Prime Minister Netanyahu’s father dies at 102

Aron Heller
The Associated Press

JERUSALEM – Ben-Zion Netanyahu, the historian and Zionist activist whose skepticism about peacemaking with the Arabs helped to shape the world outlook of his son, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died on Monday. He was 102.

Born Ben-Zion Mileikowsky in Warsaw, Poland, Netanyahu was a devout follower of revisionist Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky, who advocated Jewish military strength and opposed partitioning Palestine between Arabs and Jews. Netanyahu served as his personal aide until Jabotinsky’s death in 1940…

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In this July 11, 2010 file photo Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his father Ben-Zion attend the official memorial service for the late Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky at the Mt. Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. Benzion Netanyahu, historian, Zionist activist and influential father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died Monday, April 30, 2012, in his Jerusalem home, the Israeli leader's office said. He was 102. (AP Photo/Kobi Gideon, Pool, File)


The New York Times has a more complete obituary for Ben-Zion Netanyahu.

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