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Benzion בנציון Netanyahu (Mileikowsky), Halevi

Birthdate: (102)
Birthplace: Warszawa, Mazowieckie, Polska
Death: April 30, 2012 (102)
ירושלים, מחוז ירושלים, ישראל (בשיבה טובה)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathan נתן Mileikowsky, Halevi and Sarah שרה Mileikowsky
Husband of Celia Zila צילה Segal
Father of Yonatan יוני Netanyahu, Halevi; Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, 9th Prime Minister of Israel and <private> Netanyahu
Brother of Saadya סעדיה Mileikowsky, Halevi; Elisha אלישע Netanyahu, Halevi; Matthew מתי Milikowsky, Halevi; Amos עמוס Mileikowsky, Halevi; Miri מרים Mileikowsky-Netanyahu and 3 others

Occupation: Jewish Historian, Professor of History and Zionist activist
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About Benzion בנציון Netanyahu, Halevi

Benzion Netanyahu (Hebrew: בנציון נתניהו; born March 25, 1910) is an Israeli historian and Zionist activist. He was secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, "the father of Revisionist Zionism", and was a Revisionist leader of the Zionist Movement in the United States.

Benzion Netanyahu was born in Warsaw, Poland, (then part of the Russian Empire) to the writer and Zionist activist Nathan Mileikowsky. In 1920 the family emigrated to Palestine. After living in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and Safed, the family settled in Jerusalem. Benzion studied in the Midrash for teachers run by David Yellin, and later went on to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specialized in History and was especially inspired by professor Joseph Klausner.

During the late 1950s and the 1960s, Netanyahu and his family lived alternately in Israel and the U.S (among other times in the U.S., 1963–67), until 1969, when Netanyahu returned to New York in order to edit a Jewish encyclopedia and eventually take a teaching job at Cornell University.

Specializing in the golden age of Jewish History in Spain, Netanyahu is known for his opus, the Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain. It is considered by some, a towering work on the subject.

His three sons are

▪ Yonatan Netanyahu, former commander of Sayeret Matkal, who was killed in action leading the Entebbe hostage rescue.

▪ Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister (1996–99, 2009-Pres.).

▪ Iddo Netanyahu, a radiologist and writer.

Benzion Netanyahu remains politically active, even at the age of one hundred. Netanyahu is now serving as an associate professor at the Academy for Jewish Research, a member of the Academy for Fine Arts, and a professor emeritus at Cornell University. He currently resides in Jerusalem.

His younger brother, mathematician Elisha Netanyahu, also studied at the Hebrew University, and later became the Dean of Sciences at the Technion.

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Benzion בנציון Netanyahu, Halevi's Timeline

March 25, 1910
Warszawa, Mazowieckie, Polska
March 13, 1946
Age 35
New York, NY, USA
October 21, 1949
Age 39
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel
April 30, 2012
Age 102
ירושלים, מחוז ירושלים, ישראל
April 30, 2012
Age 102