Benjamin Netanyahu to Become Israel’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara addresses their supporters as the the results in the Israeli general elections are announced, at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 09, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
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Benjamin Netanyahu will make history Saturday when he surpasses Israel’s founding father David Ben-Gurion as the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

The 69-year-old Netanyahu will have been prime minister for a total of 4,876 days — after serving from June 18, 1996, to July 6, 1999, and again since March 31, 2009, according to the Times of Israel.

Ben-Gurion led the Jewish state for a total of 4,875 days — some 13½ years — from May 14, 1948, to Jan. 26, 1954, and again from Nov. 3, 1955, to June 26, 1963.

“Who’s counting?” Bibi said flippantly when asked about the milestone during a conference hosted by the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom newspaper and attended by US envoys, according to Reuters.

“We’ve proven that Israel can be turned from a small country that is situated in the corner of the Middle East into a major power in the world,” he told the paper.

But despite the longevity, the conservative leader has faced a series of legal and political setbacks of late.

In April, his apparent victory in the elections hit a wall after he failed to form a coalition government and opted to move toward do-over elections on Sept. 17.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Yaron Steinbuch