Benjamin Netanyahu

by follers on March 3, 2015

Place of Birth: Tel Aviv, Israel

Date of Birth: 21 October, 1949

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician. A member of the Likud Party, he is the Prime Minister of Israel, having served in the position since 31 March, 2009, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, since 14 May, 2015.

He was previously Prime Minister of Israel, from 18 June, 1996 to 6 July, 1999, Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 6 November, 2002 to 28 February, 2003, and again from 18 December, 2012 to 11 November, 2013, Minister of Finance, from 28 February, 2003 to 9 August, 2005, and Leader of the Opposition, from 28 March, 2006 to 31 March, 2009.

His father, Benzion Netanyahu (born Benzion Mileikowsky), a scholar, was a Polish Jewish immigrant, born in Warsaw. His mother, Tzila (Segal), was born in Petah Tikva, Israel, of Lithuanian Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Belarusian Jewish descent. He is married to educational and career psychologist Sara Netanyahu (born Sara Ben-Artzi). He has two children with Sara, and a daughter with his former wife, Miriam Weizmann. His brother, Yonatan Netanyahu, was an Israel Defense Forces officer, who was killed while commanding the elite unit Sayeret Matkal during Operation Entebbe, in 1976.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s paternal grandfather was Nathan Mileikowsky (the son of Zvi Hirsch Milikovsky/Mileikovsky and Liba Gitl Milikovsky). Nathan, a rabbi, was born in Krevo, Lithuania, now Belarus. Zvi was the son of Chaim Mileikovsky/Mileikowsky, Halevi. Liba was the daughter of Avigdor Leib.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Lurie (the daughter of Ben Zion Lurie). Sarah was born in Šeduva, Lithuania.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s maternal grandfather was Binyamin Segal (the son of Hersz Zwi Segal, Halevi).

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s maternal grandmother was Chana Malka Markus (the daughter of Avraham Marcus/Markus and Chaia Sorah Dworsky). Chana was born in Lazdijai, Lazdijai, Alytus, Lithuania. Avraham was born in Kovno, Lithuania, the son of Tsvi “Hirshe” Markus and Perl Galanty. Chaia was born in Suwalki, Poland, the daughter of Azriel Zelig Dworsky.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is a third cousin, twice removed, of American actor Leo Howard. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s maternal great-grandmother, Chaia Sorah Dworsky, was a sister of Leo’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Jacob Dworsky.

Source: Genealogy of Benjamin Netanyahu –

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bearboy March 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

In the past 500 years Polish Ashkenazi Jews have very little to no Polish non-Jewish ancestry. However, Polish Catholics/Christians rarely but still possibly have Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry because the cases where a Jewish person married a non-Jewish person almost always the Jewish person converted to Christianity and raised their children in the Christian faith. When I say that I am referring to a couple generations back not today when there are a lot of intermarriages and conversions to Judaism.

lelo4 August 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews both have (North) Italian ancestry, not Central/Eastern European. That Italian mixing most likely occurred during late Roman Empire/early Middle Ages BEFORE they moved to Germany (Ashkenazi) and Iberia (Sephardi), since then they had been living very isolated.

bearboy March 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm

I said that Ashkenazi Jews are NOT central/Eastern European. My point is that the Slavic people are more likely to have Jewish ancestry than vice versa because it was much more common to convert out of Judaism than into the religion back several generations ago.

cwm85 July 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

I thought he looked polish.

andrew July 23, 2015 at 12:44 am
cwm85 July 23, 2015 at 2:54 am

Um actually he is… did you not read that his parents were polish jews? So yeah he is.

Jordan September 22, 2015 at 10:16 am

Jews are a different ethnic group

cwm85 September 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

He is a polish jew… his mom and dad were polish! The fact he is Jewish has nothing to do with where his parents were from. His father is a polish jew and half polish jewish. Did you not read?

Jordan September 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

You don’t seem to understand genetics. Poles and Ashkenazi Jews are two completely different ethnic groups.

cwm85 September 22, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Are you saying Ashkenazi jews aren’t Caucasian?

Jordan September 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

Yes he is a Polish Jew, but he isn’t ethnically Polish. He looks Ashkenazi.

Jordan September 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

What made you believe that? Ashkenazi Jews are not Poles, or eastern Europeans, they plot closer to south Italians.

cwm85 September 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

The whole point I was making was his parents are from Poland thus he is a polish jew and is Caucasian. I thought you were trying to dispute if he was Caucasian. I mean polish jews exist just like russian jews, german jews etc.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:31 am

Cwm, Jews are still Caucasian regardless.

He is NOT ethnically Polish. He happens to be a Jew from Poland, same way you can have Indians from the UK.

ashash October 11, 2015 at 10:06 am

Yes, Ashkenazi Jews plot closer to Southern Italians and are not ethnically Polish. They are of their own ethnic group. I guess I can get why this is hard for some people to understand.

lelo4 August 4, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Russian Jew, Polish Jew, German Jew, etc. is just a reference to the country they were living, not that they are of ethnic Polish, Russian, or German descent.

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