Suicide Bomber Kills 15 While Bush, Sharon Meet

May 7

May 7, 2002 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flies home to Israel, cutting short a visit to the United States, after a suicide bomber kills 15 Israelis and wounds 55 others in a pool hall in Rishon LeZion at the same time Sharon is meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House. Sharon blames […]

Lehi Teenager Disappears

May 6

May 6, 1947 Alexander Rubowitz, 16, is abducted in the Rehavia neighborhood of Jerusalem while on a mission for Lohamei HaHerut b’Yisrael (Fighters for the Freedom of Israel), known by the acronym Lehi or as the Stern Gang (after founder Avraham Stern). Rubowitz is never seen again. Lehi is dedicated to ending British rule in […]

Museum Marks First Official Yom HaShoah

May 5

May 5, 1959 Some 2,500 people, including Israeli Interior Minister Israel Bar-Yehuda and Polish Ambassador Antoni Bida, gather at Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot in the western Galilee for a commemoration of the first Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) since the Knesset enacted the Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day Law four weeks earlier. The event is held […]

Irgun Blasts Prisoners out of Acre

May 4

May 4, 1947 The Irgun sets off explosives at 4:22 p.m. to blast open a hole in the wall of the Acre (Akko) fortress, used as a prison by the British Mandatory authorities, in an attempt to free 41 Jewish underground fighters (30 Irgun and 11 Lehi). The Ottoman-era fortress prison holds 400 Arabs and […]

Actor Meir Margalit Is Born

May 3

May 3, 1906 Stage actor Meir Margalit, a winner of the Israel Prize in 1964, is born in Ostroleka, Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. Margalit begins acting in local plays at age 13. He moves to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1922 with HeChalutz, a youth movement founded by Joseph Trumpeldor to […]

Channel 1 Starts Broadcasting

May 2

May 2, 1968 Israel’s first general-interest television network begins broadcasting at 9:30 a.m. with an image of a menorah, followed by an aerial view of Jerusalem and, at 9:40, the national Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) parade. Known as Israel Television or General Television to distinguish it from the Education Ministry-run Israel Educational Television, the network […]

Eshkol Approves Building Ashdod

May 1

May 1, 1956 Finance Minister Levi Eshkol authorizes the establishment of the city of Ashdod along the Mediterranean coast between Ashkelon and Tel Aviv on land rich in history, including the Arab-Israeli conflict. The name comes from an ancient city that existed at least as early as the 17th century B.C.E. about 4½ miles from […]

Netanyahu’s Father Dies

April 30

April 30, 2012 Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dies at home in Jerusalem at the age of 102. He was born Benzion Mileikowsky on March 25, 1910, in Warsaw. His father was a rabbi who toured Europe and the United States to make speeches on behalf of Zionism. He took […]

Politician Tamar Zandberg Is Born

April 29

April 29, 1976 Politician Tamar Zandberg of the left-wing Meretz party is born in Ramat Gan. She is first elected to the 19th Knesset in 2013, then wins a place in the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Knessets. Zandberg graduates from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a bachelor’s in psychology and economics and earns […]

Amos-3 Satellite Is Launched

April 28

April 28, 2008 The MBT Space Division of Israel Aerospace Industries successfully launches the Amos-3 satellite from Kazakhstan five days after the originally scheduled launch date, a delay caused by a mechanical problem with the launching device. Eighty minutes after its morning launch, Israel’s most advanced communications satellite reaches orbit. In a few months, Amos-3 […]

Uzi Unveiled During Parade

April 27

April 27, 1955 The Israeli public receives its first look at the Uzi submachine gun in the hands of Israel Defense Forces troops during a Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) parade. The weapon had its first operational use less than two months earlier during Operation Black Arrow, an IDF paratrooper attack Feb. 28 that killed at […]

Soccer Star Avi Nimni Is Born

April 26

April 26, 1972 Avi Nimni, considered one of the greatest players ever for the Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer club, is born in the Holon section of Tel Aviv. Nimni joins Maccabi Tel Aviv’s youth program at age 7 and makes his debut for the professional team in Israel’s first division at 17. He is a […]