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Netanyahu's life in pictures

Updated 9:35 AM ET, Wed November 13, 2019
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on October 27. Gali Tibbon/AFP via Getty Images
Netanyahu, right, sits with a friend at the entrance to his family home in Jerusalem on July 1, 1967. The Israeli prime minister was born October 21, 1949. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Imges
Netanyahu, right, with a friend in the Judean Desert on May 1, 1968. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Images
Netanyahu serves in the Sayeret Matkal, an elite commando unit of the Israeli army, in 1971. He spent five years in the unit. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Images
Netanyahu shakes hands with Israeli President Zalman Shazar during a November 1972 ceremony honoring the Sayeret Matkal soldiers who freed hostages in a hijacking earlier that year. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Images
Netanyahu and his first wife, Miriam, in June 1980. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Images
Netanyahu and his daughter, Noa, in June 1980. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Images
Netanyahu speaks in July 1986 with Sorin Hershko, one of the Israeli soldiers wounded in Operation Entebbe. It was the 10th anniversary of Operation Entebbe, a dramatic rescue of Jewish hostages at Uganda's Entebbe Airport. Netanyahu's brother, Yonatan, was killed leading Operation Entebbe in 1976. Affected by his brother's death, Netanyahu organized two international conferences on ways to combat terrorism, one in 1979 and another in 1984. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Images
From 1984 to 1988, Netanyahu was Israel's ambassador to the United Nations. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu talks to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on a stroll in New York's Central Park in November 1987. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Images
Netanyahu, as Israel's deputy foreign minister, goes through some papers as Government Secretary Elyakim Rubinstein recites morning prayers on a flight from New York to Washington in April 1989. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty
Shamir speaks with Netanyahu at a Middle East peace conference in Madrid in October 1991. PATRICK BAZ/AFP/GettyImages
Netanyahu celebrates after being elected chairman of the right-wing Likud party on March 21, 1993. Esaias BAITEL/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images
Netanyahu and former foreign minister David Levy sit in the Knesset during the vote for a new Israeli President on March 24, 1993. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu meets with King Hussein of Jordan, center, and Crown Prince Hassan in December 1994. It was Netanyahu's first visit to Jordan. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu shakes hands with outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres before taking the office himself in June 1996. David Rubinger/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Netanyahu meets with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for the first time on September 4, 1996, at an Israeli army base at the Erez Checkpoint in Gaza. Moshe Milner/Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Images
Netanyahu meets with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington in February 1997. L. MARK/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu spends the day on the beach with his wife, Sara, and son Avner in Caesarea, Israel, on August 16, 1997. SHAUL GOLAN/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Kirk Douglas holds the King David Award, presented to him by the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah during a dinner in Beverly Hills, California, on November 17, 1997. Douglas was honored for his inspirational commitment to Israel and the Jewish people and in recognition of his new book "Climbing the Mountain." Netanyahu is on the left. To the right is Rabbi Nachum Braverman, director of the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah. PETER HALMAGY/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu looks through binoculars during a tour of the West Bank with the Israeli Cabinet on December 28, 1997. Israeli Government Press Office/Getty Imges
Netanyahu and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan meet in Annan's office in New York on May 15, 1998.
From left, Arafat, King Hussein, US President Bill Clinton and Netanyahu sign an interim Middle East peace agreement in October 1998. JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu thanks a crowd of supporters in Tel Aviv, Israel, at a Likud party meeting in May 1999. The outgoing Prime Minister announced that he was quitting the Knesset and stepping down as party leader 10 days after being defeated in elections. Uzi Keren/Getty Images/
Netanyahu testifies before the US House Government Reform Committee on September 20, 2001. The committee was conducting hearings on terrorism following the September 11 attacks. LESLIE E. KOSSOFF/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu, as Israel's foreign minister, laughs with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the start of a Likud convention in Tel Aviv on November 12, 2002. SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are seen at a polling station in Jerusalem on August 14, 2007. He was re-elected as head of the Likud party. GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu shakes hands with Israeli President Shimon Peres in February 2009 after Netanyahu won backing from the Israeli parliament to become Prime Minister again. A close election between Netanyahu and rival Tzipi Livni had left the results unclear until the parliament's decision. Ahikam Seri/Bloomberg News/Getty Images
From left, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Netanyahu, US President Barack Obama, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II walk to the East Room of the White House to make statements on the Middle East peace process on September 1, 2010. TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images
Obama meets with Netanyahu at the White House in September 2010. TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as Abbas and Netanyahu shake hands in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on September 14, 2010, during a second round of Middle East peace talks. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes Netanyahu to 10 Downing Street in London on May 4, 2011. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu address a joint session of the US Congress on May 24, 2011. He said that he was prepared to make "painful compromises" for a peace settlement with the Palestinians, but he repeated that Israel will not accept a return to its pre-1967 boundaries. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran's nuclear program while delivering an address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2012. Netanyahu exhorted the General Assembly to draw "a clear red line" to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages
Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman of the Likud-Beiteinu coalition party greet supporters as they arrive onstage on election night in January 2013. The Likud-Beiteinu won 31 seats in the Knesset. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu speaks at the UN General Assembly on October 1, 2013. He accused Iranian President Hassan Rouhani of seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and described him as "a wolf in sheep's clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community." Andrew Burton/Getty Images
In December 2014, Netanyahu called for early elections as he fired two key ministers for opposing government policy. GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu is greeted by members of US Congress as he arrives to speak in the House chamber in March 2015. He warned that a proposed agreement between world powers and Iran was "a bad deal" that would not stop Tehran from getting nuclear weapons — but would rather pave its way to getting lots of them and leave the Jewish State in grave peril. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Netanyahu and his family take a vacation in southern Israel in April 2015. Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images
Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talk in Berlin in October 2015. Handout/Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images
Netanyahu speaks to the press in Tel Aviv, Israel, in June 2016. A day earlier, two attackers identified as Palestinians opened fire at a popular food and shopping complex near the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, killing four Israelis and sending other patrons scrambling to safety. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images
Netanyahu stands next to US President Barack Obama as they attend the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in September 2016. Abir Sultan/Pool/Getty Images
Netanyahu visits Moriah College in Sydney in February 2017. It was the first time an Israeli prime minister had visited Australia. Dean Lewins/Pool/Getty Images
Netanyahu speaks to US President Donald Trump in May 2017. Trump visited Israel and the West Bank during his first foreign trip as President. Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images
Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, pose for a photo at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, in January 2018. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu, speaking at a security conference in Germany in February 2018, holds up what he claimed is a piece of an Iranian drone that was shot down after it flew over Israeli territory. Lennart Preiss/MSC 2018 via Getty Images
Netanyahu, giving a speech at the Ministry of Defense in April 2018, accused Iran of "brazenly lying" over its nuclear ambitions. He said Israel had uncovered files that prove his allegation and that the Islamic republic is keeping an "atomic archive" at a secret compound. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi called Netanyahu's comments "childish" and "laughable." AMIR COHEN/REUTERS/Newscom
From left, Netanyahu sits beside senior White House adviser Jared Kushner; President Trump's daughter, Ivanka; Israeli President Reuven Rivlin; and US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem in May 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, pose for a photo with Russian President Vladimir Putin after talks in Moscow in February 2019. Alexei Druzhinin/AP
The Netanyahus cast their votes during Israel's parliamentary elections in April 2019. The election was seen as a referendum on Netanyahu's long tenure as prime minister. Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu greets supporters in April 2019. Amir Levy/Getty Images
An election banner on a Jerusalem building shows Netanyahu shaking hands with US President Donald Trump. Trump remains incredibly popular in Israel — far more popular than he is in the United States. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu meets with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London in September 2019. Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Netanyahu and Israeli Blue and White party chief Benny Gantz reach to shake hands during a state memorial ceremony for former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his wife Leah in Jerusalem on November 10. Exit polls for a repeat general election in September failed to give either of the political rivals a majority in the new parliament. Heidi Levine/AFP via Getty Images