Only time will tell! What is a given is that, in word and deed, the fanatical Ayatollahs in Tehran are determined to destroy the Jewish state – it is the … Read More ARE ISRAEL AND THE US ON THE SAME PAGE WHEN IT COMES TO THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT?
Benjamin Netanyahu (born 21 October 1949) is an Israeli politician who served as the ninth prime minister of Israel from 1996 to 1999 and from 2009 to 2021. Netanyahu currently serves as Leader of the Opposition and as the chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement. He served in office for a total of 15 years, making him the longest-serving Israeli prime minister in history. He was also the first prime minister to be born in Israel after its Declaration of Independence.
Born in Tel Aviv to secular Jewish parents, Netanyahu was raised both in Jerusalem, and for a time in Philadelphia in the United States. He returned to Israel in 1967 to join the Israel Defense Forces. He became a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal special forces and took part in several missions, achieving the rank of captain before being honorably discharged. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Netanyahu became an economic consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He moved back to Israel in 1978 to found the Yonatan Netanyahu Anti-Terror Institute.
From 1984–1988, Netanyahu was Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. In 1993, he was elected as the Chairman of Likud, becoming Leader of the Opposition. He went on to defeat the incumbent Prime Minister Shimon Peres at the 1996 election, and was appointed as Israel’s youngest-ever Prime Minister. After serving a single term, Netanyahu and Likud were heavily defeated in the 1999 election by Ehud Barak’s One Israel party; Netanyahu chose to retire from politics entirely, and entered the private sector. However several years later, after his successor as Likud Chairman, Ariel Sharon, became Prime Minister, Netanyahu was convinced to return to politics, and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance. As Finance Minister, Netanyahu initiated major reforms of the Israeli economy that were credited by commentators as having significantly improved Israel’s subsequent economic performance. Netanyahu later clashed with Sharon, eventually resigning over disagreements regarding the Gaza disengagement plan.
Netanyahu returned to the leadership of Likud in December 2005 after Sharon stepped down to form a new party, Kadima. He was the Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2009. Although Likud finished second in the 2009 election to Kadima, Netanyahu was able to form a coalition government with other right-wing parties and was sworn in as Prime Minister for a second time. He went on to lead Likud to victory in the 2013 and 2015 elections. After the April 2019 election resulted in no party being able to form a government, a second election in 2019 took place. In the September 2019 election, the centrist Blue and White alliance, led by Benny Gantz, emerged slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud; however, neither Netanyahu nor Gantz was able to form a government. After continued political deadlock, this was resolved when Likud and Blue and White reached a coalition agreement following the 2020 election. Under the terms of the agreement, the premiership would rotate between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, in which Gantz was scheduled to succeed Netanyahu in November 2021. In December 2020, this coalition collapsed and a new election was held in March 2021. In his final government, Netanyahu led Israel’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis. In June 2021, after Naftali Bennett formed a government with Yair Lapid, Netanyahu was removed from the premiership, becoming Leader of the Opposition for the third time.
Netanyahu made his closeness to Donald Trump, a personal friend since the 1980s, central to his political appeal in Israel from 2016. During Trump’s presidency, the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and brokered the Abraham Accords, a series of normalization agreements between Israel and various Arab states. Since December 2016, Netanyahu has been under investigation for corruption by Israeli police and prosecutors. On 21 November 2019, he was indicted on charges of breach of trust, bribery and fraud. Due to the indictment, Netanyahu was legally required to relinquish all of his ministry posts other than the prime minister position prior to his ousting.
THE LATE YITZHAK RABIN – PAST AND PRESENT
Israel has again marked the Hebrew date of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. He was shot in the back by Righ-wink fanatic Yigal Amir after he had addressed a … Read More THE LATE YITZHAK RABIN – PAST AND PRESENT
ISRAEL’S DEFENSE MINISTRY REQUESTS INCREASED BUDGET TO PRESERVE THE IDF’S CAPABILITY FOR ATTACKING IRAN’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS SITES
Israel’s Channel 11 News has now reported the IDF has already initiated contact with the Finance Ministry for an additional “several billion shekels.” The startling news is based on the … Read More ISRAEL’S DEFENSE MINISTRY REQUESTS INCREASED BUDGET TO PRESERVE THE IDF’S CAPABILITY FOR ATTACKING IRAN’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS SITES
ISRAEL – A NEW DAWN FOR PRIME MINISTER NAFTALI BENNETT AND HIS BACKERS
FOR NETANYAHU – A DAY OF SHOCK AND DISMAY After a record 12 straight years in power, Benjamin Netanyahu has been deposed by Israel’s parliamentary Knesset; but only by the … Read More ISRAEL – A NEW DAWN FOR PRIME MINISTER NAFTALI BENNETT AND HIS BACKERS
IS ISRAEL NOW FACING ANOTHER “YITZHAK RABIN” POLITICAL ASSASSINATION?
The verbal clash between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his supporters against the formation of a government headed by Naftali Bennett has reached a fever pitch. Bibi himself was recorded … Read More IS ISRAEL NOW FACING ANOTHER “YITZHAK RABIN” POLITICAL ASSASSINATION?
ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS CLASH OVER RELIGIOUS RIGHTS IN JERUSALEM
Let us first try and marshal what appear to be the facts. Muslims worldwide are currently celebrating their holy month of Ramadan when religious fervor runs high. In Jerusalem, there … Read More ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS CLASH OVER RELIGIOUS RIGHTS IN JERUSALEM
ARE ISRAELI POLITICIANS COLLUDING ON NETANYAHU’S DEPARTURE?
Even some of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s closest aides are hinting the boss may be on his way out! With less than two weeks left to cobble together a new … Read More ARE ISRAELI POLITICIANS COLLUDING ON NETANYAHU’S DEPARTURE?
IRAN’S URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY AT NATANZ MAY BE KNOCKED OUT FOR NINE MONTHS!
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quotes intelligence sources both in Israel and the US as saying that the mysterious explosion at the Natanz facility may have incapacitated it for as many … Read More IRAN’S URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY AT NATANZ MAY BE KNOCKED OUT FOR NINE MONTHS!
ISRAELI COVID BREAKTHROUGH AND NETANYAHU ENIGMA
Whether you love or hate Prime Minister Netanyahu, he deserves credit. Israeli health officials have announced that Israel is on the verge of ‘wiping out’ the COVID-19 epidemic that has … Read More ISRAELI COVID BREAKTHROUGH AND NETANYAHU ENIGMA
ISRAEL’S ELECTION DEADLOCK: HORSE-TRADING GALOR!
On Monday, April 5th, President Reuven Rivlin will begin political consultations with all the parties that received the required number of votes to elect at least four members to Israel’s … Read More ISRAEL’S ELECTION DEADLOCK: HORSE-TRADING GALOR!