What Are Some Biographical Facts About Benjamin Netanyahu?


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Benjamin Netanyahu was a member of an elite commando unit of the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, and was wounded during an operation to free hostages from a hijacked Sabena Airlines aircraft at Ben-Gurion Airport. Benjamin Netanyahu was born in Tel Aviv on October 21, 1949, and was raised in Israel and the United States. His father, Benzion Netanyahu, was a Professor of History at Cornell University.

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Netanyahu earned degrees in Architecture and Management Studies at MIT. He also studied political science at Harvard University. After graduating from MIT Sloan School of Management, he worked at Boston Consulting Group, where he worked with future governor of Massachusetts and U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He left Boston Consulting Group and began work at Rim Industries in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu's eldest brother Yoni was killed while leading an operation to free passengers held hostage on an Air France airliner in Uganda. In response, Netanyahu organized conferences in Washington and Jerusalem regarding ways to combat terrorism. He served as a member of Israel's diplomatic mission in the United States for two years before being appointed Israel's ambassador to the United Nations in 1984. He was elected a member of Knesset in 1988 and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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