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.

Lapid accuses Netanyahu of attempting coup

"Are there any principles you are still willing to fight for?" Lapid asked his former political allies.

Jerusalem Municipality presents record NIS 11.2 billion budget

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday morning that he had ordered a special project for the development of Jerusalem worth NIS 200 million

Ehud Olmert: Netanyahu will go to prison for many years

Prime Minister will go to jail for many years says former prime minister.

Dershowitz on Netanyahu trial: 'Israel should be deeply ashamed'

Dershowitz added that if the prosecutors wanted to charge Netanyahu with a crime there should be certain precedents and parameters set around what constitutes the exploits as actionable offenses.

Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich speaks in Knesset
Committee led by Netanyahu delays book of fmr. police chief Alsheich

The former police commissioner was responsible for gathering evidence that is currently being used in the ongoing corruption trial against Netanyahu.

Let the judges do their job in Netanyahu's trial

There are two major schools of thought that would say Sunday was a sad day, but for different reasons.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Head of Mossad Yossi Cohen
Netanyahu thanks Mossad chief for purchasing coronavirus medical gear

The Mossad received heavy criticism for its purchases in late March after a covert operation accidentally brought 100,000 incomplete coronavirus test kits to Israel from an unidentified Gulf state.

The opening of Netanyahu’s trial – in search of justice or a vendetta

Grosso modo Netanyahu’s position is that, in general, the whole legal process against him has no justification or legitimacy.

The country needs to come first, not Netanyahu – analysis

All these allegations have a common denominator that reveal what the public has known about Netanyahu for years: this is a man who enjoys the good things in life and is obsessed with media coverage.

How will Netanyahu's trial look if the judges let him drag it out?

For those who thought that the next court date of July 19 is when witnesses will be called, it is not even close.

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