Slain Palestinians not linked to terror

JERUSALEM, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A report by Israel's Shin Bet says more than 20 percent of Palestinians killed by Israel security forces in 2006 and 2007 were not linked to terrorism.

Israeli official faults U.S. Iran report

JERUSALEM, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Israel's security minister criticized the recent U.S. National Security Estimate that suggested Iran halted its nuclear arms program years ago.

Israeli minister fears arrest in England

JERUSALEM, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Israel's public security minister canceled a trip to Britain because he fears arrest for his involvement in the assassination of the head of Hamas in 2002.

Israeli minister doubtful on peace talks

JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Egypt could stem the flow of weapons from the Sinai to Gaza in one day, Israeli Public Security Minister Avi Dichter told U.N. Middle East envoy Tony Blair.

PA demands prisoner release in Israel

JERUSALEM, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority demands for a prisoner release include freeing a Fatah leader serving life in prison for killing four Israelis and a Greek monk.

Israel, Hamas exchange rockets, bombs

GAZA, May 21 (UPI) -- Israel bombed Hamas facilities in Gaza Monday, and lawmakers said Palestinian political leaders also could be targeted.

Israel moving ahead with Mugrabi Gate work

JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Israel's Cabinet voted to move ahead with renovations on Jerusalem's Mugrabi Gate over the protests of Muslims who say it threatens the al-Aqsa Mosque.

U.S., Israel sign security agreement

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The United States and Israel have signed an agreement calling for collaboration on security.

Suicide bomber kills three in Israel

JERUSALEM, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Israeli officials said the suicide bomber who killed three people in Eilat Monday intended to detonate his explosives in a more crowded area.

Cabinet backs Olmert on cease-fire

JERUSALEM, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Israeli Cabinet supported Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's policy of restraint in Gaza after a discussion Monday.

Israel boosts security for Yom Kippur

JERUSALEM, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Israel's defense establishment went on high alert Sunday as Gaza and the West Bank were closed off for Yom Kippur.

High alert in Israel as Yom Kippur begins

JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Israeli security forces were on high alert Sunday ahead of the sundown beginning of the holiest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Israel: Egypt allowing weapons smuggling

JERUSALEM, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The chief of Israel's Shin Bet security agency said Wednesday Egypt is turning a blind eye to arms shipments to Palestinian militants.

Assad says Israel likely to attack Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad told a Lebanese newspaper that he believes Israel will use Syria's supposed ties to Iran to attack his country.

Israel may agree to Lebanon prisoner swap

JERUSALEM, July 18 (UPI) -- Israel's Security minister said Tuesday the country may consider a prisoner exchange with Lebanon to recover two soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah.
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Avi Dichter
Israeli Public Security Minister Avi Dichter talks to first grader, Egnat Egav, 6, on the first day of school in Sderot in southern Israel, September 2, 2007. Schools in Sderot have been hit by rockets from the nearby Gaza Strip. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)

Avi Dichter (Hebrew: אבי דיכטר‎, IPA:  ; born December 4, 1952) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Kadima. He is a former Minister of Internal Security.

Born in Ashkelon, Dichter's parents were Holocaust survivors. As an adolescent, he joined Hashomer Hatzair, the oldest Zionist youth movement still functioning. After graduating high school (where he met his wife Ilana, with whom he has three children), Dichter was selected to serve in the elite unit of the Israel Defense Forces, Sayeret Matkal, under then Commander Ehud Barak. Upon completing his military service, Dichter joined Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, in 1974 where he advanced to eventually become its Director in 2000.

He began his career in Shin Bet as a sky marshal for El Al. After becoming proficient in Arabic and completing field intelligence courses, he began working in the Shin Bet's Southern District—specifically in the Gaza Strip. In 1986 he gained a BA in Social Science from Bar-Ilan University. In 1992, he was appointed as Director for the region. The targeted killing of Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash—known as "The Engineer"—took place under Dichter's leadership. The assassination of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 shed light on Shin Bet's shortcomings. Aiming to improve the Shin Bet's protection capabilities, Dichter was appointed Director of the Security and Protection Division. In 1999, he became Deputy Director of Shin Bet, and gained an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University. One year later, Prime Minister Ehud Barak promoted Dichter to Director.

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