Samiksha Jaiswal

1986 in Israel

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1986 in Israel
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Events in the year 1986 in Israel.



  • Prime Minister of Israel – Shimon Peres (Alignment) until 20 October, Yitzhak Shamir (Likud)
  • President of Israel – Chaim Herzog
  • Chief of General Staff - Moshe Levi
  • Government of Israel - 21st Government of Israel until 20 October, 22nd Government of Israel
  • Events

  • 1 January – The New Israeli shekel (NIS) replaces the old shekel as Israel's official currency.
  • 11 February – After a period of imprisonment of nine years in a Siberian labor camp, the Soviet-Jewish refusenik and human rights advocate Natan Sharansky and three low-level Western spies are exchanged for Czech spies held in the USA, a Soviet spy, a Polish spy and a GDR spy (the latter three held in Western Germany). Sharansky subsequently emigrates to Israel.
  • 16 April - Beisky Commission publishes its report.
  • 4 June – Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.
  • 30 September – Israeli Mossad agent Cheryl Bentov who befriended Israeli nuclear weapons whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu persuades him to fly to Rome with her on a holiday. Once in Rome, Mossad agents overpower and drug him and carry him to a waiting ship off the coast, which takes him to Israel.
  • 5 October – Israeli secret nuclear weapons are revealed by the British newspaper; The Sunday Times, which publishes an interview with Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli nuclear technician who revealed details of the program.
  • 16 October – An Israeli F-4 Phantom, piloted by Yishai Aviram, is inadvertently damaged midair and abandoned, resulting in the capture of flight navigator then-Captain Ron Arad by Amal, the Lebanese Shi'ite militia. To this day, the whereabouts of Arad has not been disclosed by his captors.
  • 20 October – The twenty-first government is replaced by the twenty-second government, when Yitzhak Shamir replaces Peres as Prime Minister in accordance with the rotation agreement between the Alignment and Likud.
  • 23 October – The beginning of experimental broadcasts of the Israeli Channel 2.
  • 19 December: Carmelit metro shut down for intensive renovation to be reopened in 1992.
  • Israeli–Palestinian conflict

    The most prominent events related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict which occurred during 1986 include:

    Notable Palestinian militant operations against Israeli targets

    The most prominent Palestinian militant acts and operations committed against Israeli targets during 1986 include:

  • 17 April – Hindawi affair: An attempt to bomb an El Al flight from London to Tel Aviv is foiled.
  • 6–22 September Turkish Jews were killed by Palestinian terrorists belonging to the Abu Nidal Organization while attending service at the Neve Shalom Synagogue.

  • 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 1986 include:

    Unknown dates

  • The founding of the communal settlement Eshhar.
  • The founding of the communal settlement Kokhav Ya'ir.
  • Notable births

  • 7 January – Daphne Leef, Israeli activist who is the initiator of the 2011 housing protests in Israel.
  • 24 January – Raviv Ullman, Israeli-born American actor.
  • 8 February – Agam Rodberg, Israeli model and actress.
  • 3 March – Michael Moshonov, Israeli actor.
  • 10 March – Roni Duani, Israeli pop singer, actress, TV host, and model.
  • 28 August – Gilad Shalit, Israeli soldier held as a hostage.
  • 1 September – Shahar Tzuberi, Israeli windsurfer and Olympic bronze medalist.
  • Notable deaths

  • 8 February – Yisrael Galili (born 1911), Russian (Ukraine)-born Israeli politician.
  • 29 July – Dan Pagis (born 1930), Romanian (Bukovina)-born Israeli poet, lecturer and holocaust survivor.
  • References

    1986 in Israel Wikipedia

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