Jan. 8, 1978
Hadassah leader Rose Halprin dies
Rose Luria Halprin, a two-time national president of Hadassah who held numerous leadership positions in the Jewish Agency during the British Mandate, dies in New York at age 83. A New York native, Halprin was educated at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hunter College and Columbia University. She led Hadassah from 1932 to 1934 and from 1947 to 1952 and served as a liaison to the Hadassah Medical Organization while living in Jerusalem during the construction of the Mount Scopus hospital in the late 1930s.
Jan. 9, 1952
Israel accepts German reparations
The Knesset ends three days of debate by voting 61-50 to accept more than $800 million in Holocaust reparations over 14 years from the West German government. The decision, opposed by Menachem Begin and his Herut party as an acceptance of blood money, sparks protests and rioting. But after the arrangements are formalized in an agreement eight months later, the payments prove vital to Israel’s struggling economy.
Jan. 10, 1996
King Hussein makes first public trip to Tel Aviv
Jordan’s King Hussein makes his much-anticipated first public visit to Israel nearly 15 months after signing a peace treaty with Israel. The king co-pilots an army helicopter to Sde Dov, then he and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres drive to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital to see two Jordanian soldiers receiving treatment. The king, who secretly visited in 1977, also stops at the Defense Ministry and at Beit Gavriel on the Sea of Galilee.
Jan. 11, 1929
Gen. Rafael Eitan is born
Rafael Eitan, the 11th chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, is born in Tel Adashim. He joins the elite Palmach at age 16. As a paratrooper and pilot, he is wounded four times in wars before reaching the rank of lieutenant general as the chief of staff in 1978. He champions army programs to help underprivileged youths integrate in Israeli society. His career ends in 1983 amid the controversy over the Sabra and Shatila massacres in Lebanon.
Jan. 12, 1981
Bedouin Knesset member is assassinated
Hamad Abu-Rabia, the first Bedouin to serve in the Knesset, is fatally shot at age 51 in his car outside the Holy Land Hotel in Jerusalem, where he stays while the parliament is meeting. It is the first assassination of a Knesset member. The culprits are the sons of a Druze political rival, Jabr Muadi, who is blocked from returning to the Knesset when Abu-Rabia refuses to surrender the only seat won by the United Arab List in 1979.
Jan. 13, 1922
Zionist leader meets with Harding
Nahum Sokolow, the president of the World Zionist Congress’ Executive Committee, meets with U.S. President Warren Harding for nearly an hour during a tour to raise money for Jewish settlement in Palestine. Sokolow briefs Harding on the hardships and persecution faced by European Jews and progress on the Zionist enterprise. Sokolow’s son Florian says Harding offers sympathy toward Zionism and promises U.S. government support.
Jan. 14, 2018
Netanyahu visits India
Benjamin Netanyahu pays the first state visit to India by an Israeli prime minister in more than 15 years, reciprocating a trip to Israel by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in mid-2017. Netanyahu meets with government, military and business leaders to continue expanding bilateral trade, which has grown more than 20 times since the two countries normalized relations in 1992. He also visits India’s small Jewish community.
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