Benjamin Netanyahu was bornon 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel, is Prime Minister, Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu is #20 in Most Powerful People In The World. Now in his fourth term as Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has shown little interest in veering from the hardline security stances long associated with his name. In November his government brushed off proposed peace talks to be held in France, and the country continues to maintain a precarious relationship with its Palestinian neighbors following a 2014 50-day war against Hamas in Gaza that resulted in over 2,000 deaths. Netanyahu faced sharp international criticism for the conflict, as he has for Israel's disputed settlements in the West Bank, but his positions are unwavering--and with a supportive American president entering office, there will be little reason to bend. Though politics remain turbulent in his tiny Middle East country of 8 million people, innovation continues to thrive. Israel is dubbed "startup nation" and boasts the highest number of startups per capita in the world.