Israel Defense Forces timeline

  • The Altalena Affair

    The Altalena Affair was a violent confrontation that took place in June 1948 between the newly-formed Israel Defense Forces and the Irgun, a... Read more

  • Battle of Karameh

    The Battle of Karameh was fought on March 21, 1968 in the Jordanian town of Karameh between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and a combined force of... Read more

  • Israeli raid on Lebanon: Operation Spring of Youth

    The 1973 Israeli raid on Lebanon (code-named Operation Spring of Youth) took place on the night of April 9 and early morning of April 10, 1973 when... Read more

  • Operation Entebbe

    Operation Entebbe, also known as the Jonatan Operation or Entebbe Raid or Operation Thunderbolt, was a counter-terrorism hostage-rescue mission... Read more

  • South Lebanon conflict: Operation Litani

    The 1978 South Lebanon conflict (code-named Operation Litani by Israel) was an intervention in Lebanon up to the Litani River carried out by the... Read more

  • Sabra and Shatila massacre

    The Sabra and Shatila massacre (or Sabra and Chatila massacre) was a massacre of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians carried out between September... Read more

  • First Intifada begins

    The First Intifada (1987–1993) (also "intifada") was a Palestinian Rebellion against Israeli rule in the Palestinian Territories. The rebellion... Read more

  • Operation Grapes of Wrath

    Operation Grapes of Wrath is the Israeli Defense Forces code-name (Hezbollah calls it April War) for a sixteen-day military blitz against Lebanon... Read more

  • Israel withdraws troops from southern Lebanon in compliance with U.N. Resolution 425

    On March 19, 1978, five days after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, United Nations Security Council Resolution 425 called on Israel to withdraw... Read more

  • Second (al-Aqsa) Intifada

    The Second Intifada, also known as the al-Aqsa Intifada was the second Palestinian uprising, a period of intensified Palestinian-Israeli violence,... Read more

  • Hezbollah cross-border raid

    On October 7, 2000, three Israeli soldiers were abducted by Hezbollah while patrolling the Israeli occupied side of the Syrian-Lebanese border. The... Read more

  • Operation Defensive Shield

    Operation Defensive Shield was a large-scale military operation conducted by the Israel Defense Forces in 2002, during the course of the Second... Read more