June 1967 War Begins

June 5, 2019

Egypt was on alert, expecting an Israeli attack to come at dawn. However, the Israelis delay and do not strike until 8:15 AM, when most Egyptian pilots are at breakfast and Egyptian commanders caught in traffic.

Obama Delivers Speech “A New Beginning” at Cairo University

June 4, 2019

At the beginning of his first term, President Obama addresses the Muslim world in a speech focusing on mutual interests and respect between Muslims and the West.

Ben-Gurion Delivers Report to Provisional Government

June 3, 2019

David Ben-Gurion delivers a report to the Provisional Government on the status of the 1948 War with neighboring Arab states, discussions with the United Nations, and the domestic needs of a young country at war.

Third Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival Takes Place

June 2, 2019

The biennial Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival film festival includes a future Oscar winner among its student films.

Levi Eshkol Appoints Moshe Dayan as Defense Minister

June 1, 2019

As tensions with Egypt escalate, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol appoints Moshe Dayan as Defense Minister, leading to Israel’s first national unity government.

Shabbetai Zevi Declares Himself the Messiah

May 31, 2019

Shabbetai Zevi was born on August 1, 1626 in Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey. A gifted scholar, he showed signs of mental instability early in his life, causing unpredictable mood swings from extreme depression to euphoria.

Ephraim Katzir Passes Away

May 30, 2019

Ephraim Katzir immigrated to Palestine with his family at the age of 9. He goes on to serve as Chief Scientist of the Israel Defense Forces and later as President of Israel.

Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan Reflects on Diplomacy with Egypt

May 29, 2019

In a Knesset address, Minister of Foreign Affairs Moshe Dayan recounts the events that transpired between Israel, the US, and Egypt in the past two years, including the Camp David Accords.

PLO Is Established

May 28, 2019

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is established during a Palestinian National Council meeting of nearly 400 delegates convened by King Hussein of Jordan.

Teddy Kollek Is Born

May 27, 2019

Teddy Kollek, Zionist leader and long-time mayor of Jerusalem, is born in Nagyvázsony, Hungary.

Restrictive US 1924 Immigration Act Boosts Jewish Immigration to Palestine

May 26, 2019

Unable to immigrate to the US, many European Jews immigrate to the land of Israel. Between 1924 and 1929, the period known as the Fourth Aliyah, 82,000 Jews arrive in Palestine.

Israeli Jazz Festival Opens in New York

May 25, 2019

Acclaimed jazz artist John Zorn hosts the first annual Israeli Jazz Festival at “The Stone,” his New York City venue.