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Binyamin Netanyahu (Bibi)

Born: 1949 AD
Currently alive, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: Israeli
Categories: Politician


1949 - Born on the 21st of October in Tel Aviv.

1975 - He earned an S.B. degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1976 - An S.M. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

1982 - Netanyahu was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.

1984-1988 - He became Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations.

         - He was elected to the Knesset and served in the governments led by Yitzhak Shamir.

1992 - Shamir retired from politics shortly after Likud's defeat in the elections.

1993 - For the first time, the party held a primary election to select its leader, and Netanyahu was victorious, defeating Benny Begin, son of the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and veteran politician David Levy.

1996 - Israelis elected their Prime Minister directly. 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.

1998 - Netanyahu negotiated with Yasser Arafat in the form of the Wye River Accords.

1996 - Netanyahu and Jerusalem's mayor Ehud Olmert decided to open an exit for the Western Wall Tunnel.

1999 - Election for Prime Minister, Netanyahu temporarily retired from politics.

2003 - Netanyahu challenged Sharon for the leadership of the Likud party, but failed to oust Sharon. After the elections, Netanyahu accepted the post of Finance Minister in a newly formed Sharon coalition.

2004 - Netanyahu threatened to resign, unless the Gaza pullout plan was put to a referendum, but later lifted the ultimatum.

2005 - He submitted his resignation letter on the 7th of August, shortly before the Israeli cabinet voted 17 to 5 to approve the initial phase of withdrawals of the Gaza Disengagement Plan.

2006 - In July, Israelis including Binyamin Netanyahu attended a 60th anniversary celebration, organized by the Menachem Begin Centre, of the King David Hotel bombing.

2007 - He reiterated this on the 8th of March, interview with CNN, emphasizing that there is only one difference between Nazi Germany and the Islamic Republic of Iran; the first entered a worldwide conflict and then sought the atomic weapons, while the latter is first seeking the atomic weapon and, once it reaches it, will start the war.


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