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January 1, 2020

Benjamin Netanyahu Net Worth

How much is Benjamin Netanyahu worth? For this question we spent 29 hours on research (Wikipedia, Youtube, we read books in libraries, etc) to review the post.

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Total Net Worth at the moment 2022 year – is about $11 Million.

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Benjamin Netanyahu information Birth date: October 21, 1949 Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel Height:6 0? (1.84 m) Education:Masters degree Nationality:Israeli Spouse:Miriam Weizmann Children:Noa, Yair, Avner Parents:Benzion Netanyahu (Prof. ), Tzila Segal

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Benjamin (Binyamin) Bibi Netanyahu (Hebrew:About this sound ?????? ???? ?????? , Arabic: ??????? ????????, born 21 October 1949) is an Israeli politician and the current Prime Minister of Israel. He also currently serves as a member of the Knesset, Chairman of the Likud party and Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs.Born in Tel Aviv to secular Jewish parents, Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the establishment of the state. Netanyahu joined the Israel Defense Forces during the Six-Day War in 1967, and became a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. He took part in many missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), Operation Gift (1968) and Operation Isotope (1972), during which he was shot in the shoulder. He fought on the front lines in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, taking part in special forces raids along the Suez Canal, and then leading a commando assault deep into Syrian territory. He was wounded in combat twice. He achieved the rank of captain before being discharged. Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988, as a member of the Likud party, and was Prime Minister from June 1996 to July 1999. He moved from the political arena to the private sector after being defeated in the 1999 election for Prime Minister by Ehud Barak.Netanyahu returned to politics in 2002 as Foreign Affairs Minister (2002–2003) and Finance Minister (2003–2005) in Ariel Sharons governments, but he departed the government over disagreements regarding the Gaza disengagement plan. He retook the Likud leadership in December 2005, after Sharon left to form a new party. In the 2006 election, Likud did poorly, winning 12 seats. In December 2006, Netanyahu became the official Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset and Chairman of Likud. In 2007, he retained the Likud leadership by beating Moshe Feiglin in party elections. Following the 2009 parliamentary election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority, Netanyahu formed a coalition government. After the victory in the 2013 elections, he became the second person to be elected to the position of Prime Minister for a third term, after Israels founder David Ben-Gurion.In 2012, Netanyahu was listed 23rd on the Forbes magazines list of The Worlds Most Powerful People. In 2013, he was ranked third on the list of the Most Influential Jews in the World by The Jerusalem Post. He had been ranked first on the list in 2012 and 2010.Netanyahu was influenced by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, with whom he formed a relationship during the 1980s. He referred to Schneerson as the most influential Jew of our time.
Biography,Early life and careerNetanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel, to an Israeli mother, Tzila Segal (28 August 1912 – 31 January 2000) and a Warsaw-born father, Prof. Benzion Netanyahu (1910–2012), the middle of three children. Through a DNA test, Netanyahu discovered that he has some Sephardi Jewish heritage.[13] He was initially raised and educated in Jerusalem, where he attended Henrietta Szold Elementary School. A copy of his evaluation from his 6th grade teacher Ruth Rubenstein indicated that Netanyahu was courteous, polite, and helpful, that his work was responsible and punctual, and that Netanyahu was friendly, disciplined, cheerful, brave, active and obedient.[14]Between 1956 and 1958, and again from 1963 to 1967,[15] his family lived in the United States in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, where he attended and graduated from Cheltenham High School and was active in a debate club. To this day, he speaks fluent English, with a noticeable Philadelphia accent.[16]After graduating from high school in 1967, Netanyahu returned to Israel to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces. 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 1967–70 War of Attrition, rising to become a team-leader in the unit. He was wounded in combat on multiple occasions. He was involved in many other missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), and the rescue of the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in May 1972 in which he was shot in the shoulder.[17]After completing his army service in 1972, Netanyahu returned to the United States in late 1972 to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He returned to Israel in October 1973 to serve in the Yom Kippur War in the Sayeret Matkal commando unit.[18] While there, he fought in special forces raids along the Suez Canal against the Egyptian forces, before leading a commando attack deep inside Syrian territory, whose mission remains classified today.[19]I have great respect for the unit. This is a unit that changes the reality of our lives even though its actions are a secret. Although it is a small unit, it influences all branches of the military … 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.Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sayeret Matkal, (Maariv 2007)He then returned to the United States and under the name Ben Nitay, completed an SB degree[20] in architecture[21] in February 1975 and earned an SM[20] degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in June 1976. Concurrently, he was studying towards a doctorate[18] in political science,[22][23] until his studies were broken off by the death of his brother in Operation Entebbe.[18]At MIT, Netanyahu studied a double-load, completing an SM (that would normally take four years) in only two and a half years, despite taking a break to fight in the Yom Kippur War, and while simultaneously completing a thesis in a graduate course at Harvard.[18] Professor Groisser at MIT recalled: He did superbly. He was very bright. Organized. Strong. Powerful. He knew what he wanted to do and how to get it done.[18]At that time he changed his name to Benjamin Ben Nitai (Nitai, a reference to both Mount Nitai and to the eponymous Jewish sage Nittai of Arbela, was a pen name often used by his father for articles).[16][24] Years later, in an interview with the media, Netanyahu clarified that he decided to do so to make it easier for Americans to pronounce his name. This fact has been used by his political rivals to accuse him indirectly of a lack of Israeli national identity and loyalty.[25]In 1976 Netanyahus older brother Yonatan Netanyahu was killed. Yonatan was serving as the commander of Benjamins former unit, the Sayeret Matkal, and died during the counter-terrorism hostage-rescue mission Operation Entebbe in which his unit rescued more than 100 mostly Israeli hostages hijacked by terrorists and flown to the Entebbe Airport in Uganda.Netanyahu studied at MIT between 1972 and 1976, earning SB and SM degrees.[20]In 1976 Netanyahu graduated near the top of his class at the MIT Sloan School of Management,[26] and was headhunted to be an economic consultant[27] for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, Massachusetts, working at the company between 1976 and 1978. At the Boston Consulting Group, he was a colleague of Mitt Romney, with whom he formed a lasting friendship. Romney remembers that Netanyahu at the time was: [A] strong personality with a distinct point of view, and says [w]e can almost speak in shorthand… [w]e share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar.[26] Netanyahu said that their easy communication was a result of B.C.G.s intellectually rigorous boot camp.[26]In 1978, Netanyahu appeared on Boston local television, under the name of Ben Nitai, where he argued: The real core of the conflict is the unfortunate Arab refusal to accept the State of Israel … 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.[28]In 1978, Netanyahu returned to Israel. Between 1978 and 1980 he ran the Jonathan Netanyahu Anti-Terror Institute,[15] 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 1980 to 1982 he was director of marketing for Rim Industries in Jerusalem.[29] During this period Netanyahu made his first connections with several Israeli politicians, including Minister Moshe Arens, who appointed him as his Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., a position he held from 1982 until 1984.[30] Between 1984 and 1988 Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.[30] Netanyahu was influenced by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, with whom he formed a relationship during the 1980s. He referred to Schneerson as the most influential man of our time.[31][32][33]It was while living in New York during the 1980s, that Netanyahu became friends with Fred Trump, the father of Donald Trump.[34]Early political career, 1988–96Benjamin NetanyahuKnessets12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20Ministerial roles1996–1997Minister of Science and Technology1996–1999Minister of Housing and Construction2002–2003Minister of Foreign Affairs2003–2005Minister of Finance2009–2013Minister of Economic Strategy2009–2013Minister of Pensioner Affairs2009–2013Minister of Health2012–2013Minister of Foreign Affairs2013Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs2013Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs2014–Minister of Communications2015Minister of Pensioner Affairs2015–Minister of Economy, Foreign Affairs, Minister of Health and Minister of Regional CooperationNetanyahu (right) with Sorin Hershko, a soldier wounded and permanently paralyzed in Operation Entebbe, 2 July 1986Prior to the 1988 Israeli legislative election Netanyahu returned to Israel and joined the Likud party. In the Likuds 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 Arens, and later on David Levy. Netanyahu and Levy did not cooperate and the rivalry between the two only intensified afterwards. During the Gulf War in early 1991, the English-fluent Netanyahu emerged as the principal spokesman for Israel in media interviews on CNN and other news outlets. During the Madrid Conference of 1991 Netanyahu was among members the Israeli delegation headed by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. After the Madrid Conference Netanyahu was appointed as Deputy Minister in the Israeli Prime Ministers Office.[30]Following the defeat of the Likud party in the 1992 Israeli legislative elections the Likud party held a primary election in 1993 to select its leader, and Netanyahu was victorious, defeating Benny Begin, son of the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and veteran politician David Levy[35] (Sharon initially sought Likud party leadership as well, but quickly withdrew when it was evident that he was attracting minimal support). Shamir retired from politics shortly after the Likuds defeat in the 1992 elections.[36]Following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, his temporary successor Shimon Peres decided to call early elections in order to give the government a mandate to advance the peace process.[37] Netanyahu was the Likuds candidate for Prime Minister in the 1996 Israeli legislative election which took place on 26 May 1996 and were the first Israeli elections in which Israelis elected their Prime Minister directly. 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 1999 election campaign in which Barak beat Netanyahu). When Netanyahu won the 1996 election, he 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 1948 founding of the Israeli state).Netanyahus 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 March 1996, Palestinians carried out two suicide bombings, killing 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 elections, beating 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.[citation needed]First premiership, 1996–99Further information: Twenty-seventh government of IsraelNetanyahu met with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at the Erez crossing, 4 September 1996A spate of suicide bombings reinforced the Likud position for security. Hamas claimed responsibility for most of the bombings. As Prime Minister, Netanyahu raised many questions about many central premises of the Oslo peace process. 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 Jerusalem, and the amending of the Palestinian National Charter. Oslo supporters had claimed that the multi-stage approach would build goodwill among Palestinians and would propel them to seek reconciliation when these major issues were raised in later stages. Netanyahu said that these concessions only gave encouragement to extremist elements, without receiving any tangible gestures in return. He called for tangible gestures of Palestinian goodwill in return for Israeli concessions. Despite his stated differences with the Oslo Accords, Prime Minister Netanyahu continued their implementation, but his Premiership saw a marked slow-down in the Peace Process.In 1996, Netanyahu and Jerusalems mayor Ehud Olmert decided to open an exit in the Arab Quarter for the Western Wall Tunnel, which prior Prime Minister Shimon Peres had instructed to be put on hold for the sake of peace.[38] This sparked three days of rioting by Palestinians, resulting in both Israelis and Palestinians being killed.[39] In January 1997 Netanyahu signed the Hebron Protocol with the Palestinian Authority which resulted in the redeployment of Israeli forces in Hebron and the turnover of civilian authority in much of the area to the Palestinian Authority.Netanyahu sitting with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at the Wye River Memorandum, 1998Eventually, the lack of progress of the peace process led to new negotiations which produced the Wye River Memorandum in 1998 which detailed the steps to be taken by the Israeli government and Palestinian Authority to implement the earlier Interim Agreement of 1995. It was signed by Netanyahu and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, and on 17 November 1998, Israels 120 member parliament, the Knesset, approved the Wye River Memorandum by a vote of 75–19. As Prime Minister Netanyahu emphasized a policy of three no(s): no withdrawal from the Golan Heights, no discussion of the case of Jerusalem, no negotiations under any preconditions.[40]Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife visit a Bedouin tent in Jordan, 1996During his term, Netanyahu also began a process of economic liberalization, taking steps towards a free-market economy. Under his watch, the government began selling its shares in banks and major state-run companies. Netanyahu also greatly eased Israels strict foreign exchange controls, enabling Israelis to take an unrestricted amount of money out of the country, open foreign bank accounts, hold foreign currency, and invest freely in other countries.[41][42]Throughout his term, Netanyahu was opposed by the political left wing in Israel and lost support from the right because of his concessions to the Palestinians in Hebron and elsewhere, and due to his negotiations with Arafat generally. Netanyahu lost favor with the Israeli public after a long chain of scandals involving his marriage and corruption charges. In 1997, police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges for influence-peddling. He was accused of appointing an attorney general who would reduce the charges and prosecutors ruled that there was insufficient evidence to go to trial.[43] In 1999, Netanyahu faced another scandal when the Israel Police recommended that he be tried for corruption for $100,000 in free services from a government contractor, Israels attorney general did not prosecute, citing difficulties with evidence.[44]After being defeated by Ehud Barak in the 1999 election for Prime Minister, Netanyahu temporarily retired from politics.[45] He subsequently served as a senior consultant with Israeli communications equipment developer BATM for two years.[46][47]Political downturn and recovery, 2000–03Netanyahu with Vladimir Putin at the Jewish Community Centre, Moscow, 2000Benjamin Netanyahu at the grave of his brother Yoni Netanyahu, who was killed leading a counter-terrorist operation in 1976With the fall of the Barak government in late 2000, Netanyahu expressed his desire to return to politics. By law, Baraks resignation was supposed to lead to elections for the prime minister position only. Netanyahu insisted that general elections should be held, claiming that otherwise it would be impossible to have a stable government. Netanyahu decided eventually not to run for the prime minister position, a move which facilitated the surprising rise to power of Ariel Sharon, who at the time was considered less popular than Netanyahu. In 2002, after the Israeli Labor Party left the coalition and vacated the position of foreign minister, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed Netanyahu as Foreign Minister.[30] Netanyahu challenged Sharon for the leadership of the Likud party, but failed to oust Sharon.[48]On 9 September 2002, a scheduled speech by Netanyahu at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada was canceled after hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters overwhelmed security and smashed through a glass window. Netanyahu was not present at the protest, having remained at Montreals Ritz-Carlton Hotel throughout the duration. He later accused the activists of supporting terrorism and mad zealotry.[49] Weeks later on 1 October 2002 around 200 protesters met Netanyahu outside his Heinz Hall appearance in Pittsburgh although Pittsburgh Police, Israeli security and a Pittsburgh SWAT unit allowed his speeches to continue downtown at the hall and the Duquesne Club as well as suburban Robert Morris University.[50]On 12 September 2002, Netanyahu testified (under oath as a private citizen) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the nuclear threat posed by the Iraqi regime: There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing towards the development of nuclear weapons – no question whatsoever, he said. And there is no question that once he acquires it, history shifts immediately.[51] Netanyahu and other high rank officials from different countries had suspected that Iraq could develop a nuclear capability, as the country began building a nuclear power plant program in 1959 with the USSR, but Israeli airstrikes had destroyed Iraqs nuclear reactor in 1981 (see Operation Opera).[52]Finance Minister, 2003–05After the 2003 Israeli legislative election, in what many observers regarded as a surprise move, Sharon offered the Foreign Ministry to Silvan Shalom and offered Netanyahu the Finance Ministry. Some pundits speculated that Sharon made the move because he deemed Netanyahu a political threat given his demonstrated effectiveness as Foreign Minister, and that by placing him in the Finance Ministry during a time of economic uncertainty, he could diminish Netanyahus popularity. Netanyahu accepted the new appointment. Sharon and Netanyahu came to an agreement that Netanyahu would have complete freedom as Finance Minister and have Sharon back all of his reforms, in exchange for Netanyahus silence over Sharons management of Israels military and foreign affairs.[53]As Finance Minister, Netanyahu undertook an economic plan in order to restore Israels economy from its low point during the Second Intifada. Netanyahu claimed that a bloated public sector and excessive regulations were largely responsible for stifling economic growth. His plan involved a move toward more liberalized markets, although it was not without its critics. He instituted a program to end welfare dependency by requiring people to apply for jobs or training, reduced the size of the public sector, froze government spending for three years, and capped the budget deficit at 1%. The taxation system was streamlined and taxes were cut, with the top individual tax rate reduced from 64% to 44% and the corporate tax rate from 36% to 18%. A host of state assets worth billions of dollars were privatized, including banks, oil refineries, the El Al national airline, and Zim Integrated Shipping Services. The retirement ages for both men and women were raised, and currency exchange laws were further liberalized. Commercial banks were forced to spin off their long-term savings. In addition, Netanyahu attacked monopolies and cartels to increase competition. As the Israeli economy started booming and unemployment fell significantly, Netanyahu was widely credited by commentators as having performed an economic miracle by the end of his tenure.[53][54][55]However, opponents in the Labor party (and even a few within his own Likud) viewed Netanyahus policies as Thatcherite attacks on the venerated Israeli social safety net.[56] Ultimately, unemployment declined while economic growth soared, the debt-to-GDP ration dropped to one of the lowest in the world, and foreign investment reached record highs.[53]Netanyahu threatened to resign from office in 2004 unless the Gaza pullout plan was put to a referendum. He later modified the ultimatum and voted for the program in the Knesset, indicating immediately thereafter that he would resign unless a referendum was held within 14 days.[57] He submitted his resignation letter on 7 August 2005, shortly before the Israeli cabinet voted 17 to 5 to approve the initial phase of withdrawal from Gaza.[58]Likud leader and opposition leader, 2005–09Following the withdrawal of Sharon from the Likud, Netanyahu was one of several candidates who vied for the Likud leadership. His most recent attempt prior to this was in September 2005 when he had tried to hold early primaries for the position of the head of the Likud party, while the party held the office of Prime Minister – thus effectively pushing Ariel Sharon out of office. The party rejected this initiative. Netanyahu retook the leadership on 20 December 2005, with 47% of the primary vote, to 32% for Silvan Shalom and 15% for Moshe Feiglin. In the March 2006 Knesset elections, Likud took the third place behind Kadima and Labor and Netanyahu served as Leader of the Opposition.[59] On 14 August 2007, Netanyahu was reelected as chairman of the Likud and its candidate for the post of Prime Minister with 73% of the vote, against far-right candidate Moshe Feiglin and World Likud chairman Danny Danon.[60] He opposed the 2008 Israel–Hamas ceasefire, like others in the Knesset opposition. Specifically, Netanyahu said, This is not a relaxation, its an Israeli agreement to the rearming of Hamas … What are we getting for this?[61]In the first half of 2008, doctors removed a small colon polyp that proved to be benign.[62]Netanyahu meeting Secretary Clinton for a working dinner in Washington DC, 18 May 2009Following Tzipi Livnis election to head Kadima and Olmerts resignation from the post of Prime Minister, Netanyahu declined to join the coalition Livni was trying to form and supported new elections, which were held in February 2009.[63][64] Netanyahu was the Likuds candidate for Prime Minister in the 2009 Israeli legislative election which took place on 10 February 2009, as Livni, the previous Designated Acting Prime Minister under the Olmert government, had been unable to form a viable governing coalition. Opinion polls showed Likud in the lead, but with as many as a third of Israeli voters undecided.[65]In the election itself, Likud won the second highest number of seats, Livnis party having outnumbered the Likud by one seat. A possible explanation for Likuds relatively poor showing is that some Likud supporters defected to Avigdor Liebermans Yisrael Beiteinu party. Netanyahu, however, claimed victory on the basis that right-wing parties won the majority of the vote, and on 20 February 2009, Netanyahu was designated by Israeli President Shimon Peres to succeed Ehud Olmert as prime minister, and began his negotiations to form a coalition government.Despite right wing parties winning a majority of 65 seats in the Knesset, Netanyahu preferred a broader centrist coalition and turned to his Kadima rivals, chaired by Tzipi Livni, to join his government. This time it was Livnis turn to decline to join, with a difference of opinion on how to pursue the peace process being the stumbling block. Netanyahu did manage to entice a smaller rival, the Labour party, chaired by Ehud Barak, to join his government, giving him a certain amount of centrist tone. Netanyahu presented his cabinet for a Knesset Vote of Confidence on 31 March 2009. The 32nd Government was approved that day by a majority of 69 lawmakers to 45 (with five abstaining) and the members were sworn in.Second premiership, 2009–13Further information: Thirty-second government of IsraelNetanyahu and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, 18 May 2009Netanyahu in a meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev in Russia, 24 March 2011In 2009, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced support for the establishment of a Palestinian state—a solution not endorsed by prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu,[66] with whom she had earlier pledged the United States cooperation.[67] Upon the arrival of President Obama administrations special envoy, George Mitchell, Netanyahu said that any furtherance of negotiations with the Palestinians would be conditioned on the Palestinians recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.[68]During President Obamas Cairo speech on 4 June 2009 in which Obama addressed the Muslim world, Obama stated, among other things, that The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. Following Obamas Cairo speech Netanyahu immediately called a special government meeting. On 14 June, ten days after Obamas Cairo speech, Netanyahu gave a speech at Bar-Ilan University in which he endorsed a Demilitarized Palestinian State, though said that Jerusalem must remain the unified capital of Israel.[69] Netanyahu stated that he would accept a Palestinian state if Jerusalem were to remain the united capital of Israel, the Palestinians would have no army, and the Palestinians would give up their demand for a right of return. He also argued the right for a natural growth in the existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank while their permanent status is up to further negotiation. Senior Palestinian official, Sereb Ereket, said that the speech had closed the door to permanent status negotiations due to Netanyahus declarations on Jerusalem, refugees and settlements.[70][better source needed]Three months after starting his term, Netanyahu remarked that his cabinet already had achieved several notable successes, such as the establishment of a working national unity government, and a broad consensus for a two-state solution.[71] A July 2009 survey by Haaretz found that most Israelis support the Netanyahu government, giving him a personal approval rating of about 49 percent.[72] Netanyahu has lifted checkpoints in the West Bank in order to allow freedom of movement and a flow of imports, a step that resulted in an economic boost in the West Bank.[73][74][75] In 2009, Netanyahu welcomed the Arab Peace initiative (also known as the Saudi Peace Initiative) and lauded a call by Bahrains Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to normalize relations with Israel.[76][77]In August 2009, Abbas declared that he would be willing to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly, where Netanyahu had accepted president Obamas invitation for a triple summit, although he said it would not necessarily lead to negotiations.[78] Netanyahu was reported to be in a pivotal moment over these understandings, that were reported to include a compromise over permission on continuing the already approved construction in the West Bank in exchange for freezing all settlements thereafter, as well as continuing building in East Jerusalem, and at the same time stopping the demolition of houses of Arab inhabitants there.[79] On 4 September 2009, it was reported that Netanyahu was to agree to settlers political demands to approve more settlement constructions before a temporary settlement freeze agreement took place.[80] White House spokesman Robert Gibbs expressed regret over the move,[81] however, one U.S. official said the move will not derail [the] train.[82]On 7 September 2009, Netanyahu left his office without reporting where he was headed. The prime ministers military secretary, Maj. Gen. Meir Kalifi, later reported Netanyahu had visited a security facility in Israel.[83] Several different news agencies reported several different stories about where he was.[84] On 9 September 2009, Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the Israeli leader had made a secret flight to Moscow to try to persuade Russian officials not to sell S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran.[83][85][86] Headlines branded Netanyahu a liar and dubbed the affair a fiasco.[87][88] It was later reported that the PMs military secretary will be dismissed due to the affair.[89] The Sunday Times reported that the trip was made to share the names of Russian scientists that Israel believes are abetting the alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program.[90]Netanyahu with Yohanan Danino, appointed Israels Chief of Police in 2011On 24 September 2009, in an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Netanyahu said Iran poses a threat to the peace of the world and that it is incumbent on the world body to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons.[91][92] Waving the blueprints for Auschwitz and invoking the memory of his own family members murdered by the Nazis, Netanyahu delivered a passionate and public riposte to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejads questioning of the Holocaust, asking: Have you no shame?[93]In response to pressure from the Obama administration urging the sides to resume peace talks, on 25 November 2009 Netanyahu announced a partial 10-month settlement construction freeze plan. The announced partial freeze had no significant effect on actual settlement construction, according to an analysis by the major Israeli daily Haaretz.[94] U.S. special envoy George Mitchell said, while the United States shares Arab concerns about the limitations of Israels gesture, it is more than any Israeli government has ever done.[95] In his announcement Netanyahu called the move a painful step that will encourage the peace process and urged the Palestinians to respond.[96] The Palestinians rejected the call, stating the gesture was insignificant in that thousands of recently approved settlement buildings in the West Bank would continue to be built and there would be no freeze of settlement activity in East Jerusalem.[97]In March 2010, Israels government approved construction of an additional 1,600 apartments in a large Jewish housing development in northern East Jerusalem called Ramat Shlomo[98] despite the position of the current U.S. Government that acts such as this thwart the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The Israeli governments announcement occurred during a visit by U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and the U.S. government subsequently issued a strongly worded condemnation of the plan.[99] Netanyahu subsequently issued a statement that all previous Israeli governments had continuously permitted construction in the neighborhood, and that certain neighborhoods such as Ramat Shlomo and Gilo have always been included as part of Israel in any final agreement plan that has been proposed by either side to date.[98] Netanyahu regretted the timing of the announcement but asserted that our policy on Jerusalem is the same policy followed by all Israeli governments for the 42 years, and it has not changed.[100]Netanyahu, Hillary Clinton, George J. Mitchell and Mahmoud Abbas at the start of the direct talks, 2 September 2010In September 2010, Netanyahu agreed to enter direct talks, mediated by the Obama administration, with the Palestinians for the first time in a long while.[101] The ultimate aim of these direct talks is to forge the framework of an official final status settlement to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict by forming a two-state solution for the Jewish people and the Palestinian people. On 27 September, the 10-month settlement freeze ended, and the Israeli government approved new construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.[102] On retiring from office in July 2011, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had said that Netanyahu was ungrateful to the United States and endangering Israel. Responding, the Likud party defended Netanyahu by saying that most Israelis supported the Prime Minister and that he had broad support in the United States.[103][104]Netanyahu unsuccessfully called for the early release of Jonathan Pollard, an American serving a life sentence for passing secret U.S. documents to Israel in 1987.[105] He has raised the issue at the Wye River Summit in 1998, where he claimed that U.S. President Bill Clinton had privately agreed to release Pollard.[106][107] In 2002, Netanyahu visited Pollard at his North Carolina prison.[108][109] The Israeli Prime Minister maintained contact with Pollards wife, and was active in pressing the Obama administration to release Pollard.[110][111]In 2011, social justice protests broke out across Israel. Hundreds of thousands of people protested Israels high cost of living throughout the country. In response, Netanyahu appointed the Trajtenberg Committee, headed by professor Manuel Trajtenberg, to examine the problems and propose solutions. The committee submitted recommendations to lower the high cost of living in September 2011.[112] Although Netanyahu promised to push the propo

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