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Israel's Iron Dome intercepts two missiles

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JERUSALEM, March 24 (UPI) -- A former Israeli defense minister says the country's missile defense system is not adequate.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert signaled his strong support for his country's ballistic missile defense development program Tuesday when he took a trip to Rafael Advanced Industries and received an update there on the nation's two premier BMD systems.
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- 2007 was a year when major industrial nations divided into tortoises and hares in their policies towards ballistic missile defense.
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Boeing says it successfully completed a series of Space Based Space Surveillance system tests.
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Israel says it will strike deeper in Gaza

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JERUSALEM, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is already acheiving great things by cleaning up the administrative mess his clownish predecessor Amir Peretz left in the country's crucial ballistic missile defense program. but he is also betting that ambitious investment in as yet undeveloped BMD technolgies will bring unanticipated levels of strategic security to his country and cement his political comeback.
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HAIFA, Israel, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Missile-defense systems will be on the agenda during Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's upcoming visit to the United States, the first since his May appointment to the job.
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BMD Focus: Barak's BMD strategy -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is sincere in his hard-driving determination to boost Israel's ballistic missile defenses as quickly as possible. But he also sees that achievement as a stepping stone to two other huge goals -- becoming prime minister and reviving the long-moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Focus: Barak's BMD strategy -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Will Ehud Barak be Israel’s Junichiro Koizumi? He wants to be.
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Amir Peretz
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz talks with the press after his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, October 5, 2006. (UPI Photo/Ariel Schalit/POOL)

Amir Peretz (Hebrew: עמיר פרץ‎, Arabic: عمير بيريتز‎; born Armand Peretz on 9 March 1952) is an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for the Labour Party. He is a former Defense Minister of Israel and former leader of the Labour Party, having left those positions in June 2007.

Peretz is the former chairman of the Histadrut trade union federation and defeated Shimon Peres in the primary elections for the Labour leadership on 9 November 2005. He led the Labour Party to a second place showing in the 2006 elections and became Defense Minister on 4 May 2006. He was defeated by Ehud Barak for the Labour leadership on 12 June 2007 and resigned from the cabinet.

Peretz was born as Armand Peretz in the town of Boujad in Morocco. His father was head of the Jewish community in Boujad and owned a petrol station. The family emigrated to Israel when Morocco won independence in 1956. They were settled in the development town of Sderot, where Peretz graduated from high school.

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