1. Benjamin Netanyahu was born in Tel Aviv on February 14, 1952, to Orthodox Jewish parents.
2. At a young age, Netanyahu’s military career was cut short due to dislocations in his leg. He took up journalism at age 18, writing for Hadashot.
3. In 1994, at age 30, Netanyahu started his first political career in a short-lived Israeli party, then known as Moledet. During the next 20 years, he held top jobs in several Likud governments, retiring as prime minister in 1999.
4. Netanyahu is a major shareholder of Lenny Services, a private firm. On April 12, 2018, Israeli media reported that the company had contributed to the holding companies that control Israeli media company Bezeq, in which the largest shareholders, including a close Netanyahu relative, are also investors. (On April 21, the Netanyahu family admitted Lenny Services invested in the company.)
5. Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to the Knesset in 1996. During the 2000s, he was the chairman of the Kadima Party, as well as the leader of both the Likud and the Right-wing Jewish Home parties, in several short stints as leader of Likud. In 2014, as prime minister, he apologized for the delay in the demolition of the Arab quarter of East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood.
6. Benjamin Netanyahu is married to Sara Netanyahu. They have four children and four grandchildren.
7. Benjamin Netanyahu is the father of 10 daughters and two sons.
8. Netanyahu is a member of Viti Qivir, a tahleul sect that does not recognize Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv as their chief rabbi.
9. At the end of his first term as prime minister, Netanyahu resigned and abandoned his reelection bid. He won the 1990 elections, was reelected as prime minister for the fifth time in 1996, and was reelected once more in 1999.
10. Benjamin Netanyahu is a nonbeliever.