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.

Israeli Labor Party members picking leader

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 28 (UPI) -- The two leading candidates were both confident of victory heading into the Labor Party primary in Israel Monday.

Peretz asks EU to maintain PA boycott

JERUSALEM, May 22 (UPI) -- The European Union was urged by Israel's defense minister in Jerusalem Tuesday to maintain its economic boycott of the Palestinian Authority.

8 more dead in fights against Hamas

GAZA, May 18 (UPI) -- The Israeli Air Force struck a Hamas Parliament member's home Sunday night, killing eight people, Palestinian hospital officials said.

Israeli minister calls for action in Gaza

JERUSALEM, May 20 (UPI) -- Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman Sunday called for decisive action in the Gaza Strip, calling the present situation a "moment of truth." Lieberman, who is also Israel's Minister for Strategic Affairs, said the current tension in the region

Defense minister: Israel won't occupy Gaza

JERUSALEM, May 19 (UPI) -- Israel does not plan to retake Gaza and will not bomb its electrical plants or water supplies, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Saturday.
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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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