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Benjamin Netanyahu: We have to act now against Iran …

Israel wont allow Iran to establish a military base in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he called on the world to halt Irans development of ballistic missiles, nuclear power and its support of global terrorism.

We have to act now against Iran, Netanyahu said on Wednesday afternoon at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference.

These comments come the same week that Israeli forces allegedly executed two air strikes against Syria, including one on an Iranian military base and the other on a Syrian military research center.

We will not let them establish themselves in Syria, Netanyahu said. We mean what we say and we say what we mean, he added.

During his short talk, his only scheduled English address for the day, he did not address US President Donald Trump’s pending recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

Instead he used the stage to urge the diplomats in the room to send a cable to their governments urging more pressure on Iran with regard to human rights and halting Irans nuclear capacity.

He asked the diplomats to support efforts by the US and Israel to create a series of safeguards around the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that addresses flaws in the agreement that would allow Iran to quickly become a nuclear power once it ends.

If Iran continues unabated they will have nuclear weapons in a decade, he said.

Tehran is also developing an intercontinental ballistic missile with global reach, Netanyahu said.

He pointed to a map of the world, including the Middle East, with countries under Iranian influence in black, to show how it was slowly taking over the region, creating a land bridge reaching to the Mediterranean sea.

Hamas and Hezbollah would not last a day without Iran, Netanyahu said.

To the diplomats he added, protect the flames of liberty and the flames of progress.

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Tens of thousands protest Israels PM Benjamin Netanyahu …

The protests in Tel Aviv on Saturday were the largest of the weekly gatherings against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing multiplecorruption allegations.

The draft legislation would block Israel’s police from publishing findings and issuing recommendations to the prosecutor’s office on indictments related to public officials.

Supporters say the bill would protect suspects’ rights, but critics have said the changeswould only serve to keep the public in the dark on criminal investigations into Netanyahu.

The bill comes upfor a second reading in the Knesset on Monday.

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Case 1000,Case 2000

The prime minister is suspected of involvement in two investigations into corruption and abuse of office.

The first, known as Case 1000, involves allegations that Netanyahu received cigars, champagne, cash and other gifts from Israeli-born Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer. The case also implicates his wife Sara and son Yair.

Netanyahu has said the gifts were tokens of friendship, and that no favors were done in exchange.

The second, known as Case 2000, involves allegations that Netanyahu sought to negotiate positive coverage with the owner of Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper in exchange for cutting circulation of the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom.

The free circulation Israel Hayom has become Israel’s largest newspaper and is backed by US casino magnate and major political donor Sheldon Adelson.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reportedthat the chance of an indictment against Netanyahu in Case 2000 increased after the prime minister’s former aide, Ari Harow, turned state’s witness.

Police have seized Harow’s phone, which had recordings of conversations between Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, the publisherof Yedioth Ahronoth.

Netanyahu: Allegations are a witch hunt

Netanyahu has said theallegations against him are part of a witch hunt carried out by his opponents.

If indicted, the four-term prime minister would be under pressure to resign or call new elections.

Several people close to Netanyahu have been implicated in other corruption scandals, including the so-called “Submarine Affair” and another involving the Communications Ministry and telecom giant Bezeq.

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Will Israels Benjamin Netanyahu Be Indicted? 20,000 …

About20,000 Israelis took to the streets of Tel AvivSaturday to protesttheslow pace of investigationintogovernment corruption charges againstIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and dozens of members of his ruling party.

Since August, Netanyahu has been under investigation for allegedly taking bribes from wealthy campaign contributors in exchange for political favors. Netanyahu also faces charges of seeking to strike a deal with a major Israeli newspaper to garner more favorable coverage.

Saturday’s protest was a result of the Israeli parliament’s recent push for a new law that would ban police from publicizing the conclusions of their investigations into serving politicians. Protesters claimed that the legislation,introduced by members of Netanyahu’s Likud party, would effectively nullify the investigations into Netanyahu regardless of their outcome. Legislators saidthey were onlylooking to protect the rights of those accused.

[Netanyahu] and his government are destroying the country. Theres been enough corruption, Michal, a demonstrator and Tel Aviv resident who preferred not to give his full name,toldThe Guardian on Saturday.

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Israelis take part in a protest against corruption in Tel Aviv, Israel, on December 2. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Protesters have organized weekly demonstrations in front of the home of Israel’s attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, since the corruption charges came to light. Saturday’s rally featured protesters marching through an upper-class neighborhood of Tel Aviv, shouting “shame!” and “Bibi go home!”, referencing Netanyahu’s nickname.

Netanyahu has continuously denied any wrongdoing andcalled the investigationsa political attack orchestrated by opposition leaders.

The government’s investigation ramped up on Sundayas Israeli police questioned David Bitan, a member of Likun and Netanyahu’s right-hand man in parliament, onsuspicion of receiving bribes, fraud, money launderingand breach of trust, according to The Times of Israel.

Bitan was detained shortly after police detained 17 other government officials and employees as part ofthe corruption probe. According to Haaretz, six of those arrested haddirect ties to Bitan.

This morning, 10 suspects were detained for questioning under caution and seven others were detained on suspicion of involvement in bribery, fraud and breach of trust, and money laundering offenses under the income tax laws, police said in a statement.

In November, Israeli detectives questioned Netanyahu for a fifth time over the alleged corruption charges.

Local reports saidthat Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, alsohadbeen questioned as part of the same investigation, for allegedly asking former Secretary of State John Kerry for help in getting a U.S. visa for billionaire Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan at Netanyahu’s request.

If charged, Netanyahu wouldface staunch political opposition to resign or to call a nationwide referendum to determine whether or not he still maintaineda mandate. Netanyahu is currently serving his fourth term as prime minister. If his current government lasts a full term,he will become the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel.

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Netanyahu, Gabbay face challenges within their parties – The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu and Gabbay. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM,REUTERS)

Both Prime Minister and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Labor chairman Avi Gabbay will attempt to gain new powers in their parties in meetings of their party secretariats that will convene on Thursday evening.

Netanyahus allies will try to pass a proposal in the Likud secretariat to approve his confidant Tzuri Siso as the director-general of the party.

Netanyahu appointed Siso as interim director-general in December, replacing veteran Gadi Arieli, who held the post for a decade.

Sisos appointment was seen as controversial due to his closeness to the Netanyahu family and his lack of managerial experience. Netanyahu decided then to appoint Siso interim director-general, because giving him the post permanently required a vote in Likud institutions that the prime minister did not know if he could pass.

Following Netanyahus successful rally at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds two weeks ago in which he entrenched his power in the party, he is not expected to have a problem passing the appointment of Siso, who has impressed party workers with his skills and his affable personality.

Transportation Minister Israel Katz, who chairs the secretariat, initially opposed the Siso appointment.

But he is expected to vote in favor on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, in Labor, Gabbays plan to expand his power at the expense of party secretary-general Eren Hermoni will face its first test when the secretariat of Labors executive committee meets on Thursday night.

Opponents of the move had their say at a meeting of the secretariat on Tuesday. Gabbay will formally present it and bring it a vote on Thursday after the partys law committee prepared the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday.

The most controversial change Gabbay intends to request is the right to select four candidates in realistic slots for the next Knesset, two of who would be placed in the top 10 on the partys candidates list. He also wants to make decisions about committee appointments of Zionist Union MKs in the Knesset and gain more control over the partys finances.

As of Wednesday, no MK came out against Gabbays proposal. But that could change on Thursday, when his rival, MK Amir Peretz, will meet with Gabbay and reveal what he thinks about the plan for the first time.

Both Gabbay and former prime minister Ehud Barak have denied reports that the plan is intended to facilitate a political comeback for Barak.

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Netanyahu to warn Putin not to cross red lines – The Jerusalem Post

THE TIES between Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been characterized as straightforward, open and built on personal trust. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus primary objective during his upcoming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be to try to convince the Russians to prevent an Iranian permanent presence in Syria, but rather to let them know what Israel plans to do if Tehran tries to set up such a presence, former National Security Council Advisor Yaakov Amidror said on Tuesday.

Netanyahu is scheduled to fly to Sochi on the Black Sea for a meeting with Putin on Wednesday, returning home the same day. This will be his fourth trip to Moscow in the last 16 months.

The main goal of the meeting, Amidror said, needs to be for the Russians to have a better understanding of Israel’s concerns and red lines, and how Israel is likely to react if those red lines are crossed.

Israel is not coordinating with the Russians, but it’s very important for Israel that the Russians understand where Israel stands, he said in a phone call with The Israel Project.

Israel should not try to convince Putin, but rather what is important is to make sure that if Israel is forced to act in the future, the Russians will not be surprised. They will understand what motivated Israel and why Israel is acting as it will.

Netanyahu, said Amidror, who has sat in on numerous meetings such as these in the past, will bring to Putin all of Israel’s facts, assessments and concerns so that the Russian leader will be able to take them into account. This way, he continued, if Israel feels compelled to act, the Russians though they might not agree will understand why it happened.

Israel has come out clearly against the ceasefire being brokered in Syria between Russia and the United States, fearing that it will enshrine a permanent Iranian military presence in the country. Neither Moscow nor Washington, however, have apparently been moved to alter their positions because of Israel’s concerns.

Amidror did not hold out any high hopes that Netanyahu’s visit to Sochi will change that situation.

We can give them our perspective and I think it’s important they will have it, but I’m not sure that they will agree with us about the details, he said.

Amidror defined two issues as of critical importance to Israel in the future arrangements in Syria. The first is that Iran will not have the ability to build bases there that will serve as a launching pad against it in the future, and the second is that Syria will not turn into a state through which game changing weapons — including Russian weapons systems — are moved into the region.

It should be well understood all over, mainly in Moscow, that Israel will do whatever is needed not to let the Iranians build these bases, and not to let Hezbollah get these weapons systems, he said. These are the two main concerns for Israel and they should be very clear in this meeting.

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Benjamin Netanyahu takes a stand on right to privacy amid lawsuits … – The Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a rally.. (photo credit:AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

In light of multiple Freedom of Information lawsuits aimed at him and his family, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a stand for the right to privacy Tuesday, petitioning the Supreme Court.

Netanyahus attorneys asked a larger panel of judges to review the Supreme Court decision from earlier this month requiring him to hand over to Channel 10 reporter Raviv Drucker records of his telephone conversations with Israel Hayom owner Sheldon Adelson and the free dailys former editor-in-chief Amos Regev.

Druckers goal in getting phone records is to draw a connection the prime minister and the pro-Netanyahu newspaper, whereas Netanyahu argued that his conversations with Adelson and Regev were private and unrelated to Israel Hayom. The court had said that, while private conversations are generally beyond the scope of the Freedom of Information Law, the public interest overcomes the right to privacy in this case, especially in light of Druckers request to only know the times of the phone calls and not their content.

A statement released by the Netanyahu familys spokesman Nir Hefetz said that the prime minister still plans to release his phone records, for the simple reason that he has nothing to hide, but that he wants to fight the precedent the ruling set, which he argues limits the right to privacy.

Hefetz did not, however, respond as to when Netanyahu will release the phone records.

In the short time since the ruling was publicized, we have become witness to a massive wave of attempts to reveal private telephone conversations and schedules of civil servants and elected officials, and this is only the beginning, the statement reads. The prime minister gives a great importance on principle to the basic right to privacyIt is unacceptable that ministers, MKs, judges and civil servants will have to expose their private conversations to journalists and others.

The petition comes two days after Maariv reporter Ben Caspit won a Freedom of Information lawsuit requiring the Jerusalem Municipality to release the work hours of the prime ministers wife, Sarah Netanyahu, whom they employ as a child psychologist.

The lawyers petition points to a legal precedent from the US, in which it was determined that telephone slips and personal appointment calendars do not fall under the category of the Freedom of Information Act, but public officials daily agendas, which are used by office staff, do.

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(CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.

Personal: Birth date: October 21, 1949

Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel

Birth name: Binyamin Netanyahu

Father: Benzion Netanyahu, a historian

Mother: Cela (Segal) Netanyahu

Marriages: Sara Ben-Artzi (1991-present); Fleur Cates (1981-1988, divorced); Miriam Haran (divorced)

Children: with Sara Ben-Artzi: Avner and Yair; with Miriam Haran: Noa

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1974 and M.S., 1976

Military service: Israeli Defense Forces, 1967-1972, Captain

Religion: Jewish

Other Facts: Leader of the right-wing Likud Party.

Is known throughout Israel by the nickname “Bibi.”

Spent his teenage years in the United States; went to high school in Philadelphia.

First Israeli prime minister to be born after the state was founded in 1948.

Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, was killed in action in 1976 while leading a mission to rescue Israeli passengers on a hijacked Air France plane.

Netanyahu organized two international conferences on ways to combat terrorism, one in 1979 and another in 1984.

Timeline: 1967-1972 – Serves in the Israeli Defense Forces in an elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal.

1976-1978 – Works in the United States for Boston Consulting Group.

1982-1984 – Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

1984- 1988 – Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

1988 – Returns to Israel and wins a seat in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

1988-1991 – Deputy foreign minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

1991-1992 – Deputy Minister in the prime minister’s office.

1993 – Is elected the Likud party chairman.

June 1996-July 1999 – Prime Minister of Israel.

September 1996 – Has first meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

October 23, 1998 – Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu sign the Wye Memorandum, an interim accord, exchanging land and power to secure Israel from political violence.

1999 – Following his defeat in the elections, Netanyahu resigns from the Knesset.

1999-2002 – Works in the private sector.

2002-2003 – Minister of Foreign Affairs.

2003-2005 – Minister of Finance.

August 2005 – Resigns in protest over the plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from Gaza and return their land to Palestinian control.

December 2005 – Is elected leader of the Likud party.

August 2007 – Is re-elected.

February 10, 2009 – After an election, the results remain unclear as to who will become prime minister, Netanyahu or chief rival Tzipi Livni. Both make claims to the position.

February 19, 2009 – Wins backing from Israeli parliament.

February 20, 2009 – Becomes the prime minister-designate and begins working on the formation of the new government.

March 31, 2009 – Is sworn in as prime minister.

September 1-2, 2010 – Attends a meeting in Washington hosted by President Barack Obama to possibly restart peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Other leaders in attendance are Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

September 14, 2010 – Meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt for second round of peace talks in two weeks. Also in attendance are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Special Envoy to Middle East George Mitchell.

May 4, 2011 – Denounces the reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas in Egypt and calls on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately cancel the reconciliation deal with Hamas and choose the path of peace with Israel.”

May 24, 2011 – Addresses a joint meeting of Congress. He says that he is prepared to make “painful compromises” for a peace settlement with the Palestinians. However, he repeats that Israel will not accept a return to its pre-1967 boundaries.

June 13, 2012 – Israel releases a 153-page report criticizing Netanyahu’s handling of a raid against a Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010, where nine Turkish activists were killed.

September 27, 2012 – In an address to the United Nations, Netanyahu exhorts the General Assembly to draw “a clear red line” to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

October 9, 2012 – Calls for an early election after failing to agree on a budget with his coalition partners.

October 9, 2012 – Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself and schedules an election for January 22, 2013.

January 22, 2013 – According to media exit polling, Netanyahu’s Likud Beitenu party wins 31 Knesset seats in the election. The Yesh Atid party, a new centrist movement, comes in a surprising second place with at least 19 seats.

March 24, 2013 – Apologizes to Turkey for the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla Mavi Marmara.

October 1, 2013 – In a speech at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu accuses Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and describes him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”

November 24, 2013 – Tells reporters that the Iran nuclear deal that world leaders reached with Tehran is a “historic mistake.”

April 27, 2014 – Tells CNN that Israel cannot negotiate with the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while it is backed by Hamas. “I call on President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas.”

September 29, 2014 – Warns delegates at the UN General Assembly not to overlook threats posed by Iran and Hamas in their zeal to defeat ISIS.

December 2, 2014 – Calls for the dismissal of two members of his coalition cabinet and announces he will call for the dissolution of the nation’s legislature.

March 3, 2015 – Addresses a joint session of Congress.

March 18, 2015 – Is re-elected as prime minister.

October 1, 2015 – Netanyahu says he is “prepared to immediately resume” direct peace talks with the Palestinian Authority “without any preconditions whatsoever.” His remarks come a day after the leader of the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians are stepping away from the Oslo Accords.

October 20, 2015 – During a speech at the 37th Zionist Congress, Netanyahu says that Adolf Hitler “didn’t want to exterminate the Jews” but was urged to do so by Haj Amin al-Husseini, a former grand mufti of Jerusalem.

January 2, 2017 – Israeli authorities question Netanyahu for three hours. He is suspected of corruption related to benefits he allegedly received from businessmen. The prime minister denies the allegations, suggesting that there are political motives for the probe. In a Facebook post, Netanyahu lists the charges and says that investigators will find “nothing” to support each allegation.

January 27, 2017 – Is questioned a third time in an ongoing graft probe. Netanyahu continues to deny the accusations.

August 4, 2017 – It is announced that Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief-of-staff has agreed to testify against him in the graft probe.

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(CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.

Personal: Birth date: October 21, 1949

Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel

Birth name: Binyamin Netanyahu

Father: Benzion Netanyahu, a historian

Mother: Cela (Segal) Netanyahu

Marriages: Sara Ben-Artzi (1991-present); Fleur Cates (1981-1988, divorced); Miriam Haran (divorced)

Children: with Sara Ben-Artzi: Avner and Yair; with Miriam Haran: Noa

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1974 and M.S., 1976

Military service: Israeli Defense Forces, 1967-1972, Captain

Religion: Jewish

Other Facts: Leader of the right-wing Likud Party.

Is known throughout Israel by the nickname “Bibi.”

Spent his teenage years in the United States; went to high school in Philadelphia.

First Israeli prime minister to be born after the state was founded in 1948.

Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, was killed in action in 1976 while leading a mission to rescue Israeli passengers on a hijacked Air France plane.

Netanyahu organized two international conferences on ways to combat terrorism, one in 1979 and another in 1984.

Timeline: 1967-1972 – Serves in the Israeli Defense Forces in an elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal.

1976-1978 – Works in the United States for Boston Consulting Group.

1982-1984 – Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

1984- 1988 – Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

1988 – Returns to Israel and wins a seat in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

1988-1991 – Deputy foreign minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

1991-1992 – Deputy Minister in the prime minister’s office.

1993 – Is elected the Likud party chairman.

June 1996-July 1999 – Prime Minister of Israel.

September 1996 – Has first meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

October 23, 1998 – Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu sign the Wye Memorandum, an interim accord, exchanging land and power to secure Israel from political violence.

1999 – Following his defeat in the elections, Netanyahu resigns from the Knesset.

1999-2002 – Works in the private sector.

2002-2003 – Minister of Foreign Affairs.

2003-2005 – Minister of Finance.

August 2005 – Resigns in protest over the plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from Gaza and return their land to Palestinian control.

December 2005 – Is elected leader of the Likud party.

August 2007 – Is re-elected.

February 10, 2009 – After an election, the results remain unclear as to who will become prime minister, Netanyahu or chief rival Tzipi Livni. Both make claims to the position.

February 19, 2009 – Wins backing from Israeli parliament.

February 20, 2009 – Becomes the prime minister-designate and begins working on the formation of the new government.

March 31, 2009 – Is sworn in as prime minister.

September 1-2, 2010 – Attends a meeting in Washington hosted by President Barack Obama to possibly restart peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Other leaders in attendance are Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

September 14, 2010 – Meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt for second round of peace talks in two weeks. Also in attendance are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Special Envoy to Middle East George Mitchell.

May 4, 2011 – Denounces the reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas in Egypt and calls on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately cancel the reconciliation deal with Hamas and choose the path of peace with Israel.”

May 24, 2011 – Addresses a joint meeting of Congress. He says that he is prepared to make “painful compromises” for a peace settlement with the Palestinians. However, he repeats that Israel will not accept a return to its pre-1967 boundaries.

June 13, 2012 – Israel releases a 153-page report criticizing Netanyahu’s handling of a raid against a Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010, where nine Turkish activists were killed.

September 27, 2012 – In an address to the United Nations, Netanyahu exhorts the General Assembly to draw “a clear red line” to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

October 9, 2012 – Calls for an early election after failing to agree on a budget with his coalition partners.

October 9, 2012 – Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself and schedules an election for January 22, 2013.

January 22, 2013 – According to media exit polling, Netanyahu’s Likud Beitenu party wins 31 Knesset seats in the election. The Yesh Atid party, a new centrist movement, comes in a surprising second place with at least 19 seats.

March 24, 2013 – Apologizes to Turkey for the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla Mavi Marmara.

October 1, 2013 – In a speech at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu accuses Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and describes him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”

November 24, 2013 – Tells reporters that the Iran nuclear deal that world leaders reached with Tehran is a “historic mistake.”

April 27, 2014 – Tells CNN that Israel cannot negotiate with the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while it is backed by Hamas. “I call on President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas.”

September 29, 2014 – Warns delegates at the UN General Assembly not to overlook threats posed by Iran and Hamas in their zeal to defeat ISIS.

December 2, 2014 – Calls for the dismissal of two members of his coalition cabinet and announces he will call for the dissolution of the nation’s legislature.

March 3, 2015 – Addresses a joint session of Congress.

March 18, 2015 – Is re-elected as prime minister.

October 1, 2015 – Netanyahu says he is “prepared to immediately resume” direct peace talks with the Palestinian Authority “without any preconditions whatsoever.” His remarks come a day after the leader of the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians are stepping away from the Oslo Accords.

October 20, 2015 – During a speech at the 37th Zionist Congress, Netanyahu says that Adolf Hitler “didn’t want to exterminate the Jews” but was urged to do so by Haj Amin al-Husseini, a former grand mufti of Jerusalem.

January 2, 2017 – Israeli authorities question Netanyahu for three hours. He is suspected of corruption related to benefits he allegedly received from businessmen. The prime minister denies the allegations, suggesting that there are political motives for the probe. In a Facebook post, Netanyahu lists the charges and says that investigators will find “nothing” to support each allegation.

January 27, 2017 – Is questioned a third time in an ongoing graft probe. Netanyahu continues to deny the accusations.

August 4, 2017 – It is announced that Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief-of-staff has agreed to testify against him in the graft probe.

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(CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.

Personal: Birth date: October 21, 1949

Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel

Birth name: Binyamin Netanyahu

Father: Benzion Netanyahu, a historian

Mother: Cela (Segal) Netanyahu

Marriages: Sara Ben-Artzi (1991-present); Fleur Cates (1981-1988, divorced); Miriam Haran (divorced)

Children: with Sara Ben-Artzi: Avner and Yair; with Miriam Haran: Noa

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1974 and M.S., 1976

Military service: Israeli Defense Forces, 1967-1972, Captain

Religion: Jewish

Other Facts: Leader of the right-wing Likud Party.

Is known throughout Israel by the nickname “Bibi.”

Spent his teenage years in the United States; went to high school in Philadelphia.

First Israeli prime minister to be born after the state was founded in 1948.

Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, was killed in action in 1976 while leading a mission to rescue Israeli passengers on a hijacked Air France plane.

Netanyahu organized two international conferences on ways to combat terrorism, one in 1979 and another in 1984.

Timeline: 1967-1972 – Serves in the Israeli Defense Forces in an elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal.

1976-1978 – Works in the United States for Boston Consulting Group.

1982-1984 – Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

1984- 1988 – Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

1988 – Returns to Israel and wins a seat in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

1988-1991 – Deputy foreign minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

1991-1992 – Deputy Minister in the prime minister’s office.

1993 – Is elected the Likud party chairman.

June 1996-July 1999 – Prime Minister of Israel.

September 1996 – Has first meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

October 23, 1998 – Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu sign the Wye Memorandum, an interim accord, exchanging land and power to secure Israel from political violence.

1999 – Following his defeat in the elections, Netanyahu resigns from the Knesset.

1999-2002 – Works in the private sector.

2002-2003 – Minister of Foreign Affairs.

2003-2005 – Minister of Finance.

August 2005 – Resigns in protest over the plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from Gaza and return their land to Palestinian control.

December 2005 – Is elected leader of the Likud party.

August 2007 – Is re-elected.

February 10, 2009 – After an election, the results remain unclear as to who will become prime minister, Netanyahu or chief rival Tzipi Livni. Both make claims to the position.

February 19, 2009 – Wins backing from Israeli parliament.

February 20, 2009 – Becomes the prime minister-designate and begins working on the formation of the new government.

March 31, 2009 – Is sworn in as prime minister.

September 1-2, 2010 – Attends a meeting in Washington hosted by President Barack Obama to possibly restart peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Other leaders in attendance are Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

September 14, 2010 – Meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt for second round of peace talks in two weeks. Also in attendance are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Special Envoy to Middle East George Mitchell.

May 4, 2011 – Denounces the reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas in Egypt and calls on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately cancel the reconciliation deal with Hamas and choose the path of peace with Israel.”

May 24, 2011 – Addresses a joint meeting of Congress. He says that he is prepared to make “painful compromises” for a peace settlement with the Palestinians. However, he repeats that Israel will not accept a return to its pre-1967 boundaries.

June 13, 2012 – Israel releases a 153-page report criticizing Netanyahu’s handling of a raid against a Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010, where nine Turkish activists were killed.

September 27, 2012 – In an address to the United Nations, Netanyahu exhorts the General Assembly to draw “a clear red line” to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

October 9, 2012 – Calls for an early election after failing to agree on a budget with his coalition partners.

October 9, 2012 – Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself and schedules an election for January 22, 2013.

January 22, 2013 – According to media exit polling, Netanyahu’s Likud Beitenu party wins 31 Knesset seats in the election. The Yesh Atid party, a new centrist movement, comes in a surprising second place with at least 19 seats.

March 24, 2013 – Apologizes to Turkey for the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla Mavi Marmara.

October 1, 2013 – In a speech at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu accuses Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and describes him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”

November 24, 2013 – Tells reporters that the Iran nuclear deal that world leaders reached with Tehran is a “historic mistake.”

April 27, 2014 – Tells CNN that Israel cannot negotiate with the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while it is backed by Hamas. “I call on President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas.”

September 29, 2014 – Warns delegates at the UN General Assembly not to overlook threats posed by Iran and Hamas in their zeal to defeat ISIS.

December 2, 2014 – Calls for the dismissal of two members of his coalition cabinet and announces he will call for the dissolution of the nation’s legislature.

March 3, 2015 – Addresses a joint session of Congress.

March 18, 2015 – Is re-elected as prime minister.

October 1, 2015 – Netanyahu says he is “prepared to immediately resume” direct peace talks with the Palestinian Authority “without any preconditions whatsoever.” His remarks come a day after the leader of the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians are stepping away from the Oslo Accords.

October 20, 2015 – During a speech at the 37th Zionist Congress, Netanyahu says that Adolf Hitler “didn’t want to exterminate the Jews” but was urged to do so by Haj Amin al-Husseini, a former grand mufti of Jerusalem.

January 2, 2017 – Israeli authorities question Netanyahu for three hours. He is suspected of corruption related to benefits he allegedly received from businessmen. The prime minister denies the allegations, suggesting that there are political motives for the probe. In a Facebook post, Netanyahu lists the charges and says that investigators will find “nothing” to support each allegation.

January 27, 2017 – Is questioned a third time in an ongoing graft probe. Netanyahu continues to deny the accusations.

August 4, 2017 – It is announced that Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief-of-staff has agreed to testify against him in the graft probe.

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Benjamin Netanyahu: We have to act now against Iran …

Israel wont allow Iran to establish a military base in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he called on the world to halt Irans development of ballistic missiles, nuclear power and its support of global terrorism. We have to act now against Iran, Netanyahu said on Wednesday afternoon at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference. These comments come the same week that Israeli forces allegedly executed two air strikes against Syria, including one on an Iranian military base and the other on a Syrian military research center. We will not let them establish themselves in Syria, Netanyahu said. We mean what we say and we say what we mean, he added. During his short talk, his only scheduled English address for the day, he did not address US President Donald Trump’s pending recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Instead he used the stage to urge the diplomats in the room to send a cable to their governments urging more pressure on Iran with regard to human rights and halting Irans nuclear capacity. He asked the diplomats to support efforts by the US and Israel to create a series of safeguards around the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that addresses flaws in the agreement that would allow Iran to quickly become a nuclear power once it ends. If Iran continues unabated they will have nuclear weapons in a decade, he said. Tehran is also developing an intercontinental ballistic missile with global reach, Netanyahu said. He pointed to a map of the world, including the Middle East, with countries under Iranian influence in black, to show how it was slowly taking over the region, creating a land bridge reaching to the Mediterranean sea. Hamas and Hezbollah would not last a day without Iran, Netanyahu said. To the diplomats he added, protect the flames of liberty and the flames of progress. Share on facebook

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Tens of thousands protest Israels PM Benjamin Netanyahu …

The protests in Tel Aviv on Saturday were the largest of the weekly gatherings against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing multiplecorruption allegations. The draft legislation would block Israel’s police from publishing findings and issuing recommendations to the prosecutor’s office on indictments related to public officials. Supporters say the bill would protect suspects’ rights, but critics have said the changeswould only serve to keep the public in the dark on criminal investigations into Netanyahu. The bill comes upfor a second reading in the Knesset on Monday. Read more:Rise of German far-right party causes alarm in Israel Case 1000,Case 2000 The prime minister is suspected of involvement in two investigations into corruption and abuse of office. The first, known as Case 1000, involves allegations that Netanyahu received cigars, champagne, cash and other gifts from Israeli-born Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer. The case also implicates his wife Sara and son Yair. Netanyahu has said the gifts were tokens of friendship, and that no favors were done in exchange. The second, known as Case 2000, involves allegations that Netanyahu sought to negotiate positive coverage with the owner of Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper in exchange for cutting circulation of the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom. The free circulation Israel Hayom has become Israel’s largest newspaper and is backed by US casino magnate and major political donor Sheldon Adelson. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reportedthat the chance of an indictment against Netanyahu in Case 2000 increased after the prime minister’s former aide, Ari Harow, turned state’s witness. Police have seized Harow’s phone, which had recordings of conversations between Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, the publisherof Yedioth Ahronoth. Netanyahu: Allegations are a witch hunt Netanyahu has said theallegations against him are part of a witch hunt carried out by his opponents. If indicted, the four-term prime minister would be under pressure to resign or call new elections. Several people close to Netanyahu have been implicated in other corruption scandals, including the so-called “Submarine Affair” and another involving the Communications Ministry and telecom giant Bezeq. cw/cmk(AFP, Reuters)

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Will Israels Benjamin Netanyahu Be Indicted? 20,000 …

About20,000 Israelis took to the streets of Tel AvivSaturday to protesttheslow pace of investigationintogovernment corruption charges againstIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and dozens of members of his ruling party. Since August, Netanyahu has been under investigation for allegedly taking bribes from wealthy campaign contributors in exchange for political favors. Netanyahu also faces charges of seeking to strike a deal with a major Israeli newspaper to garner more favorable coverage. Saturday’s protest was a result of the Israeli parliament’s recent push for a new law that would ban police from publicizing the conclusions of their investigations into serving politicians. Protesters claimed that the legislation,introduced by members of Netanyahu’s Likud party, would effectively nullify the investigations into Netanyahu regardless of their outcome. Legislators saidthey were onlylooking to protect the rights of those accused. [Netanyahu] and his government are destroying the country. Theres been enough corruption, Michal, a demonstrator and Tel Aviv resident who preferred not to give his full name,toldThe Guardian on Saturday. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Israelis take part in a protest against corruption in Tel Aviv, Israel, on December 2. REUTERS/Amir Cohen Protesters have organized weekly demonstrations in front of the home of Israel’s attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, since the corruption charges came to light. Saturday’s rally featured protesters marching through an upper-class neighborhood of Tel Aviv, shouting “shame!” and “Bibi go home!”, referencing Netanyahu’s nickname. Netanyahu has continuously denied any wrongdoing andcalled the investigationsa political attack orchestrated by opposition leaders. The government’s investigation ramped up on Sundayas Israeli police questioned David Bitan, a member of Likun and Netanyahu’s right-hand man in parliament, onsuspicion of receiving bribes, fraud, money launderingand breach of trust, according to The Times of Israel. Bitan was detained shortly after police detained 17 other government officials and employees as part ofthe corruption probe. According to Haaretz, six of those arrested haddirect ties to Bitan. This morning, 10 suspects were detained for questioning under caution and seven others were detained on suspicion of involvement in bribery, fraud and breach of trust, and money laundering offenses under the income tax laws, police said in a statement. In November, Israeli detectives questioned Netanyahu for a fifth time over the alleged corruption charges. Local reports saidthat Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, alsohadbeen questioned as part of the same investigation, for allegedly asking former Secretary of State John Kerry for help in getting a U.S. visa for billionaire Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan at Netanyahu’s request. If charged, Netanyahu wouldface staunch political opposition to resign or to call a nationwide referendum to determine whether or not he still maintaineda mandate. Netanyahu is currently serving his fourth term as prime minister. If his current government lasts a full term,he will become the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel.

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Netanyahu, Gabbay face challenges within their parties – The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu and Gabbay. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM,REUTERS) Both Prime Minister and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Labor chairman Avi Gabbay will attempt to gain new powers in their parties in meetings of their party secretariats that will convene on Thursday evening. Netanyahus allies will try to pass a proposal in the Likud secretariat to approve his confidant Tzuri Siso as the director-general of the party. Netanyahu appointed Siso as interim director-general in December, replacing veteran Gadi Arieli, who held the post for a decade. Sisos appointment was seen as controversial due to his closeness to the Netanyahu family and his lack of managerial experience. Netanyahu decided then to appoint Siso interim director-general, because giving him the post permanently required a vote in Likud institutions that the prime minister did not know if he could pass. Following Netanyahus successful rally at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds two weeks ago in which he entrenched his power in the party, he is not expected to have a problem passing the appointment of Siso, who has impressed party workers with his skills and his affable personality. Transportation Minister Israel Katz, who chairs the secretariat, initially opposed the Siso appointment. But he is expected to vote in favor on Thursday night. Meanwhile, in Labor, Gabbays plan to expand his power at the expense of party secretary-general Eren Hermoni will face its first test when the secretariat of Labors executive committee meets on Thursday night. Opponents of the move had their say at a meeting of the secretariat on Tuesday. Gabbay will formally present it and bring it a vote on Thursday after the partys law committee prepared the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday. The most controversial change Gabbay intends to request is the right to select four candidates in realistic slots for the next Knesset, two of who would be placed in the top 10 on the partys candidates list. He also wants to make decisions about committee appointments of Zionist Union MKs in the Knesset and gain more control over the partys finances. As of Wednesday, no MK came out against Gabbays proposal. But that could change on Thursday, when his rival, MK Amir Peretz, will meet with Gabbay and reveal what he thinks about the plan for the first time. Both Gabbay and former prime minister Ehud Barak have denied reports that the plan is intended to facilitate a political comeback for Barak. Share on facebook

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Netanyahu to warn Putin not to cross red lines – The Jerusalem Post

THE TIES between Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been characterized as straightforward, open and built on personal trust. (photo credit:REUTERS) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus primary objective during his upcoming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be to try to convince the Russians to prevent an Iranian permanent presence in Syria, but rather to let them know what Israel plans to do if Tehran tries to set up such a presence, former National Security Council Advisor Yaakov Amidror said on Tuesday. Netanyahu is scheduled to fly to Sochi on the Black Sea for a meeting with Putin on Wednesday, returning home the same day. This will be his fourth trip to Moscow in the last 16 months. The main goal of the meeting, Amidror said, needs to be for the Russians to have a better understanding of Israel’s concerns and red lines, and how Israel is likely to react if those red lines are crossed. Israel is not coordinating with the Russians, but it’s very important for Israel that the Russians understand where Israel stands, he said in a phone call with The Israel Project. Israel should not try to convince Putin, but rather what is important is to make sure that if Israel is forced to act in the future, the Russians will not be surprised. They will understand what motivated Israel and why Israel is acting as it will. Netanyahu, said Amidror, who has sat in on numerous meetings such as these in the past, will bring to Putin all of Israel’s facts, assessments and concerns so that the Russian leader will be able to take them into account. This way, he continued, if Israel feels compelled to act, the Russians though they might not agree will understand why it happened. Israel has come out clearly against the ceasefire being brokered in Syria between Russia and the United States, fearing that it will enshrine a permanent Iranian military presence in the country. Neither Moscow nor Washington, however, have apparently been moved to alter their positions because of Israel’s concerns. Amidror did not hold out any high hopes that Netanyahu’s visit to Sochi will change that situation. We can give them our perspective and I think it’s important they will have it, but I’m not sure that they will agree with us about the details, he said. Amidror defined two issues as of critical importance to Israel in the future arrangements in Syria. The first is that Iran will not have the ability to build bases there that will serve as a launching pad against it in the future, and the second is that Syria will not turn into a state through which game changing weapons — including Russian weapons systems — are moved into the region. It should be well understood all over, mainly in Moscow, that Israel will do whatever is needed not to let the Iranians build these bases, and not to let Hezbollah get these weapons systems, he said. These are the two main concerns for Israel and they should be very clear in this meeting. Share on facebook

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Benjamin Netanyahu takes a stand on right to privacy amid lawsuits … – The Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a rally.. (photo credit:AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV) In light of multiple Freedom of Information lawsuits aimed at him and his family, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a stand for the right to privacy Tuesday, petitioning the Supreme Court. Netanyahus attorneys asked a larger panel of judges to review the Supreme Court decision from earlier this month requiring him to hand over to Channel 10 reporter Raviv Drucker records of his telephone conversations with Israel Hayom owner Sheldon Adelson and the free dailys former editor-in-chief Amos Regev. Druckers goal in getting phone records is to draw a connection the prime minister and the pro-Netanyahu newspaper, whereas Netanyahu argued that his conversations with Adelson and Regev were private and unrelated to Israel Hayom. The court had said that, while private conversations are generally beyond the scope of the Freedom of Information Law, the public interest overcomes the right to privacy in this case, especially in light of Druckers request to only know the times of the phone calls and not their content. A statement released by the Netanyahu familys spokesman Nir Hefetz said that the prime minister still plans to release his phone records, for the simple reason that he has nothing to hide, but that he wants to fight the precedent the ruling set, which he argues limits the right to privacy. Hefetz did not, however, respond as to when Netanyahu will release the phone records. In the short time since the ruling was publicized, we have become witness to a massive wave of attempts to reveal private telephone conversations and schedules of civil servants and elected officials, and this is only the beginning, the statement reads. The prime minister gives a great importance on principle to the basic right to privacyIt is unacceptable that ministers, MKs, judges and civil servants will have to expose their private conversations to journalists and others. The petition comes two days after Maariv reporter Ben Caspit won a Freedom of Information lawsuit requiring the Jerusalem Municipality to release the work hours of the prime ministers wife, Sarah Netanyahu, whom they employ as a child psychologist. The lawyers petition points to a legal precedent from the US, in which it was determined that telephone slips and personal appointment calendars do not fall under the category of the Freedom of Information Act, but public officials daily agendas, which are used by office staff, do. Share on facebook

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Benjamin Netanyahu Fast Facts – KPAX-TV

CNN Library (CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Personal: Birth date: October 21, 1949 Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel Birth name: Binyamin Netanyahu Father: Benzion Netanyahu, a historian Mother: Cela (Segal) Netanyahu Marriages: Sara Ben-Artzi (1991-present); Fleur Cates (1981-1988, divorced); Miriam Haran (divorced) Children: with Sara Ben-Artzi: Avner and Yair; with Miriam Haran: Noa Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1974 and M.S., 1976 Military service: Israeli Defense Forces, 1967-1972, Captain Religion: Jewish Other Facts: Leader of the right-wing Likud Party. Is known throughout Israel by the nickname “Bibi.” Spent his teenage years in the United States; went to high school in Philadelphia. First Israeli prime minister to be born after the state was founded in 1948. Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, was killed in action in 1976 while leading a mission to rescue Israeli passengers on a hijacked Air France plane. Netanyahu organized two international conferences on ways to combat terrorism, one in 1979 and another in 1984. Timeline: 1967-1972 – Serves in the Israeli Defense Forces in an elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. 1976-1978 – Works in the United States for Boston Consulting Group. 1982-1984 – Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. 1984- 1988 – Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. 1988 – Returns to Israel and wins a seat in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. 1988-1991 – Deputy foreign minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. 1991-1992 – Deputy Minister in the prime minister’s office. 1993 – Is elected the Likud party chairman. June 1996-July 1999 – Prime Minister of Israel. September 1996 – Has first meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. October 23, 1998 – Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu sign the Wye Memorandum, an interim accord, exchanging land and power to secure Israel from political violence. 1999 – Following his defeat in the elections, Netanyahu resigns from the Knesset. 1999-2002 – Works in the private sector. 2002-2003 – Minister of Foreign Affairs. 2003-2005 – Minister of Finance. August 2005 – Resigns in protest over the plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from Gaza and return their land to Palestinian control. December 2005 – Is elected leader of the Likud party. August 2007 – Is re-elected. February 10, 2009 – After an election, the results remain unclear as to who will become prime minister, Netanyahu or chief rival Tzipi Livni. Both make claims to the position. February 19, 2009 – Wins backing from Israeli parliament. February 20, 2009 – Becomes the prime minister-designate and begins working on the formation of the new government. March 31, 2009 – Is sworn in as prime minister. September 1-2, 2010 – Attends a meeting in Washington hosted by President Barack Obama to possibly restart peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Other leaders in attendance are Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. September 14, 2010 – Meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt for second round of peace talks in two weeks. Also in attendance are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Special Envoy to Middle East George Mitchell. May 4, 2011 – Denounces the reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas in Egypt and calls on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately cancel the reconciliation deal with Hamas and choose the path of peace with Israel.” May 24, 2011 – Addresses a joint meeting of Congress. He says that he is prepared to make “painful compromises” for a peace settlement with the Palestinians. However, he repeats that Israel will not accept a return to its pre-1967 boundaries. June 13, 2012 – Israel releases a 153-page report criticizing Netanyahu’s handling of a raid against a Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010, where nine Turkish activists were killed. September 27, 2012 – In an address to the United Nations, Netanyahu exhorts the General Assembly to draw “a clear red line” to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. October 9, 2012 – Calls for an early election after failing to agree on a budget with his coalition partners. October 9, 2012 – Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself and schedules an election for January 22, 2013. January 22, 2013 – According to media exit polling, Netanyahu’s Likud Beitenu party wins 31 Knesset seats in the election. The Yesh Atid party, a new centrist movement, comes in a surprising second place with at least 19 seats. March 24, 2013 – Apologizes to Turkey for the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla Mavi Marmara. October 1, 2013 – In a speech at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu accuses Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and describes him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.” November 24, 2013 – Tells reporters that the Iran nuclear deal that world leaders reached with Tehran is a “historic mistake.” April 27, 2014 – Tells CNN that Israel cannot negotiate with the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while it is backed by Hamas. “I call on President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas.” September 29, 2014 – Warns delegates at the UN General Assembly not to overlook threats posed by Iran and Hamas in their zeal to defeat ISIS. December 2, 2014 – Calls for the dismissal of two members of his coalition cabinet and announces he will call for the dissolution of the nation’s legislature. March 3, 2015 – Addresses a joint session of Congress. March 18, 2015 – Is re-elected as prime minister. October 1, 2015 – Netanyahu says he is “prepared to immediately resume” direct peace talks with the Palestinian Authority “without any preconditions whatsoever.” His remarks come a day after the leader of the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians are stepping away from the Oslo Accords. October 20, 2015 – During a speech at the 37th Zionist Congress, Netanyahu says that Adolf Hitler “didn’t want to exterminate the Jews” but was urged to do so by Haj Amin al-Husseini, a former grand mufti of Jerusalem. January 2, 2017 – Israeli authorities question Netanyahu for three hours. He is suspected of corruption related to benefits he allegedly received from businessmen. The prime minister denies the allegations, suggesting that there are political motives for the probe. In a Facebook post, Netanyahu lists the charges and says that investigators will find “nothing” to support each allegation. January 27, 2017 – Is questioned a third time in an ongoing graft probe. Netanyahu continues to deny the accusations. August 4, 2017 – It is announced that Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief-of-staff has agreed to testify against him in the graft probe. TM & 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Fast Facts – KTVQ.com | Q2 | Continuous News Coverage | Billings, MT – KTVQ Billings News

CNN Library (CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Personal: Birth date: October 21, 1949 Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel Birth name: Binyamin Netanyahu Father: Benzion Netanyahu, a historian Mother: Cela (Segal) Netanyahu Marriages: Sara Ben-Artzi (1991-present); Fleur Cates (1981-1988, divorced); Miriam Haran (divorced) Children: with Sara Ben-Artzi: Avner and Yair; with Miriam Haran: Noa Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1974 and M.S., 1976 Military service: Israeli Defense Forces, 1967-1972, Captain Religion: Jewish Other Facts: Leader of the right-wing Likud Party. Is known throughout Israel by the nickname “Bibi.” Spent his teenage years in the United States; went to high school in Philadelphia. First Israeli prime minister to be born after the state was founded in 1948. Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, was killed in action in 1976 while leading a mission to rescue Israeli passengers on a hijacked Air France plane. Netanyahu organized two international conferences on ways to combat terrorism, one in 1979 and another in 1984. Timeline: 1967-1972 – Serves in the Israeli Defense Forces in an elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. 1976-1978 – Works in the United States for Boston Consulting Group. 1982-1984 – Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. 1984- 1988 – Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. 1988 – Returns to Israel and wins a seat in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. 1988-1991 – Deputy foreign minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. 1991-1992 – Deputy Minister in the prime minister’s office. 1993 – Is elected the Likud party chairman. June 1996-July 1999 – Prime Minister of Israel. September 1996 – Has first meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. October 23, 1998 – Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu sign the Wye Memorandum, an interim accord, exchanging land and power to secure Israel from political violence. 1999 – Following his defeat in the elections, Netanyahu resigns from the Knesset. 1999-2002 – Works in the private sector. 2002-2003 – Minister of Foreign Affairs. 2003-2005 – Minister of Finance. August 2005 – Resigns in protest over the plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from Gaza and return their land to Palestinian control. December 2005 – Is elected leader of the Likud party. August 2007 – Is re-elected. February 10, 2009 – After an election, the results remain unclear as to who will become prime minister, Netanyahu or chief rival Tzipi Livni. Both make claims to the position. February 19, 2009 – Wins backing from Israeli parliament. February 20, 2009 – Becomes the prime minister-designate and begins working on the formation of the new government. March 31, 2009 – Is sworn in as prime minister. September 1-2, 2010 – Attends a meeting in Washington hosted by President Barack Obama to possibly restart peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Other leaders in attendance are Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. September 14, 2010 – Meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt for second round of peace talks in two weeks. Also in attendance are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Special Envoy to Middle East George Mitchell. May 4, 2011 – Denounces the reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas in Egypt and calls on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately cancel the reconciliation deal with Hamas and choose the path of peace with Israel.” May 24, 2011 – Addresses a joint meeting of Congress. He says that he is prepared to make “painful compromises” for a peace settlement with the Palestinians. However, he repeats that Israel will not accept a return to its pre-1967 boundaries. June 13, 2012 – Israel releases a 153-page report criticizing Netanyahu’s handling of a raid against a Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010, where nine Turkish activists were killed. September 27, 2012 – In an address to the United Nations, Netanyahu exhorts the General Assembly to draw “a clear red line” to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. October 9, 2012 – Calls for an early election after failing to agree on a budget with his coalition partners. October 9, 2012 – Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself and schedules an election for January 22, 2013. January 22, 2013 – According to media exit polling, Netanyahu’s Likud Beitenu party wins 31 Knesset seats in the election. The Yesh Atid party, a new centrist movement, comes in a surprising second place with at least 19 seats. March 24, 2013 – Apologizes to Turkey for the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla Mavi Marmara. October 1, 2013 – In a speech at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu accuses Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and describes him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.” November 24, 2013 – Tells reporters that the Iran nuclear deal that world leaders reached with Tehran is a “historic mistake.” April 27, 2014 – Tells CNN that Israel cannot negotiate with the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while it is backed by Hamas. “I call on President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas.” September 29, 2014 – Warns delegates at the UN General Assembly not to overlook threats posed by Iran and Hamas in their zeal to defeat ISIS. December 2, 2014 – Calls for the dismissal of two members of his coalition cabinet and announces he will call for the dissolution of the nation’s legislature. March 3, 2015 – Addresses a joint session of Congress. March 18, 2015 – Is re-elected as prime minister. October 1, 2015 – Netanyahu says he is “prepared to immediately resume” direct peace talks with the Palestinian Authority “without any preconditions whatsoever.” His remarks come a day after the leader of the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians are stepping away from the Oslo Accords. October 20, 2015 – During a speech at the 37th Zionist Congress, Netanyahu says that Adolf Hitler “didn’t want to exterminate the Jews” but was urged to do so by Haj Amin al-Husseini, a former grand mufti of Jerusalem. January 2, 2017 – Israeli authorities question Netanyahu for three hours. He is suspected of corruption related to benefits he allegedly received from businessmen. The prime minister denies the allegations, suggesting that there are political motives for the probe. In a Facebook post, Netanyahu lists the charges and says that investigators will find “nothing” to support each allegation. January 27, 2017 – Is questioned a third time in an ongoing graft probe. Netanyahu continues to deny the accusations. August 4, 2017 – It is announced that Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief-of-staff has agreed to testify against him in the graft probe. TM & 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Fast Facts – KITV Honolulu

CNN Library (CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Personal: Birth date: October 21, 1949 Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel Birth name: Binyamin Netanyahu Father: Benzion Netanyahu, a historian Mother: Cela (Segal) Netanyahu Marriages: Sara Ben-Artzi (1991-present); Fleur Cates (1981-1988, divorced); Miriam Haran (divorced) Children: with Sara Ben-Artzi: Avner and Yair; with Miriam Haran: Noa Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1974 and M.S., 1976 Military service: Israeli Defense Forces, 1967-1972, Captain Religion: Jewish Other Facts: Leader of the right-wing Likud Party. Is known throughout Israel by the nickname “Bibi.” Spent his teenage years in the United States; went to high school in Philadelphia. First Israeli prime minister to be born after the state was founded in 1948. Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, was killed in action in 1976 while leading a mission to rescue Israeli passengers on a hijacked Air France plane. Netanyahu organized two international conferences on ways to combat terrorism, one in 1979 and another in 1984. Timeline: 1967-1972 – Serves in the Israeli Defense Forces in an elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. 1976-1978 – Works in the United States for Boston Consulting Group. 1982-1984 – Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. 1984- 1988 – Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. 1988 – Returns to Israel and wins a seat in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. 1988-1991 – Deputy foreign minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. 1991-1992 – Deputy Minister in the prime minister’s office. 1993 – Is elected the Likud party chairman. June 1996-July 1999 – Prime Minister of Israel. September 1996 – Has first meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. October 23, 1998 – Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu sign the Wye Memorandum, an interim accord, exchanging land and power to secure Israel from political violence. 1999 – Following his defeat in the elections, Netanyahu resigns from the Knesset. 1999-2002 – Works in the private sector. 2002-2003 – Minister of Foreign Affairs. 2003-2005 – Minister of Finance. August 2005 – Resigns in protest over the plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from Gaza and return their land to Palestinian control. December 2005 – Is elected leader of the Likud party. August 2007 – Is re-elected. February 10, 2009 – After an election, the results remain unclear as to who will become prime minister, Netanyahu or chief rival Tzipi Livni. Both make claims to the position. February 19, 2009 – Wins backing from Israeli parliament. February 20, 2009 – Becomes the prime minister-designate and begins working on the formation of the new government. March 31, 2009 – Is sworn in as prime minister. September 1-2, 2010 – Attends a meeting in Washington hosted by President Barack Obama to possibly restart peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Other leaders in attendance are Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. September 14, 2010 – Meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt for second round of peace talks in two weeks. Also in attendance are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Special Envoy to Middle East George Mitchell. May 4, 2011 – Denounces the reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas in Egypt and calls on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately cancel the reconciliation deal with Hamas and choose the path of peace with Israel.” May 24, 2011 – Addresses a joint meeting of Congress. He says that he is prepared to make “painful compromises” for a peace settlement with the Palestinians. However, he repeats that Israel will not accept a return to its pre-1967 boundaries. June 13, 2012 – Israel releases a 153-page report criticizing Netanyahu’s handling of a raid against a Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010, where nine Turkish activists were killed. September 27, 2012 – In an address to the United Nations, Netanyahu exhorts the General Assembly to draw “a clear red line” to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. October 9, 2012 – Calls for an early election after failing to agree on a budget with his coalition partners. October 9, 2012 – Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself and schedules an election for January 22, 2013. January 22, 2013 – According to media exit polling, Netanyahu’s Likud Beitenu party wins 31 Knesset seats in the election. The Yesh Atid party, a new centrist movement, comes in a surprising second place with at least 19 seats. March 24, 2013 – Apologizes to Turkey for the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla Mavi Marmara. October 1, 2013 – In a speech at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu accuses Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and describes him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.” November 24, 2013 – Tells reporters that the Iran nuclear deal that world leaders reached with Tehran is a “historic mistake.” April 27, 2014 – Tells CNN that Israel cannot negotiate with the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while it is backed by Hamas. “I call on President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas.” September 29, 2014 – Warns delegates at the UN General Assembly not to overlook threats posed by Iran and Hamas in their zeal to defeat ISIS. December 2, 2014 – Calls for the dismissal of two members of his coalition cabinet and announces he will call for the dissolution of the nation’s legislature. March 3, 2015 – Addresses a joint session of Congress. March 18, 2015 – Is re-elected as prime minister. October 1, 2015 – Netanyahu says he is “prepared to immediately resume” direct peace talks with the Palestinian Authority “without any preconditions whatsoever.” His remarks come a day after the leader of the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians are stepping away from the Oslo Accords. October 20, 2015 – During a speech at the 37th Zionist Congress, Netanyahu says that Adolf Hitler “didn’t want to exterminate the Jews” but was urged to do so by Haj Amin al-Husseini, a former grand mufti of Jerusalem. January 2, 2017 – Israeli authorities question Netanyahu for three hours. He is suspected of corruption related to benefits he allegedly received from businessmen. The prime minister denies the allegations, suggesting that there are political motives for the probe. In a Facebook post, Netanyahu lists the charges and says that investigators will find “nothing” to support each allegation. January 27, 2017 – Is questioned a third time in an ongoing graft probe. Netanyahu continues to deny the accusations. August 4, 2017 – It is announced that Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief-of-staff has agreed to testify against him in the graft probe. TM & 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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