Report: Funding for Iron Dome could be cut

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. funding for a key component of the country's developing missile defense shield, could be reduced because of severe defense spending cuts.

Friends again, Israel and China boost ties

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Israel and China have been renewing their military ties in recent months after a lengthy chill caused by some hefty Israeli arms deals that the Americans shot down.

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Rats assault Israeli army base

BEERSHEBA, Israel, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The mostly female garrison at an Israeli army base says it is holding out as best it can against a legion of infiltrating rats.

Israeli minister: Terror attack is planned

JERUSALEM, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Sinai terroristrs plan to carry out an attack against Israel near the Egyptian border, Israeli Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Tuesday.
Group: Rocket responsibility is Hamas's

Group: Rocket responsibility is Hamas's

JERUSALEM, March 19 (UPI) -- Hamas should bring to justice those responsible for a rocket attack fired from Gaza into Israel that killed a civilian, a human rights group says.

Israel to close Gaza crossings

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Israel's response to a Palestinian rocket attack Monday was to announce it will block border crossings with the Gaza Strip Tuesday.

Israel closely monitors Lebanon clashes

JERUSALEM, May 11 (UPI) -- A government official Sunday said Israel wasn't planning to interfere in clashes in Lebanon but was intently monitoring the situation.
Israel closes Gaza fuel supply after raid

Israel closes Gaza fuel supply after raid

JERUSALEM, April 10 (UPI) -- Israel closed the depot that supplies fuel to Gaza Thursday, a day after four Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli civilians, military officials said.

Israel: Power cutoffs not a punishment

JERUSALEM, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Saturday that recent cuts of electrical power to the Gaza Strip were not a form of collective punishment.

Israel squeezes Gaza for rocket attacks

JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Israel plans to cut power to the Gaza Strip for two hours a day in response to rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza, officials said Wednesday.

Israel's Labor Party postpones primaries

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 26 (UPI) -- Israel's Labor Party has postponed its elections without setting a new date following signs that its voters' list has been inflated.

Peres vs. Peretz expected in Labor race

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 16 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Shimon Peres and the Labor Federation's leader Amir Peretz seem to be running neck and neck in their party's elections.

Sharon's new government sworn in

JERUSALEM, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new government was sworn in Monday after the Knesset approved a plenum vote of 58 to 56, with six abstentions.
Matan Vilnai
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (C) and Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai (R) inspect a school building which has been reinforced to protect the civilian population against Palestinian Qassam rocket attacks from the nearby Gaza Strip, on December 9, 2008 in Kibbutz Givim, Israel. (UPI Photo/David Silverman/POOL)

Matan Vilnai (Hebrew: מתן וילנאי‎, born 20 May 1944) is an Israeli politician and a former Major General in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He is currently Minister for Home Front Defense and a member of the Knesset for Independence.

Vilnai was born in Jerusalem in 1944. His father was Prof. Zev Vilnay, a pioneer in the sphere of Israeli geography and Land of Israel studies, from whom he inherited a love of nature and hiking. He was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces in 1966, serving in the Paratroopers Brigade and the elite reconnaissance unit Sayeret Matkal. He was deputy commander of the assault force in Operation Thunderbolt, also known as the Entebbe Raid, to free Jewish and Israeli passengers taken hostage by Palestinian and German terrorists after their Air France plane was hijacked to Entebbe, Uganda. Vilanai led the assault team into the airport building, while another team secured the outside. As a major general, Vilnai was the head of the Manpower Directorate, as well as the Deputy Chief of Staff.

Today Vilnai lives in Mevasseret Zion and is a married father of three.

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