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.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net
The government needs to pass a state budget now

There is no greater evidence of incapacity to govern than the failure to pass a budget; a government that cannot govern should step aside.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett tour Mount Avital in the Gola
Netanyahu tells Likud he's not worried about the polls

"I never succeed in the polls, only in the elections," Netanyahu said.

19/10/2020
Netanyahu boards ship from UAE to highlight economic boost from ties

“Everything that arrives here will simply lower the cost of living and every citizen of Israel will feel it in his pocket."

55% of Israelis think recent lockdown was politically motivated

The survey also highlighted the lack of trust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to manage the coronavirus crisis.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu climbs out of the 'Rahav,' the fifth submarine in the navy's fleet
A-G Mandelblit rejects appeal to expand case 3000 investigation

He further noted that there is no reason to intervene in Netanyahu's sale of personal stocks before the submarine acuisition, in accordance with his initial decision on the case.

Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Gantz threatens to pass bill that would end Netanyahu’s career

Poll finds Bennett could form government without Likud, haredi parties, Arabs

18/10/2020
Is Netanyahu turning Israel into an unhealthy democracy?

Not only our physical well-being but the health of our society has been sorely tested during lockdown.

19/10/2020
Gov't approves budget for dealing with fire damage in Nof HaGalil

The plan is meant to provide Nof HaGalil with a budget of NIS 25 million that will be invested in rehabilitating public infrastructure and supporting residents.

Israelis protest against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Habima Square in Tel Aviv on O
Black Flags protest group opens for first time in Bnei Brak

Hundreds in Israeli city of Bnei Brak reportedly join, though some dismiss effort as cynical ploy.

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19/10/2020
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
Vetting of potential new state attorney starts despite Likud opposition

There has been no permanent replacement since December 2019.

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