Friday, August 15, 2014
Benjamin Netanyahu has moved center stage in the world as
Israel fights the terrorist group Hamas that threatens to destroy
Israel.The first Israeli Prime Minister to be born in Israel he
has held this position three times, in1996, 2009, and 2013. How does his personality affect the decisions he has to make for his country and himself? Understanding his birth order is the key.Growing up Netanyahu
The Netanyahu family has deep roots in Israel, his Grandfather
was a Zionist activist and his mother was born in a part of
Palestine that would eventually become Israel. Benjamin was
born in 1949 the second of three boys. Older brother Yonatan,
1946 was killed in 1976 in Uganda during Operation Entebbe.
His youngest brother Iddo born in 1952 is a radiologist and
writer. All the boys spent their early years in Israel but lived
in the United States from 1956-58 and 1963-67 when their
father worked at Cornell as a history professor. Benjamin
graduated from Cheltenham High School in Philadelphia.
All the brothers served in the Sayeret Matkal a special forces
unit of the Israeli army.
Changing Birth Orders from # 2 to # 1
Born the second of two boys he has all the characteristics of a
second born. They have an outgoing personality, very
competitive and they want to control their own space. This
is the trait of “don’t tell me what to do” that gives #2 the
stubborn label. He can appear charming until someone pushes
that button and then they are up against a very formidable
opponent. Second borns are rarely world leaders as they do
not feel the need to tell others what to do but like the behind
the scene support role. In his case the death of his brother
elevated him to the firstborn position in the family. Now he
has to act the role of leader and protector but has the second
born trait of holding his position. Much like Ronald Reagan
who also had an older brother. The #2 has a very clear picture
of right and wrong and will not change sides to serve political
ends. Bibi has a vision for Israel that he is going to defend her
right to survive no matter the cost.
Family and Marriages
Benjamin comes from a family of all boys. Women are
difficult for him to understand as he had no sisters.
This is a blind spot for him but he remains curious. A #2
birth order will be secretive about his personal life. As
an elevated #1 and in politics he becomes a very attractive
man to many women. Bibi has been married three times.
While his first wife was pregnant he was having an affair
with his future second wife. With his third wife he had
two sons. During this marriage he confessed on television to
having an affair with his public relations adviser when
video tapes were about to be released. All this passed and he
and repaired his marriage. After this information emerged
of a 20 year “friendship” with a married Italian-American
woman. This is defiantly a reoccurring issue for Bibi.
Now that we know his real birth order let’s see how it relates
to his actions as a politician. In his first term as Prime Minister
he signed the Wye River Memorandum with Yasser Arafat in
1998. He emphasized the “three no’s” No withdrawal from the
Golan Heights, no discussion of the case of Jerusalem and no
negotiations under any preconditions. This sounds like a #2
holding his ground. In 2003 he took the job as Finance
Minister only after he was provided with an unprecedented
level of independence. Second borns are very good with
money as shown by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet both #2’s.
He could put to use his management degree he earned from
MIT and the experience working with the Boston Consulting
Group where he met his colleague, Mitt Romney.
Trying to get the economy back on its feet he succeeded in
passing several long-unresolved reforms, in the banking
system. He was opposed by members of both his and the
Labor Party but he stood his ground. He threatened to resign
in 2004 unless the plan to pull out of Gaza was put to a
referendum. It was not and he resigned August 7, 2005.
This is the #2 seeing the issue clearly black and white and
not giving in.
Relationships with Foreign Leaders
Most world leaders are #1 birth orders where their self
image is the most important thing. Working with
Bibi a #2 looking like a #1 is like oil and water.
He differed with Hillary Clinton in 2009 about a
Palestinian state which he would not endorse, she is
a #1 birth order. His relationship with her will always
be adversarial. With President Obama he also differed
who is a One/Only Double birth order.(This happens
when 4yr+ separate siblings.)
Obama demanded that settlements be stopped in
Jerusalem. The Palestinians rejected the offer as
“insignificant.” Israel then approved the construction
of an addition of 1600 apartments directly opposing
President Obama. Don’t tell a #2 what to do! During the
2011 G-20 summit, the Russian President Sarkozy was
overheard saying to President Obama, “I cannot bear
Netanyahu, he’s a liar”. Obama replied, “You’re fed up
with him, but I have to deal with him every day.” Bibi’s
two birth orders of both acting like a #1 and responding
like a #2 has these world leaders frustrated and confused.
The Right Man for the Job
There could not be a better man for the current job of
protecting Israel from its neighbors that threaten to
wipe it off the map. Benjamin Netanyahu has the skills
and desire to protect Israel and its citizens. Having
to take on the role of the firstborn after his brother’s
death has been a unique tool to deal with world
leaders. Now you can understand the man and how
and why he does what he does. He has said, “Peace
is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from
weakness or unilateral retreats”. His #2 side will not
let him retreat!
To find out more about Birth Order and the unmasking
of the people in your life read:
Life’s Fingerprint: How Birth Order Affects Your Path
Throughout Life. by Dr. Robert V.V. Hurst
(now available as a DVD and Audio Book as
well as hardcover) www.lifesfingerprint.com