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.

Protesters demonstrate outside the prime minister's residence in Balfour.
Watch: Virtual 'Balfour protest' draws over half a million online viewers

During Israel's first coronavirus lockdown in March, six months ago this week, Darkenu organized their first virtual protest, which was attended by nearly 830,000 people.

Demonstrators protesting outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence during the lockdown.
Tens of thousands protest against Netanyahu as fines issued for violations

Fines issues to demonstrators for violating social distancing rules * Knesset to reconvene to limit protests following failure to pass bills

Yom Kippur, the time to review apologies Israel's leaders owe its people

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: It's been a year of biblical blunders.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press statement at the PM's office in Jerusalem, o
Netanyahu may end de facto settler freeze, allow plans for 5,000 homes

The move comes in the aftermath of a Channel 12 poll that showed Netanyahu’s Likud party had dropped to 29 mandates, compared to the 36 mandates it had received in the March elections.

Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 20
'We are at the height of war - a coronavirus war'

Israel peaks at more than 7,000 new patients in a single day.

ISRAELIS DEMONSTRATE against the three-week nationwide lockdown and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah
Ehud Olmert to 'Post': Political power is in reckless hands

The State of Israel is being led by a person who is incapable of, and has no interest in making a distinction between the needs of the country and the basic values upon which it must be based.

Israel's political wars have become that of religious wars

In recent years, and with even greater intensity when coming up against the coronavirus pandemic in the last few months, Israeli politics has turned religious.

ISRAEL HAS to examine carefully how much the US wants to sell the F35 to the UAE.
Amid national unrest, the biggest problem we have: there is no trust

Trust is almost impossible to find anywhere – not between the government and the people; not between the different parties in the government; and not between the different sectors of society.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid at The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
Lapid: Netanyahu made Israel a branch of Republican Party

Lapid criticized Netanyahu for not meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden when he went to Washington.

Yair Lapid to 'Post': Netanyahu made Israel a branch of Republican Party

The next US administration, Senate and Congress could be led by Democrats who are “extremely angry at Israel’s government.”

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