Benjamin Netanyahu Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Birth date: October 21, 1949
Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel
Birth name: Binyamin Netanyahu
    Father: Benzion Netanyahu, a historian
    Mother: Cela (Segal) Netanyahu
    Marriages: Sara Ben-Artzi (1991-present); Fleur Cates (1981-1988, divorced); Miriam Haran (divorced)
    Children: with Sara Ben-Artzi: Avner and Yair; with Miriam Haran: Noa
    Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1974 and M.S., 1976
    Military service: Israeli Defense Forces, 1967-1972, Captain
    Religion: Jewish

    Other Facts

    Leader of the right-wing Likud Party.
    Is known throughout Israel by the nickname "Bibi."
    Spent his teenage years in the United States; went to high school in Philadelphia.
    First Israeli prime minister to be born after the state was founded in 1948.
    Netanyahu's brother, Yonatan, was killed in action in 1976 while leading a mission to rescue Israeli passengers on a hijacked Air France plane.
    Netanyahu organized two international conferences on ways to combat terrorism, one in 1979 and another in 1984.


    1967-1972 - Serves in the Israeli Defense Forces in the elite commando unit Sayeret Matkal.
    1976-1978 - Works in the United States for Boston Consulting Group.
    1982-1984 - Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
    1984-1988 - Israel's ambassador to the United Nations.
    1988 - Returns to Israel and wins a seat in the Knesset, Israel's parliament.
    1988-1991 - Deputy foreign minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.
    1991-1992 - Deputy Minister in the prime minister's office.
    1993 - Is elected the Likud party chairman.
    June 1996-July 1999 - Prime Minister of Israel.
    September 1996 - Has first meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
    October 23, 1998 - Arafat and Netanyahu sign the Wye Memorandum, an interim accord, exchanging land and power to secure Israel from political violence.
    1999 - Following his defeat in the elections, Netanyahu resigns from the Knesset.
    1999-2002 - Works in the private sector.
    2002-2003 - Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    2003-2005 - Minister of Finance.
    August 2005 - Resigns in protest over the plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from Gaza and return their land to Palestinian control.
    December 2005 - Is elected leader of the Likud party.
    August 2007 - Is reelected.
    February 10, 2009 - After the election, the results remain unclear as to who will become prime minister, Netanyahu or chief rival Tzipi Livni. Both make claims to the position.
    February 19, 2009 - Wins backing fr