The Honorable Benjamin Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel.
Netanyahu began his public service to the State of Israel as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1982. Subsequently, he became Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations (1984-1988).
Mr. Netanyahu was elected to the Knesset in 1988 and won Likud party leadership in 1993. In 1996, Israelis directly elected their Prime Minister for the first time. Netanyahu won the election and served until 1999.
After a brief hiatus from politics, Netanyahu was appointed Finance Minister in Ariel Sharon’s cabinet. He resigned in August, 2005 in protest to the withdrawal from Gaza. Netanyahu retook the leadership of the Likud party in December 2005, and was reelected party leader in August 2007.
Born in Tel Aviv, Benjamin Netanyahu spent his teen years in a Philadelphia suburb. He earned a B.S. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has studied political science at Harvard and MIT. Netanyahu is the author of two books on fighting terrorism and two on peace in Israel.