- Published on Monday, 30 April 2012 09:51
The father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leader in the revisionist Zionist movement, Benzion Netanyahu, died on Monday at the age of 102.
Benzion Netanyahu was part of the lobiest movement, who during the Nakba tragedy in 1948, refused to pertain to the split of Israel and Palestine, but rather create one state of Israel which would include what is now modern day Jordan. To help create this movement he met with influential policy makers in America including General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dean Acheson and write pro Zionist articles in support of the new state of Israel.
According to the New York Times, Netanyahu never showed an interest in creating a peace intiative between Arabs and Jews, and stated in an interview with the Isralei newspaper Maariv in 2009, "The vast majority of Israeli Arabs would choose to exterminate us if they had the option to do so." And continued to state that Arabs are "an enemy by essence," that they cannot compromise and that they respond only to force.
Netanyahu was born to a Rabi father from Warsaw, formerly part of Russia, who would tour Europe making Zionist speeches. He eventually changed his name from Benzion Mileikowsky to Netanyahu, meaning 'God Given'
Although the goal of Natanyahu's revisionist campaign was to create one state with no 'iron wall', it ultimately failed , although the director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, said in a letter to The Jerusalem Post in 2005 that Mr. Netanyahu was instrumental in building American support for the smaller state of Israel which emerged after the Nakba tragedy.