Iddo Netanyahu

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Iddo Netanyahu (Hebrew: עִדּוֹ נְתַנְיָהוּ; 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 Zila (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] At Cornell, he was pledging the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and was inducted into the Irving Literary Society before going to war.

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 at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, New York,[4] but spends most of the year in Israel.

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 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 Ending – published in Italian, drama, with the title "Un Lieto Fine", produced first in Italy by Compagnia dell'Attimo, then produced in Germany and Israel.


  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. 
  4. ^ "St. James Mercy Hospital School of Radiologic Sciences" (PDF). February 2, 2009. p. 19. Retrieved 2009-05-18.