Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman and politician and the fourth elected Prime Minister of Israel. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister. Wikipedia
Menachem Begin was an Israeli politician, founder of Likud and the sixth Prime Minister of Israel. Before the creation of the state of Israel, he was the leader of the Zionist militant group Irgun, the ... Wikipedia
Yitzhak Shamir was an Israeli politician and the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms, 1983–84 and 1986–1992. Before the establishment of the State of Israel, Shamir was a leader of the Zionist paramilitary group Lehi. Wikipedia
Shimon Peres was an Israeli politician who served both as ninth President of Israel, and Prime Minister of Israel, as well as Interim Prime Minister. He was a member of twelve cabinets in a political career spanning nearly 70 years. Wikipedia
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.