Israel History

Israel History

Modern Israeli History: A Timeline

Key moments in the Jewish state's history.

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Israel’s War of Independence

Establishing a new nation and defending It

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The Balfour Declaration of 1917

A landmark in efforts to secure a Jewish state.

Terrorism in Israel: Questions and Answers

Palestinian attacks on civilians have been a feature of life in Israel since even before the country’s establishment.

What Is the Temple Mount?

Holy to both Jews and Muslims, this area in Jerusalem's Old City has been a focal point of inter-religious tension for decades.

Israeli Settlements: Questions and Answers

An overview of these Jewish communities in the West Bank — and why they are so controversial.

Jewish Immigration to Pre-State Israel

The story of who went to Palestine, and how these successive waves of Jewish immigration shaped Jewish life there from 1881-1939.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Yitzhak Rabin

The unusual circumstances of Rabin's marriage, his true feelings about Moshe Dayan, and other lesser-known facts about the legendary Israeli leader.

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Making of Modern Hebrew

The Lithuania-born visionary turned an ancient language into a spoken one.

Theodor Herzl

Though he died decades before the State of Israel's establishment, he is considered the country's founding father.

Israeli History Quiz

How much do you know about the history of Zionism and the Jewish state?

Jews and Arabs in British Mandate Palestine

During the interwar period, the two populations struggled to lay claim to the land.

Whose Jerusalem?

A history of Jerusalem since Israel's establishment.

Why the Oslo Accords Failed

What went wrong between the Israelis and Palestinians?

David Ben-Gurion

The first prime minister of the Jewish state.