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Netanyahu calls for Kurdish independence

Netanyahu calls for Kurdish independence

TEL AVIV , Israel, June 30 (UPI) --Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu called for independence of the Kurdistan region in Iraq.
Ed Adamczyk
Detention of 150 Palestinians after abduction of Israeli teens meant to intimidate Hamas, says IDF

Detention of 150 Palestinians after abduction of Israeli teens meant to intimidate Hamas, says IDF

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 16 (UPI) --Israeli soldiers have detained more than 150 Palestinian suspects in connection with the abduction of three Israeli teenagers, the military said Sunday.
JC Finley
Netanyahu: Three Israeli teens kidnapped by terrorists

Netanyahu: Three Israeli teens kidnapped by terrorists

JERUSALEM, June 14 (UPI) --Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blames kidnapping of teens on Palestinian terrorists.
Danielle Haynes
Rivlin elected president of Israel

Rivlin elected president of Israel

JERUSALEM, June 10 (UPI) --Right-wing Reuven Rivlin was selected as the next president of Israel Tuesday in a second-round runoff election in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.
Ed Adamczyk
Israel, EU envision environmental and energy ties

Israel, EU envision environmental and energy ties

JERUSALEM, June 9 (UPI) --A new framework for cooperation between the European Union and Israel extends to the realm of energy and environmental protection, a top EU official said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Palestinian Unity government sworn in at Ramallah ceremony [PHOTOS]

Palestinian Unity government sworn in at Ramallah ceremony [PHOTOS]

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 2 (UPI) --Two main Palestinian factions -- Fatah and Hamas -- officially formed a unity government on Monday.
JC Finley
On visit to Holy Land, Pope Francis pushes two state solution, invites Middle East leaders to Rome

On visit to Holy Land, Pope Francis pushes two state solution, invites Middle East leaders to Rome

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 25 (UPI) --On a visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to Rome for peace talks, and voiced support for a two-state solution.
JC Finley
UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2014
By United Press International
Orthodox Jews protest Pope Francis' visit to Jerusalem

Orthodox Jews protest Pope Francis' visit to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, May 12 (UPI) --Over 200 Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem, objecting to Pope Francis' planned visit later in May.
Ed Adamczyk
Netanyahu proposes law to establish Israel as a Jewish state

Netanyahu proposes law to establish Israel as a Jewish state

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 1 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday his intention to introduce legislation that would establish Israel as a Jewish state.
JC Finley
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls Holocaust 'most heinous crime'

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls Holocaust 'most heinous crime'

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 27 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he rejects ethnic discrimination and racism.
Danielle Haynes
Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian factions announce unity government

Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian factions announce unity government

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 24 (UPI) -- Israel reacted strongly to news that two leading Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, were forming a unity government, suspending peace talks.
JC Finley
Secretary Kerry: Mideast peace talks need 'reality check'

Secretary Kerry: Mideast peace talks need 'reality check'

RABAT, Morocco, April 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that it's time to reevaluate the progress of the Mideast peace talks to determine its future.
JC Finley
Kerry cancels meeting with Mahmoud Abbas

Kerry cancels meeting with Mahmoud Abbas

April 1 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled a planned trip to Ramallah Wednesday where he was scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
JC Finley
Israel, United States near agreement in spy release deal

Israel, United States near agreement in spy release deal

April 1 (UPI) -- An agreement between Israel and Palestine to continue peace talks is imminent, officials said Tuesday.
Ed Adamczyk
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Binyamin Netanyahu
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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