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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime minister of Israel

As prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu stands at the forefront of all Israel’s accomplishments and achievements. Netanyahu is now poised to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in 2018.

Netanyahu’s achievements this year were many. Following an eight-year frosty relationship with former President Obama, Netanyahu met with newly-inaugurated President Trump at the White House in February, then welcomed the president to Israel on his first trip abroad a few months later. Netanyahu cultivated increasingly close ties with Arab states and welcomed India’s prime minister Narendra Modi on a historic visit to Israel. Relations with China and many African nations are also flourishing. At home, the economy remains stable and growing, while Netanyahu’s governing coalition shows little sign of collapse.

During his time as prime minister, Netanyahu’s top priority has been maintaining Israel’s security, particularly against Palestinian terrorism and Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional aggression. (Photo credit: YouTube screenshot.)


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