2011 in Israel

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Events in the year 2011 in Israel.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

Domestic developments[edit]

March 22: The former President of Israel Moshe Katsav is sentenced to seven years in jail for rape.
July 14–ongoing: 2011 Israeli housing protests
October 5: Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman wins the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery of quasicrystals.

Global affairs[edit]

  • April 18 – Israel becomes CERN nuclear group member.[17]
  • July 10 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces Israel's recognition of the Republic of South Sudan and offers the new state economic help, following its declaration of independence from the Sudan, the previous day.[18]

Arab and Middle Eastern affairs[edit]

Israeli–Palestinian conflict[edit]

April 7: Israel succeeded, for the first time in human history, to intercept a short-range missile with the use of the advanced groundbreaking Iron Dome mobile air defense system.
After more than five years in Hamas captivity IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was released and returned to Israel, while over a thousand Palestinian and Arab-Israeli prisoners are being released in exchange, October 18, 2011

The most prominent events related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict that occurred during 2011 include:

Notable Palestinian militant operations against Israeli targets

The most prominent Palestinian militant acts and operations committed against Israeli targets during 2011 include:

  • March 12 – Itamar attack: Two Palestinian teens armed with knives infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Itamar and stabbed to death five Israeli family members, including the parents and three of their children, aged 11, 3 and a four month old infant.[59][60]
  • March 23 – 2011 Jerusalem bus bombing: an explosive device was placed in a suitcase on the sidewalk exploded next to bus number 74 near the Jerusalem International Convention Center complex. A woman is killed in the explosion and at least 50 people are injured.[61][62][63]
  • April 4 – Israeli actor and peace activist Juliano Mer-Khamis, of both Jewish and Christian Arab origin, is gunned down in the West Bank by masked militants.[64]
  • April 7 – 2011 Israeli school bus anti-tank missile attack: An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip hits a school bus, moderately wounding the bus driver, and critically injuring a 16 year boy who later died of his wounds.[65]
  • August 18 – 2011 southern Israel attacks: Eight people were killed and dozens are injured in southern Israel after a string of terrorist attacks on a highway targeting two civilian buses and cars as well a military bus responding to the attacks. Although no organization took responsibility for the attacks the Israeli security establishment blamed the The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Gaza for carrying out the attacks. In retaliation, Israel launched an air raid on the town of Rafah in which six Palestinians militants from the Popular Resistance Committee were killed, among them two seniors in the organization.[66]
  • August 29 – 2011 Tel Aviv nightclub attack: a 20-year-old Palestinian stole an Israeli taxi cab and rammed it into a police checkpoint guarding the popular Haoman 17 nightclub in Tel Aviv, which was filled with 2,000[46] Israeli teenagers. After crashing into the checkpoint, the attacker jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing several people. Five civilians and four police officers were injured in the attack.[46]

Notable Israeli military operations against Palestinian militancy targets
The most prominent Israeli counter-terrorist operations (military campaigns and military operations) carried out against Palestinian militants during 2011 include:

  • March 15 – The Israeli Navy intercepts the cargo ship "Victoria", which was carrying a long list of advanced weapons that were smuggled from Iran and were allegedly bound for the militant organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.[67]
  • March 16 – The Israeli Air Force attacks a training site of the Palestinian militant group Al Qassam brigades in the southern part of Gaza city in response to a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at the Israeli southern communities in the Sdot Negev Regional Council in the southern district of Israel. Palestinians reported that three people were killed in the attack and three were wounded.[68][69]

Notable deaths[edit]


Major public holidays[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Knesset passes law revoking citizenship for treason The Jerusalem Post, March 28, 2011
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  10. ^ Israel passes law banning citizens from calling for boycotts The Guardian, July 11, 2011
  11. ^ Jerusalem's light rail system opens to the public after years of delaysHaaretz, August 19, 2011
  12. ^ Israeli scientist wins Nobel for chemistry The Star, October 5, 2011
  13. ^ BBC News – Israel ex-President Katsav has rape sentence upheld
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  16. ^ C'tee passes 2 bills limiting funding to NGOs The Jerusalem Post, November 13, 2011
  17. ^ Israel becomes CERN nuclear group member Physorg, April 17, 2011
  18. ^ Israel recognizes South Sudan, offers economic aid Reuters, July 10, 2011
  19. ^ T Perry and E Blair. Egypt gas pipeline attacked. Reuters, February 5, 2011
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  39. ^ U.S. vetoes U.N. draft condemning Israeli settlements Reuters, February 18, 2011
  40. ^ Shin Bet files indictment against 'rocket godfather' The Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2011
  41. ^ 'Abducted' Palestinian Dirar Abu Sisi on Hamas charges BBC, April 4, 2011
  42. ^ Palestinian engineer Abu-Sisi indicted Ynetnews, April 4, 2011
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  48. ^ Syrian death toll climbs; Majdal Shams joins riots Ynetnews, June 5, 2011
  49. ^ Naksa Day: 6 reported dead, 12 hurt on Israel-Syria border The Jerusalem Post, June 5, 2011
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  52. ^ Palmer: Gaza blockade lawful, IDF used 'excessive' force The Jerusalem Post, September 3, 2011
  53. ^ Palestinians, resisting US-led pressure, submit request for UN membership – The Washington Post
  54. ^ Palestinians Rally Amid Bid For Statehood Backing From United Nations General Assembly | World News | Sky News
  55. ^ BBC News – Israeli-Palestinian talks must resume – Mideast Quartet
  56. ^ Cabinet votes in favor of Shalit deal Ynetnews, October 12, 2011
  57. ^ Israel, Hamas cut deal on release of abducted soldier, Palestinian prisoners XinhuaNet News, October 12, 2011
  58. ^ Gilad Shalit release: Palestinian prisoner exchange getting under way The Guardian, October 18, 2011
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  61. ^ Bomb explodes in central Jerusalem; 1 dead, at least 30 hurt Haaretz, March 23, 2011]
  62. ^ Woman killed, dozens hurt in Jerusalem bombing The Jerusalem Post, March 23, 2011]
  63. ^ Deadly bombing targets Jerusalem bus stop BBC, March 23, 2011
  64. ^ Actor Juliano Mer-Khamis gunned down in Jenin The Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2011
  65. ^ Boy hurt in Gaza rocket attack on Israeli bus dies of his wounds Haaretz, April 17, 2011[dead link]
  66. ^ Revenge: 2 Top terrorists killed Ynetnews, August 18, 2011
  67. ^ Terror's alternate route Ynetnews, March 15, 2011
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  72. ^ "Nazi hunter Tuvya Friedman laid to rest in Haifa". The Jerusalem Post, January 14, 2011
  73. ^ "דוד קורן ז”ל" [David Coren dec'd] (in Hebrew). Avalim. January 14, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
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  75. ^ "Historian Professor Michael Harsegor passes away at 87" The Jerusalem Post, January 10, 2011
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  80. ^ Ex-Minister Boim dies of cancer at 67 Ynetnews, March 18, 2011
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  86. ^ Eichmann Trial judge passes away Ynetnews, May 1, 2011
  87. ^ Lior Timor (May 5, 2011). National Football Coach, Yosef Merimovich, dies "מאמן הנבחרת בעבר, יוסל'ה מירמוביץ', הלך לעולמו" [Former selected coach, Yosele Miramovich, dies] (in Hebrew). One.co.il. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
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  89. ^ S. African anti-apartheid veteran Goldreich dies The Associated Press, May 25, 2011
  90. ^ Billionaire Sammy Ofer dies Ynetnews, June 3, 2011
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  92. ^ Died Haim Yisraeli, advisor of 14 defense ministers of Israel JewPI.com, June 9, 2011
  93. ^ Al Schwimmer, founder of Israel Aircraft Industries, dies at 94 Haaretz, June 11, 2011
  94. ^ Israel Prize Laureate Yehuda Kiel dies Ynetnews, June 16, 2011
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  99. ^ Radio personality Adi Talmor dead at 58 Ynetnews, August 8, 2011
  100. ^ United survivors to push for benefits Haaretz, August 15, 2011
  101. ^ Rabbi Rafael Halperin passes away Ynetnews, August 20, 2011
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  104. ^ Tycoon Yuli Ofer dies at 87 Ynetnews, September 9, 2011
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  108. ^ Poet Taha Muhammad Ali dies in Nazareth Ma'an News, October. 2011
  109. ^ Gush Emunim founder Hanan Porat passes away Ynetnews, October 4, 2011
  110. ^ Actor Shmuel Shiloh dies Ynetnews, October 6, 2011
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