Benjamin Netanyahu

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Benjamin Netanyahu
בנימין נתניהו
Benjamin Netanyahu 2018.jpg
Prime Minister of Israel
Assumed office
31 March 2009
PresidentShimon Peres
Reuven Rivlin
Isaac Herzog (elect)
DeputyBenny Gantz (since 2020)
Preceded byEhud Olmert
In office
18 June 1996 – 6 July 1999
PresidentEzer Weizman
Preceded byShimon Peres
Succeeded byEhud Barak
Leader of the Opposition
In office
28 March 2006 – 31 March 2009
Prime MinisterAriel Sharon
Ehud Olmert
Preceded byAmir Peretz
Succeeded byTzipi Livni
Minister of Finance
In office
28 February 2003 – 9 August 2005
Prime MinisterAriel Sharon
Preceded bySilvan Shalom
Succeeded byEhud Olmert
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
6 November 2002 – 28 February 2003
Prime MinisterAriel Sharon
Preceded byShimon Peres
Succeeded bySilvan Shalom
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
26 December 1988 – 11 November 1991
Prime MinisterYitzhak Shamir
Preceded byRoni Milo
Succeeded byYossi Beilin
Personal details
Born (1949-10-21) 21 October 1949 (age 71)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Political partyHaLikud
Spouse(s)Miriam Weizmann (Before 1978)
Fleur Cates (1981–1984)
Sara Ben-Artzi (1991–present)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Military service
Allegiance Israel
Branch/serviceFlag of the Israel Defense Forces.svg Israel Defence Forces
Years of service1967-1973
RankIDF seren.svg Captain
UnitSayeret Matkal
Battles/warsWar of Attrition
Yom Kippur War

Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין "בִּיבִּי" נְתַנְיָהוּ‎, born 21 October 1949) is the Prime Minister of Israel[1][2] and leader of the HaLikud party. He was also the Prime Minister of Israel from June 1996 to July 1999. Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born after the establishment of the state of Israel. He is also the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

Corruption charge[change | change source]

On February 28, 2019, Netanyahu was indicted on bribe and fraud charges in three different cases.

2020 election[change | change source]

On 20 April 2020, Opposition Leader Benny Gantz and Netanyahu announced an agreement on a unity government had been reached following the 2020 legislative election. The deal would involve both parties splitting power and Gantz and Netanyahu taking turns being prime minister. The deal says Gantz will be Vice Prime Minister until October 2021, by then he will replace Netanyahu to become Prime Minister.[3]

Fifth term[change | change source]

In May 2021, Hamas fired rockets on Israel from Gaza, which caused Netanyahu to act Operation Guardian of the Walls, lasting eleven days.[4]

After the 2021 Israel-Palestine crisis, Israeli politician and leader of the Yamina alliance Naftali Bennett announced that he has agreed to a deal with Yair Lapid to forge a coalition government that would remove Netanyahu from his Prime Minister position.[5] This is after the 2021 March election.[6]

Army career[change | change source]

Netanyahu was a commander in the Israel Defense Forces. He fought in the raid on Lebanon in 1968. He also fought in the raid on Yarden in 1968.

Books and articles[change | change source]

Through the years Netanyahu authored five books, three of which focus on counter-terrorism. The books he authored include:

  • International Terrorism: Challenge and Response (The Jonathon Institute, 1980) (ISBN 0-87855-894-2)
  • Terrorism: How the West Can Win (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1986) (ISBN 0-380-70321-1)
  • A Place Among the Nations (Bantam, 1993) (ISBN 0-553-08974-9)
  • Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorism (Diane Pub Co, 1995) (ISBN 0-374-52497-1)
  • A Durable Peace: Israel and Its Place Among the Nations (Warner Books, 2000) (ISBN 0-446-52306-2)


Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Netanyahu sworn in as Israel's prime minister". Haaretz. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  2. Heller, Jeffrey (1 April 2009). "Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli prime minister". Reuters. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  3. Gil Hoffman (20 April 2020). "After 17-month stalemate, Netanyahu and Gantz strike unity deal". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  4. Harkov, Lahav (21 May 2021). "Netanyahu, defense chiefs call operation 'game-changing' defeat of Hamas". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  5. "Israeli opposition figures reach deal aimed at ousting Netanyahu". the Guardian. 2021-05-30. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  6. "Bennett announces plan to form gov't with Lapid that will oust Netanyahu". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 2021-05-30.

Other websites[change | change source]