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Ben-Zion Netanyahu dies at 102; father of Israeli prime minister
Ben-Zion Netanyahu dies at 102; father of Israeli prime minister

JERUSALEM — Historian Ben-Zion Netanyahu, the father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the man said to have had the most profound influence on the conservative Israeli leader, died early Monday in his Jerusalem home. He was 102.The elder Netanyahu served as the personal secretary of Zionism's prominent Revisionist leader, Zeev Jabotinsky, in the United States during World War II, lobbying for the creation of a Jewish state. He also pursued his academic work, specializing in medieval Spanish Jewry and the roots of the Spanish Inquisition.Many attribute the prime minister's deep convictions and interest in history to his father's unwavering hawkish beliefs; the Revisionist...

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