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A Peace Legacy For Netanyahu's Hard-Line Dad?

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his father Benzion attend the official memorial service for the late Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky at the Mt. Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Kobi Gideon, Pool)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his father Benzion attend the official memorial service for the late Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky at the Mt. Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Kobi Gideon, Pool)

The historian Benzion Netanyahu, who died today at 102, was sometimes asked to explain the miracle of Jewish survival through millenniums of persecution. Netanyahu -- the father of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin -- would answer the question in a way his interlocutors did not at all expect.

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