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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.
Gaza: Invasion fears as Israel escalates

Gaza: Invasion fears as Israel escalates

GAZA, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Signs were growing Monday that Israel's preparing to unleash a major ground offensive against the Gaza Strip.
Ban calls for Mideast cease-fire

Ban calls for Mideast cease-fire

JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The head of the United Nations called for a Middle East cease-fire late Sunday, hours after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed 12 people, most from one family.

Israel facing increased cyber attacks

JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Israel has been confronted with unprecedented cyber attacks since the start of the military operation in Gaza, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday.
Israel drafts 16,000, rockets hit Tel Aviv

Israel drafts 16,000, rockets hit Tel Aviv

ASHKELON, Israel, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Israel has begun mobilizing 16,000 troops, a move that could signal plans to invade the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip amid a swelling rocket barrage in which Iranian-made missiles hit the edges of metropolitan Tel Aviv, Israel's largest urban conurbation.
Israel's right to self-defense stressed

Israel's right to self-defense stressed

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Israel has the right to self-defense when facing "indiscriminate rocket fire" from Gaza, a U.S. official said while calling on Hamas to de-escalate tensions.
Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes

Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes

GAZA, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Israel resumed airstrikes in Gaza Thursday night after two rockets struck near Tel Aviv and three Israelis died in the south, military authorities said.
Israeli assault in Gaza kills Hamas leader

Israeli assault in Gaza kills Hamas leader

GAZA, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Israel said strikes in Gaza Wednesday, including one in which a top Hamas official was killed, are part of a campaign against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

Israel lawmakers: Assassinate Gaza chiefs

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Israeli lawmakers are pressing the government to authorize the assassination of Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip amid an escalation in clashes on the border.

Israel mulls Gaza push amid rocket attacks

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The Israeli military's preparing for intensified strikes against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip who bombarded the southern part of Israel last weekend.

Israel: No tolerance for border aggression

JERUSALEM, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The Israeli government has no tolerance for an escalation of the Syrian civil war that would spill over its northern border, the prime minister said Monday.
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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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