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.

The IDF's tweet showing the coordinates of Hezbollah missile sites.
IDF tweets Hezbollah missile stockpile coordinates

"Here are the coordinates to put in your Waze."

By LEON SVERDLOV
30/09/2020
Netanyahu, in UN speech, warns of more Hezbollah peril for Beirut

PM says ‘no doubt’ other Arab, Muslim states will sign treaties.

Benjamin Netanyahu's full speech at the United Nations

"To the people of Lebanon, Israel means you no harm. But Iran does."

Memorial for those who fell in the Yom Kippur War, 2020
Netanyahu: Preemptive strike against Iran still an option

Gantz on coronavirus: "We didn't respond as was fit, but we will succeed this time as well."

Liat Ben Ari
Watchdog: Law enforcement must check if Netanyahu prosecutor broke law

The ministry watchdog said this is doubly important during a time when the state prosecution is under a microscope due to its decision to prosecute the prime minister.

Israel’s modern Yom Kippur debacle

During the first wave of the virus, Israel bought thousands of ventilators because it thought that’s what was needed. Did it recruit or train staff to use them?

26/09/2020
An update on current political events in Israel

Today I want to mention a number of current events that for me are significant.

Which non-violent revolutions will succeed?

But all the non-violent uprisings of the 2010-2011 Arab Spring, except Tunisia’s ended up being crushed by military coups or civil wars

By GWYNNE DYER
26/09/2020
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