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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.
Another similarity between the Trump and Netanyahu probes is that Mueller, like Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, resolved many open issues in favor of Trump.
She also gave a surprising answer as to whether she would support a move to cut military or economic aid to Israel: “I think it’s certainly on the table.”
"You should never underestimate him. He's highly intelligent," Bill Clinton said.
"Ayelet Shaked is popular and loved in the Likud party," MK David Bitan said.
By TAMAR BEERI
During the last days of the election, Netanyahu spoke of his support for annexing the West Bank settlements, telling voters that his strength depended on the size of the Likud party.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
Although the current election is being widely described as a rightward move by the nation, it may provide an open field for Netanyahu when previously he would have been handcuffed.
By MICHAEL FRIEDSON/ THE MEDIA LINE
"I spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after the counting of the votes was concluded and the real results came in, and I congratulated him on his success in the elections," he tweeted
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
How the prime minister’s victory was received by international leaders and media depended on how they view Israel and its leader.
By HERB KEINON
Netanyahu went from ‘oy gevalt’ to celebrating a victory in just a few hours, and he’s on the way to building a solid coalition. How did he do it once again?
By LAHAV HARKOV
Other Likud sources said Netanyahu will not seek a merger with Yisrael Beytenu, due to problematic behavior by Liberman.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Ultra-Orthodox Jews, known as Haredim, make up about 10 percent of Israel’s population and, with their typically large families, that percentage is expected to swell.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
After its membership is confirmed, the 21st Knesset is expected to be sworn in at the end of the month, with a delay due to Passover.
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