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.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, April 7, 2021.

Netanyahu denies rumors he will give PM job to Bennett

"They are not real," the spokesman said of the two options reported. "We have denied the report."


Yuli Edelstein is one of the most honest Israeli politicians - opinion

Edelstein was not among his colleagues surrounding Netanyahu during the prime minister’s attack on the court and the law enforcement officers at the opening of his trial.


Protesters forcibly removed from outside Rivlin's residence

Clashes broke out between police and the demonstrators after an attempt to hang a banner that read "Liar" on the premise.


Mandelblit: Appoint Justice minister to avoid coronavirus prison outbreak

Mandelblit urged Netanyahu and Gantz "once again" to appoint a Justice Minister as quickly as possible.

Israel's coalition snafu: 6 ways to end the ongoing political impasse

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: There remain at least six options for preventing additional elections and stopping influencers around the world from pitying our political quagmire.


Iran, trial, coalition: The triple winds buffeting Netanyahu

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: These are just some of the prime minister's problems.


The onus is on Bennett to undo the divisions Netanyahu caused

MIDDLE ISRAEL: A post-Netanyahu coalition’s main task will be to restore the consensus he set out to destroy.

How soon before the inevitable Biden-Israel showdown?

US-ISRAEL AFFAIRS: US restoration of financial assistance to the Palestinians is just the first roll of a stone that could become an avalanche.

Israel needs judicial reform - after a new gov't is sworn in - opinion

There’s no question that the rules of the game need to be changed – but this should happen only after the current game has ended and a government is sworn in.


Biden brings out Obama's echo chamber, puts Israel on defense - opinion

While each of these American actions may have standalone rationalizations, the cumulative effect is to put Israel on the defensive – and I think that is exactly what the administration intends.

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