Benjamin Netanyahu, 1949-present. The 9th Prime Minister of Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He would become the 0th Prime Minister of Israel.
Netanyahu grew up in U.S., Philadelphia, returning to Israel in 1967 to join “Sayeret Matkal” – the Israel Defence Forces’ elite unit. He would serve in a number of operations, including the 1972 hostage-rescue mission, following the hijacking by the terrorists of the Sabena flight. (Coincidentally, the mission was led by another future Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak).
Netanyahu went on to study agriculture and business administration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked in a consultancy agency in the U.S. following his graduation. In 1976, he found out that his brother Yoni was killed during an operation that sought to free hostages during the hijacking of the Air France plane in Uganda.
Netanyahu then became more involved in politics, and he served for nearly eight years as an Israeli ambassador. In 1988, he was elected to Knesset as a member of the right-wing Likud Party. In 1996, he became the Prime Minister of Israel. During his first term, Netanyahu sought to reduce economic deficit, and advanced peace talks with the Palestinians.
In 1999, following a defeat in the election, Netanyahu temporarily retired from politics, only to come back in 2002, and winning the 2009 elections once again. In 2013, the Prime Minister criticised the nuclear deal between U.S. and Iran, calling it a “historic mistake”. Next year, his government came under international scrutiny once again, following the escalation of the conflict with Palestinians, as three of the Israeli teenagers were murdered and rocket fire from Palestine resumed. The conflict resulted in the great loss of civilian lives in the Gaza region in particular.
*Netanyahu has been re-elected in 2015, following great controversy, as he made some anti-Arab speeches, for which the Prime Minister later apologised.