members of an extreme Christian cult.

Filmmaker Amos Gitai Born in Haifa

October 11

Filmmaker Amos Gitai, known for documentaries and features on the Middle East, the Israeli-Arab conflict and Holocaust memory in Europe, is born to architect Munio Weinraub and teacher Efratia Margalit in Haifa.

Bones of Moshe Hess Brought to Israel

October 10

Moshe Hess, a 19th century Zionist, is reburied in the Kibbutz Kinneret cemetery beside other fathers of socialist Zionism.

Hamas Abducts Israeli Soldier

October 9

Hamas terrorists abduct Israeli soldier Nachshon Wachsman from the Bnai Atarot junction in central Israel by offering him a ride while wearing kippot, playing Hasidic music and carrying a prayer book.

Israeli Idol Hagit Yaso Born

October 8

Singer Hagit Yaso, a winner of Israel’s version of “American Idol,” is born in Sderot to parents who escaped poor conditions in an Ethiopian village by walking four months through the desert to reach Sudan and fly to Israel.

Crystallographer Yonath Wins Nobel in Chemistry

October 7

Ada Yonath was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem, then under the British Mandate. Yonath’s family was poor and lived in a four-room apartment that they shared with two other families.

Yom Kippur War Begins

October 6

Egyptian troops cross the Suez Canal to push the Israelis out of the Sinai at the same time that Syria attacks in the Golan Heights.