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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.
Just 22% of Israelis believed the government was handling the situation on the Gaza border "very well" in November, according to an Israel Democracy Institute poll republished on Monday.
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IDF partially demolished the family home of Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa in December.
When given eight choices on what issues are of most concern to them and their family, security received the most responses.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Netanyahu claimed on Friday that he intends to file a libel suit against Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya'alon for calling him a traitor.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Netanyahu said that he couldn't expose the reason for the approval because of national security, a fact he claimed was known by Ya'alon and Gantz, and the reason for their attack.
By URI BOLLAG
"Gantz, Lapid and Ya'alon calling me a 'traitor' is a severe incitement that must not be ignored, their lies crossed a red line of the most sensitive issues relating to Israel's security."
By ALON EINHORN
Avi Gabbay warns of great damage to Israel if Netanyahu wins on April 9
By GIL HOFFMAN,YAAKOV KATZ
The new poll came on a day when the election got even dirtier than it had been before.
Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a credible challenge on April 9 from Benny Gantz, is about to get a cascade of earned media thanks to Donald Trump.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
For the question "who do you prefer as prime minister," the poll showed that Netanyahu leads with 38% while 36% would prefer Gantz and Lapid.
Blue and White escalates attacks over submarines affair, with Ya’alon saying Netanyahu may have committed treason.
By LAHAV HARKOV,GIL HOFFMAN
She points out that for example, more than 72% of Israelis support holding peace negotiations with the Palestinians, even though Israel's right wing has been in power for most of the past 40 years.
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