Benzion Netanyahu Eulogized by Left and Right (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/30/12)
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Public figures from both sides of the political spectrum eulogized
Prof. Benzion Netanyahu, the prime minister´s father, after he passed
away on Monday.
Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin, said, "I have known Benzion
Netanyahu ever since my young adulthood. This is a man who tied his
life to Jerusalem and Zionism, who was an assistant to Ze´ev
Jabotinsky and was one of the great Revisionists.
"Benzion was an eminent researcher and historian who founded a house
of pure political Zionism, without compromises, and his offspring
have imbibed his observations and his world view. In his life story,
Benzion Netanyahu represents a chapter in the annals of Zionism and
"With Benzion there was no place for compromise, and for that reason
he sometimes showed displeasure with needs that his son had as a
politician, both in the United Nations and as a person who was
elected to serve as the Prime Minister of Israel."
Education Minister Gideon Sa´ar said Monday that "besides his
manifestly Zionist outlook, Prof. Netanyahu was also gifted with a
sober view of the dangers and threats that face our nation. Prof.
Netanyahu raised three sons who were all fighters on the battlefield,
and he passed on to them the deep commitment to sacrifice for their
nation and their country."
The Chairman of the Jewish Leadership faction in Likud, Moshe
Feiglin, offered his condolences to the prime minister and his
family. "It was with great sorrow that I heard about the passing of
the man of knowledge and action, who during his entire life remained
faithful and committed to the Jewish people and the Zionist idea."
National Union MK Uri Ariel called Benzion Netanyahu "a man of
education and values, a man of learning and one of Israel´s greatest
historians in the recent generations, who unceasingly educated people
to love the Nation of Israel and the Land of Israel."
Labor Chairwoman MK Shelly Yechimovich wrote the prime minister a
letter of condolence, telling him that his father was "a unique and
special father, a great historian, ideologue and intellectual who
placed a deep stamp on Israeli society and its legacy."
President Shimon Peres called Benzion Netanyahu "a great historian
and a great Jew." He spoke at the laying of a cornerstone for the
IAF´s technical school in Carmiel, and at his request, the
participants held a minute of silence for Prof. Netanyahu.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/30/12)
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