Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs



 VOLUME 13-14: 1992-1994

25 JuneElections to the 13th Knesset result in Labor obtaining 44 seats, Meretz 12, Hadash 3, Arab Democratic Party 2. The Likud won 32 seats, Tsomet 8, Moledet 3. Of the religious parties, Shas won 6, the National Religious Party 6 and the United Torah Judaism 4.
2 JulyPresident Herzog charges Yitzhak Rabin with the task of forming the next government.
13 July Yitzhak Rabin presents his government to the Knesset and wins a vote of confidence with 67 voting in favor. Mr. Rabin became, in addition to prime minister, defense minister as well. Shimon Peres became the foreign minister and Dr. Yossi Beilin deputy foreign minister.
16 July Housing Minister Ben-Eliezer announces freezing of all building contracts in Israel and the territories which had been approved but not signed. Some 3,000 homes in the West Bank were to be affected. There would be a review of 14,000 housing units in progress.
20 July Israel formally requests $ 1 0-billion loan guarantees from the U.S.
19-21 July Secretary of State Baker visits Israel and holds talks with Rabin and Peres.
21 July Prime Minister Rabin visits Egypt for talks with President Mubarak, the first such visit of an Israeli premier since 1986.
23 July Israel announces the cancellation of contracts for 6,681 homes in "political" settlements rather than "security" settlements in the territories. 8,781 housing units whose building had begun would be completed.
11 August Prime Minister Rabin holds talks with President Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine. President Bush proclaims his support for the loan guarantees.
21-23 August Foreign Minister Peres visits Moscow, meets Foreign Minister Kozyrev. A Memorandum of Understanding on trade, economic affairs and tourism is signed.
23 August Israel announces the release of 800 Palestinian prisoners. 280 houses sealed since 1987 in the areas would be unsealed.
24 August Round Six of the bilateral peace talks resumes in Washington until 3 September.
24 August Prime Minister Rabin cancels 11 deportation orders against PLO activists.
25 August Israel presents a detailed autonomy plan, defining the role of the Palestinian Administrative Council controlling civilian matters.
6-8 September Prime Minister Sergei Tereschenko of Kazakhstan visits Israel.
7-10 September Foreign Minister Peres visits Britain and France.
10 September Rabin announces that Israel is ready to accept territorial compromise on the Golan Heights in return for peace.
14-24 September The second session of Round Six of the bilateral peace talks is held in Washington.
14-16 September Prime Minister Rabin visits Germany, meets with Chancellor Kohl and senior officials. He also visited the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and attended a meeting of the Socialist International in Berlin.
15 September Gambia announces the resumption of diplomatic ties with Israel.
15-18 September Foreign Minister Qian Qichen of China visits Israel.
15-17 September Round Two of the Arms Control and Regional Security multilateral talks is held in Moscow.
16-17 September Round Two of multilateral talks is held in Washington.
20-23 September President Arpad Goncz of Hungary visits Israel.
26-27 September Round Two of the multilateral talks on Environment is held in The Hague.
3 October Foreign Minister Peres meets Egypt's Foreign Minister Moussa in Tel Aviv.
4 October French Foreign Minister Dumas visits Israel.
5 October U.S. Congress approves the foreign aid appropriations for fiscal 1993, including the annual $3-billion military and economic aid package and the $10-billion loan guarantees.
21-29 October Session One of Round Seven of the bilateral talks is held in Washington.
28 October Israel and Jordan announce they had almost completed a full agenda on peace treaty, water and land claims, arms control and Palestinian refugees in Jordan.
29-30 October Multilateral talks on Economic Development are held in Paris.
9-19 November Session Second of Round Seven of the bilateral peace talks is held in Washington.
11-12 November Multilateral talks on refugees are held in Ottawa. Syria and Lebanon boycott the talks.
15 November Foreign Minister Peres visits Cairo for talks with President Mubarak.
17-19 November Germany's Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel visits Israel.
25-27 November Visit to Israel of President Frangois Mitterrand of France.
7 December 3 Israeli soldiers are shot dead in the Gaza Strip.
7-17 December Round Eight of the bilateral peace talks is held in Washington.
8-10 December Prime Minister Rabin visits the United Kingdom for talks with Prime Minister Major and senior ministers.
13 December An Israeli Border Policeman is kidnapped and killed by Hamas terrorists.
14-17 December Foreign Minister Peres visits Japan.
15 December In a Knesset statement Prime Minister Rabin promises a relentless war on Hamas.
16 December The cabinet approves deportation of 415 Hamas activists.
17 December The Arab delegations suspend the bilateral talks in Washington in protest over the Hamas deportations.
18 December The deportees are driven to the Lebanese border. That country refuses to admit them and they camp near Zumraya, in no man's land near the Security Zone in South Lebanon.
18 December The Security Council adopts Resolution 799 (1992) which condemned Israel's action.
21 December UN Under-Secretary James Jonah visits Israel for talks on the Hamas deportees.
23 December The Israeli High Court of Justice rejects an appeal to reverse the deportation orders.
24-30 December President Herzog visits China.
30 December On his way home from China, President Herzog stops off in Kazakhstan for talks with President Nazarbayev.
11-13 January President Kravcuk of Ukraine visits Israel.
17 January Egypt's Foreign Minister Moussa meets Prime Minister Rabin in Jerusalem.
18-21 January President Akiev of Kyrgyzstan visits Israel.
19 January The Knesset repeals a 1986 law banning meetings between Israelis and members of terrorist organizations, opening the way for talks with the PLO.
28 January In a unanimous decision, the Israeli High Court of Justice rules that the Hamas deportations were legal.
1 February Israel offers to allow back immediately 101 of the Hamas deportees. Those remaining to be allowed back at the end of 1993. Palestinian leadership rejects the offer.
22-25 February Secretary of State Christopher visits Israel.
1 March A Palestinian terrorist knifes to death two Israelis in Tel Aviv, wounding 8 others.
3 March An Israeli is stabbed to death in the Gaza Strip.
10-11 March Foreign Minister Peres visits Germany for talks with its president, chancellor and foreign minister.
12 March An Israeli woman is axed to death in the Gaza Strip.
15-18 March An Israeli Foreign Ministry delegation visits Vietnam.
16-18 March Fierce clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip.
16 March Prime Minister Rabin visits Washington for talks with President Clinton, Secretaries Christopher and Aspin, Congressional leaders, the media and Jewish leaders.
20 March Two Israeli soldiers are ambushed to death in the Gaza Strip.
24 March Ezer Weizman is elected Israel's seventh president, succeeding Chaim Herzog.
29 March Two Israelis are killed in Gaza Strip.
30 March Two Israeli policeman are killed near Hadera.
30 March Israel's Inner Cabinet decides to seal off the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria for an indefinite period. Some 100,000 Palestinians are prevented from working in Israel.
11 April Israel agrees to include Faisal Husseini as a member of the PLO negotiating team for the ninth round of talks.
11 April The Government approves the closure policy, subject to weekly review.
14 April Prime Minister Rabin and President Mubarak hold talks in Ismailiyah.
18 April An Israeli lawyer is slain in Gaza.
18-21 April Prime Minister Rabin visits Poland for talks with President Walesa and Premier Suchoka and attends the 50th Anniversary ceremonies of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
27 April The suspended Eighth Round of bilateral peace talks is resumed in Washington, ends on 13 May.
28 April Israel to allow the return of 30 deportees, expelled between 1967-1987 for PLO membership.
8-12 May Prime Minister Tamirat Layne of Ethiopia visits Israel.
13 May The Eighth Round of talks in Washington ends in deadlock when Israeli and Palestinian negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Statement of Principles.
17-18 May Foreign Minister Peres visits India, the first high-level official visit since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992.
19-21 May Foreign Minister Peres visits China for talks with Foreign Minister Qian Qichen and other officials.
23 May Premier Rabin say s that if an agreement can be reached with the Palestinians on an interim arrangement, he will apply it to Gaza first.
31 May A group of 192 Libyan Moslems begins a two-day pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
6 June IDF operation against Hamas results in the arrest of 120 activists.
7 June Foreign Minister Peres announces that Israel and Jordan were only a "pen stroke" away from a peace treaty. Jordanian officials later denied this claim.
8-11 June Chancellor Vranitzky of Austria visits Israel.
12-14 June Visit to Israel of Norwegian Foreign Minister Holst.
15 June Bilateral peace talks are resumed in Washington. This round lasts until 1 July.
22-25 June Visit to Israel of Nepalese Prime Minister Koirala.
30 June Prime Minister Rabin starts an official visit to France. That country announces an end of arms sales embargo on Israel.
5 July Hizballah terrorists ambush and Israeli patrol in the Security Zone,
6 July Hizballah shells northern Israel and the Security Zone with Katyusha rockets.
7 July Three Israeli soldiers are killed in the Security Zone by artillery shelling.
8 July Two Israeli soldiers are killed in the Security Zone.
11-14 July Visit to Israel of the deputy foreign minister of Vietnam. During his visit Israel and Vietnam sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of diplomatic relations.
25 July Israel launches "Operation Accountability" with aerial strikes at Hizballah and PFLP bases. Two Israeli civilians are killed in Hizballah shelling of Kiryat Shmonah.
26 July IDF shells villages in Southern Lebanon creating a massive flight of population.
27 July IDF shelling of Southern Lebanon continues on land and from the sea.
28 July Israeli naval units shell Tyre and Sidon.
31 July "Operation Accountability" ends with an understanding arranged by Secretary of State Christopher. Syria and Lebanon to insure that Hizballah will not shell Israeli settlements.
8-9 August Secretary of State Christopher visits Israel.
20 August Israel-PLO agreement is signed (in secrecy) in Oslo.
30 August Announcement is made of an Israeli-PLO agreement.
3 September Last-minute talks are held in Paris between Israeli, Norwegian and PLO negotiators.
10 September Israel and the PLO exchange letters formally recognizing each other.
11 September The U.S. resumes ties with the PLO suspended in 1990.
13 September The Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles is signed in a White House ceremony.
14 September Prime Minister Rabin pays a one-day visit to Morocco and meets King Hassan II.
14 September Israel and Jordan sign a formal "Common Agenda" for negotiations in Washington.
19 September Prime Minister Rabin holds talks with President Mubarak in Cairo,
20-23 September An official Israeli delegation holds talks with the Tunisian government in Tunis.
23 September The Knesset approves the Israel-PLO agreement by 61 for, 50 opposed, 8 abstentions.
29 September Gabon and Mauritius re-establish full diplomatic ties with Israel.
1 October Conference of Co-Sponsors to support Middle East peace is held in Washington. $2 billion is pledged to help Palestinians.
10-17 October Prime Minister Rabin visits China, meets with its leaders. On his way home he stops off in Jakarta for a meeting with President Suharto of Indonesia.
13 October Israel-PLO talks for implementing the DOP begin in Taba.
13 October Foreign Minister Peres visits Cairo for talks with the PLO.
13 October An Israeli delegation to the multilateral talks on refugees, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Beilin, arrives in Tunisia.
24 October Two Israeli soldiers are murdered in Gaza by Hamas terrorists.
26-28 October Multilateral talks on water are held in Beijing.
2-4 November Arms control multilateral talks are held in Moscow.
8-9 November Economic development multilateral talks are held in Copenhagen.
8-11 November King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain visit Israel.
9 November Another Israel-PLO round of talks is concluded in Cairo.
11-18 November Prime Minister Rabin visits the United States for talks with President Clinton and senior officials,
15-16 November Multilateral talks on environment are held in Cairo.
17 November Israel-PLO Economic Coordination Committee talks open in Cairo.
18-19 November Prime Minister Rabin visits Canada for talks with Premier Chretien and Foreign Minister Ouellet.
15-17 December Meeting of Steering Committee on multilateral talks is held in Tokyo.
30 December Israel and the Holy See sign a Fundamental Agreement in Jerusalem.
3-6 January Foreign Minister Moravcic of Slovakia visits Israel.
4-5 January Britain's Foreign Secretary Hurd visits Israel.
6 January Israel and the PLO resume talks in Taba.
16 January President Clinton meets with President Assad in Geneva.
26 January Prime Minister Rabin addresses the Council of Europe in Strassbourg.
4 February Agreement on Security in Gaza and Jericho is signed in Cairo.
20-22 February Prime Minister Rabin pays an official visit to Spain.
22-24 February Prime Minister Rabin pays an official visit to Portugal.
25 February An Israeli from Kiryat Arba opens fire at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, killing 29 Moslem worshippers and wounding scores of others before being killed by those present. The PLO suspends talks with Israel.
27 February The Government appoints a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the event in Hebron.
27-29 February Prime Minister Birkvas of Latvia visits Israel.
13 March "Kach" and "Kahane Chai" are outlawed by the Government.
15-19 March Prime Minister Rabin holds talks in Washington with President Clinton and senior U.S. officials.
18 March The Security Council adopts a resolution condemning the Hebron massacre and calling for an international presence in that city.
6 April A Hamas suicide bomber attacks a bus in Afula, killing 8 Israelis and wounding 20 others.
14 April A Hamas suicide bomber attacks a bus in Hadera, killing 5 Israelis and wounding many others.
18-20 April An Israeli delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Beilin attends multilateral talks on water in Oman.
29 April Israel and the PLO sign an Economic Agreement in Paris.
4 May Israel and the PLO sign an Agreement on Gaza and Jericho in Cairo.
8-10 May President Weizman represents Israel at the inauguration of President Mandela of South Africa.
13 May Israel hands over the Jericho area to Palestinian police.
17 May Two Israelis are shot dead by a terrorist near Hebron.
18 May Israel completes its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
19 May Prime Minister Rabin and King Hussein of Jordan hold secret talks in London.
20 May IDF commandos kidnap Hizballah leader Mustafa Dirani, who in 1988 sold Navigator Ron Arad to the Iranians for $300,000.
22-25 May Foreign Minister Peres visits Washington, meets with President Clinton, Secretary Christopher.
26 May Britain lifts its 12-year-old embargo on arms sales to Israel.
26-31 May Foreign Minister Peres visits Mexico, Colombia and Chile, holds talks with their presidents and senior officials.
1-4 July Arafat visits Gaza.
5 July Arafat visits Jericho and swears in the Palestinian Council.
6 July Premier Rabin and Foreign Minister Peres receive the UNESCO Peace Prize in Paris. They also meet with Arafat.
11 July Israeli and PLO teams meet in Cairo to discuss Early Empowerment in Judea and Samaria.
12 July President Clerides of Cyprus visits Israel.
17 July Israel and Cape Verde establish diplomatic relations.
18 July Israel and Jordan start talks in the Arava.
18 July A car bomb destroys the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, killing 102 and wounding scores. A radical Moslem organization linked to Iran claims responsibility. A day later an IDF rescue team flies to Buenos Aires to help in the rescue operations.
19-24 July Visit to Israel of President France-Albert Rene of the Seychelles.
20 July Foreign Minister Peres, Secretary of State Christopher and Jordan's Prime Minister Majali meet on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea to launch the Israel-Jordan talks.
25-26 July Prime Minister Rabin and King Hussein meet at the White House; they sign the Washington Declaration ending the state of war between Israel and Jordan.
26 July In two car bomb explosions in London, the Israeli Embassy and the offices of the Joint Israel Appeal are damaged.
30 July Uganda and Israel re-establish diplomatic relations, severed in 1972.
31 July Prime Minister Rabin and President Mubarak meet in Taba to review progress in the peace process.
3 August The Knesset approves the Washington Declaration by 91 in favor, 3 against, with 2 abstentions.
4 August Israel and Senegal restore diplomatic re I atio ns, suspended in 1973.
7 August Israel and Jordan inaugurate direct telephone links in a telephone conversation between President Weizman and King Hussein.
8 August Israel and Jordan open a border crossing post north of Eilat. King Hussein and Prime Minister Rabin meet in Aqaba.
9 August Israel and Ghana restore diplomatic relations.
10 August Prime Minister Rabin meets with Chairman Arafat at the Erez Checkpoint.
10-12 August Visit of Defense Minister Tohian of Papua New Guinea.
17 August Foreign Minister Peres meets in Alexandria with President Mubarak and Foreign Minister Moussa, and holds talks in the framework of the Israel PLO Liaison Committee.
17 August Israel and Jordan agree to jointly market tourism packages in the U.S.
18-19 August Visit to Israel of Norway's Foreign Minister Godal.
22-23 August Visit of Foreign Minister Peres to Germany.
24 August Agreement between Israel and the PLO on Early Empowerment in the West Bank initialled in Cairo.
24-25 August Visit of Foreign Minister Peres to Malta.
25-30 August Visit to Israel of Foreign Minister Somsavat Lengsarad of Laos.
29-30 August Visit to Israel of Egypt's Foreign Minister Moussa.
1 September Israel and Morocco announce the opening of interest offices in Rabat and Tel Aviv.
6 September Prime Minister Rabin, in an IDF Radio interview, says the withdrawal time on the Golan Heights could be three years.
8 September Rabin tells the Cabinet of a plan for limited withdrawal on the Golan over a three-year period.
8 September A meeting in Paris of donor nations to deal with funding of Palestinian projects is delayed because Palestinians included projects in Jerusalem in their list.
13 September Foreign Minister Peres and PLO Chairman Arafat meet in Oslo to mark the first anniversary of the Israel-PLO Agreement.
25 September Rabin and Arafat meet at the Erez checkpoint and agree to start preliminary talks on Palestinian elections and IDF re-deployment.
30 September Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States announce lifting of Secondary and Tertiary Economic Boycotts against Israel.
9 October An Israeli soldier is abducted by Hamas terrorists. Two Israelis are killed in Jerusalem by Hamas.
9-12 October President Lissouba of Congo visits Israel.
10 October Israel and Rwanda resume diplomatic relations.
11 October Prime Minister Rabin places responsibility for the life of the abducted soldier on the PLO.
12-13 October Visit to Israel of Secretary of State Christopher.
13 October An IDF attempt to free abducted soldier fails.
14 October Announcement is made that the 1994 Nobel Prize will awarded to Rabin, Peres and Arafat.
16-21 October Visit to Israel of Foreign Minister Ablasse Ouedrago of Burkina Faso.
17 October After an all-night session in Amman, Israel and Jordan initial a draft peace treaty.
17-18 October Visit to Israel of Foreign Minister Martino of Italy.
18-19 October Rabin pays a visit to London, meets with Prime Minister John Major.
19 October A Hamas suicide bomber blows up a bus in Tel Aviv. 22 civilians are killed, scores injured. Israel orders closure of Gaza and the West Bank.
19 October Israel announces completion of Jewish immigration from Syria.
20-23 October Visit to Israel of British Defense Secretary Rifkind.
23 October The Cabinet unanimously approves the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty.
25 October The Knesset approves the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty by a majority of 105 in favor, 3 against, 6 abstentions.
26 October The Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty is signed in the Arava in the presence of President Clinton.
27-28 October Visit to Israel of President Clinton. He addresses the Knesset, holds talks with President Weizman, Prime Minister Rabin and Foreign Minister Peres.
30 October The Economic Summit for the Middle East/North Africa opens in Casablanca by King Hassan II, in the presence of Rabin, Peres and many world leaders, as well as thousands of businessmen.
1 November Israel opens its Interest Office in Rabat.
3-5 November Visit to Israel of Prime Minister Ciller of Turkey.
7 November Deputy Foreign Minister Beilin visits Oman.
8 November Israel ratifies the peace treaty with Jordan.
9 November In a meeting between Rabin and Arafat at the Erez checkpoint, it is decided that the Palestinian Authority will assume additional responsibilities in the civilian sphere.
10 November Israel and Jordan inaugurate another crossing point at Sheikh Hussein Bridge. Prime Minister Rabin and King Hussein meet in Israel and exchange instruments of ratification of the peace treaty.
13-15 November Visit to Israel of Austria's President Klestil.
21-22 November Prime Minister Rabin holds talks in the White House with President Clinton. He also meets with Secretaries Christopher and Perry and Congressional leaders.
23 November Prime Minister Rabin holds talks in Ottawa with Prime Minister Chretien and his senior ministers.
24 November Prime Minister Rabin receives the Asturias Peace Prize in Spain together with Yasser Arafat.
29 November Foreign Minister Peres meets with Yasser Arafat in Brussels in the course of Donor Nations conference.
1 December Israel transfers authority to the Palestinians in the fields of health and taxation, completing the process of early empowerment.
5 December Israel and Greece sign a security cooperation agreement during the visit of Greece's defense minister.
6-7 December Visit to Israel of President Roman Herzog of Germany.
6-7 December Visit to Israel of the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Shalikashvili.
6-8 December Visit to Israel of U.S. Secretary of State Christopher.
10 December Prime Minister Rabin, Foreign Minister Peres and PLO Chairman Arafat are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
11 December Israel and Jordan open their respective embassies in Amman and Tel Aviv.
12-14 December Prime Minister Rabin pays an official visit to Japan.
14-17 December Prime Minister Rabin pays an official visit to South Korea.
19 December The European Union announces finalization of principles of the new Israel-EU agreement.
19-21 December President Weizman pays an official visit to Egypt.
23 December IDF Chief of Staff Barak meets in Washington with the Syrian Chief of Staff Hikmat Shihabi. They also met together with President Clinton.
26 December Prime Minister Rabin visits Oman and holds talks with Sultan Kabus in Muscat.
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