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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.
O'Rourke has previously spoken out against Netanyahu.
“Netanyahu is taking the security greatest that any Israeli leader has ever taken and that is to lose US support,” Gabbay said at a Maariv conference.
“Right now, we don’t have the best negotiating partners on either side," said the Democratic Texas politician.
“Politicians who called Benny Gantz mentally ill and a pedophile and called me Amalek and a hater of the Jewish people become very vulnerable when it comes to themselves," Lapid said.
By LAHAV HARKOV
As Israel’s former US Ambassador Michael Oren said, “Our economy is excellent, our foreign relations were never better, and we’re secure… we know him, the world knows him – even our enemies know him"
A city-by-city photo tour of how Israelis voted.
By ZACK EVANS
Two Meretz-voting Tel Avivians say Netanyahu will be Israel's next PM.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
The prime minister has until now been very careful not to take votes away from right-wing parties such as Yisrael Beytenu, Kulanu and Shas.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Blue and White remained at 30 seats, despite a week of bad coverage due to a State Comptroller’s report on his bankrupt company’s contract with the police and two TV interviews that did not go well.
By MARCY OSTER/JTA
According to psychological profiles, the PM ‘sees it as his heroic task to rescue his homeland.’
By YOSSI MELMAN
The main outcome of the approaching election will likely be a constitutional crisis of a sort Israel has never faced.
By AMOTZ ASA-EL
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
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