1981 in Israel

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Events in the year 1981 in Israel.



Operation Opera is carried out on 7 June 1981 in which the Israeli Air Force severely damage Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor under construction near Baghdad

Israeli–Palestinian conflict[edit]

The most prominent events related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict which occurred during 1981 include:

Notable Palestinian militant operations against Israeli targets

The most prominent Palestinian Arab terror attacks committed against Israelis during 1981 include:

  • March - A terrorist infiltrating from Lebanon using a motorized hang glider manages to reach Haifa and drop some bombs over the city's bay, but is arrested after his glider's motor runs out of fuel and is forced to land.[9]
  • 10 August – Palestinian terrorists threw two bombs at an Israeli embassy in Vienna, wounding a 75-year-old woman.
  • 29 August – 1981 Vienna synagogue attack: Palestinian terrorists killed two people and wounded 30 attending a Bar Mitzvah in Vienna.[10]

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 1981 include:

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Notable births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mordechai Bar-On, In pursuit of peace: a history of the Israeli peace movement (US Institute of Peace Press, 1996); "2 Syrian 'copters downed by Israel over Lebanon", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 29 April 1981, p1
  2. ^ Israelis down 2 Syrian copters
  3. ^ Grant, Rebecca. "Osirak and Beyond." Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine Air Force Magazine, August 2002. Retrieved 16 May 2008.
  4. ^ Robert G. Rabil, Syria, the United States, and the War on Terror in the Middle East (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006) p69
  5. ^ BBC News. Regions and territories: The Golan Heights.
  6. ^ United Nations. Security Council Resolutions, 1981.
  7. ^ Council on Foreign Relations. UN Security Council Resolution 497.
  8. ^ Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, The Israeli Connection: Who Israel Arms and Why (I.B.Tauris, 1987) p202
  9. ^ 292 Statement in the Knesset by Defense Minister Rabin - 30 November 1987
  10. ^ "Around the World - Palestinians Get Life In Austrian Slayings." The New York Times. 22 January 1982.
  11. ^ Cheryl A. Rubenberg, Israel and the American National Interest: A Critical Examination (University of Illinois Press, 1989) p267
  12. ^ "The Bombing of Beirut", Journal of Palestine Studies (1981) pp218–225;James Ron, Frontiers and Ghettos: State Violence in Serbia and Israel (University of California Press, 2003) p175
  13. ^ "Lebanese Civil War of 1975-90", Dictionary of Wars (George C. Kohn, ed.) (Infobase Publishing, 2006) p301
  14. ^ "Suspected Olympic massacre mastermind shot", Montreal Gazette, 6 August 1981, p10 Edward Mickolus, The Terrorist List: A-K (ABC-CLIO, 2009) p159

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