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As an American, I'm jealous of Israel -- because our leader doesn't even have a fraction of the conviction, integrity, and guts that theirs has. How about you?

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Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, and grew up in
Jerusalem. During his high school years, his family moved to the United
States, where his father Dr. Ben-Zion Netanyahu was offered an academic
post.

Upon his return to Israel in 1967, he was drafted to the
Israeli Army, and served 5 years in the elite Sayeret Maktal unit. He
took part in several military operations, including the famed hostage
rescue aboard the hijacked "Sabena" flight in 1972. During the same year
he received a decoration for command of an operation from the late IDF
chief-of-staff Motta Gur. He participated in the Yom Kippur war as a
reserve officer and was promoted to the rank of captain.

Following his army service, Netanyahu
enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he
matriculated with a BS in Architecture. He remained at MIT for his
graduate studies where he earned an MBA from the Sloan School of
Management. As a student, he also pursued studies in political science
both at MIT and at neighboring Harvard.

Between 1976-1982,
Netanyahu worked in the private sector, for the Boston Consulting Group,
and later as a member of senior management for RIM Industries Ltd.

Both
in 1979 and 1984, Netanyahu organized international conferences on
anti-terrorism, which emphasized the need to oppose terror organizations
and the regimes that supported them. Former U.S. Secretary of State
George Schultz wrote that Netanyahu's public activism and authorship of
books on terrorism had a profound effect on the formation of American
foreign policy in response to international terrorism.

Netanyahu
was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in
Washington, D.C. in 1982. In 1984 he was appointed the Israeli
Ambassador to the United Nations, where he served for four years. During
this period, he was known for his determined and tenacious support of
the Israeli effort to influence international public opinion. He
successfully led an effort to permit public access to the UN Nazi war
criminals archive, which up to that time had been classified.

Upon
his return to Israel in 1988, Netanyahu was elected to the Knesset as a
Likud MK, and served as Deputy Foreign Minister. During the 1991 Gulf
War, Mr. Netanyahu was a prominent representative of Israel in the
international arena. Later that year, he was a senior member of the
Israeli delegation to the Madrid peace conference. He was also a member
of the first American-Israeli Committee for Strategic Cooperation.

In
1993, Netanyahu was elected to lead the Likud party, replacing former
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, and to serve as Leader of the Opposition.
In 1996, he was elected Prime Minister of Israel.

During his
tenure as Prime Minister, Netanyahu pursued a firm policy against
terror, while working to propel the peace process. He and his government
worked hard to reach balanced agreements with the Palestinians based on
the principle of Reciprocity. By the end of his 3-year term, the level
of terrorism in Israel had declined drastically.

On the economic
front, Netanyahu liberalized the foreign-currency exchange, accelerated
the privatization of government-held companies, and reduced the deficit.
During his time in office, foreign investment in the Israeli High-Tech
industry reached record levels of billions of dollars a year.

After
leaving office in 1999, Netanyahu served as a consultant for Israeli
High-Tech companies. He was a highly sought-after speaker in various
forums around the world and maintained a rigorous lecturing schedule.

Netanyahu
returned to public life in 2002 first as Foreign Minister and in 2003
as Finance Minister in the Sharon Government. In this position, he
encouraged growth by reducing the public sector and strengthening
private enterprise. His policy included reducing government spending,
lowering taxes, limiting government handouts, and eliminating
monopolies, renewing privatization and pension reform. The U.S.
government as well as international financial institutions such as
credit rating companies and the IMF lauded these actions. As a result,
the decline in the Israeli economy was reversed, unemployment was
reduced, and growth restored. The Israeli economy, having shrunk by 1%
in the years 2001 and 2002, grew by 4.2% in 2004.

Netanyahu has
authored a number of books that have been published in Hebrew, English,
and at times also Russian, French, Arabic, Japanese, and other
languages:

- "Letters to Yoni" (1978) editor and co-author with
his brother Iddo

- "International Terrorism: Challenge and
Response" (1979), editor

- "Terrorism: How the West Can Win"
(1987), editor

- "A Place Among the Nations" (1993)

-
"Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic And
International Terrorism" (1995)

Benjamin Netanyahu is married to
Sarah, a psychologist by profession, now working in the Jerusalem
Psychological Services.

Mr. Netanyahu has 3 children. The
Netanyahu family resides in Jerusalem.
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  • Mountainman 2012/09/22 04:11:30
    I'm jealous of Israel, too.
    Mountainman
    At least you know where he stands...and he is 100% for protecting his country.
  • mimi 2012/09/15 12:22:43
    I'm jealous of Israel, too.
    mimi
    You are right on this one. However, I admire Israel and Netanyahu. He is the most elegant speaker I have ever heard. And he is a great gentleman. God's chosen people will always win.
  • overlord rai 2012/09/12 11:57:10
    I'm jealous of Israel, too.
    overlord rai
    i've always been jealous of israel.
  • D D 2012/09/12 09:25:49
    I'm jealous of Israel, too.
    D D
    I am not so much jealous as I just think they are very fortunate. Israel usually has strong leaders.
  • Yankee Traveler 2012/09/12 09:01:47
    I'm jealous of Israel, too.
    Yankee Traveler
    +1
    Backbone, integrity, and a love for his country as well as for the people of his country. obama........not so much......liar, cheat, has been nursed on entitlements all of his life........hates America, Americans and all that this country stands for.
  • Playerazzi 2012/09/12 07:45:47 (edited)
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    Playerazzi
    You obviously don't know Bibi.

    The man is a politician, quite simple. He does whatever it takes to stay in power.

    I don't trust him as much as I can throw him.

    The only way he's staying in line is thanks to the work of Moshe Feiglin, who has influenced voters to vote for more nationalistic people - Tzipi Hotovely, Bugi Yaalon, and others.

    But

    He's a lot better for us here in Israel than that pitiful Barry is for the 'States. I feel sorry for you guys. Vote for Mitt !!
  • I'm jealous of Israel, too.
    ☆The Rock☆ * AFCL* The Sheriff!!
    +1
    Netanyahu is a real leader unlike the Coward & Chief we have!!

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