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Ben-Zion Netanyahu, at 102; scholar, father of Israeli leader

From left, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, Defense Minister Shimon Peres, and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the funeral of Jonathan Netanyahu, who was killed rescuing Israeli hostages. From left, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, Defense Minister Shimon Peres, and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the funeral of Jonathan Netanyahu, who was killed rescuing Israeli hostages. (associated press/file 1976)
By Douglas Martin
New York Times / May 1, 2012
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Ben-Zion Netanyahu, a scholar of Judaic history who lobbied in the United States for the creation of the Jewish state, wrote a revisionist account of the Spanish Inquisition and became a behind-the-scenes adviser to Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, his son, died Monday at his home in Jerusalem. He was 102.

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