Benjamin Netanyahu (Tel Aviv, 1949) will run for his fifth term amid controversies with regard to his possible indictment in three corruption cases, the significant support that Gantz is getting, and growing difficulties in forming a coalition. Netanyahu’s first term as Prime Minister was between 1996 and 1999. Ten years after, in 2009 he became the Head of Government for the second time, position he has maintained until now. He is the Chairman of the Likud party. To maintain Likud’s support base for the upcoming elections, Netanyahu has made a series of promises, including about intentions to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins again. Besides, he is championing a hard approach towards issues such as Iran, Syria and Lebanon, as shown by the recent escalation of violence with Hezbollah.
- The Euromed news are edited by the team of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department of the European Institute of the Mediterranean -