Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Israel's prime minister and the author of a monumental work on the Spanish Inquisition, passed away in his Jerusalem home this morning. He was 102 years old.
Benzion Netanyahu’s oldest son, Jonathan, commanded the raid on Uganda's Entebbe Airport that rescued more than 100 Jewish and Israeli hostages held hostage by terrorists. The raid, which took place during America's Bicentennial celebration in 1976, was so spectacular that it overshadowed it. Jonathan Netanyahu was the only Israeli soldier killed during the raid.
Benzion Netanyahu is survived by his Benjamin, Israel's prime minister, and his family, and by Benjamin's younger brother Iddo, a radiologist, and his family.
BHis wife Cela, the mother of his three sons, passed away in 2000.
Netanyahu was a follower of Zev Jabotinsky and a proponent of Revisionist Zionism for almost all of his adult life, and had an enormous, long lasting impact on the political philosophies of his sons.
An academic, Netanyahu was a professor emeritus at Cornell University.
[Hat Tip: Dr. Gershon Mendel.]