Yonatan Netanyahu

1946 - 1976

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Yonatan "Yoni" Netanyahu (Hebrew: יונתן נתניהו; March 13, 1946 – July 4, 1976) was an 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 1,453,825 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Yonatan Netanyahu is the 377th most popular military personnel (up from 410th in 2019), the 1,069th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,168th in 2019) and the 12th most popular American 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 377 out of 1,466Before him are Horatius Cocles, Thrasybulus, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, Jean-Baptiste Bessières, Omar Pasha, and Maximilian von Spee. After him are Erich Kempka, Osman Nuri Pasha, Alexander Samsonov, Hermann Balck, Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, and August Neidhardt von Gneisenau.

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Among people born in 1946, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 80Before him are Jean Todt, Julian Barnes, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Dragan Džajić, John Paul Jones, and Rade Šerbedžija. After him are Michele Placido, Daniel Goleman, Keith Moon, Naoto Kan, Stan Smith, and Laura Bush. Among people deceased in 1976, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 39Before him are Émile Benveniste, Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Josef Albers, René Cassin, Andrei Grechko, and Lars Onsager. After him are Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, Dalton Trumbo, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Paul Lazarsfeld, João Goulart, and Yukio Goto.

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Among people born in United States, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 1,069 out of 15,968Before him are Lyonel Feininger (1871), Danny Aiello (1933), R. Lee Ermey (1944), Liliʻuokalani (1838), Adam West (1928), and John Denver (1943). After him are Mary Ainsworth (1913), Calamity Jane (1852), Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794), Richard Thaler (1945), Bernard Herrmann (1911), and Peggy Guggenheim (1898).


Among military personnels born in United States, Yonatan Netanyahu ranks 12Before him are Robert E. Lee (1807), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), and John J. Pershing (1860). After him are Richard Winters (1918), Raymond A. Spruance (1886), Albert Pike (1809), William Westmoreland (1914), William Tecumseh Sherman (1820), and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934).