Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu in 2012, U.S. Department of State

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. His younger brother is physician, author, and playwright Iddo Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has said that a DNA test taken by his brother Iddo showed him to have Sephardi ancestry.

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 named Sarah Lurie (the daughter of Ben Zion Lurie). Sarah was born in Šeduva, Lithuania.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s maternal grandfather was named 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 –

18 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    He discovered via a DNA test that he is of part Sephardi Jewish ancestry.,7340,L-4807687,00.html

  2. bearboy says:

    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.

  3. cwm85 says:

    I thought he looked polish.

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