Israeli airline flights to Turkey to resume after five-year hiatus

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Israel will resume flights to Turkey after a five-year hiatus caused by security concerns, officials say.

Kerry: $4B West Bank plan could underpin peace with Israel

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a $4 billion plan to rebuild the West Bank economy could be a strong underpinning of a lasting peace with Israel.

Vote-rigging in Israeli elections probed

JERUSALEM, March 5 (UPI) -- Israeli Knesset Member Amir Peretz is denying allegations from the Labor Party that he was involved in a vote-buying scandal in party primaries.
Israel's Iron Dome intercepts two missiles

Israel's Iron Dome intercepts two missiles

BEIT EL, Israel, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's Iron Dome defense system successfully intercepted two missiles fired at Tel Aviv.
'Israel needs double Iron Dome defenses'

'Israel needs double Iron Dome defenses'

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 26 (UPI) -- Former Defense Minister Amir Peretz says Israel needs double the number of Iron Dome counter-rocket batteries it plans to buy to protect the home front.

Ex-minister: Israel needs better defenses

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

Analysis: Israel's Olmert on the skids

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Ehud Olmert's days as prime minister of Israel are numbered, maybe in the single digits: His powerful and respected defense minister, Ehud Barak, has called on him to resign.

BMD Watch: Olmert backs Iron Dome

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.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Focus: BMD around the world -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- 2007 was a year when major industrial nations divided into tortoises and hares in their policies towards ballistic missile defense.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Watch: Boeing completes SBSS tests

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Boeing says it successfully completed a series of Space Based Space Surveillance system tests.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Israel says it will strike deeper in Gaza

GAZA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Israel's defense minister Sunday said he has authorized incursions further into Gaza in retaliation for Hamas attacks on southern Israel.

BMD Focus: Barak's high-tech optimism

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.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Analysis: Barak, U.S. set to talk rockets

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.
LEAH KRAUSS, UPI International Security Industry Correspondent

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.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Israeli P.M. promises missile protection

JERUSALEM, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak told a parliamentary committee Tuesday the country will soon have protection against 90 percent of the missiles fired at it.

BMD Focus: Barak prioritizes BMD

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A dispute has been raging in the Israeli military and government about how much funds should be diverted to ballistic missile defense and how rapidly they should be approved.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Israeli minister critical of invasion

JERUSALEM, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Israel’s military withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 because its security buffer zone caused more problems than it fixed, said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Israeli PM knew shelters were inadequate

JERUSALEM, July 18 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Olmert said the prime minister knew Israeli bomb shelters were inadequate when he decided to go to war with Lebanon.

Olmert: Lebanon was right decision

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 12 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert defended the country's decision to go to war last year with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

New Israel defense minister takes office

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 19 (UPI) -- New Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak took office Tuesday in ceremonies that honored him and outgoing minister Amir Peretz.

Peres wins Israeli presidential vote

JERUSALEM, June 13 (UPI) -- Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres was the victor Wednesday in the country's first Knesset vote for a new president.

Israeli army prepares for fighting

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 5 (UPI) -- The Israeli army is preparing to fight against the Palestinians and to the north, the army chief of staff said Tuesday.

Labor ousts Peretz in Israel

JERUSALEM, May 29 (UPI) -- Israel's Labor Party has ousted Amir Peretz as its leader, less than one year after his controversial role as defense minister in the 2006 war in Lebanon.

Rockets hit Israel during primary voting

SDEROT, Israel, May 28 (UPI) -- Rockets hit the southern Israeli city of Sderot where Defense Minister Amir Peretz was voting in the Labor Party primary Monday.
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