IEC plans two natural gas plants

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 5 (UPI) -- The Israel Electric Corp. is moving forward with its emergency program with plans to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Haifa and possibly in Eilat.

UPI Energy Watch

Israel, Turkey hold energy talks; Dutch firm wins Algerian contract; Italy, Libya ink energy deals
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, UPI Energy Correspondent

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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 pressured to supply power to Gaza

JERUSALEM, July 3 (UPI) -- There is international pressure on Israel to supply power to replace the electricity from a Gaza transformer station bombed last week, a report says.

Mubarak to visit Israel before end of 2005

CAIRO, June 30 (UPI) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will visit Israel before the end of the year, Israeli Minister of Infrastructure Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said Thursday.

Peres vs. Peretz expected in Labor race

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 16 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Shimon Peres and the Labor Federation's leader Amir Peretz seem to be running neck and neck in their party's elections.

Jordan, Israel, PA sign canal study

AMMAN, Jordan, May 9 (UPI) -- Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority Monday signed an agreement to conduct a feasibility study on building a canal linking the Dead and Red seas.

Sharon's new government sworn in

JERUSALEM, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new government was sworn in Monday after the Knesset approved a plenum vote of 58 to 56, with six abstentions.

Sharon announces disengagment timetable

JERUSALEM, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday the evacuation from Gaza would begin next May and last for no more than 12 weeks.

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What U.S. newspapers are saying

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Academic View:Israel's next prime minister

NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) -- Academic View: The next Israeli elections, like previous ones, may be greatly influenced by the Palestinians' conduct on the ground, especially by the level of violence directed against Israel.
Benjamin Ben-Eliezer
Leader Amir Peretz, center, laughs with party members during the filming of an election campaign television commercial in a studio in Givataim, Israel,February 27, 2006. They are, L-R, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Ophir Pines-Paz, Avishai Braverman and Itzhak Herzog. Israel will head to the polls on March 28 to select a new leader. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)

Brigadier-General (Res.) Binyamin Fuad Ben-Eliezer בנימין פואד בן אליעזר, born 12 February 1936) is an Israeli politician and former military officer of Iraqi origin. He currently serves as a member of the Knesset for the Labor Party, and as the country's Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour. He previously held the posts of Minister of Defense, Deputy Prime Minister and several other ministerial portfolios.

Born in Basra in southern Iraq, as Fuad, Son of Saleh and Farha .Ben-Eliezer made aliyah to Israel in 1950, hebraizing his First name to Binyamin. He entered the Israel Defense Forces in 1954, and became a career soldier. He served as a Commander in the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War, and was wounded in the War of Attrition. In 1977, he was appointed First Commanding Officer in Southern Lebanon, serving as the army liaison between the Lebanese Christian militias and Israel. He was Military Governor of Judea and Samaria (1978-81) and was Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories from 1983 until 1984. He completed his military service with the rank of Brigadier General.

He was first elected to the Knesset in 1984 on the Yahad list, which merged into the Alignment during his first term. He was re-elected in 1988 and 1992, by which time the Alignment had become the Labor Party. On 13 July 1992 he was appointed Minister of Housing and Construction in Yitzhak Rabin's government. He retained his seat in the 1996 elections, but lost his place in the cabinet as Labor went into opposition. Following Ehud Barak's victory in the 1999 Prime Minister election, Ben-Eliezer returned to the cabinet as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Communications. From 11 October 2000 until 3 March 2001 he also served as Minister of Housing and Construction. After Ariel Sharon's victory in the special election for Prime Minister in 2001, Ben-Eliezer was appointed Minister of Defense in the national unity government, and served as Labor Party leader following Barak's resignation until Amram Mitzna was elected in 2002. He left the post on 2 October 2002 when Labor withdrew from the coalition.

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