3.10.07 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the PM's
residence in Jerusalem. They agreed to begin negotiations over a
final status agreement after the U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace
conference in Annapolis, Maryland in November.
3.10.07 The Palestinian Monetary
Authority's governor says that some Palestinian banks could be
forced to shut their Gaza branches by year-end because of Israel's
financial clampdown on the Hamas-controlled territory. George Abed
said Gaza's supply of Israeli shekels could begin to run out in
November and that Gazans could have trouble receiving funds from
family members abroad.
4.10.07 A bomb explodes near a
vehicle carrying members of a Hamas security force in the Gaza
Strip, wounding three members of Hamas' Executive Force, amid
growing factional tensions. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said
that it was not involved in the incident.
4.10.07 Five former U.S. State
Department and Pentagon officials are proposing establishing
Israeli and Palestinian capitals in Jerusalem and preventing
Palestinian refugees from returning to Israel as part of a Middle
East accord. In a policy statement submitted to Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice, they also suggested a series of peace conferences
following the one in Annapolis.
8.10.07 During a meeting with
visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, PM Ehud Olmert says
that the fate of the Golan Heights will not be raised at the
Annapolis conference and that only Palestinian issues will be on
8.10.07 Most of the Jewish National
Fund's (JNF) leadership is against a law that would allow it to
continue leasing land only to Jews, Deputy Chairman Menachem
Leibovitz tells Haaretz. "We want to reach an arrangement
with the state within three months and there is no reason, no
justification and no wisdom in enacting a JNF law. I imagine that
is the position of most of the JNF leadership," he said.
9.10.07 The IDF issues an order
expropriating over 1,100 dunums (275 acres) of land from four Arab
villages located between East Jerusalem and the West Bank
settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim. The land is slated to be used for a
new Palestinian road that would connect East Jerusalem with
Jericho. That would "free up" the E-1 area between Jerusalem and
Ma'aleh Adumim - through which the current Jerusalem - Jericho road
runs - for a long-planned Jewish development of 3,500 apartments
and an industrial park.
15.10.07 Israel releases a Hizbullah
man and the bodies of two others in exchange for the body of an
Israeli civilian and some information on missing airman Ron Arad.
According to Haaretz, the information offered nothing new on
the fate of Arad, whose plane went down over Lebanon 21 years
16.10.07 One Palestinian civilian
and one militant are shot and killed during an Israeli raid in
17.10.07 According to the Saudi
newspaper Al-Watan, Israel and Hizbullah have agreed on a mechanism
for a prisoner exchange involving abducted Israel forces troops
Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Sources close to the negotiations
said Israel would free nine Lebanese held in Israeli jails, along
with an undetermined number of Palestinian and Arab
20.10.07 Two Islamic Jihad members
are killed in an Israeli missile strike on a fishing boat off the
coast of the Gaza Strip. Earlier, Israeli troops fired a missile at
a group of Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip, wounding
22.10.07 Evangelical Christians in
the U.S. have brought dozens of Iranian Jews to Israel in recent
months, claiming that Iran's tiny Jewish community is in grave
danger and offering cash incentives. The International Fellowship
of Christians and Jews, a charity that funnels millions of dollars
in donations to Israel every year, is promising $10,000 to every
Iranian Jew who comes to Israel, said the group's director, Rabbi
22.10.07 Israeli Finance Minister
Roni Bar-On meets in Washington with World Bank President Robert
Zoellick, and urges him not to cooperate in any manner with Hamas
or economic projects in the Gaza Strip.
22.10.07 While hosting PM Olmert at
the Elysée Palace, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says that
Palestinian refugees should be resettled in a Palestinian state,
not in Israel. He expressed strong support for Israel, describing
its establishment as a "miracle" and "the most significant event of
the 20th century."
23.10.07 Two Islamic Jihad militants
are killed and an Israeli officer lightly wounded during a raid in
the West Bank city of Jenin.
26.10.07 During a meeting with PM
Olmert, President Abbas demands that Israel remove 16 roadblocks in
the West Bank as part of the implementation of the first stage of
the Road Map.
28.10.07 Israeli author Amos Oz says
that he does not trust the country's current political leadership
and that it does not have the courage to reach an agreement with
the Palestinians. Oz refused to comment on his recent meeting with
PM Olmert, which was brokered by MK Haim Oron of Meretz, but he
praised Olmert for publicly advocating a two-state solution to the
28.10.07 Israel begins to decrease
its fuel supply to the Gaza Strip as part of its policy to
intensify sanctions against the Hamas government.
29.10.07 Israel agrees to allow a
shipment of funds into Gaza via the Erez crossing despite increased
sanctions, including fuel reductions, on the Strip. The money was
intended for salaries that President Abbas has committed to
30.10.07 According to Jacob Walles,
the American consul general in Jerusalem, American firms selected
by the U.S. administration will advise the PA on the organization,
training and equipment of its security forces.
30.10.07 An emerging agreement
between the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) and the Jewish
National Fund will likely involve swapping 60,000 dunums (15,000
acres) of JNF development land for 60,000 dunums of ILA open space.
The deal is designed to render redundant the controversial JNF bill
which would allow the organization to continue leasing its lands
only to Jews.
30.10.07 Four Hamas policemen are
killed when the Israeli Air Force struck a Hamas police position in
the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF said that the attack followed the
firing of mortar shells by Hamas at Netiv Haasara, near the Gaza
30.10.07 Settlers from the Kfar
Tapuah settlement near Jama'een village in the Nablus area
trespassed on the Palestinians' land 2 kilometers from the village,
burning 30 dunums (7.5 acres) of vital agricultural land with olive
31.10.07 Israeli Foreign Minister
Tzipi Livni meets privately in Jerusalem with the head of the
Palestinian negotiating team, Ahmad Qurei', as part of ongoing
bilateral talks in preparation for the Annapolis conference.
4.11.07 Israeli soldiers kill four
Palestinians in two separate incidents in the Gaza Strip, hours
after militants in Gaza launched three rockets at the western
4.11.07 Israeli FM Livni meets with
U.S. Secretary of State Rice in Jerusalem for talks aimed at
overcoming the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians ahead of
the Annapolis conference.
4.11.07Haaretz reports that
Turkey wants to build a monument to those who died fighting for the
Ottoman Empire at the foot of the Haram el-Sharif's (Temple Mount)
eastern wall. The proposal, which the Israeli PM's Office supports,
was submitted to the Jerusalem Municipality for approval. The Waqf,
the Islamic religious trust, which controls the Haram el-Sharif,
has already given Turkey land for the monument, which would be
about 3 meters high and would fly a Turkish flag.
6.11.07 Israel will not grant the
Palestinians a direct territorial passage between the Gaza Strip
and the West Bank, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says. The
passage - which may be worked out in the framework of a permanent
agreement with the Palestinians - will remain under Israeli control
and will either run underground or through bridges, he said.
6.11.07 Israel's ambassador to the
United Nations harshly criticizes the UN Human Rights Council,
saying its repeated focus on Israel had rendered it "morally
bankrupt." Dan Gillerman lashed out at the Human Rights Council's
"ongoing practice of singling out Israel" while ignoring human
rights violations in other countries.
7.11.07 Egypt and Jordan should no
longer be defined as "dangerous countries" in the infiltration
prevention law, several Israeli government ministries have decided.
Haaretz reported that the law is due to be amended in the
following weeks. The infiltration prevention law states that people
entering Israel without authorization from dangerous countries such
as Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran risk a jail term of seven years
instead of the five-year maximum for infiltrators from
12.11.07 Israeli forces arrest two
Hamas lawmakers, including the first female legislator to be
rounded up, Hamas officials said. The arrests brought the number of
detained Hamas legislators to 41. Most were rounded up in mid-2006,
following the capture of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by Hamas
12.11.07 "I believe, we can make
peace now with [the] Palestinians," Israeli President Shimon Peres
told a joint news conference in Turkey with Turkish President
Abdullah Gul. "It takes time to make peace," Peres said.
12.11.07 Turkish President Gul
raises the issue of opening a Turkish Cypriot representative office
in Tel Aviv in his meeting with Israeli President Peres. Peres said
he would have to discuss the matter with Israel's Foreign
12.11.07 Hamas forces arrest Fateh
activists involved in planning a major Gaza rally honoring Arafat,
according to Fateh officials, hours after Hamas troops opened fire
on the rally, leaving seven people dead. Fifty-five people were
wounded in clashes between Hamas forces and Fateh supporters.
13.11.07 Israel and the Palestinians
have agreed to begin talks on a final status agreement before the
implementation of the first stage of the Road Map - eliminating
terror and dismantling the settlements -according to PM Olmert, in
his appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
13.11.07 Presidents Peres and Abbas
meet in Ankara, Turkey, in the company of their host, Turkish
President Gul, and the two leaders addressed the Turkish
14.11.07 The Israeli state is
refusing to hand over the list of properties belonging to the Waqf
in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, claiming that revealing such information
could possibly damage Israel's foreign relations. The statement was
in response to a suit filed in February in Tel Aviv District Court
demanding the list of assets belonging to the Muslim religious
trust, by a Jaffa human rights organization and four Muslim
16.11.07 The German government
rejects a request by Israeli Pensioners Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan
to reopen the reparations agreement for discussion. The
announcement comes a few days before the visit to Israel of
Germany's Federal Minister of Finance Peer Steinbruck. The
government's deputy spokesman said the German government would open
talks with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against
Germany, but only on "amendments in the existing framework."
19.11.07 A 20-year-old Gaza resident
dies from cancer while awaiting approval to enter Israel for
medical treatment. Despite numerous requests by Physicians for
Human Rights since July, the Shin Bet security service denied his
entrance citing security reasons.
19.11.07 President Abbas and PM
Olmert meet in Jerusalem to discuss obstacles to negotiations. The
two hope to reach an agreement on a Palestinian state before U.S.
President George W. Bush leaves office in January 2009, though
Israel insists that implementation not begin until the Palestinians
dismantle militant groups.
20.11.07 PM Olmert and Egyptian
President Mubarak meet in Sharm el-Sheikh in an effort to boost
Arab participation in the Annapolis conference.
21.11.07 According to an Israeli
official, PM Olmert agrees to permit the transfer of 25 armored
vehicles from Russia to PA security forces in the West Bank,
reversing two years of opposition.
22.11.07 In an interview with
Japan's Tokyo Shimbun, President Peres says that a final Middle
East peace accord will be impossible to reach before U.S. President
Bush leaves office.
25.11.07 Israeli troops kill two
Palestinian militants during a raid in the central Gaza
27.11.07 Israeli troops kill two
Hamas militants near Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.
27.11.07 Senior officials from
nearly 50 countries and international organizations gather in
Annapolis, Maryland, near Washington, for a conference aimed at
launching final?status peace negotiations between Israel and the
Palestinians. U.S., Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed at the
conference to start work immediately on reaching a peace treaty
within 13 months that would create a Palestinian state.
Participation by Saudi Arabia and Syria gave it a strong Arab
presence, including the first involvement in peace talks with
Israel by the entire 22-member Arab League.
28.11.07 The Annapolis conference
ends in an agreement to try to reach a Middle East peace settlement
by the end of 2008.
29.11.07 Four Hamas militants are
killed in two separate Israeli Air Force strikes near Khan Younis
in southern Gaza.
28.11.07 "If the day comes when the
two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style
struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the
territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is
finished," PM Olmert tells Haaretz.
1.12.07 Israel Radio reports
President Abbas reiterating his refusal to recognize Israel as a
Jewish state. "Historically, there are two states - Israel and
Palestine. Israel has Jews and other people and this we are ready
to recognize, but nothing else," it quoted Abbas as saying shortly
after he landed in Saudi Arabia.
1.12.07 An Israeli Air Force strike
kills five Hamas members near Khan Younis, prompting threats from
Gaza militants to fire longer-range rockets at Israeli border
towns. Eight people were wounded, including one critically.
2.12.07 Three hundred Palestinian
police officers who underwent advanced training in Jericho are
deployed to patrol the embattled city of Nablus. The deployment of
the specially trained police came as part of an agreement brokered
between Israeli DM Barak and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam
Fayyad, and is meant to combat armed militant groups operating in
3.12.07 Israel releases 429
Palestinian prisoners, a gesture meant to strengthen President
Abbas after both sides decided at the Annapolis conference to try
to reach a peace deal by the end of 2008.
3.12.07 Four Hamas gunmen are killed
in clashes with Israeli troops in the northern Gaza Strip near the
border fence with Israel.
3.12.07 Israel delays a planned
transfer of 25 armored personnel carriers from Russia to the PA,
planned for this week in Nablus, because the Palestinians want to
have them mounted with machine guns.
4.12.07 According to Peace Now, the
Israel Defense Forces' Civil Administration carried out only 3% of
its own demolition orders for illegal construction in the West Bank
settlements over the past 10 years.
4.12.07 An Israeli Air Force air
strike kills two Hamas militants and wounds two others in the Gaza
5.12.07 Israel Radio reports that
U.S. President Bush will make his first presidential visit to
Israel for two days starting January 10.
5.12.07 An Israeli undercover border
police unit kills a Palestinian police officer during an arrest
raid after refusing to stop at a Palestinian security forces
roadblock near al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.
6.12.07 Israeli Internal Security
Minister Avi Dichter cancels a trip to the United Kingdom over
concerns that he would be arrested because of his involvement in
the decision to assassinate the head of Hamas' military wing in
July 2002. Fifteen people were killed in the bombing of Salah
Shehade's house in Gaza, among them his wife and three children,
when Dichter was head of the Shin Bet security service. He is the
first minister to have to deal with a possible arrest.
9.12.07 In response to U.S.
criticism of plans to build homes on occupied land in the Jerusalem
area, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon says that parts of
the city must be given to the Palestinians to avoid losing U.S.
9.12.07 Israeli police officers
remove 60 right-wing activists who tried to erect a new outpost
near Hebron. One man, who tried to attack the police, was
11.12.07 Eight Palestinian militants
are killed and four Israeli soldiers are lightly wounded after
dozens of Israeli tanks and armored vehicles moved into Gaza,
setting off clashes with Palestinian militants firing
rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds.
12.12.07 A group of Israeli and
Palestinian industrialists establish the Palestine International
Business Forum, in order to promote projects in the West Bank and
the Gaza Strip. The group's board of directors held its first
meeting in Bethlehem.
12.12.07 Fifteen Qassam rockets are
launched into the western Negev, most of them landing in open
fields. Five people were lightly wounded. The Islamic Jihad took
responsibility for firing 11 of the rockets.
12.12.07 The Quartet's Middle East
envoy Tony Blair tells the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee that he understands Israel's doubts regarding
negotiations with the Palestinians, but urged the lawmakers to
proceed in talks.
12.12.07 Negotiations between Israel
and the Palestinian Authority, led by Israeli FM Livni and PA
negotiator Qurei', are renewed in a tense atmosphere, after a
seven-year hiatus following the failure of Camp David, the Taba
talks and the fall of the government headed by then-PM Barak.
13.12.07 The Jerusalem municipality
is discriminating against East Jerusalem students by not providing
places of study for everyone, and is thereby contravening its legal
obligation, the municipality's own legal counsel says in a letter
addressed to the mayor and all senior City Hall officials.
13.12.07 A World Bank report warns
that even if the donor countries meet all of the PA's demands for
aid, the Palestinian economy will continue to deteriorate if Israel
does not ease mobility and trade restrictions in the West
15.12.07 More than 200,000
Palestinians rally in the Gaza Strip to mark the Hamas movement's
20th anniversary, where dismissed Hamas Prime Minister Ismail
Haniyeh said that whoever declares he will never recognize Israel
earns "the people's love." The crowd chanted: "We will never
16.12.07 Israeli forces arrest 25
Hamas members, including a legislator in Nablus.
17.12.07 Using the high-profile
platform of an international donors conference in Paris, President
Abbas calls on Israel to freeze West Bank settlements without
excuses. Delegations were expected to offer around $5.6 billion to
help lift the Palestinian economy and underpin the renewed Middle
East peace talks.
17.12.07 Israeli forces launch an
assault on Islamic Jihad, killing nine of the group's men in the
Gaza Strip and another top commander in the West Bank.
23.12.07 As PM Fayyad's forces
continue their drive to take charge of West Bank cities, five
hundred security officers deploy in Bethlehem to beef up a force of
about 1,000, Reuters reports.
24.12.07 Israel launches an air
strike in the Gaza Strip, killing two Hamas militants and wounding
25.12.07 Masked Jewish settlers beat
and injure Palestinian farmers in a field near Nablus. The settlers
sprayed four Palestinians who were planting wheat with pepper gas
and then beat them with sticks. Two were injured, one moderately,
and treated at a local hospital.