Benjamin Netanyahu is now the second-longest serving Israeli prime minister in the country’s history. First was Shimon Peres from 1977 to 95. And second — p. 43 — is Ehud Olmert, who was in office for 13 months. The first time he served was as part of the Labor party and then as a member of the Likud from 1996 to 2001. His most recent stint was as party chair and then prime minister from 2009 to 2014. View As: One Page Slides
In 1965, he joined the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.
After his father’s death, Netanyahu moved to Britain as a child with his sister and also with his mother, who grew up in the U.S.
He took a BA in history at Oxford University and received a Master’s in international affairs from Harvard
The leader of Israel’s Likud Party, he took office in May 1996 as leader of a Likud-led national unity government.
In 1999, he won the Knesset election and became head of the Likud party for a second time, where he would serve until 2003
After serving as finance minister, he became prime minister in March 2009. He served as chief executive of the Israel Export Institute and deputy CEO of Magen David Adom. He also served as deputy foreign minister and was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He won an overwhelming majority of votes in an election for the Likud party in December 2012.