Israel captures Hamas bomb commander

RAMALLAH, Gaza, May 23 (UPI) -- Israeli security forces captured a senior Hamas bombing commander in Gaza Tuesday who has been on the country's most-wanted list since 1998.

Olmert starts filling new Cabinet posts

JERUSALEM, May 1 (UPI) -- Interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert began filling Cabinet posts from senior members of the Kadima party Monday.

Olmert plans more West Bank pullouts

JERUSALEM, March 5 (UPI) -- Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will reportedly seek to evacuate more West Bank settlements if his party wins this month's national election.

Olmert takes flak on withdrawal plans

JERUSALEM, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came under flak from all sides of the political spectrum Wednesday for his plans for withdrawing Israeli settlers.

Netanyahu: Hamas won't change

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the hawkish Israeli Likud party, wants to move the security fence farther into the West Bank after the Hamas election victory.

Israeli leader rejects Hamas as partner

JERUSALEM, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Israeli Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says any Palestinian Authority government that included Hamas would not be a partner with Israel.

Palestinian recruits brother for bombing

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Israel arrested a would-be suicide bomber and his family turned over the person who recruited him -- his brother, security sources said Monday.

Security tightened around Israel's Sharon

JERUSALEM, July 7 (UPI) -- Israel's intelligence service tightened security around Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Wednesday amid fears of violence from right-wing Jewish extremists.

Israel: East Jerusalem Arabs key challenge

JERUSALEM, July 5 (UPI) -- The head of Israel's security service is warning that East Jerusalem Arabs are a major, and increasing, source of terrorists.

Israel claims Gaza groups have new weapon

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Israel's chief of security said Tuesday Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip are developing a new weapon to breach the security fence under construction.

Shin Bet: Iran is Number One in terror

JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The chief of Israel's Shin Bet security service Tuesday called Iran the "number one terror state in the world," Ha'aretz reported.
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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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