Likud, Labor reach Israel coalition deal

Likud, Labor reach Israel coalition deal

JERUSALEM, March 24 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu and Labor Party leader Ehud Barak have agreed to join forces in a governing coalition, local media reported.

Likud, Labor hold coalition discussions

JERUSALEM, March 23 (UPI) -- Negotiators for Israel's Likud and Labor parties were seeking agreement Monday on joining forces in a national unity government, officials said.

Israeli bureaucrats never gave the Phalanx an even break

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Writing in the respected Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz on March 5, analyst Yossi Melman noted that in July 2007, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak questioned Shmuel Kern, director of the research and development department of the Israeli Defense Ministry, as to exploring the possibility of buying Raytheon's Vulcan Phalanx super machine gun from the United States.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Israel's defense against Qassam rockets still a BMD shambles

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has gained widespread popularity in his country for keeping casualties very low during the recent retaliation operations in Gaza and for putting back on track the country's crucial ballistic missile defense systems against possible Iranian attack.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Israel declares Iran 'existential threat'

JERUSALEM, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Israel's military chief says the country is under an "existential threat" from Iran's near-nuclear capabilities.

Shalit release discussions on fast track

JERUSALEM, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Israel's leaders put discussions on securing the freedom of captured soldier Gilad Shalit on a fast track Sunday, sources said.
Three Israeli PM hopefuls talk unity

Three Israeli PM hopefuls talk unity

JERUSALEM, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- All three candidates to be Israeli prime minister said they would from a unity government should their parties come out on top in Tuesday's election.

Report: Iran to challenge Israeli blockade

JERUSALEM, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Iran is sending several ships carrying arms to waters near the Gaza Strip to break Israel's blockade, an Israeli military intelligence Web site said Thursday.

Clinton makes Mideast introductory calls

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made many introductory telephone calls to world leaders since her confirmation Thursday, officials said.

Israel agrees with Egyptian Gaza plan

JERUSALEM, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders say they agree with an Egyptian plan to bolster its Gaza border force by as many as 1,500 guards to combat arms smuggling.
Livni: Israel will protect its citizens

Livni: Israel will protect its citizens

JERUSALEM, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Friday Israel would defend its citizens, despite a U.N. Security Council call to end to the fighting in Gaza.

Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas

JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Israel is in an "all-out war" with the militant group Hamas, the de facto rulers in Gaza, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel's parliament Monday.

Israel calls up 6,000 military reservists

JERUSALEM, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The Israeli government Sunday approved a draft of more than 6,000 military reservists it says may be necessary for a ground offensive in Gaza, observers said.
Israel reopens Gaza border crossings

Israel reopens Gaza border crossings

GAZA, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Israeli officials reopened crossings into the Gaza Strip despite an escalation of violence along the border in recent days, officials said.

Barak offers Hamas another cease-fire

JERUSALEM, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has offered Hamas a continued cease-fire along the border with Gaza.
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Ehud Barak
Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Barak talks to reporters following his meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN on June 1, 2009 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Ehud Barak (Hebrew: אהוד ברק (help·info), born Ehud Brog on 12 February 1942) is an Israeli politician who served as Prime Minister from 1999 until 2001. He was leader of the Labor Party until January 2011 and holds the posts of Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Binyamin Netanyahu's government.

He is a graduate in physics, mathematics, and economics from Hebrew University and Stanford University. He served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. Following a highly decorated career, he was appointed Chief of General Staff in 1991, serving until 1995.

In 2005, he was voted the 61st-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.

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