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Benjamin Netanyahu is the Prime Minister of Israel.

Conflict with Palestine

Palestine is a neighbor of Israel. The two countries are at conflict since a number of years.

In November 2012, Hamas militants in Gaza strip of Palestine and Israel have fought for over a week. A ceasefire between the two states was brokered by Egypt. The ceasefire was in effect since November 21, 2012.

On 29 November 2012, the UN General Assembly has voted to upgrade the status of Palestine to a "non-member" state. The move angered Israel which said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas statehood campaign is a gross violation of the agreements signed with state of Israel.

Follow-up

A day after Palestine was made a non-member state, Israel has announced that it would start building settlement homes on a sensitive piece of land near Jerusalem.

On 2 December 2012, Israel announced that it would withhold more than $100 million collected for Palestinian government to pay debts to Israeli companies.

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