Ephraim Kishon Passes AwayJanuary 29
Israeli writer, playwright, and film writer/director Ephraim Kishon passes away at the age of 80 in Switzerland.
France Grants Citizenship to Sephardi JewsJanuary 28
Sephardi Jews living in France are granted equal rights and given French citizenship by the National Assembly.
Taba Summit ConcludesJanuary 27
A week of discussions between Israeli and Palestinian leaders concludes in the Egyptian resort town of Taba. The talks at Taba take place during the height of the second “Intifada.”
Weizmann Sends Warning to General Arthur MoneyJanuary 26
Chaim Weizmann warns that unless world Jewry secures a place of their own they will be faced by a terrible catastrophe.
Herzl Meets with Pope Pius XJanuary 25
During a two-week trip to Italy, Theodor Herzl meets with Pope Pius X in an effort to gain his support for the Zionist cause.
Eli Cohen Is Arrested on Charges of EspionageJanuary 24
Syrian police raid the home of Damascus businessman Kamel Amin Tha’abet, who is in fact a Mossad Spy named Eli Cohen, and arrest him on charges of espionage.
Knesset Declares Jerusalem Capital of IsraelJanuary 23
By a vote of 60-2, with members of Mapam and Herut abstaining, the Knesset adopts a proclamation declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
Nineteenth Knesset Elections Are HeldJanuary 22
Early elections are held following the October 2012 dissolution of the Knesset due to an impasse over the state budget.
Groundwork for First Aliyah Is Laid by BILUJanuary 21
The groundwork for the First Aliyah is laid with the formation of the BILU group at a meeting in the home of Israel Belkind in Kharkov, Ukraine.
Nazi Plan for “Final Solution” Is Drafted at Wannsee ConferenceJanuary 20
Nazis draw up a plan for the “Final Solution” of European Jewry in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee.
Arthur Goldberg Passes AwayJanuary 19
Arthur Goldberg, former United States Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of Labor, and American Ambassador to the United Nations, passes away at the age of 81 at his home in Washington, DC. Goldberg was an important drafter of UN Resolution 242 following the June 1967 War.
Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts OpensJanuary 18
The first forty students, all women, enroll in the newly established Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem.