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Benjamin Netanyahu is Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister

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Netanyahu ranks 16th among longest-reigning leaders in OECD nations since the end of World War II, according to the Israel Democracy Institute, and is currently the third longest-leading national head among OECD nations, after Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Germany’s Angela Merkel.

BY JNS

On Saturday, Benjamin Netanyahu made history as the State of Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister, surpassing the previous record-holder, David Ben-Gurion.

Serving from June 18, 1996, to July 6, 1999, and again from March 31, 2009, until the present, Netanyahu will have served 4,876 days as Israel’s leader.

Ben-Gurion, who led from May 14, 1948, until January 26, 1954, and again from Nov. 3, 1955, until June 26, 1963, led for 13-and-a-half years—a total of 4,875 days.

Netanyahu ranks 16th among longest-reigning leaders in OECD nations since the end of World War II, according to the Israel Democracy Institute, and is currently the third longest-leading national head among OECD nations, after Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Germany’s Angela Merkel.

He is the 35th longest-reigning leader in the world.

‘We’ve turned Israel into a rising global power’

“This nation has extraordinary abilities in the economy, in defense and security, in statesmanship. We have proven that Israel could be transformed from a small country in the Middle East into a major force on the global stage,” said Netanyahu in an interview with daily Israel Hayom.

“We’ve discovered that we can leverage the Jewish people’s basic characteristics into extraordinary strengths. This nation has extraordinary abilities in the economy, in defense and security, and in statesmanship. We have proven that Israel could be transformed from a small country in the corner of the Middle East into a major force on the global stage.”

Asked how, from a historical standpoint, he would answer those who once said that Israel was a disrupting force in the Middle East, Netanyahu said “they also used to say that all of the region’s problems were the result of the Palestinian issue. No one today dares to argue this seriously.

“Even our sworn enemies are embarrassed to say it because the struggle here is between the Middle Ages and modernism; between the tyranny of radical Islam and the forces of freedom. It is the simplest fight—stand up against the Islamic fundamentalism that wants to take over the Middle East.”

Over the years, Netanyahu has often spoken about the Iranian threat, Tehran’s dangerous rhetoric, and about the threat the Islamic republic’s nuclear program poses to Israel and the entire world.

Asked whether he believed the West’s goal should be toppling the Iranian regime or, alternatively, to negotiate a better nuclear agreement, the prime minister said, “I won’t mourn the end of the Iranian regime, but there can also be a change within the regime.”

After winning the April 9 elections, Netanyahu had hoped to form a stable government that could live out its four-year term, but after he failed to form a coalition, another election was called, this time for September 17.

“This election is about who will be the next Prime Minister—me, with my proven abilities, or [Blue and White Party leader] Benny Gantz, who is totally inexperienced,” he said.

“To lead Israel, you have to be able to play in the global arena, and if he can’t act vis-à-vis the United States and the other various forces on the international stage, Israel won’t be able to continue to progress on its current path,” he said.

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