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President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu hold bilateral talks at White House

President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu hold bilateral talks at White House

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.
JC Finley
At U.N., Netanyahu denounces Iranian terrorism

At U.N., Netanyahu denounces Iranian terrorism

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 29 (UPI) --Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking Monday at the United Nations General Assembly, refuted Iranian claims that it does not practice terrorism.
Ed Adamczyk
Mahmoud Abbas asks U.N. for timetable for Israeli withdrawal

Mahmoud Abbas asks U.N. for timetable for Israeli withdrawal

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) --Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday regarding Israeli occupation.
JC Finley
Netanyahu welcomes Israel's newest submarine, the INS Tanin

Netanyahu welcomes Israel's newest submarine, the INS Tanin

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 23 (UPI) --Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted the arrival Tuesday of Israel's newest addition to its naval fleet: the INS Tanin submarine.
JC Finley
Snowden reveals connection between NSA and Israel's spying on Palestinians

Snowden reveals connection between NSA and Israel's spying on Palestinians

JERUSALEM, Sept. 21 (UPI) --Snowden documents show a connection between Israeli spying on Palestinians and the NSA.
Thor Benson
Kerry asks Netanyahu to stop new West Bank settlements

Kerry asks Netanyahu to stop new West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM, Sept. 3 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to persuade Israel to reverse a decision to claim West Bank territory.
Ed Adamczyk
Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Israeli airstrikes killed three Hamas commanders overnight Wednesday as peace negotiations between Israel and Gaza showed no sign of restarting.
Gabrielle Levy
Israeli airstrike in Gaza targets Hamas commander

Israeli airstrike in Gaza targets Hamas commander

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Israel suspended negotiations and renewed airstrikes in Gaza overnight Tuesday, responding to a burst of Hamas rocket fire that broke nearly six days of calm.
Gabrielle Levy
As Gaza truce winds down, no progress in negotiations

As Gaza truce winds down, no progress in negotiations

CAIRO , Aug. 18 (UPI) --Israeli and Palestinian negotiators remain far apart Monday as a five-day truce in Gaza is about to expire.
Ed Adamczyk
Cease-fire extension between Israel and Hamas holds despite violence

Cease-fire extension between Israel and Hamas holds despite violence

CAIRO, Aug. 14 (UPI) --A five-day cease-fire has taken hold between Israel and Hamas despite the exchange of rocket fire Wednesday night.
Aileen Graef
Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza to observe 72-hour cease-fire

Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza to observe 72-hour cease-fire

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 5 (UPI) --Israeli forces withdrew their ground troops from the Gaza Strip Tuesday for a 72-hour cease-fire brokered by Egypt.
Aileen Graef
Benjamin Netanyahu promises to use as much force as necessary

Benjamin Netanyahu promises to use as much force as necessary

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 2 (UPI) --Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would fight as long as is necessary to defeat Hamas and restore peace.
Danielle Haynes
John Kerry: Collapse of 72-hour Gaza cease-fire an 'outrageous violation'

John Kerry: Collapse of 72-hour Gaza cease-fire an 'outrageous violation'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry expressed outrage Friday after the collapse of a 72-hour cease-fire between Hamas and Israel mere hours after it went into effect.
JC Finley
IDF: We do not target U.N. facilities

IDF: We do not target U.N. facilities

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 31 (UPI) --A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in an interview Tuesday that Israel has never targeted a U.N. facility.
Aileen Graef
Arab states offer little help to Hamas

Arab states offer little help to Hamas

CAIRO, July 31 (UPI) --A coalition of Arab states has deliberately not taken sides in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the governing body of Gaza.
Ed Adamczyk
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington on May 24, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) applaud. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין "בִּיבִּי" נְתַנְיָהוּ (help·info) Binyamin Netanyahu; born October 21, 1949) is the Prime Minister of Israel. He serves also as the Chairman of the Likud Party, as a Knesset member, as the Health Minister of Israel, as the Pensioner Affairs Minister of Israel and as the Economic Strategy Minister of Israel.

Netanyahu is the first and only Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the State of Israel's foundation. Netanyahu joined the Israeli Defense Forces in 1967 where he served as a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal special forces unit, taking part in many missions including the hostage rescue mission from the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in 1972. He fought in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and achieved the rank of captain before being discharged. Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988, member of the Likud Party, and was Prime Minister from June 1996 to July 1999.

Netanyahu withdrew from politics after a corruption scandal related to gifts from a government contractor. In 2002 he returned as Foreign Minister (2002–03) and Finance Minister (2003 – August 2005) in Ariel Sharon's governments, but he departed over disagreements regarding the Gaza Disengagement Plan. He retook the Likud leadership on December 20, 2005. In the 2006 election, Likud did poorly, winning 12 seats. In December 2006, Netanyahu became the official Opposition Leader in the Knesset and Chairman of the Likud Party. In August 2007, he retained the Likud leadership by beating Moshe Feiglin in party elections. Following the 10 February 2009 parliamentary election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority, Netanyahu formed a coalition government. He is the brother of Israeli Special Forces commander Yonatan Netanyahu, who died during a hostage rescue mission, and Iddo Netanyahu, an Israeli playwright.

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