Saturday, March 12, 2011

Our Sabra Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

Nadene Goldfoot
Benjamin Netanyahu, 62,  was born on October 21, 1949 to Professor Ben Zion Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and lived in Jerusalem until he was a teenager.  It was then that his father, a history professor, moved the family to the States so he could teach Jewish History. 

They returned in 1967 when Benjamin joined the IDF and was in the Six Day War.  He was wounded there.  When he left the IDF he was a captain. 

He went to MIT in Boston and studied political science and also attended Harvard to continue his studies.  He studied international business as well.  Benjamin was affected by his older brother, Yoni's "Jonathan" death in 1976 when he was a part of the Entebbe rescue group. 

Benjamin became prime minister from 1996 to 1999 and again became prime minister in 2009.  He speaks such perfect English that I was thinking that he was born in the States.  No, he was born and raised in Israel, which means he is a Sabra.

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