1996 in Israel

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Events in the year 1996 in Israel.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

The Likud Party led by Benjamin Netanyahu wins a narrow victory in the Israeli general election

Israeli–Palestinian conflict[edit]

The most prominent events related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict which occurred during 1996 include:

  • 24 April - After a two day meeting in Gaza City the PNC adopts two resolutions amending the PLO Charter.
  • 24 September – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorize the opening of an exit in the Arab Quarter of Jerusalem for the Western Wall Tunnel, which prior Prime Minister Shimon Peres had instructed to be put on hold for the sake of peace.[4] This sparked violent riots throughout the West Bank and northern Gaza Strip. Over the subsequent three days, 16 Israeli soldiers and about 60 Palestinian civilians were killed in the riots.[5]

Notable Palestinian militant operations against Israeli targets

The most prominent Palestinian militant acts and operations committed against Israeli targets during 1996 include:

Aftermath of the Jaffa Road bus bombings. 26 people were killed in the Hamas suicide attack.
  • 19 January - Three Hamas members are killed in an attack on an Israeli army roadblock. One Israeli soldier is injured.
  • 25 February – Ashqelon bus station bombing. Killing two Israelis. Hamas claims responsibility for the bombing.
  • 25 February – First Jerusalem bus 18 suicide bombing: A Hamas suicide bomber blows himself up in a commuter bus in Jerusalem, killing 26 and injuring 80 others.
  • 3 March – Second Jerusalem bus 18 suicide bombing: A Hamas suicide bomber detonates a bomb on a bus in Jerusalem, killing 19 and injuring six others.
  • 4 March – Dizengoff Center suicide bombing: A Hamas suicide bomber detonates a bomb outside the Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv's largest shopping mall, killing 20 and wounding 75 others, including children celebrating the Jewish Purim holiday.
  • 11 December – PFLP gunmen attack a car carrying Israeli settlers near the settlement of Bet El, killing a woman and her 12-year-old son.

Notable Israeli military operations against Palestinian militancy targets

The most prominent Israeli military counter-terrorism operations (military campaigns and military operations) carried out against Palestinian militants during 1996 include:

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Notable births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

  • 22 January – Israel Eldad (b. 1910), Austro-Hungarian (Galicia)-born Israeli independence fighter and Revisionist Zionist philosopher.
  • 2 May – Emil Habibi (b. 1922), Israeli Arab author, Knesset member and public activist.
  • 26 May – Haika Grossman (b. 1919), Polish-born Israeli politician and member of Knesset. Zionist leader in Europe, a partisan and a participant in the ghetto uprisings in Poland and Lithuania
  • 27 August – Yair Rosenblum (b. 1944), Israeli composer.
  • 25 December - Michael Bruno (b. 1932), German-born former governor of Israel's central bank and a Chief Economist of the World Bank.

Major public holidays[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rodan, Steve (21 February 1996). "Arrow test 'a success'". Jerusalem Post. 
  2. ^ Marcus, Raine (28 March 1996). "Amir sentenced to life for Rabin murder". Jerusalem Post. 
  3. ^ "The Shamgar Report". Jerusalem Post. 29 March 1996. 
  4. ^ Morris, Nome; Silver, Eric (7 October 1996). "Israel Opens Disputed Tunnel". Maclean's Magazine. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Eldar, Akiva (30 July 2009). "Jerusalem demolitions may spark repeat of 1996 riots". Haaretz. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 

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