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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.
"Now there are all kinds of hitchhikers riding the wave,” Netanyahu said of Gantz, “but the public knows how to distinguish between true leadership and amateurish imitations."
Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said in a closed-door meeting at the Warsaw summit that Iran funding violence in the Middle East was the key challenge to overcome for peace.
Arab foregin ministers agreed that Israel had a right “to defend itself against Iranian aggression,” and held that it poses an existential threat, even without nuclear weapons, he said.
The clip, criticizing Gantz of having leftist political views, ends with the statement that left is weak and right is strong.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
At present, Gantz is not at a stage he can threaten for the post. We have worked well with Netanyahu and there is no reason we won't continue to work [together] going forward. "
The sun came out, and so did Labor’s members. There were long lines in polling stations across the country, forcing an additional half hour of voting.
By GIL HOFFMAN
“I will first of all form this [current] coalition – a national, Likud government, a right-wing government,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Vote count discrepancies raise suspicions and power struggle between MKs could go all the way to Supreme Court as the Likud list remains far from finalized.
"It is reasonable to assume that if there is a decision to indict Netanyahu before the election, his chance to form a new government is close to zero,” Liberman said.
He declined to answer whether he had voted for Likud but said he said “the center is a wide concept” for him. He said he did not vote in the past for Yesh Atid.
This was a week in which Netanyahu and Israel Resilience Party leader Benny Gantz, who hopes to be the next prime minister, decided that they don’t need to talk to journalists at all.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
Labor falls to five seats ahead of its race next week.
The attorney-general prohibited candidates to post photos with IDF personnel as a response to a petition by the Labor party against Netanyahu for recent photo shoots he did during visits to IDF bases
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
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