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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
Israel activates 16,000 reservists, vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

Israel activates 16,000 reservists, vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

JERUSALEM, July 31 (UPI) --Israel will call up another 16,000 reservists to aid military efforts in Gaza, despite international calls for an immediate cease-fire.
Matt Bradwell
White House: Alleged leaked Obama-Netanyahu transcript a fake

White House: Alleged leaked Obama-Netanyahu transcript a fake

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) --The White House struck down rumors of a leaked transcript of Sunday's phone call between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
JC Finley
Israel bombs Gaza's only power plant as Netanyahu promises 'prolonged campaign'

Israel bombs Gaza's only power plant as Netanyahu promises 'prolonged campaign'

GAZA, July 29 (UPI) --Gaza's only power station was destroyed by Israeli missiles Tuesday, the latest in the increasingly volatile conflict between the Israeli government and Hamas.
Matt Bradwell
Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce; U.N. appealing to Israel

Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce; U.N. appealing to Israel

JERUSALEM, July 27 (UPI) --After initially saying no, Hamas has agreed to a 24-hour cease-fire as the United Nations appeals to Israel.
Danielle Haynes
Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour ceasefire Saturday

Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour ceasefire Saturday

JERUSALEM, July 25 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brokers 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on Saturday.
Danielle Haynes
Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel to protest FAA ban

Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel to protest FAA ban

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) --Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Tel Aviv Tuesday to protest the FAA ban on U.S. flights to Israel, arguing that it is perfectly safe.
Aileen Graef
Kerry arrives in Israel to push cease-fire initiative

Kerry arrives in Israel to push cease-fire initiative

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 23 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry is in Israel for peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
JC Finley
The X-Gen Men at 1600 and Number 10

The X-Gen Men at 1600 and Number 10

Harlan Ullman: U.S. President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron have a great deal in common, and come from the same generation.
Harlan Ullman
Israeli attack on town of Shaja'ia kills dozens

Israeli attack on town of Shaja'ia kills dozens

GAZA, July 20 (UPI) --Shelling on town of Shaja'ia results in the deaths of 60 people and injuries of 300 as hundreds flee.
Danielle Haynes
Gaza death toll tops 300

Gaza death toll tops 300

GAZA, July 19 (UPI) --Death toll in Gaza tops 300 Saturday as Hamas slips through tunnels to Israel.
Danielle Haynes
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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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