Riots Break Out in Jerusalem’s Old City During the Muslim Nebi Musa Festival

April 4, 2019

A Muslim pilgrimage festival erupts into violence against Jews in Jerusalem, leaving nine dead and hundreds wounded.

Israel and Jordan Sign Armistice Agreement

April 3, 2019

Israel’s War of Independence ends with the signing of individual armistice agreements between the newly established Jewish state and Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon in 1949.

Menachem Begin Becomes First Israeli PM to Visit Egypt

April 2, 2019

As a follow up to the 1978 Camp David Accords, Begin becomes the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit an Arab capital.

Knesset Passes Environmental Enforcement Law

April 1, 2019

In a move designed to “make the polluter pay,” according to Environment Minister Raphael Eitan, the Knesset passes the Environmental Enforcement Law.

Israel’s “Hallelujah” Wins the Eurovision Song Contest

March 31, 2019

The 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, an annual competition between member countries of the European Broadcasting Union, is held in Jerusalem.

Maimonides Is Born

March 30, 2019

Moses Ben Maimon, known as Maimonides or Rambam, is born in Cordoba, Spain, into a distinguished family (some sources give the year of his birth as 1138).

Operation Defensive Shield Is Launched

March 29, 2019

In September 2000, following the breakdown of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians at Camp David, the Palestinians launch the Second Intifada. Operation Defensive Shield is an Israeli military operation devised to curtail violence associated with the Second Intifada.

First Maccabiah Games Open in Tel Aviv

March 28, 2019

The first Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish Olympics, open in Tel Aviv.

Allahdad: Forced Conversion of Jews in Mashhad, Iran Takes Place

March 27, 2019

The tensions between the local Shiite population and Jews erupt in the northeast Iranian city of Mashhad.

Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty Is Signed

March 26, 2019

Sixteen months after Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem and Knesset address, the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty is signed at the White House in Washington.

Saudi Minister Tells US State Department It Will Never Recognize Israel

March 25, 2019

Shaikh Yusuf Yassin, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, states that “Arab states would never agree to any working relationship with Israel.”

Ezer Weizman Is Elected Israel’s 7th President

March 24, 2019

Ezer Weizman is elected President by the Knesset on the second ballot in a narrow vote of 66 to 53.