Benjamin Netanyahu









(1949-present) – An Israeli politician born in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He is a veteran of an elite unit of the Israel Defense Forces, and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Among his many political positions, he served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984-1988 and is the chairman of the Israeli political party Likud.  In March 2015, he was elected to his fourth term as Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu (Wikipedia)

Benjamin Netanyahu
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9th Prime Minister of Israel
Assumed office
31 March 2009 (2009-03-31)
Preceded byEhud Olmert
In office
18 June 1996 (1996-06-18) – 6 July 1999 (1999-07-06)
PresidentEzer Weizman
Preceded byShimon Peres
Succeeded byEhud Barak
12th Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
14 May 2015 (2015-05-14)
Preceded byAvigdor Lieberman
In office
18 December 2012 (2012-12-18) – 11 November 2013 (2013-11-11)
Preceded byAvigdor Lieberman
Succeeded byAvigdor Lieberman
In office
6 November 2002 (2002-11-06) – 28 February 2003 (2003-02-28)
Prime MinisterAriel Sharon
Preceded byShimon Peres
Succeeded bySilvan Shalom
7th Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations
In office
Prime Minister
Preceded byYehuda Zvi Blum
Succeeded byYohanan Bein
Personal details
Born (1949-10-21) 21 October 1949 (age 69)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Political partyLikud
  • Miriam Weizmann
    (m. 1972; div. 1978)
  • Fleur Cates
    (m. 1981; div. 1984)
  • Sara Ben-Artzi
    (m. 1991)
ResidenceBeit Aghion, Jerusalem
Alma mater
  • Politician
  • diplomat
  • writer
  • economic consultant
  • marketing executive
Military service
Allegiance Israel
Service/branch Israeli Defense Forces
Years of service1967–1973
RankIDF seren rotated.svg Seren (Captain)
UnitSayeret Matkal
Knessets12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Ministerial roles
1996–97Science and Technology
1996–99Housing and Construction
2002–03Foreign Affairs
2009–13Economic Strategy
2009–13Pensioner Affairs
2012–13Foreign Affairs
2013Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs
2015Pensioner Affairs

Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (HebrewAbout this soundבִּנְיָמִין "בִּיבִּי" נְתַנְיָהוּ ; born 21 October 1949) is an Israeli politician serving as the 9th and current Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, previously holding the position from 1996 to 1999. Netanyahu is also currently a member of the Knesset and the Chairman of the Likud party. Netanyahu is the first Israeli Prime Minister born in Israel after the establishment of the state.

Born in Tel Aviv to secular Jewish parents, Netanyahu joined the Israel Defense Forces shortly after the Six-Day War in 1967, and became a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. Netanyahu took part in many missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), Operation Gift (1968) and Operation Isotope (1972), during which he was shot in the shoulder. Netanyahu fought on the front lines in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, taking part in special forces raids along the Suez Canal, and then leading a commando assault deep into Syrian territory. Netanyahu achieved the rank of captain before being discharged. After graduating from MIT with Bachelor of Science (SB) and Master of Science (SM) degrees, Netanyahu was recruited as an economic consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Netanyahu returned to Israel in 1978 to found the Yonatan Netanyahu Anti-Terror Institute, named after his brother Yonatan Netanyahu, who died leading Operation Entebbe. Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988.

He became the leader of Likud in 1993 and won the 1996 elections, becoming Israel's youngest-ever Prime Minister, serving his first term from June 1996 to July 1999. Netanyahu moved from the political arena to the private sector after being defeated in the 1999 election for prime minister by Ehud Barak. Netanyahu returned to politics in 2002 as Foreign Affairs Minister (2002–2003) and Finance Minister (2003–2005) in Ariel Sharon's governments, but he departed the government over disagreements regarding the Gaza disengagement plan. As Minister of Finance, Netanyahu engaged in a major reform of the Israeli economy, which was credited by commentators as having significantly improved Israel's subsequent economic performance. Netanyahu retook the Likud leadership in December 2005, after Sharon left to form a new party, Kadima. In December 2006, Netanyahu became the official Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset and Chairman of Likud. Following the 2009 parliamentary election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority, Netanyahu formed a coalition government. After the victory in the 2013 elections, he became the second person to be elected to the position of Prime Minister for a third term, after Israel's founder David Ben-Gurion. In March 2015, Netanyahu was elected to his fourth term as prime minister.

Netanyahu has been elected Prime Minister of Israel four times, matching David Ben-Gurion's record. Netanyahu is the only prime minister in Israel's history to have been elected three times in a row. Netanyahu is currently the second longest-serving Prime Minister in Israel's history after David Ben-Gurion. If Netanyahu wins a snap election in 2019 he is set to become the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israeli history.

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