Benjamin Netanyahu Binyamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel Periods in office: June, 1996 - July, 1999 Deputy Prime Minister: Predecessor(s): Shimon Peres Successor(s): Ehud Barak Date of birth: October 21, 1949 Place of birth: Tel Aviv, Israel Political party: Likud Constituency: Spouse: Religion: Benjamin Netanyahu (helpÂ·info) , Hebrew transliteration written in English: Binyamin Netanyahu, nicknamed Bibi) (born October 21, 1949, Tel Aviv) was the 9th Prime Minister of Israel.
Leader of the conservative Likud party, he was Prime Minister from June, 1996 to July, 1999. He is the first (and to date only) Prime Minister of Israel to be born after the creation of the state. He was Finance Minister of Israel until August 9, 2005, when his resignation letter came into force. He resigned in protest of the Gaza Disengagement Plan advocated by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Netanyahu retook the Likud leadership on December 20, 2005.