1979 in Israel

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Events in the year 1979 in Israel.



April 1979 – The Israeli developed and produced battle tank Merkava was first introduced to the IDF forces.
  • 22 March – The Knesset approves the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
  • 26 March – In a ceremony at the White House, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel sign a peace treaty. Egypt thus becomes the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel.
  • 31 March – Gali Atari and Milk and Honey win the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 for Israel, with the song Hallelujah.
  • April – nearly nine years after the decision to produce it was taken, the Israeli developed and produced battle tank Merkava was first introduced to the IDF forces.
  • 21 October – Moshe Dayan resigns from the Israeli government. Dayan stated that he felt isolated from the Palestinian autonomy talks and was reduced to handling marginal foreign policy chores.[1][2]

Israeli–Palestinian conflict[edit]

The most prominent events related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict which occurred during 1979 include:

Notable Palestinian militant operations against Israeli targets

The most prominent terror attacks committed against Israelis during 1979 include:

  • 22 April – 1979 Nahariya attack: A group of four PLF militants, led by the 16-year-old Samir Kuntar, enter Israel from Lebanon by boat and infiltrate the Israeli town of Nahariya, located ten kilometers south of the Lebanese border. The squad murder four Israeli civilians, including three members of one family: Danny Haran and his children, Einat Haran (age four) and Yael Haran (age two).
  • 13 November – Israeli Ambassador to Portugal Ephraim Eldar was wounded during an attack carried out by Palestinian militants. During the attack a security guard was killed and an embassy chauffeur and local policeman were injured.

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 1979 include:

Unknown dates[edit]

Notable births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Moshe Dayan Resigns". 
  2. ^ "Moshe Dayan". 
  3. ^ http://www.jta.org/1979/03/15/archive/israel-in-first-prisoner-exchange-with-arab-terrorist-organization

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