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Iron Dome stopped 421 Hamas rockets

Iron Dome stopped 421 Hamas rockets

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The cost to operate Israel's Iron Dome rocket-intercepting system during Operation Pillar of Defense last month was about $27 million, an official said.
Israel drafts 16,000, rockets hit Tel Aviv

Israel drafts 16,000, rockets hit Tel Aviv

ASHKELON, Israel, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Israel has begun mobilizing 16,000 troops, a move that could signal plans to invade the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip amid a swelling rocket barrage in which Iranian-made missiles hit the edges of metropolitan Tel Aviv, Israel's largest urban conurbation.
Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes

Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes

GAZA, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Israel resumed airstrikes in Gaza Thursday night after two rockets struck near Tel Aviv and three Israelis died in the south, military authorities said.

Israel mixed on Palestinian call for peace

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders gave a mixed reception to calls by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to renew peace talks with Israel.

Israel hits Hamas camp after rocket strike

JERUSALEM, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Israeli military jets fired on a Hamas training camp in Gaza but did not hurt anyone, military officials said.

Dichter: Israel needs better deterrence

JERUSALEM, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Israel's defense minister said Friday that Israel needs to develop a better missile-deterrence strategy against rockets fired from Gaza.

Israel bans Arab celebration of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, India, March 22 (UPI) -- Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter banned the Palestinian Authority from holding events to celebrate Jerusalem as a "capital of Arab culture."
Dichter blasts extremists in Rabin speech

Dichter blasts extremists in Rabin speech

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Israeli's internal security minister says right-wing Jewish extremism remains a threat 13 years after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Israel: IDF chief targeted in mortar fire

GAZA, April 13 (UPI) -- A top Israeli general avoided a Palestinian mortar attack Sunday in the western Negev region, officials said.

Israeli official's top aide injured

JERUSALEM, April 4 (UPI) -- The senior aide to Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter was wounded by a sniper Friday while escorting a visiting group outside Gaza, officials said.

Man who stormed yeshiva buried

JERUSALEM, March 13 (UPI) -- Police said they gave the body of the militant who killed eight students to the man's family a week after his deadly assault on a yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Israelis, Hamas trade airstrikes

JERUSALEM, March 4 (UPI) -- Two Palestinians, reportedly Hamas members, were killed in Israeli airstrikes targeting suspected rocket-launching cells in the Gaza Strip.

Rocket attack injures two in Israel

SDEROT, Israel, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Rockets reportedly launched Saturday by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have left two people, including an 8-year-old boy, injured in Israel.

Power outages expected in Gaza Strip

SDEROT, Israel, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Palestinians say parts of the Gaza Strip will go dark Sunday without diesel fuel being withheld by Israel in response to rocket attacks.
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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)
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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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