Israel PM´s father dies aged 102 (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/30/12)
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Benzion Netanyahu, father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and a prominent right-wing historian, died at his home in
Jerusalem early on Monday, the premier´s bureau said. He was 102.
A professor of mediaeval Spanish Jewish history, Netanyahu was born
Benzion Milikovsky in Warsaw on March 10, 1910 and immigrated with
his family to Palestine under the British Mandate in 1920.
He married his wife Tzila in 1944 and had three sons, Benjamin, Ido
and the eldest Yoni, who was killed during a hostage rescue attempt
in Entebbe, Uganda in 1976.
A fervent supporter of the nationalist right, Netanyahu served for 30
years as secretary to Zeev Jabotinsky, the founder of the Revisionist
Zionist movement out of which his son´s ruling right-wing Likud party
During his son´s first term as premier (1996-2000), the elder
Netanyahu criticised him for having accepted a partial withdrawal
from the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.
In 2005, he signed a petition along with several other right-wing
intellectuals opposing Israel´s withdrawal of all soldiers and
settlers from the Gaza Strip under the disengagement plan of then
premier Ariel Sharon, describing the operation as "a crime against
The Israeli leader has often said his father exercised a major
influence over him.
When the burial society arrived to take the body of Netanyahu senior
from the house where he had lived in Jerusalem´s Old Katamon
neighbourhood, the premier and his wife Sarah could be seen giving
their goodbyes, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.
Police cordoned off the street and security officials were on hand as
the couple watched the body taken away accompanied by their youngest
son, who was wiping his eyes and blowing his nose.
The funeral was to take place at 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) at the Givat
Shaul cemetery on the western outskirts of Jerusalem. (Copyright ©
2012 Agence France Presse. 04/30/12)
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