Painter Nachum Gutman Born

October 5

Painter Nachum Gutman is born in a part of Russia that is now Moldova.

Suicide Bomber Strikes Haifa Restaurant

October 4

A suicide bombing kills 21 Jews and three Arabs and injuressome 60 others at Maxim restaurant in Haifa, Israel.

German Chancelor Merkel Arrives in Israel

October 3

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Jerusalem for the first time in more than four years to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid growing U.S.-Europe tensions over Iran.

Jewish Agency Accepts Partition Plan

October 2

David Ben-Gurion, the chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency since 1935, formally accepts the partition plan proposed by the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP).

Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover Born

October 1

Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Aaron Ciechanover is born in Haifa to parents who emigrated from Poland before World War II.

Mordechai Vanunu Returns to Israel

September 30

Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli nuclear technician who leaked details of Israel’s nuclear program to the British press, is extradited to Israel, one day after an undercover female Mossad agent posing as an American lured him to Italy from London.

Syria Gains Control of Golan Heights

September 29

In border designations for states drafted primarily by Britain and France after WWI, the new state of Syria gains control of the Golan Heights.

Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement Is Signed

September 28

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, sometimes referred to as Oslo II, in a ceremony at the White House.

Third Maccabiah Games Begin

September 27

The Third Maccabiah Games commence in the 50,000-seat stadium in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Rabbi Zerach Warhaftig Passes Away

September 26

Rabbi Zerach Warhaftig, a founder of Israel’s National Religious Party and signatory of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, passes away in Jerusalem at the age of 96.

Amir Gilboa Is Born

September 25

Amir Gilboa, born Berl Feldmann in the Ukraine, is one of Israel’s leading poets. He is known for drawing upon his military experiences and biblical issues of morality to write contemplative poems.

Operation Magic Carpet Begins

September 24

Between June 1949 and September 24, 1950, Operation Magic Carpet secretly brings nearly 50,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel.