Israeli historian Benzion Netanyahu, professor emeritus at Cornell University and father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, passed away this morning at his home in in Jerusalem. He had recently been ill.
He was 102 years old.
“I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Benzion Netanyahu. Not only was he the father of my friend Benjamin, the Prime Minister of Israel, and the father of Israel’s hero of the Entebbe raid, Yonatan Netanyahu, he was also a distinguished historian and leader in his own right. This is a loss for all of Israel and for all who care about Israel.”
Background on Professor Netanyahu:
Benzion Netanyahu (Hebrew: בנציון נתניהו Bentsion) born Benzion Mileikowsky, (March 25, 1910 – April 30, 2012) was an Israeli historian and a professor emeritus at Cornell University. He was a specialist in the golden age of Jewish History in Spain, and is known for his opus, the Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain. In his final work, The Founding Fathers of Zionism, Benzion profiled the leading theorists of Israel; Leo Pinsker, Theodor Herzl, Max Nordau, Israel Zangwill and Ze’ev Jabotinsky. He was secretary to Ze’ev Jabotinsky, “the father of Revisionist Zionism”, and was a Revisionist leader of the Zionist Movement in theUnited States.
The funeral has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery.
Mitt Romney Central extends sincere condolences to Prime Minister Netanyahu and his family.
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