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Finance Minister Levi Eshkol opens the valve to send water into Jerusalem’s new reservoir Nov. 18, 1958.

Jerusalem’s New Reservoir Is Opened

November 18, 1958 The culmination of a two and a half year project is completed with the opening of a new water reservoir for Jerusalem at Bayit Vegan.  The project began in 1955 as both a means to prevent a repeat of the water shortage caused during the siege of the city during the 1948…

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Leah Gottlieb works with a swimsuit model in the Gottex factory in 1980.

Leah Gottlieb Passes Away

November 17, 2012 Israeli businesswoman and fashion pioneer Leah Gottlieb passes away at the age of 94 in her Tel-Aviv home.  Gottlieb, known as the “queen of Israeli fashion” was the chief designer and co-founder together with her husband Armin of Gottex, a company known all over the world for its swimsuit designs. Gottlieb was…

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British soldiers arrest the passengers of the aliyah ship Kadima in Haifa to send them to Cyprus on Nov. 16, 1947.

Kadima Arrives in Haifa

November 16, 1947 The aliyah-bet (illegal immigration) ship Kadima (sometimes called the Kedma) arrives in Haifa under British escort and all of its passengers are arrested and sent to detention camps in Cyprus. On November 5, 1947, the Kadima left from the island of Palestrina just south of Venice with nearly 800 Jewish refugees, mostly from Poland and Hungary, hoping to…

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illustration of protestors with raised fists.

BDS Teach-In

U-M departments sponsor one-sided event. Stacy Gittleman Contributing Writer On Oct. 29, the University of Michigan’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) hosted a public teach-in about the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The program was funded by CMENAS Endowments, Institute for the Humanities, Department of Anthropology, Arab and Muslim American…

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El Al Archives photo A military DC-4 is repainted as the first El Al commercial aircraft to transport Chaim Weizmann from Geneva, where he had an eye operation, to Israel in September 1948.

El Al Is Founded

November 15, 1948 El Al, Israel’s national airline is officially founded and legally incorporated. On September 29, 1948, Chaim Weizmann was abroad in Geneva, where he had undergone an eye operation. Due to an embargo placed on Israel and other combatants in the 1948 War, Israel was not able to use a military plane to…

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U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. where the House of Representatives meets.

Commentary: What Does A Democratic House Mean For Israel?

Much of the talk this election season about a new crop of Democrats who hold views on Israel that run the gamut from skeptical to hostile focused on politicians who are about to become newly minted House members. And so Democratic control of the House will undoubtedly spark angst in some quarters. For a variety…

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Livestreamed Event Nov. 15: “Across the (Israel) Divide”

The Israel Policy Forum will be livestreaming a discussion on “Across the Great Divide,” Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. from the Streicker Center in New York. This is a part of the series “Talking Candidly and Constructively About Israel,” which is “designed to change that reality by bringing together prominent voices from along the…

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Israel Defense Minister Resigns Over Ceasefire Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman abruptly resigned his post and removed his Yisrael Beytenu Party from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition less than a day after Israel reportedly agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas. During the announcement at a meeting of the Yisrael Beytenu Knesset faction on Wednesday, Lieberman also called on…

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The Bridge in Jerusalem showing the pointed height and chords handing down.

Tales From Israel – The Bridge

If you haven’t been to Jerusalem in a few years, you may not know about the new structure dominating the ancient city. It opened in 2011 after six years of construction in which everyone complained about the traffic congestion. There were barriers everywhere, and the roads were like parking lots. The structure is called The…

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Knesset Debates Israeli Withdrawal from Sinai

November 14, 1956 The Knesset debates Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion’s announcement that Israeli troops would withdraw from Sinai following the 1956 Suez War. A week earlier, Ben-Gurion announced on Israeli radio that that Israel would withdraw its troops from the Sinai following the 1956 Suez War. The brief war had been a collusively planned operation…

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