Israel 'eyes Azerbaijan for raid on Iran'

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Israel's reported to be planning to use long-range Heron drones to launch pre-emptive strikes on ballistic missiles in Iran from Azerbaijan.
U.S. opposes Israel's West Bank building

U.S. opposes Israel's West Bank building

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The White House and the State Department both voiced opposition to unilateral action, such as Israel's West Bank settlement activity, as hurting peace efforts.
Netanyahu: Israel will build everywhere

Netanyahu: Israel will build everywhere

JERUSALEM, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Israel will continue to build in Jerusalem and anywhere considered to be in its strategic interest, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem Sunday.

Poll: Likud Party picks up strength

JERUSALEM, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Less than two months before Israeli elections, a poll Friday indicated the Likud Party is gaining strength after primaries showed it was moving to the right.
U.N. votes to upgrade Palestine status

U.N. votes to upgrade Palestine status

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The United Nations Thursday voted to upgrade Palestine to non-member observer status, with 138 countries voting in favor, nine against and 41 abstaining.

Britain to abstain in Palestinian U.N. bid

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said his country is likely to abstain in the U.N. vote to upgrade the Palestinians' status to non-member state.

Missile wars: Israel's race against time

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A senior Israeli official says the new David's Sling anti-missile system should be operational within three years, but this month's 8-day battle against Palestinian rockets underlined how time is the enemy for the Jewish state.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.
By United Press International

Hezbollah leader says Hamas won

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The secretary general of Hezbollah in Lebanon described the cease-fire in Gaza as a victory for Hamas.

Israel, Turkey discuss diplomatic crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Israel and Turkey held talks this week on easing more than two years of strained relations, officials said.

Tense calm prevails in Israel, Gaza

JERUSALEM, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A tense calm prevailed in southern Israel less than 24 hours after the Egyptian brokered cease-fire.
Cairo announces Israel, Hamas truce

Cairo announces Israel, Hamas truce

JERUSALEM, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Israel must use the cease-fire ending eight days of hostilities with Hamas to achieve a long term truce, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.
Rocket fire intensifies in Gaza

Rocket fire intensifies in Gaza

JERUSALEM, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Deadly rocket fire intensified Tuesday in Gaza and southern Israel as diplomats accelerated efforts to reach a truce, officials said.
Obama keeping tabs on Gaza

Obama keeping tabs on Gaza

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The White House said President Barack Obama has spoken with both Israeli and Egyptian leaders about diffusing the situation in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.
New Iran missiles said headed to Gaza

New Iran missiles said headed to Gaza

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- An Iranian 150-ton freighter loaded with short- and long-range missiles left Iran Sunday for Gaza, DEBKAfile reported Monday.
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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

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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