Benzion Netanyahu

In the 1940s, revisionist Zionism was the idea that Israel should not be partitioned between Arabs and Jews and that Israeli territory should cover both sides of the Jordan River. For decades until his April 30 death at 102, Benzion Netanyahu--historian, editor, activist and father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu--was the living legacy of this hawkish view of Israel's destiny. In many ways, he was also the father of today's Likud Party, now headed by his son.

Netanyahu's views were forged in the bloody history of the birth of Israel. Born in Poland, he moved to mandate-era Palestine as a boy...

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