Netanyahu Becomes Israel’s Longest Serving Prime Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu/GPO Amos Ben Gershom

Despite a crumbling coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding strong to his post. He will become the country’s longest-serving prime minister on July 20. His tenure exceeds that of Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion who served for nearly 13 and a half years. Netanyahu assumed his role on June 18, 1996.

The major milestone comes at a critical time for Israeli politics. The Knesset, or Israeli parliament, is in a state of limbo after Netanyahu’s government failed to form a coalition in the last election. Netanyahu’s family has also come under fire for alleged corruption with his next hearing scheduled for October. However, until he is fully convicted, Netanyahu continues to serve as Prime Minister.

Netanyahu has been a key ally for the Trump Administration, and it shows. After Trump moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018, Netanyahu thanked the American president “for having the courage” to take action after so many previous administrations had failed to keep the same promise.

Last month, Netanyahu unveiled a new town “Trump Heights” to honor Trump for his recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.