Daily Israel Report

Mazal Tov! PM Netanyahu Welcomes First Grandchild

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's first grandchild, a boy, was born Wednesday night.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 10/1/2009, 7:53 PM / Last Update: 10/1/2009, 7:56 PM

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reached a new milestone – he is now a grandfather. Netanyahu's first grandchild, a boy, was born Wednesday night.

The child has not yet been given a name. According to Jewish tradition, baby boys are named at their brit mila (circumcision) ceremony, performed on the eighth day of life.

The parents, Noa and Daniel Roth, expressed their joy on Thursday and said Netanyahu was scheduled to visit the hospital soon to see his grandson.

Noa Roth is Netanyahu's daughter, born to his first wife, Micki Weizman. Netanyahu also has two sons, Yair and Avner, with his third wife Sara Netanyahu.

The prime minister was unable to visit his daughter and her child during the day on Thursday due to ongoing cabinet debates over the proposed budget cut. He faced opposition from within his cabinet to the cut, which would have caused the Education Ministry to lose two percent of its budget.

The cabinet managed to reach a deal according to which the Education budget will be slashed, but will be larger than originally planned.