DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT-HISTORY
JAMIE CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS
Submitted to Professor Harrington
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for
Western Civilization II 112
December 4, 2012
Benjamin Netanyahu was born on 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv, he is the son of the famous historian Benzion Netanyahu. He mainly lived in Tel Aviv during his adolescence and early teen years. Mr. Netanyahu attended high school in the United States because his father was relocated there to conduct research. After finishing high school Mr. Netanyahu relocated back to Israel and joined the Israel Defense Force (IDF), and served in the elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. During his time in the Sayeret Matkal he took part in many operations, highlighted by the 1972 hostage rescue of a high-jacked Sabena airplane. He was cited for outstanding operational leadership during the crisis by the late Major General Motta Gur. During the Yom Kippur War in 1973 he fought on the front line taking part in Special Forces raids. After the Kippur War he was honorably discharged from the IDF with the rank of captain (Britannica, "Benjamin Netanyahu). Mr. Netanyahu educational achievements include a Bachelor’s of Science degree in architecture and a Master of Science degree in business management from MIT. He also studied political science at MIT and Harvard University. During the years between 1976 – 1982 Mr. Netanyahu worked in the private sector with the Boston Consulting Group, and then as a senior manager for Rim Industries Ltd (Britannica, "Benjamin Netanyahu). After his foray into the private sector Mr. Netanyahu entered politics in late 1982 assuming the position of deputy chief of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. While he was serving as the Israel's ambassador to the UN, a position he was appointed to in 1984. Mr. Netanyahu was known as a tireless champion of bringing Israel’s cause to the international community’s attention, as evidenced by his efforts to declassify the United Nations archive on crimes committed by Nazi Germany during WWII. Mr. Netanyahu has held several political position highlighted by being elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1996, a position he currently holds today (Britannica). Besides being our only true ally in the Middle East, Israel stands out because I believe they hold the key to worldwide peace. Led by the leadership Mr. Netanyahu, Israel has had a hard stance on Iran not obtaining a nuclear weapon; in turn if Iran ever became nuclear it would turn the Middle East along with the world into chaos. The current President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has shown several times his fervor to “wipe Israel of the map” (Britannica, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad). With other Middle Eastern countries sharing similar hatred for Israel and the United States, Israel’s presents in the Middle East becomes all the more important towards the War on Terrorism. When Mr. Netanyahu explained so eloquently and effective during a United Nation briefing in September of 2012, at what stage we cannot let Iran get, to obtaining a nuclear weapon. He has brought awareness to the average person who may not normally pay attention to Middle Eastern politics. His speech will go down as one of the great speeches in the history of the United Nation. During his time as Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu has implemented an aggressive intelligence surveillance program of Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. This intelligence has allowed not only Israel but other allies to keep a close eye on Iran and other Middle Eastern countries nuclear programs. Israeli intelligence has thwarted several terrorist attacks against Israeli and the United States. During the Afghanistan war Israeli intelligence led by the leadership of Mr. Netanyahu bought awareness to several high value Al Qaeda and Taliban targets. Mr. Netanyahu stands out in history because of his hard stance on...
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