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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.
The prime minister is scheduled to attend a birthday party held for him by the Likud Party on Thursday.
Gantz and Liberman respond to Netanyahu's video revealing an alleged 'secret plan', telling him he has failed to form a government
The settlement is often associated with right-wing extremism.
The two men are expected to “discuss developments in Syria and the continued need to counter the Iranian regime’s destabilizing behavior in the region,” the State Department said on Wednesday.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
A source very close to Gantz denied the quote to The Jerusalem Post, but said they are ready for compromises to prevent a third election.
By LAHAV HARKOV,GIL HOFFMAN
The three MKs from the New Right – Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett and Matan Kahane – refused to sign the document, calling the pledge "unnecessary."
By GIL HOFFMAN
Mandelblit has made it clear that he will decide before December 15, when State Attorney Shai Nitzan steps down.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
Gantz requested the meeting, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also defense minister, authorized it.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Liberman stressed that the only option is a liberal national unity government.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF,GIL HOFFMAN
Coalition battle escalates into all-out war between Likud, Yisrael Beytenu.
By LAHAV HARKOV,GIL HOFFMAN,TOVAH LAZAROFF
Netanyahu hasn’t given up yet and is keeping his mandate with over a week until the October 24 deadline.
She was arrested in April for carrying nine grams of cannabis in her checked luggage, before boarding a connecting flight from Russia on her way from India to Israel.
By TAMAR BEERI
A visit next week would have allowed him to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito scheduled for October 22-24.
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