PM´s father Benzion Netanyahu dies (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman Published: 04.30.12, 08:17)
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Renowned historian, Revisionist activist dies in Jerusalem at age of
102. Netanyahu senior was born in Warsaw and came to Israel in 1920
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s father, Benzion Netanyahu, died
Monday. He was 102-years-old.
The prime minister was able to visit his father in his Jerusalem home
for the last time, on Sunday.
Netanyahu senior was a renowned historian, specializing in the golden
age of Jewish History in Spain, and a professor emeritus at Cornell
He was secretary to Ze´ev Jabotinsky, and was a Revisionist leader of
the Zionist Movement in the United States.
He also served as the science editor for the Encyclopaedia Hebraica,
published between 1944 and 2005.
Prof. Netanyahu was known to hold political views that were often
more to the Right than his son´s, and was often publicly critical of
the prime minister´s policies.
In 2004 he signed a petition of academians who opposed the Gaza
Benzion Netanyahu was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1910. His family
immigrated to then-Palestine in 1920 and eventually settled in
In 1944, Netanyahu married Tzila Segal and the couple had three sons:
Yonatan, born in 1946, a former commander of Sayeret Matkal, who was
killed in 1976 during Operation Entebbe; Benjamin, born 1949 and Ido,
born 1952, a physician, author and playwright.
When marking his father´s 100th birthday, Netanyahu said that "It was
my father who thought me that those who are unfamiliar with the past
cannot understand the present and those who cannot understand present
cannot see what lies ahead." Attila Somfalvi and Moran Azulay
contributed to this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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