Nasser Named Egypt’s Premier

April 17

April 17, 1954 Gamal Abdel Nasser, 36, is appointed the prime minister of Egypt. Nasser’s interest in politics goes back to age 12 when he accidentally participated in an ultranationalist protest calling for the overthrow of the British colonial government. Nasser was arrested, and his sense of injustice over the incident and anger at the […]

Watches, Art Stolen From Islamic Museum

April 16

April 16, 1983 Watches, clocks and paintings worth tens of millions of dollars are stolen overnight from the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art, now the Museum for Islamic Art, in Jerusalem. The break-in at the western wing of the museum, just steps from the president’s residence, may have been the highest-value heist in Israeli […]

Bergen-Belsen Liberated

April 15

April 15, 1945 The British 11th Armored Division liberates the Nazis’ Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany, discovering 60,000 starving prisoners, most of them seriously ill, and 13,000 unburied corpses. They are the remnants of an estimated 120,000 prisoners who were held at the complex at some point since the SS took over operations in […]

All-Time Miss Israel Illana Shoshan Is Born

April 14

April 14, 1961 Illana Shoshan, who wins the 1980 Miss Israel title after finishing second in the 1978 teen pageant, is born in Kfar Saba, Israel. In a public vote held in 2010 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Miss Israel, Shoshan is elected the Miss Israel of All Time. Shoshan becomes an international fashion […]

Hapoel Jerusalem Wins Basketball EuroCup

April 13

April 13, 2004 Hapoel Jerusalem captures its first European basketball championship and first international title by winning the ULEB Cup, also known as the EuroCup tournament, with an 83-72 victory over Real Madrid in Charleroi, Belgium. The tournament, the second tier of European basketball competition, features 36 teams that have qualified based on their results […]

Singer Eyal Golan Is Born

April 12

April 12, 1971 Singer Eyal Golan is born Eyal Biton in Rehovot, Israel, to a family of Yemenite and Moroccan Jewish ancestry. He lives in Rehovot until 2010, when he moves to Tel Aviv. Known as one of Israel’s most successful Mizrahi singers, he reports the highest income of all Israeli singers in 2011. Golan […]

Powell Seeks Mideast Cease-Fire

April 11

April 11, 2002 U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell calls for an immediate West Bank cease-fire during a press conference in Madrid before he flies to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II the day before a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Powell also says only a negotiated settlement will lead to enduring […]

Suicide Bomber Kills 8 on Bus

April 10

April 10, 2002 Eight passengers on a commuter bus are killed and 14 others are wounded in a suicide bombing outside Haifa during the morning rush hour, the second in a string of Palestinian suicide attacks since Israel launched an offensive in the West Bank on March 29. The first attack killed 15 at a […]

Israeli Commandos Raid Beirut

April 9

April 9, 1973 Israeli commandos conduct a seaborne night raid on Beirut to kill three leaders in the Palestine Liberation Organization and its Black September wing, the terrorist group responsible for the Munich Olympics massacre in September 1972. The raid is connected to Operation Wrath of God, the Mossad effort launched at Prime Minister Golda […]

U.N. Head Protests Egyptian Seizure of Cargo

April 8

April 8, 1960 U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold for the first time publicly criticizes Egypt’s confiscation of Israeli cargo on ships going through the Suez Canal. The Egyptian closure of the Straits of Tiran and the Suez Canal to Israeli shipping was a major reason for Israel’s participation in the 1956 Suez War, and its freedom […]

Israel Fourth in First Eurovision Bid

April 7

April 7, 1973 Israel’s first-ever entry in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, Ilanit with the song “Ey-sham,” finishes fourth out of 17 nations, while host country Luxembourg wins for the second consecutive year. The music contest dates to 1956. Ilanit’s song is a dramatic ballad in which she realizes that she must take her lover […]

IDF Sends Medical Mission to Macedonia

April 6

April 6, 1999 An Israel Defense Forces medical mission flies to Macedonia (now North Macedonia) to care for refugees from sectarian violence in Kosovo. The 70-person mission includes 12 physicians of various specialties, most of whom are veterans of other relief operations. The mission leaves Israel four days after the Israeli Foreign Ministry sent an […]