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.

Massive protest expected in Tel Aviv amid economic crisis - report

"The protesters do not intend to be nice," one of the organizers said.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 30, 20
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An unnamed Blue and White official said Netanyahu’s entire plan is intended to buy favor with ultra-Orthodox parties ahead of planned March 2021 elections.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on June 28, 2020.
Inside Netanyahu’s NIS 80 b. plan to help Israelis amid mounting debt

Netanyahu said the country shouldn’t fear taking loans to extend unemployment benefits until June 2021, activists cry out “we’re condemned to take on debts we could not repay as long as we live.”

Black Flags demonstrators protesting the arrest of brig.-gen. (res.) Amir Haskel
Protests against public corruption outside PM's residence, roads blocked

Protesters chanted: "This is not an emergency government for combating coronavirus, but a corrupted government for combating its citizens."

Israel Katz (L) whispers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a cabinet meeting
Netanyahu, Katz meet those financially hurt by COVID-19 crisis

The Friday meeting arrives with the public gearing up to a massive protest on Saturday night, “at least in prison I’ll be able to eat” unemployed model confesses in tears.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee Pal
French President Macron urges Netanyahu not to proceed with annexation

Macron warned that it would violate international law and threaten-long term peace efforts.

It is time for the Arab League to act against annexation

The direction has already been shown by the UAE ambassador to the United States and a former Saudi Arabian government official.

Israel's healthcare system is crumbling under Netanyahu

Everything that is happening now could have been predicted with respect to how COVID-19-related issues have been handled over the past few months.

Benjamin Netanyahu announces that if reelected, he will extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan V
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It wasn’t that long ago, in fact just 10 days back, that the annexation question, or whether Israel would extend its sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria, was all the rage.

Israel's ministers need to do their job

‘There should be no shticks or tricks.”

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