2013 in Israel

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Events in the year 2013 in Israel.



March 20, 2013 – President of the United States Barack Obama begins a four day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories
Snow in Jerusalem during Storm Alexa
Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, celebrating the unprecedented success of his party in the elections, 24 January 2013.
  • January 2 – Construction of the barrier on the Israeli–Egyptian border is completed in its main section.[1]
  • 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.[2] Other sources stated the targeted site was a military research center in Jamraya responsible for developing biological and chemical weapons.[3]
  • 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.[4][5]
  • 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.[6][7]
  • March 20 – President of the United States Barack Obama begins a four day visit to Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan.[8][9][10]
  • 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.[11]
  • April 25 – Israeli Air Force shoots down a drone off the coast of Haifa, allegedly belonging to Hezbollah.[12]
  • 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.[13][14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • August 26 – The Metronit BRT system in Haifa begins operating.[17]
  • November 6 – Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's trial for fraud and breach of trust ends with an acquittal.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • December 12 – Storm Alexa begins.[22] 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.[23][24]
  • December 15 – Life begins returning to normal after Storm Alexa subsides.[25]
  • 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.[26] The soldier who killed Cohen later turns himself in to Lebanese authorities, who promise that he will be prosecuted.[27]
  • 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.

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  1. ^ Israel completes most of Egypt border fence, Los Angeles Times January 2, 2013
  2. ^ "Israel strikes Syrian weapons en route to Hezbollah". The Jerusalem Post. January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Analysis: Syria center long been on Israel's radar". The Jerusalem Post. January 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ הכי ארבה שהיה כאן: צפו בנחילים מכסים את הנגב - וואלה! חדשות
  5. ^ חדשות 2 - הארבה בנגב הצטמצם בעקבות ריסוס של משרד החקלאות
  6. ^ Israel's Knesset approves new government JTA
  7. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4357924,00.html
  8. ^ Obama vows Israeli friendship on first visit as president BBC News
  9. ^ Obama faces conflict-ridden Middle East during visit to a skeptical Israel Daily News (New York)
  10. ^ Barack Obama visits Israel in effort to boost relations with Netanyahu The Guardian
  11. ^ Lewis, Ori (April 17, 2013). "Rockets hit southern Israeli resort of Eilat". Reuters. 
  12. ^ "IAF shoots down drone from Lebanon off Haifa". The Jerusalem Post. April 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "'IAF strike in Syria targeted arms from Iran'". The Jerusalem Post. May 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Cohen, Gili (May 5, 2013). "'Israel overnight strike targeted Iranian missile shipment meant for Hezbollah'". Ha'aretz. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Report: Israel behind recent strike on Syria missile depot, U.S. officials say". Haaretz. 12 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Peace talks set to begin after Israel agrees to free 104 Palestinian prisoners, The Washington Post. July 28, 2013
  17. ^ Haifa Launches 'Metronit' System
  18. ^ Avigdor Lieberman acquitted, will return to Foreign Ministry
  19. ^ Knesset's Left in uproar: 'Lieberman's as FM - bomb in peace process'
  20. ^ Israel blamed for airstrikes at Syrian missile base
  21. ^ New law makes business pyramids history
  22. ^ Israel begins to see snowfall as winter storm rolls in
  23. ^ Massive snowstorm shuts down Jerusalem
  24. ^ 'Once-in-a-century storm' turns Gaza, Israel into 'disaster area'
  25. ^ Life begins to return to normal in storm-hit country
  26. ^ Israel shoots 2 Lebanese troops after soldier killed CBS News
  27. ^ Lebanon to prosecute serviceman who killed IDF soldier
  28. ^ Hasidic leader Yaakov Friedman, the Admor of Sadigura, dies at 84 Israel News Haaretz
  29. ^ Yudilovitch, Merav (January 2, 2013). "Actress Zaharira Harifai Dies". Ynetnews. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  30. ^ Brenner, Neri (January 8, 2013). "Israel Prize Laureate Prof. Zvi Yavetz Dies". Ynetnews. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Israel Prize laureate Yehudith Birk passes away at age 87". The Jerusalem Post. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  32. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4334214,00.html
  33. ^ http://www.knesset.gov.il/mk/eng/mk_eng.asp?mk_individual_id_t=389
  34. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4341723,00.html
  35. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4343247,00.html
  36. ^ Pre-State Paratrooper Sarah Braverman Passes Away at 95
  37. ^ "Musician Shmulik Kraus dies at 77". Ynetnews. February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  38. ^ JTA Rabbi Menachem Froman, religious West Bank leader, dies of cancer
  39. ^ Former MK Marina Solodkin dies of stroke in Latvia
  40. ^ http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4363189,00.html
  41. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4364480,00.html
  42. ^ http://www.knesset.gov.il/mk/heb/mk.asp?mk_individual_id_t=709
  43. ^ http://www.haaretz.co.il/gallery/architecture/1.1991392
  44. ^ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/167050#.UY4w09u8Jkk
  45. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4367985,00.html
  46. ^ http://www.iba.org.il/bet/?type=1&entity=922758
  47. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4374104,00.html
  48. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4375508,00.html
  49. ^ http://www.inn.co.il/News/Flash.aspx/404172
  50. ^ http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Writer-painter-Yoram-Kaniuk-dies-at-83-315868
  51. ^ В Тель-Авиве ушла из жизни Алла Кушнир (Russian)
  52. ^ Former Knesset speaker Berman dies at 100
  53. ^ Celebrated Hebrew Language Genius Passes at Age 106
  54. ^ Yehudit Arnon, choreographer who won Israel Prize, dies at 87
  55. ^ Gabriel Balachsan: The tormented musician with a rocker's strength and poet's soul
  56. ^ Kershner, Isabel (7 October 2013). "Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Spiritual Leader of Israel's Sephardic Jews, Dies at 93". The New York Times. 
  57. ^ Caspi, David (26 November 2013). "Israeli Singer Arik Einstein Dies at 74". The Hollywood Reporter.