Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is beloved by his people, as well as those abroad. And now, Yediot Achronot's Amihai Attali reports that Netanyahu is set to break a record held by Israel's first and equally beloved premier, David Ben-Gurion:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected on Sunday to pass David Ben-Gurion as the prime minister who served the longest consecutive term in Israel's history.
Like Netanyahu, Ben-Gurion also served as prime minister in two non-consecutive periods. Ben-Gurion's first term lasted for five years and nine months until January 1954, when he resigned following a series of political clashes inside the coalition. He then retired to Kibbutz Sde Boker, only to return a year and nine months later for a longer second term that lasted 2,790 days.
As of Friday, Netanyahu has served 2,788 days consecutively spanning over three terms after having been re-elected three times in 2009, 2013 and 2015.
To break Ben-Gurion's overall record, which includes both of his terms, Netanyahu would need to serve as prime minister for 972 more days—about two and a half years.
Ben-Gurion served a total of 4,872 days in office. Netanyahu, whose first term in office was from 1996 to 1999, has served a total of 3,900 days.