Iddo Netanyahu

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Iddo Netanyahu (Hebrew: עדו נתניהו‎‎; born July 24, 1952) is an Israeli physician, author and playwright. He is the younger brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, and Yonatan Netanyahu, who was killed leading the Operation Entebbe hostage rescue mission in 1976 and was a highly-decorated veteran.


Iddo Netanyahu was born in Jerusalem, the son of Cela (née Segal; 1912–2000) and professor Benzion Netanyahu (1910–2012), and spent part of his childhood in the United States.[1] He left studies at Cornell University in 1973 to fight for Israel in the Yom Kippur War.[2]

Netanyahu served in Sayeret Matkal, Israel's special forces unit, as did both his brothers. He has an MD from Hebrew University of Jerusalem School of Medicine and did post-doctoral training at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., and Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City.[3] He works part time as a radiologist, but dedicates most of his time to writing. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

Since 2008, after authoring several books, Netanyahu has been concentrating on playwriting. His plays have appeared worldwide, including off-Broadway in New York, Tel Aviv, St. Petersburg, Tashkent, among other places.

Published works[edit]

  • The Rescuers – published in Hebrew, a collection of short stories
  • Yoni's Last Battle: The Rescue at Entebbe, 1976 (2002) – Later re-released as Entebbe: A Defining Moment On The War On Terrorism – The Jonathan Netanyahu Story, published in Hebrew, English, Russian, Chinese, and Italian
  • Itamar K. – published in Hebrew and Russian, a novel about music and life, ironic and poetic.
  • Sayeret Matkal at Entebbe – published in Hebrew, documents and interviews about the raid
  • A Happy End – published in Italian, drama, with the title "Un Lieto Fine", produced first in Italy by Compagnia dell'Attimo, then produced in Germany and Israel.


  • A Happy End
  • Worlds In Collision
  • Meaning


  1. ^ Yoni's Last Battle by Iddo Netanyahu. 
  2. ^ Goldsmith, Aleza (November 2, 2001). "Netanyahu's brother to speak here on Entebbe hero". Jewish Bulletin of Northern California. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  3. ^ "The RPA team". Radiology Partners of America. Retrieved 2009-02-12.