60 Facts About Benjamin Netanyahu

1. Benjamin Netanyahu responded by saying "I'm being attacked because of my determination to defend Israel's interests.

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2. Benjamin Netanyahu remarked in March 2010 during a joint statement with Biden during his visit of Israel that their friendship had started almost three decades prior.

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3. Benjamin Netanyahu has close ties with the congressional leadership of the US Republican Party and with its 2012 Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney.

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4. Benjamin Netanyahu has a close relationship with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, their having known each other for decades due to the privileged relationship between the Likud Party and the EPP, the European People's Party.

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5. In 1993, Benjamin Netanyahu confessed on live television to having had an affair with Ruth Bar, his public relations adviser.

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6. In 1981, Benjamin Netanyahu married Cates, and she converted to Judaism.

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7. Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the leaders of Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland to close their borders to illegal immigration.

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8. Benjamin Netanyahu is critical of what he sees as the overly open immigration policy of EU nations.

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9. In 2011, Benjamin Netanyahu arranged for 1000 Hamas and Fatah prisoners to be swapped for Gilad Shalit, including terrorists with "blood on their hands".

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10. In 2013, Benjamin Netanyahu found himself caught between conflicting commitments made to the family of American terror victim Daniel Wultz and the Government of China.

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11. Benjamin Netanyahu repeated these remarks at a news conference in April 2008.

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12. Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a right of return for Palestinian refugees, saying, "any demand for resettling Palestinian refugees within Israel undermines Israel's continued existence as the state of the Jewish people.

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13. Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed for the first time the notion of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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14. On 14 June 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a seminal address at Bar-Ilan University, at Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, that was broadcast live in Israel and across parts of the Arab world, on the topic of the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.

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15. In 2013, Benjamin Netanyahu denied reports that his government would agree to peace talks on the basis of the green line.

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16. Benjamin Netanyahu raised these ideas during discussions with former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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17. In October 2014, Benjamin Netanyahu said "We don't just hand over territory, close our eyes and hope for the best.

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18. Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Should we achieve a turn toward peace with the more moderate partners, we will insist on the recognition of the State of Israel and the demilitarization of the future Palestinian state".

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19. In 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu expressed appreciation towards "the cooperative society that is working towards the inclusion of the Hebrew Israelite community in Israeli society at large", and declared that the experience of the community in the land of Israel is "an integral part of the Israeli experience.

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20. Benjamin Netanyahu supports the integration of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem into Israeli society, and takes part in celebrations in honor of this community's 'exodus' from America to Israel, which occurred in 1967.

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21. Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, "I commend US President Donald Trump on the historic summit in Singapore.

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22. On 22 February 2017, Benjamin Netanyahu became the first serving Prime Minister of Israel to visit Australia.

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23. Benjamin Netanyahu strongly criticized both the UN Resolution and Kerry's speech in response.

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24. On 28 May 2015, Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he would be running for an unprecedented fifth term as Prime Minister in the next general election and that he supports Likud's current process of picking MK candidates.

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25. Benjamin Netanyahu said that support of a Palestinian state is tantamount to yielding territory for radical Islamic terrorists to attack Israel.

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26. On 2 December 2014, Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his ministers, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who heads the centrist Yesh Atid party and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who heads Hatnua.

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27. Benjamin Netanyahu explained that he does not accept restrictions on where Jews could live, and said that Jerusalem's Arabs and Jews should be able to buy homes wherever they want.

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28. Benjamin Netanyahu began a campaign of port privatization to break what he viewed as the monopoly held by workers of the Israel Port Authority, so as to lower consumer prices and increase exports.

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29. Benjamin Netanyahu had formed the Concentration Committee in 2010, and the bill, which was pushed forward by his government, implemented its recommendations.

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30. In May 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu officially recognized for the first time the right for Palestinians to have their own state in an official document, a letter to Mahmoud Abbas, though as before he declared it would have to be demilitarized.

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31. In 2002, Benjamin Netanyahu visited Pollard at his North Carolina prison.

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32. In September 2010, Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to enter direct talks, mediated by the Obama administration, with the Palestinians for the first time in a long while.

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33. On 7 September 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu left his office without reporting where he was headed.

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34. In 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Arab Peace initiative and lauded a call by Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to normalize relations with Israel.

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35. Benjamin Netanyahu has lifted checkpoints in the West Bank in order to allow freedom of movement and a flow of imports; a step that resulted in an economic boost in the West Bank.

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36. Benjamin Netanyahu argued the right for a "natural growth" in the existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank while their permanent status is up to further negotiation.

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37. Benjamin Netanyahu presented his cabinet for a Knesset "Vote of Confidence" on 31 March 2009.

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38. Benjamin Netanyahu opposed the 2008 Israel–Hamas ceasefire, like others in the Knesset opposition.

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39. Benjamin Netanyahu submitted his resignation letter on 7 August 2005, shortly before the Israeli cabinet voted 17 to 5 to approve the initial phase of withdrawal from Gaza.

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40. Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to resign from office in 2004 unless the Gaza pullout plan was put to a referendum.

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41. On 12 September 2002, Benjamin Netanyahu testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the nuclear threat posed by the Iraqi regime: "There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing towards the development of nuclear weapons—no question whatsoever", he said.

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42. Benjamin Netanyahu challenged Sharon for the leadership of the Likud party, but failed to oust Sharon.

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43. Benjamin Netanyahu called for tangible gestures of Palestinian goodwill in return for Israeli concessions.

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44. Benjamin Netanyahu hired American Republican political operative Arthur Finkelstein to run his campaign, and although the American style of sound bites and sharp attacks elicited harsh criticism from inside Israel, it proved effective.

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45. Benjamin Netanyahu referred to Schneerson as "the most influential man of our time".

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46. In 1976 Benjamin Netanyahu graduated near the top of his class at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and was headhunted to be an economic consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, Massachusetts, working at the company between 1976 and 1978.

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47. Benjamin Netanyahu was involved in many other missions, including Operation Inferno, and the rescue of the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in May 1972 in which he was shot in the shoulder.

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48. Benjamin Netanyahu trained as a combat soldier and served for five years in an elite special forces unit of the IDF, Sayeret Matkal.

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49. Benjamin Netanyahu discovered via a DNA test that he is of part Sephardi Jewish ancestry.

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50. Benjamin Netanyahu is currently the second longest-serving Prime Minister in Israel's history after David Ben-Gurion, and if his current government lasts a full term, upon its completion he will become the longest-serving Israeli prime minister in history.

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51. Benjamin Netanyahu is the only prime minister in Israel's history to have been elected three times in a row.

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52. In March 2015, Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to his fourth term as prime minister.

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53. In December 2006, Benjamin Netanyahu became the official Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset and Chairman of Likud.

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54. Benjamin Netanyahu moved from the political arena to the private sector after being defeated in the 1999 election for prime minister by Ehud Barak.

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55. Benjamin Netanyahu became the leader of Likud in 1993 and won the 1996 elections, becoming Israel's youngest-ever Prime Minister, serving his first term from June 1996 to July 1999.

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56. Benjamin Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988.

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57. Benjamin Netanyahu fought on the front lines in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, taking part in special forces raids along the Suez Canal, and then leading a commando assault deep into Syrian territory.

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58. Benjamin Netanyahu took part in many missions, including Operation Inferno, Operation Gift and Operation Isotope (1972), during which he was shot in the shoulder.

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59. Benjamin Netanyahu is the first Israeli Prime Minister born in Israel after the establishment of the state.

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60. Benjamin Netanyahu is currently a member of the Knesset and the Chairman of the Likud party.

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