Benjamin Netanyahu

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Person.png Benjamin Netanyahu
(Spook, Author, Businessman, Politician)
Binyamin Netanyahu.jpg
Born Benjamin Netanyahu
21 October 1949
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University
Religion Jew
Spouse(s) Miriam Weizmann
Children • Noa Avner
• Yair
Parents • Benzion Netanyahu
• Tzila Segal
Perpetrator of Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism
Party Likud
Wikipedia page Benjamin Netanyahu

Employment.png Prime Minister of Israel

In office
31 March 2009 - 6 July 1999
Succeeded by Ehud Barak

Employment.png Prime Minister of Israel

In office
18 June 1996 - 6 July 1999
Preceded by Shimon Peres
Succeeded by Ehud Barak

Employment.png Israel/Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
18 December 2012 - 11 November 2013

Employment.png Israel/Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
6 November 2002 - 28 February 2003

Employment.png Israel/Leader of the Opposition

In office
28 March 2006 - 31 March 2009

Employment.png Israel/Minister of Finance

In office
28 February 2003 - 9 August 2005

Employment.png Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
18 December 2012 - 11 November 2013

Employment.png Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
6 November 2002 - 28 February 2003

Employment.png Leader of the Opposition

In office
28 March 2006 - 31 March 2009

Employment.png Minister of Finance

In office
28 February 2003 - 9 August 2005

Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (born 21 October 1949), 9th Prime Minister of Israel. He also serves as a member of the Knesset and Chairman of the Likud party.

Born in Tel Aviv to secular Jewish parents,[1][2] Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the establishment of the state.


Binyamin Netanyahu joined the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) shortly after the Six-Day War in 1967 and became a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. He took part in many missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), Operation Gift (1968) and Operation Isotope (1972), during which he was shot in the shoulder. He 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.[3][4] He achieved the rank of captain before being discharged.


After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was recruited as an economic consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He returned to Israel in 1978 to found the Yonatan Netanyahu Anti-Terror Institute, named after his brother Yonatan, who died leading Operation Entebbe.


Binyamin Netanyahu served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988.


Netanyahu became the leader of the Likud party in 1993 and won the 1996 elections, becoming Israel's youngest ever Prime Minister, serving his first term from June 1996 to July 1999. He moved from the political arena to the private sector after being defeated in the 1999 election for prime minister by Ehud Barak. Netanyahu returned to politics in 2002 as Foreign Affairs Minister (2002–03) and Finance Minister (2003–05) in Ariel Sharon's governments, but he departed the government over disagreements regarding the Gaza disengagement plan. As Minister of Finance, Netanyahu engaged in a major reform of the Israeli economy, which was credited by commentators as having significantly improved Israel's subsequent economic performance.[5] He retook the Likud leadership in December 2005, after Sharon left to form a new party, Kadima. In December 2006, Netanyahu became the official Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset and Chairman of Likud. Following the 2009 parliamentary election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority,[6] Netanyahu formed a coalition government.[7][8] After the victory in the 2013 elections, he became the second person to be elected to the position of Prime Minister for a third term, after Israel's founder David Ben-Gurion. In March 2015, Netanyahu was elected to his fourth term as prime minister.[9][10][11]

Arrest petition

Following its launch in August 2015, a petition to the UK Government and Parliament was signed by over 100,000 people calling for Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he holds talks in London this September: "Under international law Netanyahu should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the UK for the massacre of over 2000 civilians in 2014."[12] None of the commercially-controlled media covered the story.

Once the petition reached 10,000 signers, the UK Government was obliged to respond, saying:

"Under UK and international law, certain holders of high-ranking office in a State, including Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers for Foreign Affairs are entitled to immunity, which includes inviolability and complete immunity from criminal jurisdiction."[13]

On 5 September 2015, The Times of Israel reported:

A petition on the British Parliament’s website urging the UK to arrest Netanyahu for “war crimes” has received more than 100,000 signatures, making the matter eligible for debate by lawmakers. The campaign reached its target on Saturday morning. Netanyahu will visit London this coming week for talks with British counterpart David Cameron. The two prime ministers are expected to discuss regional issues, with an emphasis on the Iran nuclear deal reached between world powers and Tehran on July 14. British officials told Channel 2 that Cameron plans to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and the Syrian civil war.[14]

The Petitions Committee met on 8 September 2015 and reported:

"Because the Government said in its response that the request made by the petition was something that it was not able to do under UK and international law, the Committee agreed that it would not take any further action on the petition. It is still open to MPs who want a debate on this issue to find other opportunities, such as an application to the Backbench Business Committee."

On 9 September 2015, hundreds of protesters blocked the road outside 10 Downing Street as David Cameron met his "close friend" Benjamin Netanyahu. They included many Jews showing solidarity with the Palestinian people, and who also objected to Netanyahu's belief that Israel represents all of world Jewry.[15]

Books and articles


  • A Durable Peace: Israel and Its Place Among the Nations (Warner Books, 2000) ISBN 0-446-52306-2
  • Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic And International Terrorism (Diane Pub Co, 1995) ISBN 0-7881-5514-8
  • A Place Among the Nations (Bantam, 1993) ISBN 0-553-08974-9
  • Terrorism: How the West Can Win (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1986) ISBN 0-374-27342-1



Neocon Europe, Benjamin Netanyahu, Accessed 13-March-2009  

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Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism2 July 1979 - 5 July 1979The birthplace of the "War on Terror" doctrine.

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The method in Netanyahu's madnessspeech18 July 2011Jonathan Cook


  1. The Enduring Influence of Benjamin Netanyahu's Father Judy Dempsey, 3 May 2012, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  2. David Remnick (23 January 2013). "Bibi's Blues". The New Yorker. 
  3. Amir Buhbut, "Sayeret Matkal is 50 years old"
  4. Saving Sergeant Netanyahu By Mitch Ginsburg, 25 October 2012, Times of Israel
  5. Likud Leaders, by Thomas G. Mitchell, (McFarland 2015), Chapter 10
  6. Hoffman, Gil (10 February 2009). "Kadima wins, but rightist bloc biggest". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  7. "Netanyahu sworn in as Israel's prime minister". Haaretz. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  8. Heller, Jeffrey (31 March 2009). "Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli prime minister". Reuters. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  9. “Is This Ship Sinking?” Inside the Collapse of the Campaign Against Netanyahu 20 March 2015, New Yorker
  10. "Can Binyamin Netanyahu win again?" 14 March 2015 | Jerusalem, The Economist
  11. "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wins Re-Election, Becomes Israel's Longest-Serving Prime Minister"
  12. "Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives in London"
  13. "UK Government response"
  14. "Netanyahu arrest up for debate as UK petition hits target"
  15. "What happened when the war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu came to town?"