2013 in Israel

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The following lists events in the year 2013 in Israel.

Incumbents

Events

January

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March 20, 2013 – President of the United States Barack Obama begins a four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories
Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, celebrating the unprecedented success of his party in the elections, January 24, 2013.

February

March

April

May

  • 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 202013 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

July

  • 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

September

October

November

  • November 6 – Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's trial for fraud and breach of trust ends with an acquittal.[19]
  • 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.[20]

December

  • 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 12Storm 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.

Notable deaths

See also

External links

References

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