Israel: History

  1. 1917

    Britain seizes Palestine from the Ottomans and gives support to a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine through the Balfour Declaration. 

  2. 1948

    Israel declares independence as the British mandate ends.

  3. 1949

    Israel's War of Independence ends with armistice agreements between Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria; Israeli territory increases by 50%.

  4. 1956-1957

    Israel, along with Britain and France, invades Egypt during the Suez Crisis to re-open the canal to Israeli shipping.

  5. 1967

    Israeli forces strike targets in Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in response to a buildup of Arab armies along Israel's border. Israel gains control of the Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

  6. 1985

    A new austerity program is implemented to tackle hyper-inflation and stabilize Israel's currency.  Subsequently a new currency, the New Israeli Shekel, introduced.  

  7. 2007

    Israeli and Palestinian leaders participate in an international conference in Annapolis, Maryland, and commit to launch negotiations towards the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza with a realization of peace.

  8. 2009

    Major offshore natural gas deposits are discovered. 


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