Benjamin Netanyahu will not run in the elections scheduled for April 9 next year. When asked whether he would run, Mr. Netanyahu responded with one word: No.
Mr. Netanyahu, 67, has been prime minister since 2009 and may serve a third consecutive term in office.
He holds all of Israel’s top offices: foreign minister, defense minister, chief government coordinator, national security adviser, interior minister and justice minister.
He has formed a political coalition government with several right-wing and religious parties since taking office in 2009.
Benjamin Netanyahu has been involved in various controversies throughout his tenure as prime minister, and was indicted for corruption in March 2018.
His wife, Sara, was convicted of tax evasion and fraud in June 2018. His son Yair was convicted in April of fraud.
He is also close to another former IDF soldier who secretly filmed him. Mr. Netanyahu has denied the accusations, and a hearing into the case has yet to be held.
He was re-elected as Prime Minister in the 2015 election.
He has over 220 million Facebook likes, more than any other politician.
He was involved in a controversy in 2015 after speaking to an audience made up of high school students. Mr. Netanyahu said he would draft the students for the armed forces, and told them they were “future heroes.”
Mr. Netanyahu has been investigated and scrutinized over several accusations, including corruption and bribery.
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