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.

Israel’s annexation problem: indecision - analysis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking Monday to his Likud faction, said that the issue – so hot just a month ago, but hardly on the public agenda since then – is still on the table.

Netanyahu eats falafel, supporter yells 'death to Leftists'

Netanyahu ordered a falafel and asked the owners if they had received the government assistance that was due to them.

Israelis protest against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside Prime Minister Netanyahu'
Israelis more optimistic about national security than democracy - poll

Just over a third of Israelis are optimistic about the future of democratic governance, against 59% who are optimistic about national security.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removing his mask
Likud facing debts, firing staff, mulling selling branches - exclusive

Party director-general: Just streamlining after elections

Blue and White threatens to stop Netanyahu from running

Netanyahu: Strange manifestations at protests

Netanyahu on Syria: We will do what is necessary to defend ourselves

In an interview with Ynet News, Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned that while the country is not looking for an escalation, Israel will respond to any actions taken against it.

INDIAN PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet last year.
India could face Israel-style protests against PM due to coronavirus

While India went into lockdown fairly early, much criticism is still directed at Modi for what is perceived as poor handling of the crisis.

People vote in Jerusalem on election day, March 2, 2020.
Can ‘kamikaze’ drive to elections be stopped? - analysis

Even Likud MKs who do not believe he is bringing Israel closer to elections because of his trial are concerned that he might do it to avoid the changeover in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu consults on coronavirus with world leaders on July 29, 2020
No, Mr. Netanyahu, the Israeli media is not like North Korea's

Why does Benjamin Netanyahu think so ill of the media here?

PM Benjamin Netanyahu adds third new lawyer to trial team

Lawyer Boaz Ben Tzur is another senior litigator with experience in white collar crime defense, and joins veteran lawyer Yossi Segev, and younger lawyer, but rising star, Amit Hadad.

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