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Netanyahu Officially Makes Israeli History as Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Sebastian Scheiner / AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially surpassed founding father David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister on Saturday, having notched up a list of diplomatic and economic successes but with right-wing leadership many see as deeply divisive.

The 69-year-old Netanyahu has been Israel’s prime minister for a total of 4,876 days, over 13 years, according to a calculation by the Israel Democracy Institute think tank.

He was first at the helm between 1996-1999, and then again since 2009. His latest apparent victory in April elections turned sour after he failed to form a coalition government and opted to move towards new elections instead.


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