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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.
"They've been telling me what they won't do for five years, but they don't tell me what they are doing."
The architect of the latest US Middle East peace drive is seeking to ‘build on’ a recent conference, but some analysts think he’ll only be treading water.
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Blue and White leader said his party can work with U.S. President Donald Trump ‘just as well as you.’
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"We will extend Ron Dermer's term as ambassador to Washington at least a year," Netyanyahu said. "And he is an excellent ambassador."
By HERB KEINON,GIL HOFFMAN
Lapid's tweet comes in response to the report by Channel 12 on Saturday night that Netanyahu had asked the Civil Service to extend Dermer’s term beyond September 30.
"Netanyahu attacks Europeans countries for dealing lightly with Iran, while he himself acts the same way with the Hamas terror organization," Liberman claimed.
By ALON EINHORN
The Prime Minister’s Office said that the Civil Service had examined the issue of Dermer’s term.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF,GIL HOFFMAN
The Israeli official said that "this report is false. This alleged conversation never took place."
“The idea that there is a ‘nobility of the Jewish people conferred by their terrible suffering’ is a gross projection of Christian hegemony that needs to stop,” he wrote.
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
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The comments came as Netanyahu spoke at thememorial service for the fallen soldiers of the Second Lebanon War.
By HERB KEINON,REUTERS
"We note that Mr. Barak’s assertion that he was not party to Mr. Epstein’s illegal activities is a denial of a claim we have never made."
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