Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949, and grew up in Jerusalem. His high school years were spent in the United States, and then he returned to enlist in the IDF and served in an elite commando unit, Sayeret Matk. In 1982 Netanyahu was deputy chief of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. In 1984 he was appointed Israel’s ambassador to the UN.In 1988 Netanyahu was elected to the Knesset on the Likud party list and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1991 he was a senior member of the Israeli delegation to the Madrid peace conference In 1993 Netanyahu was elected Likud party chairman until becoming Prime Minister of Israel in 1996. Netanyahu returned to Israeli politics in 2001, and is currently Prime Minister again.
Yet who is Netanyahu?
This is the man that has built Israel. A man that is known for being ruthless, and willing to go to any means to benefit the Israeli people. Netanyahu has taken a stand with Israel that has been unlike any other stand by a leader. Under his leadership Israel has broken more than 42 UN resolutions. Reading an article in the Haaretz today I read about how some buses from Israel to the West Bank in Israel are becoming segregated. Israelis complained about Palestinian workers being a security risk and as a result of this the Afikim bus company segregated buses. The Israeli government are not “calling them segregated buses, but rather bus lines intended to relieve the distress of the Palestinian workers.” Upon reading this I decided to do research on Netanyahu, wondering how in 2013 segregated buses can be acceptable. I came across quotes by Israelis, and world leaders that put his personality, and his politics into a negative view.
To read the article about the segregated buses click this link: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israel-introduces-palestinian-only-bus-lines-following-complaints-from-jewish-settlers-1.506869
In a video from 2001, Netanyahu, reportedly unaware he was being recorded, said: “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in our way.” Netanyahu also bragged how he undercut the peace process when he was prime minister during the Clinton administration. “They asked me before the election if I’d honor [the Oslo accords],” he said. “I said I would, but … I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders. How did we do it? No.
Yitzah Shamir in an interview with Maariv is quotes as saying “The fact is he’s working against the principles of the Likud. He has no principles at all. I don’t see any principles.” This was said in 1197.
Nicholas Sarkozy said, “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar” Barack Obama is quotes as answering “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often then you” in what was supposed to be a private conversation. (Reuters.)
Former US President Bill Clinton describing why he believes Netanyahu is to blame for failure of peace process, Clinton Global Initiative, New York, Sept 22, 2011. (The Cable, Foreign Policy.)
“How dare you! You are the one who disappointed us. You haven’t made a single step to advance peace. “German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allegedly said during a telephone conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu on Feb 25, 2011 (Haaretz.)
“Israel has had many rightist leaders since Menachem Begin but there has never been one like Netanyahu, who wants to do it by deceit, to mock America, trick the Palestinians and lead us all astray. The man in the video betrays himself in his own words as a con artist, and now he is again prime minister of Israel. Don’t try to claim that he has changed since then. Such a crooked way of thinking does not change over the years.” Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy writing for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
One may wonder, is it time to have a new Israeli Prime Minister that may promote peace?
1) “Merkel Chides Netanyahu for failing to Make ‘a Single Step to Advance Peace'” Haaretz.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013.
2) “Foreign Policy Magazine.” Foreign Policy. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013.
3) “ADL ‘deeply Disappointed’ by Sarkozy-Obama Exchange on Netanyahu.” Haaretz.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013.