in that day will I make
Jerusalem a burdensome stone for
all people: all that burden
themselves with it shall be cut
in pieces, though all the people
of the earth be gathered
together against it.”
Abraham attempts to offer his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. The angel of theLord stops him and instead a ram is offered.
David makes Jerusalem his kingdom's capital and the Ark is moved to a sitenear the Temple Mount.
(2 Sam 5:6-12) (2 Sam 6:1-17)
God tells David to build him a Temple. However, because David was a manof war, his son is determined as one who will actually builds it.
(2 Sam 7:1-13)
David purchases the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. This locationwas to become the site for Temple.
(2 Sam 24:18-25)
Solomon begins the construction of the first Temple of God.
(1 Kings 1:5-8)
The Kingdom is divided between north (Israel) and south (Judah) with Jerusalem as capital of the Southern kingdom.
Joash, king of king of Judah, works to repairs the Temple.
(2 kings 12:4-14
Jeoash, king of Israel attacks Jerusalem, breaks down the walls, and plundersthe Temple treasury
(2 Kings 14:13-14)
Because the Assyrian ruler Senacherib demanded tribute, King Hezekiahgave him all of the gold and silver in the Temple treasury, even strippedthe gold from the Temple's door. His actions would prove to be unnecessarywhen an angel of the Lord killed 185,000 advancing Assyrian soldiers inone night.
(2 Kings 18:15-16) (2 Kings 19:35)
The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzer marches into Jerusalem, he removes allthe treasures in the Temple, and carries them off to Babylon.
(2 Kings 24:11-13)
Jerusalem is invaded again by king Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon, who capturesand destroys the First Temple. The Ark of the Covenant disappears at thistime. It is believed either the Ark was taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzeror it was buried somewhere.
2 Kings 25:8-10)
King Belshazzar of Babylon uses the Temple vessels as drinking glassesfor a pagan feast. The party is interrupted by a personal message for God.
After being stirred up by the Lord, King Cyrus of Persia, makesthe proclamation that called for the Jews to return home to Jerusalem,so they could rebuild the Temple of God.
(Ezra 1:1-4) (Ezra 6:3-15)
The proclamation that King Cyrus made for the rebuilding of the Temple was not immediately acted upon. In fact, the decree remained filed away andforgotten until Zerubbabel rose to the challenge of rebuilding the Temple.After some wrangling with government red tape, Zerubbabel received theblessings of king Darius to continue his work.
(Ezra 5:2-3) (Ezra 6:1-12)
Alexander the Great captures Jerusalem, but does not harm the Temple.
Antiochus Epiphanes, King of Syria, plunders the temple and offers a pigon the Temple altar. Daniel predicted Antiochus Epiphanes would be a typeof Antichrist. Where Epiphanes defiled the temple by offering a pig onthe altar, the real Antichrist will defile the Tribulation Temple by offeringhimself to be worshipped. (Dan 11:31) (2 Thes 2:3)
The Maccabees successful revolt against Antiochus Epiphanes allowed for rededication of the Temple and for the brief freedom of the Jewish people.
(The book of Maccabees)
The Roman Empire conquers Jerusalem starting a period of domination ofthe Holy land by foreign force that would last until 1948 AD.
Herod the Great starts a remodeling job on the Temple site that will continue until the Romans destroy the Temple in 70 AD. (John 2:20)
Jesus Christ is born in Bethlehem - four years ahead of His time. [0 or 1 AD] (Micah5:2) (Mat 2:1)
Jesus is hailed as the Son of David as He rides into the city of Jerusalem. He Predicts the destruction of the second Temple. Jesus is crucified, stopping Daniel's prophetic clock at the 69 weeks mark. Jesus also gloriously rose from the grave on the third day.
(Mark 13:2) (Dan 9:24-26)
Roman general Titus destroys the Second Temple. Because of rumors that gold may have been hidden in the stonework of the Temple, the Roman soldiers completely tore apart the Temple, fulfilling Jesus prophecy that not one stone would be left upon another. (Josephus) (Mat 24:2)
Second Jewish Revolt against Roman was led by Bar Kochba. The revolt failedand much of Jerusalem was razed. Jews were excluded from Jerusalem.
Queen Helena, mother of Byzantine Emperor Constantine, visits Jerusalemand begins building major churches-- including the Holy Sepulchre.
Caliph Omar Ben Hatav captures Jerusalem placing it under Arab Muslim rule. The Temple mount is at this time buried under tons of debris.
Dome of the Rock (Mosque of Omar) is built by Abd al-Malik over the site where Muslims believe Mohammed was raptured up into heaven.
Al Aqsa Mosque is built over Jewish and Christian remains most likely because the Arabs wanted to cover-up any evidence of existing rights of the land.
The Crusaders capture Jerusalem and the holy sites. The Dome of the Rock is turned into a Church. The Al Aqsa Mosque is turned into the headquarters for the Knights Templar.
Lead by Saladin the Muslims recapture Jerusalem from the Crusaders.
Emperor Fredrick II of the Holy Roman Empire led the sixth crusade and was able to win back Jerusalem purely by show of force.
The Muslims seize Jerusalem from the crusaders for the last time, every Crusade that was to follow failed at the task of capturing Jerusalem.
Turkish Sultan Selim conquers Jerusalem for the Ottoman Empire.
Suleiman the Magnificent rebuilds city ramparts and wall around Jerusalem.
Muslims seal up the Golden Gate to prevent the Messiah's entrance - as according to Jewish tradition.
Jerusalem is conquered by Mehemet Ali of Egypt.
Jerusalem yet again comes under Turkish control.
The first neighborhood outside Jerusalem's walls is built by philanthropist Moses Montefiore.
With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire following WW I, the British gain control of Palestine.
The UN voted to end British control of Palestine and to divide the country into a Jewish and Arab state.
14 May - The British Mandate ends 14 May - The State of Israel is proclaimed15 May - Israel is invaded by five Arab states.
From May 1948 of to July 1949 the War of Independence is fought. Israel wins an armistice after defeating troops from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria,
Jerusalem is proclaimed the official capital of Israel.
King Abdullah was assassinated on July 20, 1951 in Jerusalem by a Palestinian opposed to Jordanian tolerance of Israel.
Israel and Egypt go to war over the Sinai region.
On June 5 the six-day war begins: Israel destroys the Arab air forces; captures land three times the area of itself; and most importantly, the Jewish people win the right to free control the city of Jerusalem for the first time in over 2000 years.
On Oct 6, during Yom Kippur, Israel's Arab neighbors launch a surprise attack. This war exacted a heavy toll on the Jewish state. Although no major territory was lost or gained, most Arabs regarded the war as a psychological victory.
Egyptian President Sadat visits Jerusalem.
Israel-Egypt sign a peace treaty
Iraq's nuclear reactor is destroyed by the Israeli Air Force.
To end the PLO's attacks from Lebanon, Israel launches an invasion of thatof country.
The Arab Intifada begins in the West Bank and Gaza strip.
Iraq attacks Israel with 39 scud missiles during the Gulf war.
On Sept 13, after secret negotiations, Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin signs a peace accord with longtime enemy Yasir Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
4 May - Israel and the PLO sign an agreement for the implementation of self-government for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the Jericho area.
15 June - Full diplomatic relations are established with the Holy City.
28 July - King Hussein of Jordan and Prime Minister Rabin declare an end to the state of war between the two countries.
26 Oct - Prime Minister Rabin and King Hussein of Jordan sign a peace agreement ending 46 years of war and strained relations.
On Nov. 4, Yizhak Rabin is assassinated after attending a peace rally.
On May 29, Benjamin Netanyahu wins a surprise victory over Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
On March, Israel angered Palestinians by constructing a controversial housing project for Jews in mostly Arab East Jerusalem. The start of construction was marked by scattered violence in the West Bank and Gaza.
In September, a failed attempt by Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, to assassinate Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal in Jordan's capital strained Israeli-Jordanian relations
On Oct 23, an interim agreement was signed by Arafat and Netanyahu, known as the Wye River Memorandum, after intensive negotiation involving the leaders of United States, Israel, Palestinians and Jordan. The accord would transfer 13 percent more of the West Bank land to the Palestinians in return for assurances to crack down on Islamic militants who target the Jewish State.
On May 16 Ehud Barak defeats sitting prime minister Netanyahu and vows to continue Israel's withdrawal of troops from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
On May 24 Israeli troops conclude their withdrawal from the security occupied zone of southern Lebanon, 18 years after Israel invaded its northern neighbor. Hezbollah guerrillas quickly overrun the Israeli-allied militia.
Sept. 28, 2000, after Likud party leader Ariel Sharon's visit to Temple Mount area, Arabs went on a rampage. The unrest that resulted from that initial riot continue to this date.
March 6, 2001, Ariel Sharon is sworn in as Israeli prime minister, saying Israel's "hand is extended in peace." The 73-year-old former general and war hero has said there can be no negotiations while the violence of the Palestinian uprising continued.
June 1, 2001 a Palestinian suicide bomber targets a popular seafront nightclub in Tel Aviv, killing himself and 19 Isrealis - mostly teens under 18 - and wounding almost 100 others. The attack became the main catalyst for Israel's policy of targeting known terrorist leaders.
March 10, A Palestinian bomber killed 11 people by blowing himself up in a crowded Jerusalem cafe near Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's residence, and Israel responded by destroying Yasser Arafat's Gaza headquarters.
March 14, Israel is conducted its largest-scale military operation since the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, with some 20,000 soldiers deployed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after a string of deadly Palestinian attacks.
March 27, A suicide bomber attacks a celebration of the Jewish Passover holiday in Netanya, killing 29 Israelis and tourists.
2002, The Quartet on the Middle East is established. It consists of the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations. It was created to mediate the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
January 28, 2003 Ariel Sharon became Israel's first incumbent prime minister to be re-elected since Menahem Begin won a second term in 1981.
March 5, 2003 A Palestinian suicide bomber wounded 40 and killed at least 15 bus passengers in Haifa.
August 19, 2003 A suicide bomber killed himself and at least 20 others, and also wounding more than 100 when a bus blew up in Jerusalem.
August 24, 2003 Israeli helicopter gunships killed Hamas commander Ahmad Ishtaiwe and three of his Hamas fighters in a missile strike on Gaza City. Three others were wounded. The attack came three days after a raid that killed Ismail Abu Shanab, a Hamas political leader.
February 2004 Sharon announces Israeli's withdrawal from Gaza
March 2004 Israel kills Hamas' spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, who is replaced by Khaled Meshaal
April, 2004 European Union countries roundly criticized plans by the US and Israel for Israel to withdraw unilaterally from the Gaza Strip and retain large settlement blocks in the occupied West Bank, saying it would weaken, not strengthen, prospects for peace.
January 2005 Palestinian militants detonate a bomb on the edge of the Gaza Strip, killing at least five Israelis.
February 2005 Hopes of reviving the Middle East peace process are jolted when a suicide bomber blows himself up outside a seafront nightclub in Tel Aviv, killing five people and wounding about 50.
July 2005 A Palestinian suicide bomber blows himself up at an Israeli shopping mall in Netanya, eight miles from the West Bank, killing five and wounding at least 30. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.
September 2005 Israel withdraws from the Gaza strip
October 26 2005 A Palestinian suicide bomber blows himself up in the main market at Hadera. Six people dead and more than 30 people wounded. Islamic Jihad says it carried out the attack to avenge Israel's killing of a senior leader in the West Bank.
October, 2005 Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has repeated that Israel should be "wiped out from the map," insisting that a new series of attacks will destroy the Jewish state, and lashing out at Muslim countries and leaders that acknowledge Israel.
January 2006 Israel's prime minister Sharon suffers a stroke
January 2006 Terrorist group Hamas wins the first multi-party elections in Palestine and its leader Ismail Haniya becomes the new prime minister.
March 2006 In the first Israeli elections after prime minister Sharon suffered a stroke, his new party Kadima becomes the biggest party and Ehud Olmert the new prime minister.
Lebanon, launches a massive rocket
attacks on Israeli
civilians in Northern
resulting battle became
known as the Second
April 2007 Hamas and the al-Qassam Brigades break a truce with Israel with a sustained barrage of rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel
May, 2007 Israeli forces seized a Palestinian cabinet minister and 32 other officials in the occupied West Bank and launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, stepping up a campaign against Hamas Islamists.
June 2007 Former British prime minister Tony Blair is named Middle Eastern envoy on behalf of the USA, Russia, the UN and the EU.
July 2007 Tony Blair makes his first visit to the Middle East as the Quartet's envoy to the region.
September, 2007Israel conducts an airstrike on
a site in Syria, targeting what
American and Israeli analysts
later said was a partially
finished nuclear reactor built
with the help of North Korea.
January- Israel launches
spy satellite TESCAR which will
be capable of tracking events in
Iran, particularly their nuclear
program, even at night or in
cloudy weather using an advanced
imaging system based on
synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
-In a speech
given in the southern Iranian
city of Bushehr, carried live on
state-run television and
directed at world leaders,
Iranian president Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad advised listeners to
"abandon the filthy Zionist
entity which has reached the end
of the line....It has lost its
reason to be and will sooner or
later fall," he went on. "The
ones who still support the
criminal Zionists should know
that the occupiers' days are
April- Olmert sends a
message to President Bashar
al-Assad of Syria indicating
that Israel would be willing to
withdraw from the Golan Heights
as part of a comprehensive peace
MAY- Israel marks the
anniversary of its founding, 60
years by the Jewish calendar
since the declaration of
statehood on May 14, 1948.
truce between Hamas and Israel
August- A rocket fired
from the Gaza Strip landed in
southern Israel prompting the
Jewish state to order border
crossings with the Hamas-ruled
enclave closed temporarily.
Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief
of staff of the Russian military
revealed details of military
assistance that Moscow claimed
Jerusalem had given Georgia in
recent years. "Israel armed the
Georgian army," he told a press
conference in the Russian
capital. He said Israel provided
Georgia with "eight types of
military vehicles, explosives,
landmines and special explosives
for the clearing minefields."
Since 2007, he continued,
Israeli experts have been
training Georgian commando
troops; and Israel had planned
to supply Georgia with heavy
firearms, electronic weapons and
tanks, but that plan was
eventually scrapped. (Israel
Dec 19- The 6
month, Egyptian-brokered peace
between Hamas and Israel expires
officially, though it began
disintegrating in early
Dec 24- Hamas
gunmen launched more than 70
projectiles, the largest barrage
since before an
Egyptian-brokered truce went
into effect in and around Gaza
in June but expired five days
Dec 25- PM
Ehud Olmert appealed to
residents of Gaza in a
"last-minute call" to stop the
militants from firing on
innocent Israeli civilians. He
then added that he would not
hesitate to use "Israel's might"
to strike Hamas, but said he
would not go into details as to
how....In a similar statement by
Defense Minister Ehud Barak,
made as the Israeli military
wrapped up preparations for a
possible invasion of Gaza, he
warned that Palestinian
militants would pay a "heavy
price" if the attacks on Israel
Lebanese troops discovered and
disarmed 8 [Katyusha and Grad]
rockets set with timers in an
area widely considered to be a
Hezbollah stronghold, though it
is officially under
Interim Force in Lebanon
One officer said the timers were
activated and set to launch
overnight. Initial report by
Ha'aretz news service claim the
rockets were aimed at Israel.
Dec 27- Israel begins
airstrikes on Palestinian
militants in Gaza.
Jan 3- Israel Defense Forces
begin a ground invasion of Gaza.
Jan 8- UN Security Council
unanimously (with the U.S.
abstaining) passed Resolution
1860, calling for the immediate
ceasefire and withdrawal of
Israeli troops. Both Israel and
Hamas have rejected the call for
peace between them. Hamas has
increased it's rocket and mortar
attacks on Israel throughout the
Jan 10- The death toll in
Gaza tops 900.
Jan 18- Israel announces a
unilateral ceasefire. After
Israel's ceasefire announcement,
Palestinian militants fired more
rockets over the border, to
which Israel responded with an
airstrike. Hamas then ordered
its own one-week unilateral
January 21- Israel completes its
withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
As of January 24 there was no
official ceasefire signed
FEB 13- Despite a
temporary truce between Hamas
and Israel, two rockets and a
mortar shell fired from the Gaza
strip hit Israel. Israel
responded to the unprovoked
attack with an airstrike.
Feb 20- Chairman of the
conservative Likud party,
Benjamin "Bibi" Nentanyahu, was
chosen over Kadima leader Tzipi
Livni to form Israel's next
government, following the Feb
10th parliamentary elections.
Benjamin Netanyahu is sworn in
as Prime Minister.
April 7- Israel
successfully tested an
anti-missile system designed to
protect the country against
Iranian attack, the Defense
Ministry said, perfecting
technology developed in response
to failures of similar systems
during the 1991 Gulf War. The
intercept of a dummy missile was
the 17th test of the Arrow
system, a U.S.-Israeli joint
venture. Israeli defense
officials said the interceptor
was an upgraded Arrow II,
designed to counter Iran's
Shahab ballistic missile. (AP)
May 28- Israel defied a
surprisingly blunt U.S. demand
that it freeze all building in
West Bank Jewish settlements,
saying it will press ahead with
The head of Mossad, Israel's
overseas intelligence service,
has assured Benjamin Netanyahu,
it's Prime Minister, that Saudi
Arabia would turn a blind eye to
Israeli jets flying over the
kingdom during any future raid
on Iran's nuclear sites. (The
July 6- Iran is driving
to produce up to 1,000
long-range ballistic missiles
with a range of 1,550 miles, as
well as 500 mobile launchers,
over the next six years,
according to Israeli military
experts. "The Iranians are
making great efforts to obtains
a significant number of
missiles," according to Tal
Inbar, head of the Space
Research Center near Tel Aviv.
"They already talk of how one of
the ways they will overcome
(Israel's) missile defense
systems is by firing salvoes of
July 8- Experts believe
Israeli intelligence agencies
have been hacking into Iranian
computer systems in an effort to
disrupt or contaminate networks
with viruses and malicious
software."We came to the
conclusion, for our purposes, a
key Iranian vulnerability is in
its online vulnerability," an
unnamed recently retired member
of Israel's security cabinet
told the Reuters news agency.
"We have acted accordingly."
July 27- CEO of
Delek Energy, Yitzchak Tshuva,
“Israel today is independent
completely independent with blue
and white [Israeli-made]
energy. The largest company in
the project, Noble Energy, made
a statement that confirmed the
size of the find. With drilling
at Tamar and Dalit, we have
already confirmed a very
substantial amount of natural
gas resources, perhaps over two
decades of future supply based
on projected needs, said
Charles D. Davidson, Noble's
CEO. Plans are now being made to
being to bring the gas online as
soon as 2012. Income generated
by the local gas could be as
much as $35 billion. 6.3
trillion cubic feet is the
estimate of the total amount in
the gas reserves.
Aug 18- Unnamed Israeli
officials, according to Haaretz,
are accusing the IAEA
(International Atomic Energy
Agency) of holding back
incriminating evidence related
to Iran's nuclear program.
Sept 28- Iran test
fires medium-range Shahab-3 and Sajjil missiles that are
capable of reaching parts of Europe, Israel and US bases in
Oct 17- The United Nations Human
Rights Council Friday endorsed a
controversial report on alleged
Israeli war crimes in the Gaza
Strip, advancing a process that has
roiled Palestinian politics and that
Israeli leaders have warned could
derail the U.S.-sponsored peace
process. The council, led by a
coalition of Arab states, voted 25-6
to approve the report on the
three-week war between Israel and
Gaza-based militants led by the
Islamist Hamas movement. China and
Russia also supported the
resolution, which calls on the
United Nations to refer Israel to
the International Court of Justice
if it does not investigate alleged
violations of international law on
its own. (Washington Post)
Nov 3- Israeli naval
commandos stopped an arms
shipment... on its way from Iran
to the Lebanese terror group
Hizballah by way of Syria. The
weapons were being transported
by a cargo ship flying the
Antiguan flag. Buried amidst the
vessel's "civilian" cargo were
36 shipping containers carrying
500 tons of weaponry for
Hizballah. The cache seized
from the cargo ship MV Francop
included approximately 3,000
Katyusha rockets, 3,000
recoilless gun shells, 9,000
mortar bombs, 20,000 grenades,
and more than half a million
rounds of small-arms
ammunition. (Right Side
Nov 13- Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for
US President Barack Obama to
live up to his campaign promises
of change for the United States,
and make a decision to support
either Israel or Iran. US State
Dept spokesman, Ian Kelly,
responded, "Israel is a very,
very close friend of the U.S.,
and we don’t think we have to
choose between Israel or any
President Hugo Chavez spoke out
against Israel during a visit
from Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad saying, "We know
what the state of Israel stands
for -- a murderous arm of the
concern that Israel is planning
to launch a preemptive strike
against Iran's nuclear
facilities, some are warning
that they don't have the
firepower to completely wipe out
the Islamic Republic's suspected
weapons program, and in the case
of an Israeli strike, there is
fear of an Iranian retaliation
like nothing the nation has ever
March 10 – During a visit by
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden,
Israel announced approval to
build an additional 1,600
apartments in a large Jewish
housing development in
northeastern Jerusalem. The U.S.
government subsequently issued a
strongly worded condemnation of
May 31, 2010 ¬
The Gaza flotilla raid was a
military operation by Israel
against six ships of the "Gaza
Freedom Flotilla" in
international waters of the
Mediterranean Sea. The flotilla,
organized by the Free Gaza
Movement and the Turkish
Foundation for Human Rights and
Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief
(İHH), was carrying humanitarian
aid and construction materials,
with the intention of breaking
the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of
the Gaza Strip.
June 14 – One
Israeli policeman was killed and
three policemen were injured
when Palestinian Arab militants
opened fire on their vehicle on
Highway 60, south of Hebron.
September 2 – U.S. launched
direct negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinian
Authority in Washington DC.
September 14 –
A second round of Middle East
peace talks between Israel and
the Palestinian Authority
concluded in Sharm el-Sheikh,
September 26 –
The Israeli 10-month moratorium
on construction of new
settlement homes in the West
August 3 –
Lebanon border clash – Lebanese
Armed Forces fired at two IDF
officers who were on a
brush-clearing operation on
Israel’s side of the border,
killing one officer and
seriously wounding the other.
The IDF return fire killed two
Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese
August 31 –
2010 Palestinian militancy
campaign: August 2010 West Bank
shooting – Four Israelis,
including a pregnant woman, were
killed by Palestinian Arab
militants in a shooting in the
West Bank next to Kiryat Arba,
when a gunman opened fire on
their car. Hamas claim
responsibility for the attack.
December 18 –
An American Christian
missionary, Kristine Luken, was
murdered and her British-born
Israeli friend was seriously
wounded by two knife-wielding
Arabs while hiking in a forest
near Beit Shemesh, on the
outskirts of Jerusalem. Four
Palestinian Arabs, members of a
Palestinian terror cell, were
later indicted for the attack,
which was described as
January 17 –
The leader of the Israeli Labor
Party, Ehud Barak, and four
other Labor Party MKs resigned
from the party and formed a new
"centrist Zionist and
democratic" faction called
February 19 –
The U.S. vetoed a draft of a UN
Security Council resolution
critical of Israeli settlements
in the West Bank.
April 7 – The
Iron Dome mobile air defense
system successfully intercepted
a Grad rocket launched from the
Gaza Strip at the Israeli city
Ashkelon, marking the first time
in history a short-range rocket
was ever intercepted.
June 5 –
Israeli forces defensibly fired
on pro-Palestinian protesters
attempting to breach the
Syria-Israeli border in the
Golan Heights on Naksa Day,
marking the anniversary of the
1967 Six Day War; Syria claimed
that close to 20 people were
killed and over 325 injured,
while Israeli officials
confirmed at least 12 jures.
July 10 – Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
announced Israel's recognition
of the Republic of South Sudan
and offered the new state
economic help, following its
declaration of independence from
the Sudan the previous day.
July 14 -
ongoing: 2011 Israeli housing
September 2 – A UN report
investigating the 2010 Gaza
flotilla raid was published
which found that the IDF acted
“legitimately” in trying to
enforce Israel's blockade of the
Gaza strip, except for the lack
of a final warning to the
activists and the use of
September 2 –
Turkey expelled Israel's
ambassador, downgraded ties with
Israel and canceled all military
agreements with Israel, hours
before the UN report
investigating the 2010 Gaza
flotilla raid was published.
September 9 –
Israeli embassy attack: several
thousand Egyptian protesters
forcibly infiltrated into the
Israeli embassy in Egypt,
situated in Giza, after breaking
down a recently constructed wall
to protect the compound. The six
embassy staff members in a safe
room were evacuated eventually
from the site by Egyptian
commandos, following the
personal intervention of US
President Barack Obama.
Following the attack, the deputy
ambassador remained in Cairo,
and 85 staff members and their
families returned to Israel.
September 14 –
Israel evacuated the Israeli
embassy in Jordan following a
warning of a violent anti-Israel
demonstration planned to take
place near the embassy building.
Nearly all the embassy staff
returned to Israel at midnight.
September 23 -
During the opening of the
General Assembly of the United
Nations, the president of the
Palestinian National Authority,
Mahmoud Abbas, made a bid for a
UN recognition in a unilateral
declaration of a Palestinian
state in the Gaza Strip, the
West Bank and have the East
Jerusalem as its capital.
September 23 -
The quartet of Middle East
negotiators - the United States,
the European Union, Russia, and
the United Nations called on
both Israel and Palestine to
September 27 –
An explosion destroyed the Arab
Gas Pipeline in Egypt's Sinai
Peninsula supplying natural gas
to Jordan and Israel.
October 5 –
Israeli scientist Daniel
Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel
Prize for Chemistry for the
discovery of quasicrystals.
October 11 –
The US Federal Bureau of
Investigation and Drug
disrupted an attempt to bomb the
Israeli and the Saudi embassies
in Washington DC and an alleged
terrorist plot to assassinate
the Saudi Arabian ambassador,
with possible links to Iran.
October 18 -
Israel and Hamas began a major
prisoner swap in which the
Israeli Army soldier Gilad
Shalit, who had been held in
captivity for over five years,
was released in exchange for
1,027 Palestinian and Israeli
Arab prisoners held in Israel,
of whom 477 prisoners were
released immediately, including
280 serving life sentences for
planning and perpetrating terror
attacks, and 550 prisoners to be
released in December 2011.
Muslim Brotherhood According to a report
made by Jay Sekulow in early
January 2012, the Muslim
Brotherhood firmly said it will
“not recognize Israel under any
circumstances” as they continue
to tighten their grip on the new
Egyptian government. They also
vowed to take legal-action
against Israel aimed against
canceling the security agreement
signed in 1979.
Obama Administration Abandons
On January 20, 2012
General Patrick Dempsey,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff told Israeli leaders that
the U.S. would not back Israel
in an attack against Iran
despite the ongoing threats by
the leaders of Iran to destroy
against the Israeli state.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali
Khamenei Threatens and Denounces
February 3, 2012 reports flooded
the Internet that Iran’s Supreme
Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
threatened Israel saying the
Islamic Republic will help any
nation or group that confronts
the Jewish State, The
Associated Press reported.
In remarks to worshippers during
Friday prayers in Tehran and
were broadcast on state TV,
Khamenei said Iran would
continue its nuclear program and
warned that any military strike
by the U.S. would only make Iran
stronger. He affirmed that Iran
had provided assistance to
terror groups Hizbullah and
intervened in anti-Israel
matters, and it brought victory
in the 33-day war by Hizbullah
against Israel in 2006, and in
the 22-day war” between Hamas
and Israel in Gaza, Khamenei was
quoted as having said. He added,
“From now on, in any place, if
any nation or any group
confronts the Zionist regime, we
will endorse and we will help.
We have no fear expressing
Khamenei said Israel was a
“cancerous tumor that should be
cut and will be cut,” and added
that the U.S. would suffer
defeat and lose standing in the
region if it decides to use
military force to stop the
country’s nuclear program.
Encourages Diplomacy That Is Not
The New York Times
reported on February 8, 2012
that the U.S. and Israeli split
on the speed of Iran’s nuclear
threat was escalating during
discussions. President Obama
discouraged Prime Minister
Netanhayu from taking any action
against Iran and naively or for
some other unknown reason
minimized the seriousness of
Iran’s threats. Tensions over an
Israeli military strike against
Iran became more pronounced.
Rocket Attacks Escalate on
In mid-March there
a significant escalation
of Palestinian rocket attacks on
Israel. Throughout the
month─according to the Israel’s
Security Agancy’s routine
monthly summary, Palestinians
fired 173 rockets and 19 mortar
shells at Israel in 156 separate
attacks.However, according to an
additional report by the agency,
during the escalation alone
Palestinians fired 281 rockets
at Israel, of which 86 were
Cross-Border Sinai Attack by
Jihadi Islamic Group
Islamic Jihadi group based in
Egypt’s Sinai has posted a video
showing it carried out a
cross-border attack in June,
killing one Israeli at a border
barrier construction site and
raising doubts over Egypt’s
security control over the desert
overthrow of U.S.-aligned
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
in February 2011, the security
grip has loosened over Sinai and
groups of militant Islamists
have spread across its northern
part, attacking police stations
and a pipeline exporting gas to
Israel and Jordan.
A video posted online featuring
members of a new group named
“Magles Shoura al-Mujahddin”
wearing military outfits and
choosing as their target an
Israeli security patrol and a
border town. The men who
according to the video carried
out the attack, identified as
Egyptian Abu Salah and a Saudi,
Abu Hozaifa, said they sought
revenge for “Muslims’ blood” and
dedicated the attack to Ayman
al-Zawahri, al-Qaeda’s leader.
They stated: “We will
head shortly to execute a double
suicide operation targeting the
Jewish enemy forces on the
Egyptian borders,” Abu Salah
said, reading out from a piece
of paper before the attack with
a black flag in the background
covered with religious slogans.
Mubarak was succeeded by Mohamed
Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood,
a group ideologically hostile to
the Jewish state, and linked to
the Hamas Islamists who run the
Gaza Strip, a Palestinian
territory that also abuts Sinai.
U.S. Military Chief Martin Dempsey Continues to
Adandon Israel - He said
to Israel: “We won’t have your
back if you attack Iran”
Speaking to journalists in London at
the opening of the Paralympic
games, Martin Dempsey, the
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs
of Staff, said that the United
States would not have Israel’s
back if it unilaterally attacked
Iran. Distancing himself from
any Israeli plan to bomb Iran,
Dempsey said such an attack
would “clearly delay but
probably not destroy Iran’s
nuclear programme.” He added:
“I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do
Speaks Out against Iran’s
Treatment of Israel
Without naming Iran,
United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-Moon actually denounced
his hosts in Tehran for
threatening to destroy Israel
and for denying the Holocaust