Yonatan Netanyahu

1946 - 1976

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Yonatan "Yoni" Netanyahu (Hebrew: יונתן נתניהו; March 13, 1946 – July 4, 1976) was an American-born Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer who commanded the elite commando unit Sayeret Matkal during Operation Entebbe, an operation to rescue hostages held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda in 1976. The mission was successful, with 102 of the 106 hostages rescued, but Netanyahu was killed in action—the only IDF fatality during the operation. The eldest son of the Israeli professor Benzion Netanyahu, Yonatan was born in New York City and spent much of his youth in the United States, where he attended high school. After serving in the IDF during the Six-Day War of 1967, he briefly attended Harvard University before transferring to Jerusalem's Hebrew University in 1968; soon thereafter he left his studies and returned to the IDF. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yonatan Netanyahu has received more than 1,548,142 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Yonatan Netanyahu is the 436th most popular military personnel (down from 377th in 2019), the 1,284th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,068th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Military Personnel.

Yonatan Netanyahu is most famous for being the brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel.

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Among military personnels, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 436 out of 1,468Before him are Stonewall Jackson, Petre Dumitrescu, Josef Harpe, John Hanning Speke, Matthäus Hetzenauer, and Osman Nuri Pasha. After him are Karl von Bülow, John Hawkins, Levin August von Bennigsen, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Hasdrubal Gisco, and George Maniakes.

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Among people born in 1946, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 95Before him are Naoto Kan, Stan Smith, Wim Jansen, Berti Vogts, Ivan Reitman, and Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. After him are Ahmed Zewail, Keith Moon, John Heard, Pete Postlethwaite, Stefania Sandrelli, and Steve Biko. Among people deceased in 1976, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 46Before him are Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, Silvana Armenulić, Paul Lazarsfeld, Eileen Gray, and Kazi Nazrul Islam. After him are Lin Yutang, George Ostrogorsky, João Goulart, Tove Ditlevsen, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and George Whipple.

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Among people born in United States, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 1,284 out of 18,182Before him are Chevy Chase (1943), Walter Bradford Cannon (1871), John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874), Mike Shinoda (1977), Julius Axelrod (1912), and John Payne (1912). After him are James Garner (1928), Henry Gantt (1861), Lewis A. Swift (1820), Annette Bening (1958), Michael Stuart Brown (1941), and Grandma Moses (1860).


Among military personnels born in United States, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 16Before him are Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), Albert Pike (1809), William Tecumseh Sherman (1820), Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821), and Stonewall Jackson (1824). After him are Raymond A. Spruance (1886), Richard Winters (1918), Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934), William Westmoreland (1914), Husband E. Kimmel (1882), and Benedict Arnold (1741).