3 Teens Abducted, Killed

June 12

June 12, 2014 Three Israelis ages 16 to 19 are abducted while hitchhiking near the Alon Shvut settlement in the West Bank. The young men realize they are in trouble after they accept a ride from two men, and one of the teens calls the police and whispers that he has been kidnapped. The two […]

Google Buys Waze

June 11

June 11, 2013 Google reportedly outbids fellow tech giants Apple and Facebook and buys Israel-based social-mapping service Waze for roughly $1 billion, adding the user-generated data of the app to the market-leading Google Maps software. It is one of the largest market exits for an Israeli tech start-up company.  At the time of the purchase, […]

National Water Carrier Begins Pumping

June 10

June 10, 1964 Israel’s National Water Carrier begins pumping water out of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) for drinking and agriculture in the center and south of the state.  Initially called the Jordan Valley Unified Water Plan or the Jordan Project, the National Water Carrier is an 81-mile-long system of pipes, canals, tunnels, reservoirs and […]

General and Politician Benny Gantz Born

June 9

June 9, 1959 Benjamin “Benny” Gantz, who rises to chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces and a top candidate for prime minister, is born in Kfar Ahim. His father is a native of Romania who was detained by the British when immigrating to Palestine, and his mother is a Hungarian Holocaust survivor. The […]

Educator and Politician Chaim Boger Dies

June 8

June 8, 1963 Chaim Boger, a founder of the first Hebrew high school in the Yishuv, the area of Jewish settlement in pre-state Palestine, dies at age 86. Boger, born with the last name Bograshov in Crimea in 1876, earned a doctorate from the University of Bern and taught at Hebrew schools in Russia. He […]

Iraq’s Nuclear Reactor Destroyed

June 7

June 7, 1981 Eight Israeli F-16s fly a 2,000-mile round trip to bomb Iraq’s Osirak plutonium nuclear reactor at the Tammuz I complex 10 miles south of Baghdad. The mission, Operation Opera, succeeds at destroying the nearly completed, French-built reactor, which Israel fears would have been used to develop nuclear weapons. Ten Iraqi soldiers and […]

Merger Forms Tel Aviv University

June 6

June 6, 1956 The Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics merges with the Municipal Institute of Natural Sciences and Humanities to form Tel Aviv University, which soon also incorporates the Academic Institute of Jewish Studies. The schools together have fewer than 200 students. They remain economically independent but unite in terms of examinations, applications […]

Hadassah Medical Center Breaks Ground

June 5

June 5, 1952 Having been forced to evacuate its campus on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus after the massacre of 78 medical people April 13, 1948, Hadassah breaks ground on the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center at Ein Kerem in the Israeli-controlled western side of the city. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion is among the thousands at the […]

Politician Ya’akov Hazan Born

June 4

June 4, 1899 Ya’akov Hazan, a leader in socialist politics through Israel’s first four decades, is born in Brest Litovsk, Russia. He is a founder of the Hashomer Hatzair scouting movement in Poland in 1915 and an early member of the HeHalutz agricultural youth movement. He immigrates to Mandatory Palestine in 1923. He works in […]

Rabin First Becomes Prime Minister

June 3

June 3, 1974 Having defeated Shimon Peres in an election for Labor Party leader, Yitzhak Rabin formally succeeds Golda Meir as prime minister when he presents his coalition government to the Knesset for approval. He recounts the major accomplishments of the Meir government and says his Cabinet will prioritize the end of poverty and reductions […]

Jewish Underground Bombs Palestinian Officials

June 2

June 2, 1980 HaMakhteret HaYehudit (the Jewish Underground), a terrorist group formed by members of the Orthodox Gush Emunim movement, launches its first round of car-bomb attacks on West Bank Palestinian officials. Bassam Shakaa, the mayor of Nablus, loses both of his legs, and Karim Khalaf, the mayor of Ramallah, loses one leg. Multiple organizations […]

First Convoy Uses Burma Road

June 1

June 1, 1948 A convoy passes along the new Burma Road from Kibbutz Hulda to bring supplies to Jerusalem for the first time. Under the direction of Gen. Mickey Marcus, an American Army veteran, the Israel Defense Forces built the winding mountain road along an animal trail to slip past Transjordan’s Arab Legion and other […]