2013 in Israel
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Events in the year 2013 in Israel.
- Prime Minister of Israel – Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud)
- President of Israel – Shimon Peres
- Chief of General Staff – Benny Gantz
- Government of Israel – 32nd Government of Israel until March 18, 33rd Government of Israel
- January 2 – Construction of the barrier on the Israeli–Egyptian border is completed in its main section.
- January 22 – The Elections for the 19th Knesset are held in Israel. The incumbent PM Benjamin Netanyahu's electoral alliance, Likud Yisrael Beiteinu, won a plurality of the seats in the legislative election, with 31 seats.
- January 30 – Israel allegedly launches an airstrike on a Syrian convoy transporting weapons to Hezbollah. Other sources stated the targeted site was a military research center in Jamraya responsible for developing biological and chemical weapons.
- March 5 – Swarms of locusts from Egypt enter Israel. A large, 3.5 month long, extermination scheme was employed by The Ministry of Agriculture, avoiding crop loss.
- March 18 – Benjamin Netanyahu presents his cabinet for a Knesset "Vote of Confidence". The 33rd government is approved that day and the members are sworn in.
- March 20 – President of the United States Barack Obama begins a four day visit to Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan.
- April 17 – Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula hit the Israeli resort of Eilat, but land in open areas, causing no damage. Three more rockets hit open areas in neighboring Jordan.
- April 25 – Israeli Air Force shoots down a drone off the coast of Haifa, allegedly belonging to Hezbollah.
- May 3 – Two additional Israeli air strikes against Syria reportedly take place May 3 and 5. Both targeted long-ranged weapons sent from Iran to Hezbollah.
- May 20 – 2013 Beersheba shootings; During a vendetta attack carried out in a Bank Hapoalim branch in Beersheba, an Israeli citizen enters a bank and opens fire with a pistol, killing four people and injuring five, then commits suicide.
- May 21 – During mine-clearance work in the Golan Heights, an IDF soldier is killed after stepping on a land mine.
- June 18 – President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday celebrations at ICC in Jerusalem. Representatives from Israel and abroad attended the celebrations, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, singer Barbra Streisand, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and many more.
- July 5 – According to anonymous U.S. officials, Israel launches an airstrike on Syria. It targeted Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles near the city of Latakia, and killed several Syrian troops.
- July 28 – As a "good will gesture" to restart peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, Israel agrees to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, most of whom have been in jail since before the 1993 Oslo Accords.
- August 26 – The Metronit BRT system in Haifa begins operating.
- November 6 – Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's trial for fraud and breach of trust ends with an acquittal.
- November 11 – Avigdor Lieberman resumes his position as Foreign Minister. Prime Minister Netanyahu had been previously been acting Foreign Minister, and had held the position in reserve for Lieberman should he be acquitted.
- October 22 – Israel's municipal elections.
- October 30 – Israel allegedly carries out an airstrike against a Syrian air defense site in Snawbar, 10 miles south of Latakia.
- December 10 – The Knesset passes the "Law to Advance Competition and Limit Monopolization", aimed at breaking up the large conglomerates controlling a large part of the Israeli economy and increasing economic competition, so as to significantly lower the cost of living. The law, which came as the result of the 2011 social justice protests, forces Israel's large monopolies to sell a large percentage of their assets by banning business pyramids.
- December 12 – Storm Alexa begins. Israel, along with the occupied territories and other areas of the Middle East, sees days of heavy snowfall and rain. The storm causes widespread traffic disruptions and power outages, and forcing the temporary closure of several highways, schools, and Ben-Gurion International Airport. Jerusalem is completely paralyzed by deep snow and flooding, with residents told to stay indoors and roads leading to the city blocked.
- December 15 – Life begins returning to normal after Storm Alexa subsides.
- December 16 – Israeli naval officer Shlomi Cohen, who was driving along the Israel–Lebanon border, is killed when a Lebanese soldier, acting without any orders, opens fire at his vehicle, and then flees his post. A few hours later, IDF soldiers operating in the area shoot two Lebanese soldiers after seeing what was termed "suspicious movement" across the border. The soldier who killed Cohen later turns himself in to Lebanese authorities, who promise that he will be prosecuted.
- December 22 – a pressure cooker bomb explodes on a public bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, Israel. All casualties were averted because a few minutes earlier, a passenger on the bus had examined the contents of an unattended bag, and saw what looked like a bomb inside, which led all passengers and the driver to exit the vehicle.
- January 1 – Yaakov Friedman (born 1928), Sadigura Hasidic dynasty Rebbe and member of the Agudat Yisrael's Council of Torah Sages
- January 2 – Zaharira Harifai (born 1929), Israeli actress
- January 8 – Zvi Yavetz (born 1925), Israeli historian and Israel Prize laureate
- January 14 – Yehudith Birk (born 1926), Israeli biochemist (Bowman–Birk protease inhibitor)
- January 18 – Ron Nachman (born 1942), Israeli politician and mayor of Ariel
- January 21 – Zina Harman (born 1914), Israeli politician
- February 6 – Menachem Elon (born 1923), Israeli jurist and author on Jewish law
- February 10 – David Hartman (born 1931), Jewish author and philosopher
- February 10 – Sara Braverman (born 1918), member of the Jewish Parachutists of Mandate Palestine, was one of the first female fighters whom served in the Palmach, and the founding member of the IDF Women's Corps
- February 17 – Shmulik Kraus (born 1935), Israeli actor and musician
- March 4 – Rabbi Menachem Froman (born 1945), Orthodox Jewish rabbi, peace activist and poet
- March 16 – Marina Solodkin (born 1952), Russian-born Israeli politician, Member of Knesset (1996–2013), stroke
- April 2 – Vardimos Zeiler (born 1933), Israeli judge and head of various national public committees
- April 5 – Amnon Dankner (born 1946), Israeli publicist and author
- April 9 – Mordechai Mishani (born 1945), Israeli politician
- April 11 – Ram Karmi (born 1931), Israeli architect
- April 12 – Ya'akov Yosef (born 1946), Israeli rabbi and politician
- April 14 – Efi Arazi (born 1937), Israeli businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- April 15 – Benjamin Fain (born 1930), Israeli physicist and refusenik
- April 29 – Pesah Grupper (born 1924), Israeli politician and former Minister of Agriculture
- May 2 – Dvora Omer (born 1932), Israeli author
- May 5 – Menachem Yedid (born 1918), Israeli politician
- May 21 – Pnina Mor (born 1951), Israeli model
- May 23 – Michael Lev (born 1917), Israeli writer
- May 25 – Hanan Azran (born 1951), Israeli journalist and television host
- June 8 – Yoram Kaniuk (born 1930), Israeli author
- June 10 – Yitzhak Shimoni (born 1926), Israeli editor, radio broadcaster and TV host
- June 11 – Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth (born 1927), author of a two-volume Hebrew language treatise "Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah"
- June 19 – Lt. General Aryeh Ivtsan (born 1928), the 8th Israeli chief of police
- June 21 – Uzi Meshulam (born 1952), Rabbi of Yemeni origin who became known for leading an armed standoff in 1994 as part of his struggle to expose the Yemenite Children Affair.
- August 2 – Alla Kushnir, 71, Russian–born Israeli chess Woman Grandmaster
- August 4 – Yitzhak Berman, 100, Ukrainian-born Israeli politician, member of the Knesset (1977–1984), Speaker (1980–1981), Minister of Energy and Water Resources (1981–1982)
- August 6 – Ze'ev Ben-Haim, 105, Israeli linguist
- August 17 – Yehudit Arnon, 87, Israeli dancer, choreographer and dance company founder, winner of Israel Prize (1998)
- August 20 – Gabriel Balachsan, 37, Israeli rock musician and songwriter
- October 7 – Ovadia Yosef, 93, former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and foremost authority on Jewish law
- November 26 – Arik Einstein, 74, Israeli singer-songwriter, his songs were described as the "soundtrack of Israel"
- December 3 – Sefi Rivlin, 66, Israel Stand up and actor
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 2013 in Israel.|
- Israel completes most of Egypt border fence, Los Angeles Times January 2, 2013
- "Israel strikes Syrian weapons en route to Hezbollah". The Jerusalem Post. January 30, 2013.
- "Analysis: Syria center long been on Israel's radar". The Jerusalem Post. January 31, 2013.
- הכי ארבה שהיה כאן: צפו בנחילים מכסים את הנגב - וואלה! חדשות
- חדשות 2 - הארבה בנגב הצטמצם בעקבות ריסוס של משרד החקלאות
- Israel's Knesset approves new government JTA
- Obama vows Israeli friendship on first visit as president BBC News
- Obama faces conflict-ridden Middle East during visit to a skeptical Israel Daily News (New York)
- Barack Obama visits Israel in effort to boost relations with Netanyahu The Guardian
- Lewis, Ori (April 17, 2013). "Rockets hit southern Israeli resort of Eilat". Reuters.
- "IAF shoots down drone from Lebanon off Haifa". The Jerusalem Post. April 25, 2013.
- "'IAF strike in Syria targeted arms from Iran'". The Jerusalem Post. May 4, 2013.
- Cohen, Gili (May 5, 2013). "'Israel overnight strike targeted Iranian missile shipment meant for Hezbollah'". Ha'aretz. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- "Report: Israel behind recent strike on Syria missile depot, U.S. officials say". Haaretz. 12 July 2013.
- Peace talks set to begin after Israel agrees to free 104 Palestinian prisoners, The Washington Post. July 28, 2013
- Haifa Launches 'Metronit' System
- Avigdor Lieberman acquitted, will return to Foreign Ministry
- Knesset's Left in uproar: 'Lieberman's as FM - bomb in peace process'
- Israel blamed for airstrikes at Syrian missile base
- New law makes business pyramids history
- Israel begins to see snowfall as winter storm rolls in
- Massive snowstorm shuts down Jerusalem
- 'Once-in-a-century storm' turns Gaza, Israel into 'disaster area'
- Life begins to return to normal in storm-hit country
- Israel shoots 2 Lebanese troops after soldier killed CBS News
- Lebanon to prosecute serviceman who killed IDF soldier
- Hasidic leader Yaakov Friedman, the Admor of Sadigura, dies at 84 Israel News Haaretz
- Yudilovitch, Merav (January 2, 2013). "Actress Zaharira Harifai Dies". Ynetnews. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Brenner, Neri (January 8, 2013). "Israel Prize Laureate Prof. Zvi Yavetz Dies". Ynetnews. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Israel Prize laureate Yehudith Birk passes away at age 87". The Jerusalem Post. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- Pre-State Paratrooper Sarah Braverman Passes Away at 95
- "Musician Shmulik Kraus dies at 77". Ynetnews. February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- JTA Rabbi Menachem Froman, religious West Bank leader, dies of cancer
- Former MK Marina Solodkin dies of stroke in Latvia
- В Тель-Авиве ушла из жизни Алла Кушнир (Russian)
- Former Knesset speaker Berman dies at 100
- Celebrated Hebrew Language Genius Passes at Age 106
- Yehudit Arnon, choreographer who won Israel Prize, dies at 87
- Gabriel Balachsan: The tormented musician with a rocker's strength and poet's soul
- Kershner, Isabel (7 October 2013). "Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Spiritual Leader of Israel's Sephardic Jews, Dies at 93". The New York Times.
- Caspi, David (26 November 2013). "Israeli Singer Arik Einstein Dies at 74". The Hollywood Reporter.