1987 in Israel

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Events in the year 1987 in Israel.



The IAI Lavi programme is cancelled

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

The most prominent events related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict which occurred during 1987 include:

  • 8 December – Israeli truck driver collides with two taxis carrying workers returning from work in Israel. Four Palestinian from the refugee camp Jabalia in the Gaza Strip are killed in the incident. A rumor which spread among Palestinians that the crash was deliberate and made in retaliation for the murder of an Israeli businessman in Gaza City two days earlier, sparks the First Intifada the next day.[2]
  • 9 December – Israeli-Palestinian conflict: First Intifada begins. Violence, riots, general strikes, and civil disobedience campaigns by Palestinian Arabs spread across the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli forces respond with tear gas, plastic bullets, and live ammunition.[3]
  • 15 December - In a controversial move and amid Arab protests, Israeli Trade and Industry Minister Ariel Sharon entertained many prominent Israeli figures in a housewarming party in an apartment he rented in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. The apartment was used by Sharon during his visits in the city while his permanent home was and remained in a ranch in southern Israel.[4]

Notable Palestinian militant operations against Israeli targets

The memorial for the victims of the Night of the Gliders.

The most prominent Palestinian Arab terror attacks committed against Israeli targets during 1987 include:

  • 25 November – Night of the Gliders: Two Palestinian Arab militant guerillas infiltrate into Israel from South Lebanon using hang gliders to launch a surprise attack against IDF soldiers. One of the gliders lands in the security zone, and the guerilla is later tracked down and killed by Israeli troops. The second manages to land in a field east of Kiryat Shmona, near the "Gibor" helipad, and succeeds in killing six soldiers and wounding eight before he was shot and killed by an Israeli officer who had been wounded.
  • 6 December – The Israeli businessman Shlomo Takal is stabbed to death at the main shopping square in Gaza City.[5][6]

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 1987 include:

  • 5 September - Four Israeli warplanes bomb three PLO guerrilla bases on the outskirts of the Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh in Lebanon. Up to 41 people are reported killed in the incident. An IDF spokesman stated that the targets bombed were being used by terrorist cells that were planning raids against Israeli targets.[7][8]
  • 8 October - During a shootout that took place between Israeli security forces and four armed Islamic Jihad guerrillas in the Gaza Strip, all four guerrillas are killed, as well as one Shin Bet officer.[9]

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Notable births

  • 1 May – Shahar Pe'er, Israeli professional tennis player.
  • 21 December – Michael Lewis, Israeli model, basketball player and actor.

Notable deaths

  • 23 January - Uriel Ofek (born 1926), Israeli children's writer.
  • 27 March – Gurit Kadman (born 1897), German-born Israeli dance instructor and choreographer.
  • 24 April – Meir Ya'ari (born 1897), Austro-Hungarian (Galicia)-born Israeli politician, educator and social activist.
  • 29 June – Shmuel Tamir (born 1923), Israeli politician.
  • 11 July – Avi Ran (born 1963), Israeli footballer (goalkeeper).
  • 17 August – Shaike Ophir (born 1929), Israeli film actor and comedian.
  • 25 September – Abba Kovner (born 1918), Russian (Crimea)-born Israeli-Lithuanian poet, writer and partisan leader.
  • 25 October – Louis Guttman (born 1916), U.S.-born Israeli university professor.
  • 25 November – Zohar Argov (born 1955), popular Israeli singer in the Mizrahi style.

Major public holidays

See also


  1. Saar, Tzafi (26 July 2007). "Zohar Argov on the corner of Tupac Shakur". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. The Day
  3. The Palestinian Intifada as Bargaining Signal
  4. Archives: Sun-Sentinel
  5. "Israeli Stabbed to Death in Gaza Strip". 7 December 1987. Retrieved 3 June 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Lodi News-Sentinel
  7. The Telegraph-Herald - Google News Archive Search
  8. Hijazi, Ihsan A. (6 September 1987). "ISRAELI WARPLANES ATTACK IN LEBANON". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Gaza Strip Battle Ends In 5 Deaths". Chicago Tribune. 8 October 1987. Retrieved 15 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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