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PM on eve of Washington trip says strength of US-Israeli relations will prevail over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a speech at the Western Wall, It came two days after a visit to his father's grave in Jerusalem. Netanyahu backed Obama's delaying of Syria strike, former aide says that dealing with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was like He describes a tense relationship and a lack of trust between Obama and Netanyahu, and Rhodes, the son of an Episcopalian father and a Jewish mother. But Dermer, like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, did not share their sense of loss. The relationship between Obama and Netanyahu grew more . who was raising money for Trump and was friendly with Otaiba's father.
The following day, IAEA spokesman Fredrik Dahl tells CNN that there are "no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after He offered no proof of the claim or details.
Click through to see more photos from his life and career. Hide Caption 1 of 47 Photos: Netanyahu's life in pictures Netanyahu, right, sits with a friend at the entrance to his family home in Jerusalem on July 1, The Israeli prime minister was born October 21, Netanyahu's life in pictures Netanyahu, right, with a friend in the Judean Desert on May 1, Hide Caption 3 of 47 Photos: Netanyahu's life in pictures Netanyahu serves in the Sayeret Matkal, an elite commando unit of the Israeli army, in He spent five years in the unit.
Hide Caption 4 of 47 Photos: Netanyahu's life in pictures Netanyahu shakes hands with Israeli President Zalman Shazar during a November ceremony honoring the Sayeret Matkal soldiers who freed hostages in a hijacking earlier that year.
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Netanyahu's life in pictures Netanyahu and his first wife, Miriam, in June Netanyahu's life in pictures Netanyahu and his daughter, Noa, in June Hide Caption 7 of 47 Photos: Netanyahu's life in pictures Netanyahu speaks in July with Sorin Hershko, one of the Israeli soldiers wounded in Operation Entebbe.
My service in the unit strengthened my understanding of the risks involved behind approving operations and the risks that fighters are taking on. It is tangible and not theoretical for me. He trained as a combat soldier and served for five years in an elite special forces unit of the IDF, Sayeret Matkal. He took part in numerous cross-border assault raids during the —70 War of Attritionrising to become a team-leader in the unit.
He was wounded in combat on multiple occasions.
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Concurrently, he was studying towards a doctorate  in political science,   until his studies were broken off by the death of his brother in Operation Entebbe. He was very bright. He knew what he wanted to do and how to get it done.
This fact has been used by his political rivals to accuse him indirectly of a lack of Israeli national identity and loyalty. Yonatan was serving as the commander of Benjamin's former unit, the Sayeret Matkal, and died during the counter-terrorism hostage-rescue mission Operation Entebbe in which his unit rescued more than mostly Israeli hostages hijacked by terrorists and flown to the Entebbe Airport in Uganda.
In Netanyahu graduated near the top of his class at the MIT Sloan School of Management,  and was headhunted to be an economic consultant  for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, Massachusetts, working at the company between and At the Boston Consulting Group, he was a colleague of Mitt Romneywith whom he formed a lasting friendship.
Romney remembers that Netanyahu at the time was: For 20 years the Arabs had both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and if self-determination, as they now say, is the core of the conflict, they could have easily established a Palestinian state. Between and he ran the Jonathan Netanyahu Anti-Terror Institute,  a non-governmental organization devoted to the study of terrorism; the Institute held a number of international conferences focused on the discussion of international terrorism.
From to he was director of marketing for Rim Industries in Jerusalem. Schneersonwith whom he formed a relationship during the s.
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He referred to Schneerson as "the most influential man of our time". In the Likud's internal elections, Netanyahu was placed fifth on the party list.
Later on he was elected as a Knesset member of the 12th Knesset, and was appointed as a deputy of the foreign minister Moshe Arensand later on David Levy. Netanyahu and Levy did not cooperate and the rivalry between the two only intensified afterwards. During the Gulf War in earlythe English-fluent Netanyahu emerged as the principal spokesman for Israel in media interviews on CNN and other news outlets.
Shamir retired from politics shortly after the Likud's defeat in the elections. 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, it proved effective the method was later copied by Ehud Barak during the election campaign in which Barak beat Netanyahu.
When Netanyahu won the electionhe became the youngest person in the history of the position and the first Israeli Prime Minister to be born in the State of Israel Yitzhak Rabin was born in Jerusalem, under the British Mandate of Palestine, prior to the founding of the Israeli state. Netanyahu's victory over the pre-election favorite Shimon Peres surprised many.
The main catalyst in the downfall of the latter was a wave of suicide bombings shortly before the elections; on 3 and 4 MarchPalestinians carried out two suicide bombingskilling 32 Israelis, with Peres seemingly unable to stop the attacks. Unlike Peres, Netanyahu did not trust Yasser Arafat and conditioned any progress at the peace process on the Palestinian National Authority fulfilling its obligations — mainly fighting terrorism, and ran with the campaign slogan "Netanyahu — making a safe peace".
However, although Netanyahu won the election for Prime Minister, Labor won the Knesset electionsbeating the Likud— Gesher — Tzomet alliance, meaning Netanyahu had to rely on a coalition with the ultra-Orthodox parties, Shas and UTJ whose social welfare policies flew in the face of his capitalistic outlook in order to govern.
Twenty-seventh government of Israel Netanyahu's first meeting with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at the Erez crossing, 4 September A spate of suicide bombings reinforced the Likud position for security.
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Hamas claimed responsibility for most of the bombings. One of his main points was disagreement with the Oslo premise that the negotiations should proceed in stages, meaning that concessions should be made to Palestinians before any resolution was reached on major issues, such as the status of Jerusalemand the amending of the Palestinian National Charter.
Each time American pressure on Israel grew, the domestic pressure on Palestinian leaders to raise their demands and preconditions grew apace. Social organizing does not grapple with these layers of ideology and identity, with the unforgiving logic of ethnic conflict, and Israelis soon came to believe that Obama could not see them. AfterObama remained a well-regarded figure in Israeli popular culture, but according to polls he lost something more important than his likability: Israelis trusted his intentions, but not his judgment.
His initial optimism has been tempered by the reality checks of Ukraine, Syria and other crises. American policymakers still struggle to find ways to translate the vision that defines his presidency into smart geopolitical action.
Six years in, the luster is gone. The optimistic zeal for global engagement has faded into a handful of minimalist principles: It is an animus that longtime observers of US-Israel relations often point to but rarely try to explain. Netanyahu is unabashedly sectoral.
His rhetoric over the past six years is dominated by endlessly repeated platitudes about Jewish history and Jewish rights.
Even when he offers a rhetorical olive branch, as in his famous speech at Bar-Ilan University, he refuses to include language that accepts as a matter of principle the legitimacy of competing narratives.
Basically what you got here is Koreans and Arabs running the stores, the Jews still owning most of the buildings. When we hear one of them Koreans is mistreating a customer, we gonna be on the case.Obama reassesses U.S.-Israeli relations
We gonna insist that they respect us and make a contribution back to the community—fund our programs, what have you. Netanyahu, too, despises Obama. And Israel stands to pay a heavy price for that personality quirk, not only in the mismanaged peace efforts but in the far more dangerous battleground of the Iran crisis.
Netanyahu grew up in the identity politics that have confounded Obama. He grasps as his American counterpart cannot the role that narratives of national identity play in domestic and international politics.