U.S. hints at Palestine flexibility

JERUSALEM, March 18 (UPI) -- The United States will refrain from contact with members of Hamas, including the Palestinian prime minister, a U.S. spokeswoman said Sunday.

Abbas urges end of boycott

GAZA, March 17 (UPI) -- A new Palestinian coalition government containing both the Hamas and the Fatah factions was overwhelmingly approved by the parliament Saturday.

Israel criticizes Palestinian deal

JERUSALEM, March 16 (UPI) -- Israel criticized the agreement between the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions for a national unity government for failing to recognize Israel.

New Palestinian government outlined

GAZA, March 15 (UPI) -- Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh Thursday released the outline of a new unity government, which he said could usher in a new era for Palestinians.

Palestinian unity government to be formed

GAZA, March 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian officials said after a meeting between leaders of the Fatah and Hamas movements that a unity government will be announced by the end of the week. Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, spoke after a Tu

Fatah leader accuses Hamas of stalling

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 6 (UPI) -- A Fatah leader accused Hamas Tuesday of sabotaging efforts to form a unity government in the Palestinian Authority. Yasser Abed Rabu, a member of the Palestinian Labor Organization's executive committee, made the charge during an interview on Voice of Pal

Palestinian leaders discuss unity

GAZA, March 5 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas met in Gaza Monday to discuss unity.

Rice sets out on new Mideast peace mission

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says her Mideast mission aims at shoring up Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas while lessening Hamas control.

Abbas tabs Arafat aide for deputy PM

GAZA, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has supported former Arafat aide Mohammed Dahlan as his nation's next deputy prime minister, a report said.

Hamas, Fatah reach accord

GAZA, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal signed a reconciliation accord Thursday that includes a government of national unity.

Report: Assassination attempt in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has escaped an assassination attempt, an Israeli daily newspaper reported Sunday.

Hamas support plummets in Palestinian poll

GAZA, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- After one year with parliamentary majority, the Palestinian Hamas party is blamed for a worsening of security by 76 percent of Palestinians in a poll.

Rice arrives in Israel for peace talks

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Israel for a series of meetings focused on brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Haniyeh calls for peace within Palestine

GAZA, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a top Hamas official, called Saturday for unity among Palestinian organizations.

Palestinian leader allowed to move cash

CAIRO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- When Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh returned from Saudi Arabia by way of Egypt, he brought back $20 million with him, a report says.
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Ismail Haniyeh
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (L) shakes hands with members of a soccer team before a match in Gaza City, on April 24, 2006.(UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad)

Ismail Haniyeh (Arabic: إسماعيل هنية‎, Ismaʻīl Haniyya; sometimes transliterated as Ismail Haniya, Ismail Haniyah) ( Arabic pronunciation (help·info)); (born January 29, 1963) is a senior political leader of Hamas and one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority, the matter being under political and legal dispute. He became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas conflict, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues to exercise prime ministerial authority in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Legislative Council also continues to recognise his authority.

Haniyeh was born in the Al-Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His parents became refugees after they fled their homes in Majdal (currently Ashkelon, Israel) during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In 1987, he graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza with a degree in Arabic literature. In 1989, he was imprisoned for three years by Israeli authorities for participation in the First Intifada and membership with Hamas. Following his release in 1992, he was exiled to Lebanon with Ahmed Yassin, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi and other senior Hamas politicians. A year later, he returned to Gaza and was appointed as Dean of the Islamic University.

After Ahmed Yassin, Hamas' spiritual leader, was released from prison in 1997, Haniyeh was appointed to head his office. He was targeted by the Israel Defense Forces for his alleged involvement in attacks against Israeli citizens. Following a suicide bombing in Jerusalem in 2003, he was slightly injured on his hand by an Israeli Air Force bomb attack attempting to eliminate the Hamas leadership. His position within Hamas continued to strengthen during the Second Intifada due to his relationship with Yassin, and because of the assassinations of much of the Hamas leadership by the Israeli security forces. In December 2005, Haniyeh was elected to head the Hamas list, which won the Legislative Council elections the following month.

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