Iddo Netanyahu

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Iddo Netanyahu
Born (1952-07-24) July 24, 1952 (age 68)
EducationHebrew University of Jerusalem
Occupationphysician, author and playwright
Spouse(s)Dafna Netanyahu

Iddo Netanyahu (Hebrew: עדו נתניהו‎; born July 24, 1952) is an Israeli physician, author and playwright. He is the younger brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, former 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 from 1970 to 1976, Israel's special forces unit, as did both his brothers. He has an M.D. 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.

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, Moscow and Tashkent, among other cities. Recently, his Worlds In Collision has been picked up by Israel's National Theater Habima in Tel Aviv.

Personal life[edit]

Netanyahu lives in Hornell, New York. He is married, and has two children.

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, Russian and Italian, 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," and in English by Playscripts, Inc.


  • A Happy End - a Jewish family living in Berlin, contemplating the meaning and consequences of the recent rise of the Nazis
  • Worlds In Collision - a battle of the minds between Albert Einstein and Immanuel Velikovsky
  • Meaning - the relationship between the renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl and a patient of his, against the backdrop of the Holocaust


  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 February 12, 2009.
  3. ^ "The RPA team". Radiology Partners of America. Archived from the original on September 23, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2009.