Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu is the current prime minister of Israel and leader of the Likud party. Born in Tel Aviv on October 21, 1949, he grew up in Jerusalem before moving with his family to Pennsylvania during his high school years, where his father taught history. In 1967 Netanyahu returned to Israel and joined the IDF's Sayeret Matkal special forces unit, where he served until 1973. He took part in many military operations, including a 1972 rescue mission of hostages in a hijacked Sabena airplane, during which he was shot in the shoulder. Netanyahu finished his military service in 1972, but returned to serve in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, after which he was promoted to the rank of Captain. He has degrees in architecture and business management from MIT. He also studied political science at MIT and Harvard University. He served as Israel's ambassador to the UN from 1984-1988, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Ariel Sharon's government. In 1993 Netanyahu was elected Likud party chairman and served as the leader of the opposition until being elected prime minister in 1996. In 2009, he was elected prime minister for the second time, in January 2013 a third, and in March 2015 a fourth. He most recently formed the country's 34th government, establishing a coalition with the Jewish Home, United Torah Judiasm, Kulanu, and Shas parties. He is married to Sara Netanyahu with whom he has two children, Yair and Avner. Netanyahu strongly opposes a nuclear deal with Iran.

THE JORDAN VALLEY – calls to annex it are a provocative political act
Do not annex the Jordan Valley

This is a desperate attempt by Netanyahu, a fugitive, to divert the public’s attention away from discussion of his terrible request for immunity from prosecution.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (C-R) with world
The World Holocaust Forum event has proved to be a remarkable day

The gathering of world leaders turned out to provoke a range of emotions.

THE JORDAN VALLEY. A strategic asset not only militarily but also socially
Flashbacks in the Jordan Valley

As the Jews returned last century to the Jordan Valley, it became a vestige of their consensus.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu points to a map of the Jordan Valley
The political football in the Jordan Valley

This time, the issue on Jordan Valley annexation has been tied to Netanyahu’s efforts to block the Knesset from voting on whether to grant him immunity.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year
A tale of two political hearings

Netanyahu and Trump both find themselves facing trials by their critics

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump deliver statements
Analysis: Immunity, impeachment, Bibi and Trump

The politics of the current immunity and impeachment proceedings shaking Israel and the US are crucial, but the legal issues may prove even more decisive in the long-run.

U.S Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he stands next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah
Blue and White: Peace plan coinciding with immunity vote 'not coincidence'

“The goal is obviously to cancel the plenum or remove the spotlight from the plenum,” a Blue and White source said.

US Vice Pres. Mike Pence visits the Western Wall with Netanyahu - video

Pence arrived in Israel to participate at the central ceremony of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum taking place at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US Vice President Mike Pence at the US Embassy in Jerusalem
Pence invites Netanyahu, Gantz to Washington to discuss peace prospects

During their meeting at the embassy, Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump for moving the embassy to Jerusalem. He said that now he is seeking to give Israel the peace and security it deserves.

Netanyahu, Gantz to travel to Washington next week to discuss peace plan

VP Pence says they were invited to discuss ‘regional issues as well as the prospect of peace in the Holy Land’ • Trump: Reports regarding plan details are ‘purely speculative’

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