Hamas to boycott elections, Haniyeh says

GAZA, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Hamas will boycott the early elections called by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Sunday.

10 injured during Hamas, Fatah clashes

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- At least 10 Palestinians, some of them bystanders, were injured in West Bank gun battles between Hamas and Fatah.

Israel reportedly ups offer for soldier

JERUSALEM, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Israel would be willing to exchange 1,000 prisoners for captured soldier Gilad Shalit, a senior source told Haaretz.

Qatar gives $22M for Palestinian teachers

DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Qatar has agreed to pay the salaries of 40,000 Palestinian teachers at a cost of $22 million, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh says.

Hamas accuses Abbas of coup attempt

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Hamas leaders have angrily rejected suggestions that they resign from the government of the Palestinian Authority.

Iran president sees Israel 'disappearing'

DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israel is an "enemy" created to "penetrate the heart of Muslim land."

Palestinians renew cease-fire offer

JERUSALEM, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Israel and the Palestinians Friday moved toward re-establishing a cease-fire following escalating violence in and around the Gaza Strip over the past month.

Israel calls off airstrike

GAZA, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza assembled in and near the house of a suspected militant, forcing Israel to call of a planned airstrike against the structure.

Hamas to bow out if aid restored

GAZA, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said during Friday prayers in Gaza his Hamas party will dismantle its government if international aid resumes.

Abbas wants Hamas to give up soldier

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, says Hamas must give him custody of a kidnapped Israeli soldier.

Hamas, Fatah leaders discuss unity govt.

GAZA, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh worked again to have the Fatah and Hamas groups to form a unity government.

Four more die in northern Gaza fighting

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A senior commander of a Palestinian militant group was reportedly killed in an Israeli air strike in northern Gaza Saturday.

Israel fighting in Gaza may affect swap

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A Palestinian official Wednesday said he hoped Israeli military operations in Gaza had not derailed soldier-prisoner exchange discussions in Egypt. At a news conference, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called the Israeli operation a "massacre,"

Hamas may recognize earlier agreements

JERUSALEM, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Several Israeli media quote a London Arabic newspaper as saying Hamas may recognize previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Egypt calls for restart of peace talks

CAIRO, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Egypt's foreign minister says the Palestinian government under the leadership of Hamas should back efforts to revive the peace process with Israel. Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, in an interview with al-Ahram newspaper, criticized Palestinian Prime Mi
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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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