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Benjamin Netanyahu
בנימין נתניהו
Volodymyr Zelensky in a working visit to the State of Israel, January 2020. XIII (cropped).jpg
Prime Minister of Israel
Assumed office
31 March 2009
President Shimon Peres
Reuven Rivlin
Deputy Benny Gantz (since 2020)
Preceded by Ehud Olmert
In office
18 June 1996 – 6 July 1999
President Ezer Weizman
Preceded by Shimon Peres
Succeeded by Ehud Barak
Leader of the Opposition
In office
28 March 2006 – 31 March 2009
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Ehud Olmert
Preceded by Amir Peretz
Succeeded by Tzipi Livni
Minister of Finance
In office
28 February 2003 – 9 August 2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Preceded by Silvan Shalom
Succeeded by Ehud Olmert
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
6 November 2002 – 28 February 2003
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Preceded by Shimon Peres
Succeeded by Silvan Shalom
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
26 December 1988 – 11 November 1991
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
Preceded by Roni Milo
Succeeded by Yossi Beilin
Personal details
Born 21 October 1949 (1949-10-21) (age 71)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Political party HaLikud
Spouse(s) Miriam Weizmann (Before 1978)
Fleur Cates (1981–1984)
Sara Ben-Artzi (1991–present)
Children 3
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Military service
Allegiance  Israel
Branch/service Flag of the Israel Defense Forces.svg Israel Defence Forces
Years of service 1967-1973
Rank IDF seren.svg Captain
Unit Sayeret Matkal
Battles/wars War of Attrition
Yom Kippur War

Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין "בִּיבִּי" נְתַנְיָהוּ, born 21 October 1949) is the Prime Minister of Israel 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.

Netanyahu is expected to leave office in November 2021, when Benny Gantz replaces him.

Corruption charge

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

2020 election

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.

Army career

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

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)


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