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About Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu (born on October 21, 1949 at Tel Aviv, Israel) (sometimes called Binyamin Netanyahu) is an Israeli politician and Prime Minister.

Personal Biography

Netanyahu spent his childhood in Jerusalem. Netanyahu's father, Benzion, is a renowned Jewish historian and supporter of the late hawkish Zionist ideologue Zeev Jabotinsky. Netanyahu, married three times and has three children, an adult daughter with a former wife, and two sons with his current spouse, Sarah. They live in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu is popular by the nickname, Bibi.


Netanyahu speaks fluent English speaker and had his high school educaiton in the United States where his father worked as a researcher and university lecturer. Netanyahu graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also earned a masters degree in business management.

Professional Biography

Netanyahu joined the Israeli army in 1967 and served in an elite commando unit. He took part in secret missions and a 1972 rescue of hostages on a hijacked Sabena airlines jet. He fought in a 1973 war and achieved the rank of captain before his discharge.

Political Life

Netanyahu entered politics after his brother Yonatan was killed while leading the 1976 raid to rescue hijacked Israeli hostages from Entebbe, Uganda. His first high-profile political assignment was Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, in 1984. He won a seat in parliament with the right-wing Likud party in 1988 and was also named deputy foreign minister.

Though voicing objections to withdrawing from occupied land for peace, Netanyahu, as Israeli prime minister in 1996, pulled Israeli forces out of part of the West Bank town of Hebron under an interim peace accord. An early election triggered by a further U.S.-brokered deal with Palestinians ended his term in 1999. As finance minister in 2003, Netanyahu implemented market reforms credited with stimulating economic growth despite a Palestinian uprising. He quit his cabinet post in 2005 in protest against a Gaza withdrawal. In February 09, Israeli President Shimon Peres invited him to form the Government after his Likud party stood at the second place in the Israeli Parliamentary Elections held on February 10, 2009.

In November 09, he said Israel will suspend building Jewish settlements on the West Bank for ten months in a bid to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinians. This offer however excluded East Jerusalem.

In June 2010, he said that Israel wont apologize for defending itself and described criticism of the commando attack on six flotilla heading towards the Gaza Strip with humanitarian aid as international hypocrisy.

US Visit - May 2009

Netanyahu made his first visit to the US in 1996. He began his second US visit by arriving at Washington on May 17, 2009 so as to take Israeli-Palestinian peace talks forward. His visit focuses on economic and security matters rather than Palestinian statehood. Another important agenda for Netanyahu is to stop Iran in its nuclear weapons pursuit and support of anti-Israel militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah. He will be holding talks with the US President Barak Obama. Isreal and US are planning to form a workgroup on Iran. Despite a high-level visit to Washington by Netanyahu, experts feel the US and Israel have failed to resolve a diplomatic crisis sparked off by Israel's housing plans for East Jerusalem.

Lauds EU sanctions against Iran

Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lauded the European Union's latest sanctions against Iran. He said that such sanctions will have a strong impact on the Iranian economy. "I want to commend the EU for the tough sanctions that were adopted yesterday against the greatest threat to peace in our time. These sanctions are hitting the Iranian economy hard.", said Netanyahu in an address to EU diplomats.

Other Information

  • In March 2010, Benjamin Netanyahu's brother-in-law, Hagai Ben-Artzi, has called US President Barack Obama anti-Semitic.

Benjamin Netanyahu in News

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