Benjamin Netanyahu Biography

Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician currently serving as the Prime Minister of Israel. This biography of Benjamin Netanyahu provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Quick Facts

Birthday: October 21, 1949

Nationality: Israeli

Famous: Quotes By Benjamin Netanyahu Left Handed

Age: 70 Years, 70 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Bibi Netanyahu

Born in: Tel Aviv

Famous as: Prime Minister of Israel

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Fleur Cates (1981–1984), Miriam Weizmann (1972–1978), Sara Ben-Artzi (1991–present)

father: Prof. Benzion Netanyahu

mother: Tzila Segal

children: Avner, Noa, Yair

City: Tel Aviv, Israel

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Benjamin Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. He assumed office on 31 March 2009 and also serves as a member of Knesset and Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. A politician with a rich political history, he had served as the Prime Minister previously too, from 1996 to 1999 after which he temporarily retired from politics following his defeat to Ehud Barak. However, the fall of the Barak administration rekindled the political ambitions in him and he returned to politics, eventually becoming the Prime Minister again in 2009. A popular politician, he began his career with the Israel Defense Forces during the Six-Day War and participated in several missions including Operation Inferno, Operation Gift, and Operation Isotope. Over the course of his distinguished military career he fought in numerous wars and took part in special forces raids. Post his military career he resumed his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and eventually entered Israeli politics. He held a number of ambassadorship positions including that of being the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations before being elected to the Knesset (Israeli parliament) as a Likud member. He is also the author of several books in Hebrew and English, some of which have been translated in other languages.

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Benjamin Netanyahu
Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born on 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv to Tzila Segal and Prof. Benzion Netanyahu, as one of their three children. His father was a noted Jewish historian who worked as a professor.
  • He spent his childhood in Jerusalem where he attended Henrietta Szold Elementary School. He was a bright student, very disciplined, active, polite and helpful.
  • His family moved to Philadelphia, United States in 1963 and he enrolled at Cheltenham High School from where he graduated in 1967. He then left for Israel to enlist in the Israeli Army.
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  • He trained as a combat soldier in the Israeli Defence Forces and was on the team that rescued a hijacked jet plane at the Tel Aviv airport in 1972 in which he was shot in the shoulder.
  • He returned to the US in late 1972 after his army service and enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study architecture. However, he went back to Israel in 1973 to fight in the Yom Kippur War for a 40-day period.
  • He returned to the US to complete his studies and earned an S.B. degree in architecture in 1975 and received an S.M. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977. At the same time he also studied political science at Harvard University.
  • After completing his education he was appointed as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Massachusetts where he worked from 1976 to 1978.
  • He returned to Israel in 1978 and over the years started connecting with several Israeli politicians.
  • In 1982, the prominent politician Moshe Arens selected him as his Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., a position he held till 1984.
  • He served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988.
  • He was elected a member of the Knesset by the Likud Party in 1988 and served as deputy minister for foreign affairs. After a few years he was chosen as Likud’s candidate for Prime Minister in the 1996 Israeli legislative election.
  • He won the election, defeating incumbent Labor candidate Shimon Peres, and assumed office on 18 June 1996. During his term he signed the Hebron and Wye Accords, expanded government privatization, liberalized currency regulations and reduced deficits.
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  • He was defeated by Ehud Barak in the 1999 elections. He retired from politics after this and served as a senior consultant with Israeli communications equipment developer BATM for two years.
  • He returned to politics in 2002 and served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2002 until February 2003. After that he became the Minister of Finance, serving in this position till August 2005.
  • During his term as the Finance Minister he implemented several economic reforms in order to restore Israel’s economy. He introduced reforms in the banking system and was also in favor of more liberalized markets.
  • He was elected as the Prime Minister once again following the elections in February 2009. He kept the portfolios of the Minister of Economic Strategy, Minister of Health, and Minister for Senior Citizens with him.
  • After the victory in the 2013 elections, he was elected to the position of Prime Minister for a third term.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married Miriam Weizmann in 1972. His wife became pregnant in 1978 and during her pregnancy he began an affair with a British woman, Fleur Cates. Miriam gave birth to a daughter and when she discovered the affair, she divorced him.
  • In 1981 he married Fleur Cates and she converted to Judaism. But this marriage did not last long and the couple divorced in 1984.
  • He married for the third time in 1991. His third wife was a flight attendant he met on one of his travels. The couple has two sons.
  • He was also reported to have been romantically involved with other women including Ruth Bar, his public relations adviser, and Katherine Price-Mondadori.
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