Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu passed David Ben-Gurion yesterday as the prime minister who served the longest consecutive term in Israel’s history, Yediot Achronot reports.
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.
Netanyahu has served 2,791 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.