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