The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 15, the 350th day of 2004 with 16 to follow.
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Kenesset approves Sharon's withdrawal plan

JERUSALEM, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Israeli Knesset Tuesday approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to move Israeli settlers out of Gaza by a 67-45 vote, with seven abstentions.

Israeli Cabinet OKs compensation law

JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The Israeli Cabinet approved Sunday the Evacuation-Compensation Law to compensate settlers under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan.

Knesset members to vote on settler pay

JERUSALEM, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The long-running debate over how much to pay Israeli settlers for leaving Palestinian areas is going to a vote of the Israeli cabinet.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2004 with 69 to follow.
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Netanyahu wants disengagement referendum

JERUSALEM, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Monday for a referendum on Israel's planned pullout from the West Bank, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2004 with 150 to follow.
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Israel approves tax cuts

JERUSALEM, June 29 (UPI) -- Israel's Knesset approved the second and third readings Tuesday of a bill that will reduce taxes for lower and middle-bracket Israeli wage earners.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, May 29, the 150th day of 2004 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 17, the 138th day of 2004 with 228 to follow.
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Netanyahu defies Sharon on plan

JERUSALEM, May 9 (UPI) -- Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defied Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Sunday in a clash over peace policies, the Ha'aretz newspaper reported.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, April 3, the 94th day of 2004 with 272 to follow.
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Israel's economy gets upbeat forecast

JERUSALEM, March 16 (UPI) -- Moody's analysts in Israel have an upbeat view of Israel's economy, Tuesday forecasting economic growth of 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent this year.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2004 with 351 to follow.
By United Press International

Turkish PM to Israel: Assad serious

JERUSALEM, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has told Israel's ambassador to Ankara Syrian President Bashar Assad is serious about renewing peace talks with Israel.
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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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