Benjamin Netanyahu Becomes Israel's Longest-Serving Prime Minister
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the country’s longest-serving prime minister on July 22nd, 2019.
His 4,876th day (that’s more than 13 years)—a period interrupted by a decade out of office—surpasses the tenure of founding father, David Ben-Gurion.
The 69-year-old Netanyahu served 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 — around 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.
Netanyahu has scored a series of diplomatic achievements with the help of President Trump — the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.
Yesterday, President Trump Tweeted: “Congratulations to Bibi @Netanyahu on becoming the longest serving PM in the history of Israel. “Under your leadership, Israel has become a technology powerhouse and a world class economy….Most importantly, you have led Israel with a commitment to the values of democracy, freedom, and equal opportunity that both our nations cherish and share!”
Song For Israel congratulates Prime Minister Netanyahu!