Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving leader | 2019-07-20

Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving leader

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20th July, 2019 11:14:38 printer

Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving leader

Benjamin Netanyahu has become Israel's longest-serving prime minister, surpassing the record set by the country's founding father.

Mr Netanyahu has led for 4,876 - one day more than Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion.

He secured his fifth term earlier this year but has called fresh elections after failing to form a government.

Mr Netanyahu is currently facing a series of possible corruption charges and calls for him to resign.

He has denied any wrongdoing and alleges that the case is politically motivated.

Mr Netanyahu won his first election in 1996, becoming Israel's youngest-ever prime minister at the age of 46. He is also the first leader born after the creation of the state in 1948.

As head of the right-wing Likud party, Mr Netanyahu has a reputation as a hardliner on the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

He has since declared there will be no more evacuations of Jewish settlers or settlements under his rule, nor the creation of a fully fledged Palestinian state.


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